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Silent Witness

British crime drama television series

Silent Witness

Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Renny Rye, Diarmuid Lawrence, Dudi Appleton, Susan Tully, Keith Boak, David Drury and Mike Barker
Genre television drama and police procedural
Composer John Harle
Country of origin United Kingdom
Screenwriter Dudi Appleton, M. J. Arlidge, Rhidian Brook, Nigel McCrery, Tony McHale, Graham Mitchell, Timothy Prager, Ed Whitmore and Jim Keeble
Number of episodes 212
Number of seasons 23

About Silent Witness

Silent Witness: The Groundbreaking Crime Drama of the 90s

In 1996, the BBC aired a new crime drama that would change the landscape of television forever. Silent Witness, created by Nigel McCrery and produced by the BBC, followed the investigations of a team of forensic pathologists as they solved complex cases through the analysis of evidence and the examination of corpses.

The show was groundbreaking in its approach to crime drama, focusing on the science behind solving crimes rather than the traditional detective work. The characters were complex and flawed, adding a layer of realism to the show that was rarely seen on television at the time.

Silent Witness was an instant hit, drawing in millions of viewers each week and earning critical acclaim for its innovative storytelling and strong performances. The show has since become a cultural touchstone, inspiring countless imitators and cementing its place in television history.

Over the years, Silent Witness has continued to evolve and adapt to changing times, tackling issues such as terrorism, cybercrime, and sexual assault. The show has also introduced new characters and storylines, keeping the series fresh and engaging for audiences.

As we approach the 25th anniversary of Silent Witness, it's clear that the show's impact on television cannot be overstated. It remains a testament to the power of innovative storytelling and the enduring appeal of crime drama.


- "Silent Witness: The story so far." BBC.

- "Silent Witness: How the show has changed over 20 years." The Telegraph.

- "Silent Witness: The groundbreaking crime drama that changed TV forever." Radio Times.

Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


96 years, 2 months, 13 days


22 years, 5 months, 12 days

Born first

29 September 1923

Died first

5 June 2015

Born last


Died last

20 February 2022

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Evanna Lynch

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Daisy Ridley

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Jodie Comer

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Tobias Menzies

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Nicholas Amer

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Daisy Edgar-Jones

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Daniel Kaluuya

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Gary Lewis

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Samantha Womack

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Samantha Bond

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Sophia Myles

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Siân Phillips

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Gillian Kearney

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Archie Panjabi

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Sharon D. Clarke

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Ron Donachie

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Victoria Wicks

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Denise Gough

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Christine Bottomley

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Jo Joyner

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Stephen Walters

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Sophia Di Martino

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Canadian actress Jayne Eastwood

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Niky Wardley

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Jemma Redgrave

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Nikki Amuka-Bird

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Michelle Fairley

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Rory Kinnear

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Anna Chancellor

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Anthony Head

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Natasha Little

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Susannah Fielding

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Hungarian actor Iván Kamarás

Iván Kamarás

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Barbara Flynn

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Harris Dickinson

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Scottish actor Richard Rankin

Richard Rankin

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Susan Brown

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Lucy Speed

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Emily Beecham

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Raquel Cassidy

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Lin Blakley

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Anton Lesser

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Amy Huberman

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Antonia Campbell-Hughes

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Kate Fleetwood

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Camilla Arfwedson

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