The Pact cast: who stars with Rakie Ayola, Laura Fraser and Jason Hughes in BBC drama - and when is it on TV?

The Pact is full of dark twists and turns as a drunken mistake leads to a potentially life changing moment

BBC’s new crime thriller arrived on 17 May, featuring a host of welsh acting talent in the cast.

Telling the story of a group of five friends and colleagues who get caught up in a murder, The Pact is full of dark twists and turns as a drunken mistake leads to a potentially life changing moment.

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Here’s all you need to know about the cast of The Pact.

BBC’s new crime thriller is arriving on Monday (17 May (C) Little Door (The Pact) - Photographer: Warren Orchard

Who’s in the cast of The Pact?

Laura Fraser - Anna Price

Anna Price is played by Scottish actress Laura Fraser.

Anna is one of the colleagues at the brewery and she is caught up in her boss’s murder, along with her friends.

The subsequent five episodes will air weekly, on Sundays at 9pm (C) Little Door (The Pact) - Photographer: Warren Orchard

Her life is made more difficult as she is married to police officer Max Price (Jason Highes) who is investigating the case.

Laura Fraser is best known for her roles in A Knight’s Tale, Lip Service and the critically acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad.

Speaking to the Express about her character, Fraser said: “I really, really felt so sorry for her because she really is caught in such a predicament.

"It's such a huge moral dilemma and when the women on the night of the party, when this devastating thing happens, when they are forced to make a pact she practically begs the women 'please can we tell the police'.

DS Holland is lead officer in charge of the investigation into Jack Evans (Aneurin Barnard) death (C) Little Door (The Pact) - Photographer: Warren Orchard

"She really fights to tell the truth but in the end, she agrees to the pact and she thinks the pact is going to keep them safe."

Julie Hesmondhalgh - Nancy

Described as the mother-figure of the group, Nancy is played by Julie Hesmondhalgh.

The character is very religious, often acting on her moral compass, but she has plenty of dark secrets as well.

Hesmondhalgh is most recognisable for her role as Hayley Cropper in ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She has also starred in crime drama Broadchurch and The Trouble with Maggie Cole.

Speaking about the show ahead of its release, she said: “It's got it all! It's a thriller, first and foremost. A twisty-turny thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. But it's also a story about friendship, family, marriage, love and betrayal.”

Jason Hughes - Max Price

Max is a police officer in the series, helping investigating the murder of the brewery boss.

The character is played by Welsh actor Jason Highes, known for his roles in This Life and Midsomer Murders.

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Rakie Ayola - DS Holland

DS Holland is lead officer in charge of the investigation into Jack Evans (Aneurin Barnard) death.

She is played by Rackie Ayola, who is most recognisable for her roles in Black Mirror, Grace, Doctor Who and Noughts + Crosses

Speaking to the Express, Ayola said: I think she's a good cop. She's a good cop in every sense of the word.

"She's a detective superintendent and when I read it I was drawn in by the wonderful world that Pete's created. But there were little eccentric things that he had given Holland and when I saw that on the page I thought yeah I would love to play this woman.”

Eiry Thomas - Louie

Another member of the friend group caught up in the murder, Louie also happens to be the aunt of the victim.

Louie is played by Eiry Thinas, an actress known for her performances in The Bench, Enid a Lucy, and Keeping Faith.

Heledd Gwynn - Cat

Cat is the final member of the friendship group, and faces added pressure of another stint in prison following the murder.

She is played by Heledd Gwynn, an actress known for Gwaith/Cartref and 35 Diwrnod.

Where can I watch The Pact?

Episode one of The Pact first aired on BBC One on Monday 17 May at 9pm. The sixth and final episode of the first series aired on Tuesday 1 June.

Viewers can catch up with the show on BBC iPlayer.