Des arrived on ITV on September 14th, 2020 but just who is set to appear in the cast of Des episode 2 and who is new addition, Chanel Cresswell?

Thanks to the delays caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, ITV viewers have been starved of brand new drama series since April.

But now, as September gets into full swing, ITV is treating its viewers to the most engrossing and disconcerting drama series of 2020.

Des, which tells the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, arrived on September 14th and details the events that led to Nilsen being sentenced to life in prison.

The drama has assembled a stunning cast of actors but just who’s set to appear in episode 2?

Des on ITV

Des arrived on ITV on September 14th, 2020.

The three-episode series, shown on consecutive nights, tells the grim story of Dennis Nilsen, a notorious serial killer who was found guilty of murdering six people and the attempted murder of two more, although the total number of murder victims is thought to be twice that amount.

We follow DCI Peter Jay as Dennis Nilsen is arrested and evidence is gathered into his sordid deeds before the long process of a trial begins which is complicated by Nilsen’s association with biographer Brian Masters.


Des episode 2 cast

The cast of Des episode 2 is as follows:

Main cast

  • David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen
  • Daniel Mays as DCI Peter Jay
  • Jason Watkins as Brian Masters
  • Barry Ward as DI Steve McCusker
  • Ron Cook as DCS Geoff Chambers
  • Ben Bailey Smith as DC Brian Lodge 
  • Bronagh Waugh as Charlotte Proctor
  • Alex Bhat as DS Jones
  • Jay Simpson as DS Chris Healey
  • Joel Morris as Tim Wells
  • Oscar Garland as Juan

New for episode 2

According to IMDb, the only new addition to the cast in episode 2 is:

  • Chanel Cresswell as Lesley Mead
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Meet new addition Chanel Cresswell

While episode 3 will feature more new faces as Dennis Nilsen’s trial begins, the only new addition for episode 2, according to IMDb, is Chanel Cresswell.

BAFTA-winning actress, Chanel Cresswell, takes on the role of Lesley Mead in Des, the partner of Graham Allen who was the seventh of Nilsen’s murder victims to be identified.

Viewers will likely know 30-year-old Chanel Cresswell best from her time in various editions of This is England, The Bay, The Aliens and Trollied in which she appeared as Katie in over 50 episodes.

Episode 2 of Des, featuring Chanel Cresswell, airs at 9pm on Tuesday, September 15th while the series concludes on September 16th. Fans who missed the opening episode can catch up now on ITV Hub.