Bluestone 42 is a counter-IED team in Afghanistan, a close-knit group of six highly trained soldiers who do everything together. They think the world of each other but are careful never to show it, constantly playing jokes on each other to keep their days interesting.
Captain Nick Medhurst Ato (played by Oliver Chris) is the wise-cracking bomb disposal expert who tries to get his kicks from attempting new experiences, which could explain his inability to settle down with one woman. He loves gourmet food and fine booze.
Oliver Chris’s past TV credits include Green Wing, Hotel Babylon and Silent Witness. Film credits include Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End and on Broadway.
Corporal Christian Mills aka Millsy (played by Gary Carr) is Nick’s Number Two - his right hand man. He just wants to do a good job and regularly succeeds in this as he is diligent and smart – well, smart in that he can remember stuff, like which snack bar comes with which ration pack – and all the allowable two letter words in Scrabble. Shame he doesn’t know when to stop talking.
Gary Carr’s TV credits include both series of Death In Paradise, as well as roles in George Gently and Silent Witness. His theatre credits include Nation and Dido, Queen of Carthage at the National.
Corporal Lynda Bird aka Bird (played by Katie Lyons) is in charge of the signals and just wants to be one of the lads, which she pretty much is. She can go toe-to-toe with the rest of her team when it comes to swearing, fighting or banter. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly, which is a pity given her close proximity to so many.
Katie Lyons' TV credits include Boy A, Him And Her, Green Wing and Ashes To Ashes. Her theatre credits include The Kitchen (National Theatre) and Sudden Loss of Dignity.com (Bush Theatre).
Lance-Corporal Simon Lansley (played by Stephen Wight) has one job - to protect Nick, the bomb guy. He is good at that, but he has bigger ambitions and plans to apply to Sandhurst to become an officer. Sadly, he is ‘not officer material’ according to his regiment, something he refuses to believe.
Stephen Wight’s television credits include The Paradise, Sherlock and Fingersmith. On stage his credits include The Ladykillers and The Habit Of Art. Stephen’s film credits include Highlander and Weekender.
Private Kevin McDowell aka Mac (played by Jamie Quinn) is part of the military escort. From the East End of Glasgow, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of filth and nonsense. He always has to have the last word but no one minds as those last words are usually the funniest...
Jamie Quinn’s recent TV credits include Casualty and Taggart. Theatre credits include Black Watch: The Marriage Of Figaro and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Private Euan Armstrong aka Rocket (played by Scott Hoatson) is the other part of the military escort. He hails from Pilton in Edinburgh and is not the sharpest bayonet in the drawer, which Mac constantly uses to his advantage. Rocket is proud to admit that his main incentives for joining the Army were the free food and the guns.
Scott Hoatson’s credits include roles in Taggart and Case Histories on TV. His film credits include The Vigil and The Wicker Tree. Scott’s theatre credits include roles in Romeo And Juliet, A Christmas Carol and Oedipus, The King.
Major Rev Mary Greenstock (played by Kelly Adams) is the padre who is desperate to do a good job, fit in and keep up with the banter, but is pretty sure she’s failing at every turn. Although she is actually doing a good job, no-one is going to tell her that.
Kelly Adams TV credits include Hustle, Holby City, Cricklewood Greats and Robin Hood. Her film credits include The Boxer and Bronson and her theatre credits include Alice In Wonderland and Our Man In Havana.
Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Smith (played by Tony Gardner) is the commander of the entire battlegroup, who is never far away when he is required and in fact, when he is definitely not required. As he reaches the end of his Army career, he has realised that he can conduct himself in any way he likes. So he does.
Tony Gardner’s recent television credits include Last Tango in Halifax, Fresh Meat and The Thick Of It. Film credits include Mad, Sad and Bad and his theatre credits include The Rivals and Where There’s a Will.
Faruq (played by Keeno Lee Hector) is the Afghan interpreter. He is a survivor, always keen to please whoever he is talking to and ideally sell them something for a good price that will turn out to be bootlegged or broken.
Keeno Lee Hector’s television credits include Beaver Falls and Infested!