Passenger cast and plot of new ITV drama

DC Riya Ajunwa (Wunmi Mosaku)
DC Riya Ajunwa (Wunmi Mosaku)

Passenger, starring Wunmi Mosaku, David Threlfall, and Rowan Robinson, is a thriller exploring a village’s mysteries, set to air on ITV1 and ITVX in March.

Passenger is written by debut screenwriter Andrew Buchan, who is best known for his acting roles on Broadchurch, The Honourable Woman and Better.

When to watch

Passenger will start on Sunday, 25 March at 9PM on ITV1 and ITVX. The second episode will follow the very next day on Monday, 26 March.

The series has six episodes.

Katie Wells (Rowan Robinson)
Katie Wells (Rowan Robinson)

The plot of Passenger

The series explores a close-knit community who are unwilling to face their fears of change, of outsiders and of the unknown.

Located in the imagined Northern village of Chadder Vale, the narrative follows former Metropolitan Police Detective Riya Ajunwa as she delves into a sequence of bizarre and unexplained offences, leaving the local population bewildered.

Riya, having moved to the deteriorating town of Chadder Vale five years prior, is on the hunt for a significant case, a mystery that reignites her passion for detective work. Then, one evening, a young resident, Katie Wells (portrayed by Rowan Robinson), vanishes under mysterious circumstances, only to return seemingly unharmed the following day. The community, quick to move on, raises minimal questions, with life swiftly returning to its usual pace. However, Riya, still an outsider in Chadder Vale, senses that something is amiss.


As Riya investigates, she uncovers a pattern of eerie incidents and harrowing crimes within Chadder Vale, leading the townspeople to concoct narrow-minded theories and point fingers at external factors like the nearby fracking site and its supervisor, Jim Bracknell (David Threlfall). Despite the growing oddities, the community dismisses Riya’s suspicions about the town’s underlying issues, but what exactly are they trying to hide?

Meet the cast

Here’s a full rundown of who’s on the cast of Passenger:

  • Jack James Ryan plays John Trowbridge
  • Debbie Rush plays Terry Jackson
  • Sophie Ellicott plays Bev Broadbent
  • Jo Hartley plays Linda Markel
  • David Threlfall plays Jim Bracknell
  • Luke Ayres plays Kid On Wall
  • Wunmi Mosaku plays Riya Ajunwa
  • Alexandra Hannant plays Debbie Nickson
  • Anna Tymoshenko plays Inaya Shah
  • Shelley Williams plays Dina Dawson
  • Neil Sandland plays Mike Barton
  • Barry Sloane plays Eddie Wells
  • Arian Nik plays Nish Chowdry
  • Sean Gilder plays Tony Corrigan
  • Gemma Wardle plays Vicky Trowbridge
  • Hubert Hanowicz plays Jakub Makowski
  • Ella Bruccoleri plays Ali Day
  • Natalie Gavin plays Joanne Wells
  • Daniel Ryan plays Derek Jackson
  • Shervin Alenabi plays Mehmet Shah
  • Clare Burt plays Sue Goodheart
  • Rowan Robinson plays Katie Wells
  • Nico Mirallegro plays Kane Jackson
  • Matilda Freeman plays Lilly Wells

Watch the trailer

The drama will premiere on BritBox in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden

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