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BBC Two 2017

Sitcom about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive and unromantic side of parenting.

The Top 10 Actors and Characters of Motherland (Ranked Cast in 2024)

Oliver Chris

#1 - Oliver Chris (Freddy)

Oliver Chris plays as Freddy in Motherland.
Oliver Chris is the top #1 member of the cast and appears in 24 episodes.

Anna Maxwell Martin

#2 - Anna Maxwell Martin (Kelly)

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Anna Maxwell Martin (born May 1977), sometimes credited as Anna Maxwell-Martin, is a two-time BAFTA award-winning English actress who has won acclaim for her performances as Lyra in His Dark Materials at the Royal National Theatre, as Esther Summerson in the BBC's 2005 adaptation of Bleak House, and as N in Channel 4's 2008 adaptation of Poppy Shakespeare. Description above from the Wikipedia article Anna Maxwell Martin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Anna Maxwell Martin plays as Kelly in Motherland.
Anna Maxwell Martin is the top #2 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Paul Ready

#3 - Paul Ready (Kevin)

Paul Ready is a British actor. He is known principally for his work on stage, but he has also appeared in television, radio and films. He received a commendation at the 2003 Ian Charleson Awards. In 2018, he played the role of Rob MacDonald in the BBC television series Bodyguard. Ready was born in Birmingham and growing up in the town of Harborne he attended King Edward VI Five Ways school within the city. He went on to train at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. At the age of 17, Ready played Romeo in the National Youth Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, playing opposite Rosamund Pike who played Juliet. He is a regular at the National and Royal Court theaters. Recent appearances have included leading parts in Major Barbara and Saint Joan (both plays by George Bernard Shaw) and Time and the Conways. His West End credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which starred Christian Slater. Also appearing on television, Ready received notability in 2013 for appearing on the television show Utopia. In 2018, he feature as Henry Goodsir, one of the lead roles in The Terror, a 10-part series based on Dan Simmons' best-selling novel. Ready is married to actress and writer Michelle Terry. They have one daughter.

Paul Ready plays as Kevin in Motherland.
Paul Ready is the top #3 member of the cast and appears in 17 episodes.

Diane Morgan

#4 - Diane Morgan (Liz)

Diane Morgan is an English actress, stand up, comedian and writer. Originally from Bolton, Greater Manchester, she studied at East 15 Acting School and worked with Ken Campbell on the 24 hour play The Warp. Credits include Phoenix Nights, Mount Pleasant, Him and Her, Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (as Philomena Cunk) Utopia, Rovers, Drunk History, We The Jury, Motherland, The Archivologists and Cunk on Britain. One half of comedy duo Two Episodes of Mash with Joe Wilkinson, and star of  several short films, including The Boot Sale directed by Jonathan van Tulleken, written by Rick Edwards, which was shortlisted in the Virgin Media Shorts film competition 2010

Diane Morgan plays as Liz in Motherland.
Diane Morgan is the top #4 member of the cast and appears in 17 episodes.

Lucy Punch

#5 - Lucy Punch (Amanda)

Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977, height 5' 8" (1,73 m)) is an British actress, best known for her roles in both the television show Doc Martin on ITV as receptionist Elaine Denham and for her starring role in the American programe The Class as Holly Ellenbogen, on CBS, and also in the film Hot Fuzz as Eve Draper.

Lucy Punch plays as Amanda in Motherland.
Lucy Punch is the top #5 member of the cast and appears in 17 episodes.

Philippa Dunne

#6 - Philippa Dunne (Anne)

Philippa Dunne plays as Anne in Motherland.
Philippa Dunne is the top #6 member of the cast and appears in 17 episodes.

#7 - Terry Mynott (Ian)

Terry Mynott plays as Ian in Motherland.
Terry Mynott is the top #7 member of the cast and appears in 12 episodes.

Ellie Haddington

#8 - Ellie Haddington (Marion)

A trainee at the Bristol Old Vic in the 1970s, Ellie Haddington is an actress who has become more prolific and more in demand with each passing year. She first came to attention playing Josie Clarke in Coronation Street from 1995-1996 and played governor Joy Masterton in Bad Girls a decade later. She was Professor Docherty in the 2007 Doctor Who episode Last of the Timelords and played Carol Porter in Sky's sitcom The Cafe in 2011-2013. She memorably played Hilda Pierce in several episodes of Foyle's War from 2003 to 2015 and Fanny Biggetywitch in the BBC's Dickensian in 2016. Most recently she is the long suffering mother to Anna Maxwell Martin's character in Motherland and played Agatha Chudleigh in Ripper Street, as well as Mrs Esposito in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Ellie Haddington plays as Marion in Motherland.
Ellie Haddington is the top #8 member of the cast and appears in 12 episodes.

Tanya Moodie

#9 - Tanya Moodie (Meg)

Tanya Moodie plays as Meg in Motherland.
Tanya Moodie is the top #9 member of the cast and appears in 11 episodes.

Chetna Pandya

#10 - Chetna Pandya (Mrs. Lawson)

Chetna Pandya plays as Mrs. Lawson in Motherland.
Chetna Pandya is the top #10 member of the cast and appears in 6 episodes.

Last updated: feb 06, 2023

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