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Roach

Existing in the vast hinterland between anonymous criminality and apparent respectability, Roach is the mystery face at the top of the board, the face both Ash and the UNIT know is there and are desperate to bring down.

Roach is charismatic, ruthless and dangerous. Born in the East End before moving at a young age to the
suburbs, Roach grew up with the duck-­and-­dive aesthetic of the East End securely hard-­wired in.

Roach likes money and what it could get him. And he likes it in his pocket, rolled up tight, no debt, no credit, no taxman...

As with many before him, he drifted into the drugs business almost unwittingly, learning fast just how big the profits were. It didn’t take long for him to see that taking a piece of the action was a no-­brainer, a way to make money with little risk.

His tentacles spread to dozens of front businesses, all used in the movement of drugs and money and creating a tangle of paper trails which make his interest in them utterly untraceable. He never uses phones, only doing pre-­arranged face-­to-­face meetings with his senior lieutenants.

As long as they can be trusted, then he’s insulated. And that’s the beauty of the pyramid which the UNIT deduce – the more complicated the structure beneath him, the further any suspicion is removed from the man at the top.

But the real key to Roach’s success is to remain unsuspected precisely by hiding in plain sight. He’s a model businessman with a high profile and protects himself with the veneer of respectability. But despite everything he’s achieved in ‘business’, Roach still has ambition, ambition that pits him against Ash and sets them on a collision course across the series...

It comes down to one thing – who’ll go further to come out on top?

Trevor Eve

Trevor is a favourite face on our screens thanks to many roles.

He is probably best loved for his role as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in the long running Emmy winning BBC drama Waking the Dead which ran for nine series from 2000.

Trevor was awarded The Bancroft Gold Medal upon graduating RADA, and made his name initially in the role of Eddie Shoestring in Shoestring, before starring alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1979 film Dracula.

Just a few of his television credits include: Death Comes to Pemberley, A Doll’s House and A Politician’s Wife, both alongside Juliet Stevenson, Heat of the Sun, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Kidnap and Ransom and the lead of the BBC Four biographical film, Hughie Green, Most Sincerely.

Theatre credits include amongst others: Children of a Lesser God and Uncle Vanya, both of which won him Laurence Olivier Awards.

Trevor has also starred in many films and made his name as a Producer and Executive Producer.

In early 2014 Trevor performed the role of Professor Higgins in an extract from Pygmalion for the Queen at a centennial celebration of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.