Stephen Graham

Netflix’s Bodies: Stephen Graham is returning with a major new crime thriller

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Stephen Graham is starring in a major new Netflix crime drama series based on Si Spencer’s mind-bending graphic novel Bodies. Here’s everything we know so far.

Exciting news for fans of prison dramas, detective shows, and all things true crime this week: Stephen Graham has just signed up to star in a major new Netflix crime thriller.

That’s right, folks: the new eight-part TV series Bodies sees the Peaky Blinders star take the lead in an adaptation of Si Spencer’s 2015 murder-mystery graphic novel, which follows four detectives in four different time periods investigating the murder of the same victim.

According to Netflix, the series begins with the discovery of an unidentified body in Whitechapel, uncovering a conspiracy spanning 150 years.

Shira Haas
Netflix's Bodies: Shira Haas stars as DC Maplewood

Alongside Graham in the lead role as Elias Mannix, Bodies features a talented cast of familiar faces. Among them are Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit, See How They Run) as DS Whiteman, and Shira Haas (Unorthodox, Shtisel), as DC Maplewood.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Netflix's Bodies: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd stars as DS Whiteman

Amaka Okafor (The Responder, Greatest Days) also joins the cast as DS Hasan, while Kyle Soller (The Inheritance, Andor) plays DI Hillinghead.

Kyle Soller
Netflix's Bodies: Kyle Soller stars as DI Hillinghead

The series, which was greenlit by Netflix in February and comes from the creators of Peaky Blinders, has already begun filming in Hull’s Old Town. Photos from locals show the streets have been transformed to represent the capital in a bygone era, just as it did for Netflix’s sleuth drama Enola Holmes and The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham in Time

In a set of photos shared by one Twitter user, doorways are piled high with old sandbags, buildings are propped up with wooden supports and replica newspaper clippings are plastered on announcement boards giving a second world war era atmosphere.

Other photos show a classic red telephone box with tape on the windows and market stalls with boxes of fresh vegetables. Replica WWII recruitment posters for the Women’s Land Army can also be seen on the walls, alongside adverts for Bovril and Camp Coffee.

Not only is the series based on four different detectives and time periods, but it will feature a range of different locations, too. A casting call for the new series reveals that Bodies is set to film in a range of spots across Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Grimsby and Rotherham.

Graham, who starred in last year’s poignant BBC drama Time, will next appear in Netflix’s musical remake of Matilda as Mr Wormwood, the father of the young girl with magical powers. 

While there’s no word on a release date just yet, Bodies is expected to air next year. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more details.

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Christobel Hastings

Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.