Silent Witness has been a near-constant presence on our screens since it made its debut way back in 1996 and it’s been a firm fan-favourite on the BBC for almost a quarter of a century.

In 2021, the acclaimed crime drama returned for its highly anticipated 24th series, several months later than originally planned thanks to a certain pandemic.

Like most murder mystery series, season 24 of Silent Witness welcomes both new and familiar faces to the cast of each new chapter but just who is set to appear in the climactic episodes 9 and 10?

Silent Witness | Series 24 Trailer – BBC Trailers

Silent Witness | Series 24 Trailer – BBC Trailers

Silent Witness season 24, episodes 9 and 10: Release date and plot

Silent Witness season 24 concludes with episodes 9 and 10 on October 4th and 5th respectively.

Titled Matters of Life and Death, the two-part finale is centred on a worrying discovery made by Nikki’s students while dissecting a body for their training that suggests foul play.

Jack is sent to investigate the care home where the victim died but finds himself having to fight to keep himself and the remaining residents alive when a river bursts its banks and floods the area, leaving them trapped with a killer on the loose.

Meanwhile, the case brings Nikki closer to her student, Ollie, which sees potentially dangerous feelings rise to the surface.


Silent Witness season 24, episodes 9 and 10: Cast

As ever in Silent Witness, we join the Lyell Centre’s main cast of characters while also welcoming a host of new guest stars.

Appearing in the cast in episodes 9 and 10 of Silent Witness season 24 are:

Main and recurring

  • Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander
  • David Caves as Jack Hodgson
  • Genesis Lynea as Dr Simone Tyler

Guest stars

  • Stephen Wight as DS Galloway
  • Pauline McLynn as Mary Thorpe
  • Jack Bandeira as Ollie
  • Siân Phillips as Beattie Elleston
  • Nicholas Woodeson as Derek Galton
  • Millicent Wong as Ana Wilson
  • Ryan Hawley as Michael Robson
  • India Eva Rae as Amrita Naidu
  • David Birrell as Dr Young
  • Amanda Boxer as Kate Vellecott
  • Mitesh Soni as Henry
  • Bronwyn James as Hannah Robson
  • Annette McLaughlin as Liz
  • Richard Durden as Conor Hodgson
  • Sutara Gayle as Gloria Mason-Walker
  • Oliver Devoti as Lt Jamie Gatley

Any missing cast members will be added after the episodes have aired.


Guest star spotlight

Stephen Wight as DS Galloway

After also appearing in episodes 5 and 6, Stephen Wight returns as DS Galloway in episodes 9 and 10.

Essex-born Stephen Wight has been acting since the early 2000s with notable roles coming in Bluestone 42, ITV’s Manhunt, I May Destroy You as well as single-episode appearances in Ashes to Ashes and Sherlock.

Pauline McLynn as Mary Thorpe

Pauline McLynn joins Silent Witness as Mary Thorpe in episodes 9 and 10.

The Irish actress has been working in the acting industry since 1988 and has almost 70 credits to her name, with her most notable appearances coming in Drop Dead Weird, EastEnders, BBC Three’s Pramface as well as Shameless and Father Ted where she played Mrs Doyle.


Jack Bandeira as Ollie

Jack Bandeira returns in the season 24 finale as Ollie, one of Nikki’s students and someone who takes a liking to her.

On top of his Silent Witness role, Jack has appeared in some big-name productions since making his debut in 2013 including ITV’s Vera, Netflix’s The Witcher and Sex Education as well as new film release, Gunpowder Milkshake.

Siân Phillips as Beattie Elleston

Dame Siân Phillips has become a Welsh national treasure since she made her first acting appearance way back in 1958.

126 acting roles later and at 88 years of age, Phillips appears in Silent Witness as Beattie Elleston, one of the care home residents.

Fans of TV and film will know the Welsh actress best from her appearances in The Magician’s House, 1981’s Clash of the Titans, 1984’s Dune and more recently Strike and series 3 of Keeping Faith.

Nicholas Woodeson as Derek Seaton

Joining Siân Phillips as a care home resident is Nicholas Woodeson who takes on the role of Derek Seaton.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Nicholas has appeared in over 100 roles, with notable recent appearances coming in ITV’s Quiz, Taboo, The Living and the Dead, HBO’s Rome as well as the films Paddington 2, The Death of Stalin and the 2012 Bond movie, Skyfall.


Ryan Hawley as Michael Robson

Ryan Hawley takes on the role of Michael Robson in Silent Witness and he will be most familiar to fans of Emmerdale as he appeared as Robert Sugden in over 800 episodes between 2014 and 2019.

The Dubai-born British actor has also appeared in Father Brown and ITV’s 2012 Titanic series since making his debut on Doctors back in 2008.

India Eva Rae as Amrita Naidu

And finally, we come to India Eva Rae, the newest cast member in the episode.

Her role as Amrita Naidu in Silent Witness will only be her fourth acting role after appearing in Adulting, Maxxx and On the Edge in 2020.


Season 24 of Silent Witness concludes with episodes 9 and 10 on BBC One at 9pm on Monday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 5th.

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