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The North Water cast revealed in full for BBC Two drama series

Meet the The North Water 2021 cast

The North Water has arrived on BBC Two – here’s a full run down of who’s on the cast.


Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, the cinematic drama series is adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Haigh.

A synopsis of the show shares: “1859. Patrick Sumner joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon, hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling trip. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with Drax, a harpooner, a distinctly brutal force of nature.

“As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts – taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.”

The North Water 2021 cast

Here’s a full rundown of who’s on the cast of The North Water:

Patrick Sumner – Jack O’Connell
Henry Drax – Colin Farrell
Captain Brownlee – Stephen Graham
Baxter – Sir Tom Courtenay

Cavendish – Sam Spruell
Otto – Roland Møller
Priest – Peter Mullan
McKendrick – Philip Hill-Pearson


Jones – Kieran Urquhart
Corbyn – Jonathan Aris
Joseph Hannah – Stephen McMillan
Hester – Eliza Butterworth

Anna – Nive Nielson
Elder Inuk – Natar Ungalaaq
Younger Inuk – Jerry Laisa
Urgang – Ipeelie Ootoova
Merok – Keenan Carpenter

Watch The North Water on TV and online

The North Water starts on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer at 9:30PM on Friday, 10 September. Episodes will continue weekly on Fridays on TV.

The five-part series will be made available to stream in full on BBC iPlayer after the first episode airs on TV.

Director Andrew Haigh says: “Ian McGuire’s novel vividly evokes the brutal beauty of the Arctic environment and I knew I had to try and bring a similar realism to the show.


“Despite the obvious challenges, shooting in the Arctic seemed the very best option. I wanted us to feel the biting wind, the bitter cold. I wanted to capture that fear that comes from being so far from civilization.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Colin Farrell will bring a blend of brutality and humanity to Andrew Haigh’s superb adaptation of this savage novel. The North Water is a brooding and resonant story which is set to grip BBC Two viewers.”

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