Cast and characters of Our Zoo

Character biographies

Find out more about the cast and characters in the BBC drama Our Zoo.

GEORGE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Lee Ingleby

GEORGE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Lee Ingleby

George Mottershead, an ex-serviceman who fought in the Great War, has a dream - to build the first British zoo without bars. George's strong connection with animals is deeply seeded in his experiences recuperating from a war wound that had confined him to traction for two years. While troubled at times by the horrors he witnessed, George is a remarkable man; a visionary whose drive, determination, bravery and enormous love of animals make the impossible seem achievable.

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Read an interview with Lee Ingleby here


LIZZIE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Liz White

LIZZIE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Liz White

Lizzie is a fiercely strong, independent woman, and her support and guidance are crucial to getting the zoo off the ground. Being brave enough to take the step into the unknown with George gives Lizzie an unexpected freedom that most 1930s housewives didn't experience. Lizzie uses her skills as a bookkeeper to lend a rigour and professionalism to George's vision, making them an extraordinary team.

Read an interview with Liz White here

LUCY MOTTERSHEAD Played by Anne Reid

LUCY MOTTERSHEAD Played by Anne Reid

A proud shopkeeper, Lucy is a pillar of her community until her world is turned upside down when Albert sells their shop to help fund the zoo and they are forced to live with George and his family in the country. Lucy is unconvinced by George's plan and at times her attitude towards the zoo is hostile. It's only Lucy's deep commitment to her family and her gradual attachment to the animals that slowly win her around.

Read an interview with Anne Reid here

ALBERT MOTTERSHEAD Played by Peter Wight

ALBERT MOTTERSHEAD Played by Peter Wight

Albert is George's loving father. He is less rash than his son, but when the time calls for it Albert shares George’s bravery and assertiveness, which can put him at odds with his wife, Lucy. Albert's hard work is crucial to George's dreams becoming reality.

Read an interview with Peter Wight here

MEW MOTTERSHEAD Played by Amelia Clarkson

MEW MOTTERSHEAD Played by Amelia Clarkson

Mew is an adventurous city girl and, much like her grandmother Lucy, is appalled at the thought of living in a zoo. At first Mew feels lonely in this strange place, but she finds a surprising idol in next-door neighbour, Lady Katherine, a worldly woman of the kind Mew aspires to be. And it isn’t long before Mew’s rebellious nature quickly piques the interest of a local post boy, Archie Radler. Slowly Mew will discover that Oakfield offers the chance of a different kind of life – one she never imagined she even wanted.

Read an interview with Amelia Clarkson here

JUNE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Honor Kneafsey

JUNE MOTTERSHEAD Played by Honor Kneafsey

Although June's the youngest member of the Mottershead family, her contribution to the zoo is pivotal. Imaginative, smart and worldly beyond her years, June’s unwavering dedication to all the animals that her father brings home is often what brings the family together. She is George’s biggest believer, no matter what, and a constant source of energy and encouragement.

Read an interview with Honor Kneafsey here

BILLY ATKINSON Played by Ralf Little

BILLY ATKINSON Played by Ralf Little

Billy is Lizzie's mischievous brother, a ‘jack the lad’ who is often seen on the street corner trying to sell the latest fads from around the world. Billy and Lizzie have a fractious relationship due to Billy's past indiscretions. Although he claims to be a changed man, it is going to take more than words to convince his sister that it’s for the better, so he puts his back into the zoo to prove it – with mixed results.

Read an interview with Ralf Little here

LADY KATHERINE Played by Sophia Myles

LADY KATHERINE Played by Sophia Myles

Lady Katherine is an exotic misfit in Upton. A well-travelled woman, adventurous and charming, but living almost as a recluse after running from a scandalous event abroad. Her fascination with George's grand design makes her a powerful muse to him. At times she understands what he's trying to build better than his own wife. She breezes into the life of the Mottersheads, intriguing Mew and causing tension between George & Lizzie.

ARCHIE RADLER Played by Tom Hardman

ARCHIE RADLER Played by Tom Hardman

Archie is the son of Camilla and he couldn't be more different in personality. Friendly, open-minded and spirited, Archie loves his job as local postman, but when Mew comes along his loyalties will be challenged and he'll start to see his mother's petty-mindedness as a danger to his own chances of happiness.

REVEREND AARON WEBB Played by Stephen Campbell-Moore

REVEREND AARON WEBB Played by Stephen Campbell-Moore

Ambitious, connected and emotionally scarred after the death of his wife, the Reverend's Machiavellian tactics threaten to ruin everything the Mottersheads have worked so hard for. Webb is a traditionalist who exerts power over the people of Upton, and his animosity towards George's plan is borne out of a mixture of narrow-mindedness and jealousy. Put simply, Webb can't reconcile his own loneliness with the riches of George's life, nor can he stop himself being drawn to Lizzie, whose spirit and energy remind him so acutely of what he’s lost.

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