BBC series SAS Rogue Heroes, written and directed by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, tells the amazing story of how the Special Air Service was formed in North Africa during the Second World War. Many of the main cast are based on real people who served in the unit during the war, though one character has been created specially for the series.
Who is the cast of SAS Rogue Heroes?
Connor Swindells as David Stirling
David Stirling is an eccentric young officer who sets out to form an elite combat unit to go behind enemy lines on dangerous missions in the North African desert. Swindells is best known for playing Adam Groff in Netflix series Sex Education and also starred as Lt. Simon Hadlow in drama mystery series Vigil. His film roles include playing Robert Martin in Emma. and Dan in Barbarians - he is due to appear in the upcoming Barbie movie.
Jack O’Connell as Paddy Mayne
Mayne is an officer who became one of the British Army’s most highly decorated soldiers during the Second World War. He took part in night raids with the SAS to destroy enemy aircraft on the ground. O’Connell will be recognised for playing Cook in season three and four of teen drama Skins, and Ray Goode in western series Godless. His film credits include war films Unbroken, ‘71, and Private Peaceful.
Dominic West as Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke
Clarke was an officer who became known as ‘the greatest British deceiver of the Second World War’ for his roles in deception campaigns against the allies. West’s most iconic role was playing Jimmy McNulty in crime series The Wire - he also played Jean Valjean in 2018 series Les Misérables and Prince Charles in season five of The Crown. He has starred in films Tomb Raider, The Square, Pride, and 300.
Sofia Boutella as Eve Mansour
Mansour is one of the few characters created especially for the series - she is a spy, and the Deputy Head of French intelligence in Cairo. Boutella is an Algerian actress - she has starred in several major films including Star Trek Beyond, The Mummy, Atomic Blonde, and Climax.
Alfie Allen as Jock Lewes
Lewes is the training officer of the SAS and was one of the founders of the group - he created a bomb, which is named after him, that was used in several SAS missions throughout the war. Allen is mostly associated with his role of Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. He has also starred in White House Farm and historical series Harlots, as well as the films John Wick, Jojo Rabbit, and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Theo Barklem-Biggs as Reg Seekings
Seekings was an original member of the SAS group and took part in their first mission, a parachute drop west of Tobruk, Libya. Barklem-Biggs is a comedy actor and has appeared in sports comedy series The F1rst Team, and sitcom White Gold. His dramatic roles include appearances in the First World War films The Forgotten Battle and Journey’s End.
Stuart Campbell as Bill Fraser
Fraser is another original SAS member, handpicked by Stirling - he fought in all the SAS campaigns of the Second World War and was injured several times. Campbell played Fraser in thriller series Clique, Jack in Hetty Feather, and Alex Chambers in Baptiste.
Ian Davies as Randolph Churchill
Randolph Churchill was the only son of wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and he served alongside the SAS on a major mission behind enemy lines. Davies played Mike in action series Treadstone and Ray in the drama Ordinary Lies. He also starred in the films Peterloo and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
When is SAS Rogue Heroes on TV?
All of the first season of SAS Rogue Heroes is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. Episodes are also airing weekly, and the second episode will air on BBC One on Sunday 6 November at 9pm.