Cleaning Up cast and spoilers from ITV’s new drama

Cleaning Up is ITV’s new drama starring Sheridan Smith – who else is on the cast and what can we expect?


Created by screenwriting newcomer Mark Marlow and starring Sheridan Smith, Cleaning Up follows the story of Sam, an office cleaner who struggles to maintain her life as a devoted mum after becoming addicted to online gambling.

Set in contemporary London, it’s an entertaining, surprising, character-driven drama that explores how far we’ll go to survive – and at what cost.

Hampered by her gambling addiction and with a debt collector knocking on the door, getting back to black looks impossible for Sam when she works a zero-hours contract on minimum wage.

A loving mum to two young daughters, Alice and Lily, Sam is struggling to keep her head above water and continues to turn to gambling as a means of escapism. The addiction has caused a rift in her family, with her husband Dave threatening to take the girls away, Sam is desperate to protect her life with them and to prove that she’s turning things around.

Sam’s world is thrown into disarray after she discovers access to lucrative stock market information that could be the answer to all her prayers. With the help of her best friend Jess, Sam starts to turn the tables on the system that has cheated her and begins to navigate the dark and dangerous world of insider trading.

There are six episodes of Cleaning Up on ITV. The sixth and final airs at 9PM on Wednesday, February 13. You can watch the show online or catch up from ITV Hub.


Cleaning cast on ITV

  • Sam – Sheridan Smith
  • Jess – Jade Anouka
  • Dave – Matthew McNulty
  • Mina – Branka Katic
  • Alice – Kristy Phillips
  • Lily – Anya McKenna Bruce
  • Glynn – Robert Emms
  • Frances – Rosie Cavaliero
  • Blake – Ben Bailey Smith
  • Swanny – Lloyd Owen
  • Warren – Neil Maskell
  • Beth – Naomi Ackie
  • Viktor – Uriel Emil
  • Graham – Con O’Neill
  • Jake – Hero Fiennes Tiffin
  • John – Jordan Dawes
  • Chris – Theo Barklem-Biggs

Cleaning Up spoilers

In the sixth and final episode tonight, with Swanny on her back desperate for his money, Sam’s world falls apart when her landlady returns with some devastating news.

Time is up for Sam as she faces the disastrous consequences of her actions and is separated from her girls.

Coming clean to Dave could solve Sam’s problems, but she risks losing her family.

Jess is heart-broken when her business plan for a new café falls through.

With no job and no home, Sam moves in with Jess and together they concoct a brilliant but dangerous idea of how to get their lives back on track.


Realising they have been double-crossed, the Network hunt Sam down and will go to any lengths to protect their names.

Knowing that they have run out of options, Sam, Jess and Mina plan to confront the criminal unit.

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