Where you recognise Time cast from – Line of Duty, Corrie and Waterloo Road

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A prisoner consumed by guilt and an officer with an impossible choice.

That's the plot of explosive new BBC drama Time, which has been nicely filling the Line of Duty-shaped gap in our lives every Sunday evening.

Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones star Sean Bean plays Mark Cobden, a teacher sent to prison for killing a man while drink driving who quickly has to learn how to survive behind bars.

While Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham appears as prison officer Eric McNally, who must choose between his family and his profession when an inmate identifies his weakness.

It's a tense store of punishment and principles – and the three-part drama is filled with a whole host of recognisable faces.

From a Waterloo Road hero to a Line of Duty villain and multiple Coronation Street stars, here's a look at where you might know the cast from.

Sean Bean

Sean Bean plays prisoner Mark Cobden in the new BBC series
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Legendary actor Sean Bean is back on our screens – this time playing far less of a hardman than we're used to.

His character Mark is a teacher thrown in at the deep end when he arrives in prison and is immediately bullied by his fellow inmates.

Mark tries to stand on his own two feet while repenting for his crime, but is faced with doing what is easy and what is right.

Having found fame as titular character Sharpe in the ITV series, Sean became a massive film and television star.

The Hollywood actor has starred in Patriot Games, James Bond flick GoldenEye, The Lord of the Rings films, The Island, Black Death and The Martian.

He is also a TV regular having appeared as Ned Stark in the first series of Games of Thrones, Accused, Broken and Henry VIII.

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham's character Eric McNally is the 'boss' inside – but faces a tough decision

Stephen Graham is another big time actor who needs no introduction.

He plays Eric McNally, a prison guard with a pristine reputation for over two decades who suddenly finds himself having to commit evil deeds to save those closest to him.

The Scouse actor has starred in many major films such as Snatch, Gangs of New York, The Irishman and two Pirates of the Caribbean films.

He's also been a small screen star, appearing as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire and in ITV dramas Little Boy Blue and White House Farm.

He also rocked up in the fifth series of Line of Duty as John Corbett, the undercover cop who was deep inside the Organised Crime Syndicate until he was rumbled and brutally killed.

One of the biggest names to take part in the show, Stephen had already appeared alongside Vicky McClure in the This Is England film and series.

Brian McCardie

Line of Duty viewers will recognise Brian McCardie
(Image: BBC/James Stack)

Brian McCardie should be instantly recognisable to Line of Duty fans who watched from the start.

He plays the shady character of Jackson Jones in Times, a prisoner who seemingly wants to help Mark but there is obviously a huge catch.

It seems Brian loves being the villain as he was the infamous crime kingpin Tommy Hunter in Line of Duty.

For most of the first series we only heard the Scottish actor's voice as he tormented Tony Gates, but he was killed off without even appearing in the second series before making some flashback appearances.

Brian has also appeared in Casualty, the Snatch TV series and Domina.

Siobhan Finneran

Most of us will have seen Siobhan sunning herself in Benidorm
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Siobhan Finneran has turned from comedy to intense drama.

She plays Marie-Louise in Time, the church worker who tries to get the prisoner to stop others falling down a dark path and particularly sees the good in Mark.

Siobhan is best known for playing Janice Garvey in Benidorm, who had to deal with her troublesome mum Madge.

She and Steve Pemberton announced their decision to leave the show during Benidorm's sixth series, with Siobhan explaining to What's on TV at the time: "We were in a terrible state. It was our decision to stop, but it was still heartbreaking. A lot of guest stars – brilliant people like David Bradley – have said it’s a treat of a job, and they’re right.

In Downton Abbey she starred as Miss O'Brien, even referring to her own character as a "thoroughly despicable human being".

Siobhan has appeared as Clare Cartwright in gritty BBC One crime drama Happy Valley, and in the crime drama The Moorside, based on the disappearance of Shannon Matthews,

She has also starred in BBC comedy series The Other One, and last year appeared in hit Netflix thriller The Stranger.

Jack McMullen

Jack McMullen (right) was a Waterloo Road bad boy
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Jack McMullen might as well be playing an older version of his Waterloo Road character in Time.

He appears as Mark's second cellmate Daniel, who turns to drugs after getting time added on to his murder sentence.

The actor first hit our screens as Josh McLoughlin in Brookside, winning Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards, before going on to play Tigger in Grange Hill.

After appearances in Doctors and The Bill he was cast as school troublemaker Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road.

Since then he has popped up in Casualty and played Dean Kelly, one of the gang members involved in Rhys Jones' murder in ITV drama Little Boy Blue.

Jason Done

We're still not over the death of Tom Clarkson
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Jason Done will forever be known as Tom Clarkson – and we still haven't gotten over his untimely death.

In Time he plays the prison guard responsible for checking the inmates in and out of jail.

For eight series he plated the teacher we all wished we could have, who met a devastating end when he tried to stop Kyle from taking his own life by jumping off the school roof.

It ended in tragedy as Tom was unintentionally flung off the roof and fell to his death.

Since the show, actor Jason Done has appeared in Casualty, Vera and Netflix original The Innocents.

Terence Maynard

Terrence Maynard played Liz McDonald's cheating partner Tony
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Terence Maynard plays Kavanagh, better known as Kav in Time.

The inmate turns to Mark for help to write a letter to his wife because he can't read or write and they become friends.

Actor Terence Maynard has appeared in EastEnders, Dream Team, Holby City, The Bill and as Van Helsing in kids show Young Dracula.

But he's probably best remembered for playing slimy Tony Stewart in Coronation Street from 2014 to 2015.

Eileen's ex and Jason's dad got into a relationship with Liz McDonald but ended up cheating on her with Tracy Barlow.

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston plays Sean Bean's mum
(Image: BBC/James Stack)

Popular actress Sue Johnston is never off our screens.

In Time she plays Sean Bean's on-screen mum, June Cobden, who was devastated with what her son did but is proud of how he has handled himself since.

Having first appeared as Sheila Grant in Brookside for eight years, Sue really found fame as long-suffering wife Barbara in The Royle Family.

In real life, actress Sue Johnston starred in Waking The Dead for over a decade then played Gloria Price in Coronation Street for two years.

Sue appeared in the fifth series of Downton Abbey as Miss Denker and in the films Golden Years and Walk Like A Panther.

She also teamed up with Royle Family co-star Craig Cash again in Sky One comedy Rovers in 2016.

Dean Fagan

Dean Fagan has gone from hero to villain
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Coronation Street fans will be well acquainted with Dean Fagan.

In Time, he plays nasty inmate Stevie who helps burn a 'rat' by putting sugar in boiling water then giving it to his mate to throw on the poor guy's face.

The actor played cobbles favourite Luke Britton from 2014 until his character's brutal murder in 2018.

Luke was about to expose Pat Phelan, but before he could get away the evil supervillain fired at his car and caused an unsurvivable fireball.

Although Dean was upset to leave, he was pleased his character's death started the demise of Phelan.

He told The Manchester Evening News at the time: "I was excited to realise I was going to be a pivotal part of the start of Phelan’s demise, the start of the unravelling, that someone else has found out the truth and he has now killed again which is a desperate act and one that is going to eventually start more questions being asked.

"The Phelan era is huge and he has played such a massive part in the street so to be involved in that is brilliant. Luke will play his part in the whole end game.”

*Time airs Sundays on BBC One at 9pm

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