A new series, many new faces. Sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly who’s who. Thanks to the lovely people at Sky Atlantic we have a very handy guide to the characters in the small crime-free *coughs hysterically* town of Fortitude.
Surrounded by the savage beauty of the frozen landscape, Fortitude, a small town in the Arctic Circle, is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime there. Until now. In this close-knit community, a brutal murder touches everyone and the unsettling horror of the crime threatens the future of the town itself.
The Inhabitants of Fortitude
Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer)
Dan is sheriff of Fortitude. With barely any crime in the area, his job consists almost entirely of search and rescue. Dan has a quiet charisma and a strong physical presence, he is good at his job and well liked in the town. He’s single, but intensely attracted to Elena Ledesma, a Spanish woman who has recently moved to the island. When we meet Dan, he’s wrestling with drunkenness and self-loathing as he keeps a dark secret that could have devastating repercussions.
Henry Tyson (Michael Gambon)
An award-winning photographer famous for capturing the animals and landscape of the Arctic, Henry is a powerful, intelligent, independent and proud man who has lived in Fortitude longer than anybody else. He has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer, a condition he’s making worse with his heavy drinking as he tries to block out the guilt he harbours over a fatal incident he was involved in. Henry also faces the prospect of exile to the mainland or back to the UK, as there are no facilities to deal with the terminally ill on the island.
Hildur Odegard (Sofie Gråbøl)
Fortitude’s governor has lived in the region for 20 years, having first visited on honeymoon with her husband Eric (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson). While Eric is content to work as a policeman, Hildur has thrown herself into politics and her main concern is the town’s ongoing decline. Her flagship project, three years in the making, is the development of a glacier hotel outside Fortitude to boost tourism and guarantee the town’s existence when the once thriving mines are forced to close.
DCI Eugene Morton (Stanley Tucci)
A detective with the British police force, DCI Morton is a former FBI agent who has been based in the UK for over 25 years after falling in love with a local woman when he was investigating at Lockerbie. Morton is summoned to Fortitude following the gruesome murder and is single-minded in his pursuit of the truth, not caring who he upsets in the course of the investigation. His methods quickly gain him enemies in the small town and hostility from the local police.
Professor Charlie Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston)
An eminent scientist, Professor Stoddart is head of the Arctic Research Centre based in Fortitude. In charge of the environmental impact assessment for Governor Odegard’s glacier hotel development, the potentially lucrative project that could save the town from ruin hinges on his findings. When local children make an unexpected discovery on the island, the respected professor is catapulted into the centre of the most significant event in Fortitude’s history.
Vincent Rattrey (Luke Treadaway)
Talented young scientist Vincent arrives in Fortitude ready for the adventure of a lifetime, and he finds it. The newest member of Professor Stoddart’s team at the Arctic Research Centre, he is there to investigate the recent cannibalistic behaviour in the polar bear population, but is soon drawn into the strange and terrifying events that threaten the town. Vincent is authoritative and confident in his field of expertise, but rather less so in his dealings with other people – notably his beautiful new colleague Natalie Yelburton.
Natalie Yelburton (Sienna Guillory)
Beautiful and brilliant scientist Natalie works with Professor Stoddart at the Arctic Research Centre, where she immediately catches the eye of newcomer Vincent. Cool and calm under pressure, she is thrown into the centre of the vicious crime committed in Fortitude as the Research Centre becomes the key to unlocking what really happened.
Frank Sutter (Nicholas Pinnock)
Having served in Afghanistan, former military man Frank is now a search-and rescue pilot working with the Fortitude police. When he begins an affair with fellow newcomer Elena, his irresponsible actions have further-reaching consequences than he could ever have imagined, affecting both his personal and professional lives.
>Jules Sutter (Jessica Raine)
Jules recently moved to Fortitude with her husband Frank and son Liam (Darwin Brokenbro) when the ex-military man took a new job as a search-and-rescue pilot. Jules and Frank’s marriage is far from perfect, however, with his wandering eye often causing friction. Jules’ world begins to fall apart when Liam is taken seriously ill and she makes a devastating discovery.
Elena Ledesma (Verónica Echegui)
A new arrival in Fortitude, Elena is hiding a dark secret that would make the locals nervous. The only person who knows the truth about her is Dan, although it hasn’t stopped him from falling for her. Now working at the Midnight Sun Hotel, she has become involved with a married man and is a major player in the mystery surrounding the town’s shocking events.