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David Budd

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

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Richard Madden

A Helmand veteran, David hides the psychological scars from his time in the army behind a cool and forceful demeanour, but the cracks show at home, where he is separated from his beloved wife Vicky and their two children. Mistrustful of politicians, especially those who voted in favour of the conflict in the Middle East, David is ambivalent about his ‘step-up’ to protect the Home Secretary – Julia Montague. Torn between dedication to his job and his political ideals, and prone to volatile behaviour, he must decide where his loyalties truly lie.