Channel 4 confirms high-octane thriller Before We Die to air from May

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Lesley Sharp leads the cast as DI Hannah Laing in new Channel 4 drama, Before We Die.

Channel 4 today unveils a first-look of award-winning actress, Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls, Bob & Rose), in the headline role of its new, high-octane thriller, Before We Die.

Coming to Channel 4 screens next month, the six-part series stars Lesley as Hannah Laing, a senior Police detective who is forced to make a terrible decision as her son, Christian – played by Patrick Gibson (The OA & Tolkien) – goes off the rails. With their relationship seemingly beyond repair, Hannah gets a chance at redemption when Christian becomes caught up in the investigation into the brutal murder of one of Hannah’s colleagues and their paths cross again in unexpected circumstances.

Lesley Sharp as Hannah Laing and Patrick Gibson as Christian, her troubled son

Offering the sharpest possible contrast to Hannah’s dysfunctional relationship with her son, the tight-knit Mimica family left Croatia for Bristol and now run a successful restaurant, where Christian works. But under the guidance of the ruthless eldest son, Davor, they are ambitious to expand their criminal activities, which risks stretching family bonds to breaking point.  

The tight-knit Mimica family, and Christian (Patrick Gibson) who is caught up in their criminal activity

Set in Bristol, this 6 x 60-minute crime-thriller also stars leading Croatian actor Toni Gojanović – star of HBO Europe’s recent hit series, Success – as Davor Mimica, and Vincent Regan (Troy, 300, Wallander) as Billy Murdoch, a non-conformist and rather shadowy investigator, who is seconded to Hannah’s unit to advise on Eastern European drug gangs.