Obsession full cast cast of actors and characters in Netflix series

2/5 Rating. This character guide contains spoilers.

A respected London surgeon’s affair with his son’s fiancée turns into an erotic infatuation that threatens to change their lives forever.

How many episodes of Netflix Obsession are there? Obsession is a standalone series made up of four hour-long episodes that are available to watch on Netflix now.

Alongside Armitage and Murphy, The Capture’s Indira Varma and Ms Marvel’s Rish Shah also star.

But who do they play and what else have you seen them in before? As you prepare to binge the shocking drama streaming now on Netflix, check out our full guide to the Obsession cast.

Obsession cast: Who stars in the Netflix series alongside Richard Armitage?

Here are the main cast members and characters in Obsession. Read on for more information about who they are and where you’ve seen the actors before”

  • Richard Armitage as William Farrow
  • Charlie Murphy as Anna Barton
  • Rish Shah as Jay Farrow
  • Indira Varma as Ingrid Farrow
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner as Peggy
  • Sonera Angel as Sally Farrow
  • Anil Goutam as Edward
  • Marion Bailey as Elizabeth Barton

Here’s all you need to know about the major players in the drama Obsession.

Richard Armitage plays William Farro

Who is William Farrow? William is a successful surgeon, father and husband to Ingrid. Everything seems to be going brilliantly in his life – he’s got a high-flying career, a father-in-law in parliament, a successful wife and a lovely family but something is missing. At least, he realises it is when he comes across Anna, his son’s fiancée, and soon gets wrapped up in his obsession with her.

Speaking to Netflix about the new role, Armitage says of William: “I was fascinated by the psychology of what leads a very successful man, with a really good marriage, a great family and, really, nothing wrong in his life, to risk everything… He’s reached a point of thinking, ‘Is this all there is? What now? Is my life over?’ He deliberately shatters everything to feel something.”

Where have I seen Richard Armitage before? Armitage is known for his various roles in television and film, most notably in The Hobbit, North & South, The Crucible, Hannibal, Spooks, Strike Back, and Robin Hood. Of course, Armitage will be recognisable to many Netflix thriller fans as he has starred in two of Harlan Coben’s adaptations, including The Stranger and Stay Close.

Indira Varma plays Ingrid Farrow

Who is Ingrid Farrow? Ingrid is William’s wife and is in a high-flying career of her own as a barrister. She’s intrigued by Anna, who Jay happily brings home to meet his parents one weekend and only wants the best for her children.

Speaking about avoiding cliches in her role as Ingrid, Varma revealed: “Ingrid isn’t the wife that’s 14 being traded in for a younger model. Just look at the clothes that costume designer, Keith Madden and I felt the character should wear… We wanted her to still be attractive, and hip, and a sexual being. We wanted to avoid all the usual cliches.”

Where have I seen Indira Varma before? This certainly isn’t the first strong character Varma has played, with past roles of hers including Elaria Sand in Game of Thrones, Zoe Luther in Luther and more recently as Khadija Khan in The Capture season 2. She has also starred in Extrapolations, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Carnival Row and Spitting Image.

Rish Shah plays Jay Farrow

Who is Jay Farrow? William and Ingrid’s son, Jay is a junior doctor following in his father’s major career footsteps. He seeks his father’s approval and validation, but his focus is centred on his latest obsession: Anna. She’s older, exciting and soon, Jay is completely in love with her, unknowing of her and his father’s secret.

Where have I seen Rish Shah before? Shah had his breakout role in Ms Marvel as super-powered teenager Kamran but has also more recently starred in Netflix’s Do Revenge and Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye. He has also appeared in British soaps like Emmerdale, Casualty and Doctors.

Charlie Murphy plays Anna Barton

Who is Anna Barton? Anna works for the foreign office and one night at a parliamentary event, locks eyes with William for the first time. Sparks fly and soon, they realise their connection to each other: that Anna is the mysterious girlfriend that William’s son Jay has been excitedly talking about.

Hiding a complicated past of her own, Anna embarks on an affair with William but also loves Jay – will she have to decide between the two? Speaking about the role, Murphy said: “It was the most dynamic and fun role I could ever have imagined.

“On the one hand, she’s desperately looking for normality to anchor and heal her and that’s what she gets from Jay, but the destructive side seeks out danger and annihilation and that’s what William represents.”

Where have I seen Charlie Murphy before? The Irish actress is perhaps best known for her roles as Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders and her moving portrayal as Ann Gallagher in BBC’s Happy Valley, a role she held throughout all three seasons. She has also starred in 2022 thriller Deadline, Halo and The Capture season 2.

Pippa Bennett-Warner plays Peggy

Who is Peggy? Peggy is a friend of Anna’s and one of her only links back to her complicated past. She is Anna’s confidante and knows all about her past, but what will she think of Anna and William’s growing relationship?

Where have I seen Pippa Bennett-Warner before? Bennett-Warner has starred in various things both on stage and on the screen, including standout performances in Richard II and The Witness. As for TV, she is perhaps best known for her role as Shannon Dumani in Gangs of London, as well as in River, See How They Run, Chloe and Roadkill.

Sonera Angel plays Sally Farrow

Who is Sally Farrow? Sally is Jay’s sister and William and Ingrid’s daughter. She and her brother have a loving relationship and she takes great pleasure in teasing him about his new love interest, Anna.

Where have I seen Sonera Angel before? Angel has appeared in series such as Red Velvet Revolution, Casualty, The Third Day and short films like Without Warning, The Castle: Two Against One, and Zaara.

Marion Bailey plays Elizabeth Barto

Who is Elizabeth Barton? Elizabeth is Anna’s mother in the story. What does she make of her daughter’s choices?

Where have I seen Marion Bailey before? Bailey is a renowned stage actress and has regularly appeared in the films of director Mike Leigh, including Vera Drake and Peterloo. The actress has been a television regular for the past few decades but is likely best known for her role as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown.

Anil Goutam as Edward

Who is Edward? An influential and wealthy Member of Parliament and the father of Ingrid Farrow

Where have I seen Anil Goutam before? The actor has starred in Citizen Khan, Top Boy, This Is Going To Hurt and The Witchfinder. Goutam recently portrayed the villainous Ranveer Gulati in EastEnders, the adopted father of bad boy Ravi Gulati.

How does Obsession end? In the final showdown, Anna comes back to Peggy’s apartment and calls William. She kneels on the ground and waits for him, but when he comes in, he sees a realtor. Anna had actually called Peggy and asked her for help.

Obsession is available to stream on Netflix now.

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