Close to Me cast: who is in Channel 4 drama with Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston, and when is it on?

The TV series is based on author Amanda Reynolds’ book by the same name

Connie Nielsen executively produced and leads in the series (Picture: Channel 4)

Channel 4’s psychological drama Close To Me follows the story of Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen) who wakes up in hospital with a serious head injury and no recent memory.

Based on Amanda Reynolds’ book of the same name, the six-episode thriller follows Jo as she attempts to piece together the past year of her life, relying on those closest to her to help her remember.

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However, she soon learns that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as it seemed, and that everyone seems to be hiding something from her.

So, who stars in the cast and when is it on TV? This is what you need to know.

Close to Me cast

Connie Nielsen as Jo Harding

Connie Nielsen executively produced and leads in the series (Picture: Channel 4)

Justice League and Wonder Woman star Connie Nielsen leads in Close to Me, as Danish mother-of-two, Jo Harding. This is also the first series for which she was also executive producer.

She is best known for starring as Hippolyta in the DC Extended Universe, as well as Lucilla in Gladiator.

Nielsen said of her character: “Trauma does shake your sense of self-knowledge – she finds herself feeling weaker and weaker, and it’s only through her enormous resilience and grit that we see Jo pulling through these terrifying experiences.”

Christopher Eccleston as Rob

Christopher Eccleston stars as Rob (Picture: Channel 4)

Doctor Who star, Christopher Eccleston is a two-time BAFTA Award nominee, who plays Jo’s husband Rob in Close to Me.

His character is devoted to his wife and helping her heal from her injury, but also conceals certain recent events from her as she tries to understand what happened in the past year of her life.

Eccleston told Channel 4 his character, who works as an estate agent “realises that his role is to try and aid his life partner in a physical and emotional recovery, but also support her going through menopause.”

Ecclestone’s other roles include Thor: The Dark World, The A Word, and Shallow Grave.

Susan Lynch as Cathy

Susan Lynch joins the cast as Cathy, Jo’s best friend (Picture: Channel 4)

Killing Eve and Bloodlands actress, Susan Lynch, plays a crucial role in Close to Me, as Jo’s best friend Cathy.

The three-times IFTA-Award-winner from Northern Ireland also currently stars in ITV’s Unforgotten.

Speaking of working with Nielsen, Lynch admitted she was a “big fan”.

“The big draw was Connie Nielsen. I remember seeing her in Gladiator years ago and thinking: who is that? I’m a huge fan, I was right up for playing her friend and she was fantastic to work with,” Lynch told Channel 4.

She added: “The friendship between Jo and Cathy is so important because it’s one of the only parts of Jo’s history that you see, although the irony is that when Jo comes out of hospital, they haven’t actually been friends for a while.”

Tom Taylor as Finn

Tom Taylor is best known for his role as the protagonist’s son, Tom Foster, in Doctor Foster, though his other credits include starring in Albie in the BBC One drama Us, as well as The Dark Tower (2017) and The Kid Who Would Be King (2019).

In Close to Me, he takes on the role of Jo and Rob’s youngest child, whose departure to university is Jo’s last memory.

Rosy McEwen as Sash

Rosy McEwen is best known for her role as Libby Hatch in The Alienist, however this will be her biggest role to date.

She features as Jo and Rob’s daughter, Sash.

Leanne Best as Anna

Woman in Black: Angel of Death lead actress Leanne Best is in the Close to Me cast as Jo’s coworker, Anna.

Best’s other TV credits include Tin Star, Young Wallander, Carnival Row, Cold Feet, Black Mirror, and Line of Duty.

She is also the niece of Beatles band member, Pete Best.

When is Close to Me on TV?

Close to Me is a six-part series airing weekly on Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4. The first episode premiered on 7 November.

All episodes will be available on All 4, shortly after broadcast.