The Larkins: Who are the cast and characters in ITV's Darling Buds of May revival?

ITV's adaptation of HE Bates' Darling Buds of May books features many familiar faces. Here are the stars - and how you might recognise them.

By Rhys Lewis Published: 10 October 2021 - 9.04pm
Drama Period Drama

Bradley Walsh

ITV The Larkins

The Larkins are back, with Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan playing the loving, loyal, and just a bit mischevious Pop and Ma, parents to a brood of six and good friends to their neighbours in their village in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Walsh and Scanlan are undoubtedly the stars of the six-part series, but screenwriter Simon Nye has crafted an ecosystem of colourful characters around them, played by some very familiar faces.

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Here's who you can expect to see crossing paths with the Larkins over the next few weeks - and where you might have seen them in the past...

Bradley Walsh plays Pop Larkin

Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin ITV

Where have you seen Bradley Walsh before?

Actor, presenter, singer and comedian Bradley Walsh has been a fixture on British TV for almost 25 years. As a game show host he presented Wheel of Fortune and, since 2009, The Chase and now Beat The Chasers. His first acting role came in the Lock, Stock… TV series in 2000, and after appearing in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001, he played Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street for two years from 2004 and Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK. Walsh played companion Graham in Doctor Who and has filmed three series of travelogues with son Barney called Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.

Joanna Scanlan plays Ma Larkin

Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin ITV

Where have you seen Joanna Scanlan before?

Scanlan played Communications Director Terri Coverly in BBC satire The Thick of It and DI Viv Deering in police drama No Offence. She co-wrote and starred in award-winning NHS satire Getting On with Jo Brand and Vicki Pepperdine, and also wrote BBC4 comedy Puppy Love with Pepperdine. On film Scanlan has appeared in Bridget Jones’ Baby, In The Loop and The Invisible Woman.

Sabrina Bartlett plays Mariette Larkin

Sabrina Bartlett as Mariette Larkin ITV

Where have you seen Sabrina Bartlett before?

Sabrina played Keren in Poldark, Abigail Turner in Victoria, Princess Isabella in Knightfall and Siena Rosso in Bridgerton.

Tok Stephen plays Cedric Charlton

Tok Stephen as Cedric Charlton ITV

Where have you seen Tok Stephen before?

Tok has appeared in Grantchester, Holby City and Silent Witness.

Lydia Page plays Primrose Larkin

Lydia Page as Primrose Larkin ITV

Where have you seen Lydia Page before?

Lydia played the title role of Mildred Hubble in CBBC’s The Worst Witch.

Natalie Mitson plays Pauline

Natalie Mitson as Pauline ITV

Where have you seen Natalie Mitson before?

Natalie played Young Mary in 2021 film The Last Bus.

Stephen Hagan plays Tom Fisher

Stephen Hagan as Tom Fisher ITV

Where have you seen Stephen Hagan before?

Stephen played Ryan in BBC teen drama The Cut, and Rich in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.

Robert Bathurst plays Johnny Delamere

Robert Bathurst as Johnny Delamere ITV

Where have you seen Robert Bathurst before?

Robert is best known for playing David Marsden in Cold Feet and has also appeared in Downton Abbey, Emma, Blandings as as Sgt Wilson in Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes.

Amelia Bullmore plays Edith Pilchester

Amelia Bullmore is Edith Pilchester ITV

Where have you seen Amelia Bullmore before?

Gentleman Jack, Scott & Bailey, TwentyTwelve and Deep State.

Kriss Dosanjh plays Brigadier

Kriss Dosanjh as Brigadier ITV

Where have you seen Kriss Dosanjh before?

Kriss has recently been seen in All Creatures Great and Small and in Channel 5 drama Intruder. He has also appeared in Casualty and as Hassan Habeeb in Coronation Street.

Seeta Indrani plays Miss Chand

Seeta Indrani is Miss Chand ITV

Where have you seen Seeta Indrani before?

Seeta spent nine years as WPC Norika Datta in The Bill. She also played Dr Lily Hassan in Doctors and Harita in Catastrophe.

Tony Gardner plays Alec Norman

Tony Gardner is Alec Norman ITV

Where have you seen Tony Gardner before?

Comedian and actor Gardner found fame playing Brian Johnson in CITV's children’s sitcom My Parents Are Aliens. He has also appeared in Lead Balloon, Fresh Meat, Last Tango in Halifax and Bluestone 42.

Selina Griffiths plays Norma Norman

Selina Griffiths as Norma Norman ITV

Where have you seen Selina Griffiths before?

Griffiths played Caroline Tomkinson in period drama Cranford. She has also appeared in many sitcoms including The Smoking Room, Not Going Out, Cuckoo and as Pauline Maltby in Benidorm.

Peter Davison plays The Vicar

Peter Davison as the Vicar ITV

Where have you seen Peter Davison before?

Peter Davison rose to fame as young vet Tristan Farnon in the BBC’s 1970s adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small before becoming the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who. He later starred in A Very Peculiar Practice, Campion, Law & Order: UK and At Home With the Braithwaites.

Barney Walsh plays PC Harness

Bradley and Barney Walsh Getty Images

Where have you seen Barney Walsh before?

Barney is the son of Pop Larkin himself, Bradley Walsh. He has appeared on screen alongside his father in three series of Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad and also in a 2013 episode of Law & Order: UK. 

The younger Larkins

The younger Larkins ITV

The four younger Larkin children are (left to right) Petunia (played by Rosie Coleman), Victoria (Lola Shepelev), Montgomery (Liam Middleton) and Zinnia (Davinia Coleman).

The Larkins begins on ITV at 8pm on Sunday October 10

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