Bodyguard cast and spoilers from BBC One's new drama

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BBC One's Bodyguard is a new six part series - who's on the cast and what's it all about?

Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David Budd, a heroic but volatile war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague, Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, could he become her biggest threat?

Bodyguard airs at 9PM on Sundays on BBC One.

Bodyguard cast

David Budd (Richard Madden) - Sergeant David Budd serves as a Principal Protection Officer (PPO) in the Royal and Specialist Protection Command of London's Metropolitan Police (RaSP).

Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) - The Right Honourable Julia Montague is Home Secretary and a Conservative MP. Divorced, Julia lives alone in her London constituency.

Vicky Budd (Sophie Rundle) - Vicky is a ward sister at a London hospital and loving mother of two young children. Married to police officer PS David Budd, they are separated due to his unpredictable moods and issues with PTSD since he returned from the Afghanistan war.

Commander Anne Sampson (Gina McKee) - Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, Sampson reports directly to the Home Secretary, Julia Montague.

Mike Travis (Vincent Franklin) - Minister of State for Counter-Terrorism, Mike works closely with the Home Secretary as the investigation into recent terror events progresses.

Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock (Pippa Haywood) - Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock is David Budd’s commanding officer at RaSP (Royalty and Specialist Protection).

Roger Penhaligon (Nicholas Gleaves) - The Rt. Hon. Roger Penhaligon, MP is the Government Chief Whip and former husband of Julia Montague.

Stephen Hunter-Dunn (Stuart Bowman) - Director General of the Security Service (MI-5), Hunter-Dunn’s private meetings with Home Secretary Julia Montague start to raise suspicions within Julia’s team.

Chanel Dyson (Stephanie Hyam) - As PR Advisor to the Home Secretary, Julia Montague, Chanel is out of her depth and sometimes fails to take her job seriously enough for Julia’s liking. G

DCI Deepak Sharma (Ash Tandon) - A senior detective in the Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command (SO15), Detective Chief Inspector Deepak Sharma leads the investigation into the recent spate of terror events and reports directly to the branch’s Commander, Anne Sampson.

DS Louise Rayburn (Nina Toussaint-White) - Detective Sergeant Louise Rayburn is a Counter Terrorism officer with SO15.

Rob MacDonald (Paul Ready) - As Special Advisor to the Home Secretary, Rob is apparently loyal and supportive of Julia Montague’s policies.

Tahir Mahmood (Shubham Saraf) - Tahir Mahmood is brought on to the Home Secretary Julia Montague’s team as a replacement PR Advisor after his predecessor is fired.

Bodyguard spoilers

In tonight's fifth episode, as he delves into Julia’s political manoeuvring, David's theories about a conspiracy at the heart of government look increasingly plausible.

But concerns about David’s psychological health are raised, and allegations about his and Julia’s professional conduct come to light.

The series concludes next week with an extended, 75-minute finale.

Principal Protection Officer David Budd has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the Home Secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up...

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