Screw cast: Who stars in the Channel 4 series?

SCREW is a new comedy-drama which arrived on Channel 4 January 6 about prison life.

The new TV drama is said by Channel 4 to show "life in prison as never before seen on British television".

Screw cast: Who stars in the Channel 4 comedy-drama?

Screw reveals the uncensored, shocking and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer in a 21st century all-male prison.

Inspired by creator Rob Williams's experience of working and volunteering in prisons, Screw tackles contemporary prison stories head on – "but always cut through with comedy, irreverence and heart".

So let's take a look at the cast…

Nina Sosanya as Leigh

At the head of our gang of embattled prison officer "screws" is Leigh, played by Nina Sosanya.

She has devoted her entire adult life to this prison and its population.

Leigh is the careers officer and is wholly devoted to her job.



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She keeps her inmates in line and has their backs when they need it, but has lost faith in the system.

Soon enters 21-year-old trainee officer Rose, joining fellow screws Ali, Gary, Don, and Jackie.

Previously, Sosanya, 52, has featured in Teachers, Little Birds, Brave New World and Love Actually.

Speaking about the prison set itself, she said: "It's a life-size replica of a prison wing, the sort that might have been built in the mid-19th century, where it’s about the railings and the steel steps."

Jamie-Lee O'Donnell as Rose

Taking on the role of 21-year-old Rose, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell spoke of how "lucky" she was to be able to do drama and comedy.

Known for her role in the hit comedy Derry Girls, she said: "Some of the scenes in Screw are a million miles from Michelle [Derry Girls], which I'm really happy about."

The 30-year-old actress also revealed how she had to put on a Northern English accent for the role.

Faraz Ayub as Ali

Ali is one of the fellow Screws in the prison who tries to take Rose under his wing.

He likes to see the good in everyone and everything, which makes him a naive prison officer.

Ali is played by Faraz Ayub, an actor who played Deepak in Line Of Duty and has starred in The Capture and Silent Witness.

Stephen Wight as Gary

Stephen Wight plays fellow prison officer Gary who is considered a no-nonsense and angry character.

He is loyal to his colleagues and sees them as an extended family.

Stephen, 41, is known for his roles in I May Destroy You, Threesome and Bluestone 42.

Ron Donachie as Don

Don is another prison officer who is the oldest on the team, and he is a former soldier.

He is seen as a traditional prison officer who is perhaps too old for the job.

Don is played by Ron Donachie, a 65-year-old Scottish actor known for The Jungle Book, Titanic, Doctor Who and Game Of Thrones.

Laura Checkley as Jackie

Laura plays Jackie – a motherly figure to the men in the prison who is known and loved for her foul mouth and wicked sense of humour.

She never runs away from a fight and is usually the first one to jump in and break it up.

Laura has starred in movie Military Wives as well as TV shows King Gary and In My Skin.

Who else is in the cast?

Further actors in the cast include:

  • James Foster as Google
  • Karen Gill as Simon Ray
  • Christopher Fulford as Dolby
  • Jake Davies as Stephen Childs
  • Jorden Myrie as Raheem Bennett
  • Laura Checkley as Jackie Stokes

When is Screw on Channel 4?

Screw begaan on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Season one consists of six episodes which will air weekly.

If you miss any episodes you can watch them on All4.

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