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Obsession: Meet the cast of new Netflix drama including Happy Valley star

The mini-series arrives on Netflix on 13 April

Obsession's Ingrid Farrow holds onto her husband while he holds onto Anna Barton
Megan Bull
TV Writer
12 April 2023
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Obsession is set to land on Netflix! Described as an 'erotic thriller,' the four-part series follows respected London surgeon, William Farrow, as he embarks on an illicit affair with his son's girlfriend, Anna Barton. As William's infatuation evolves into obsession, and Anna's past comes back to haunt her, the pair must deal with the consequences of their dangerous liaisons. 

Curious? Find out more about Netflix's brand new series, plus meet the cast, including this Happy Valley star…

WATCH: Official trailer for Netflix's racy new thriller Obsession

MORE: Exclusive: Richard Armitage on filming steamy scenes for Obsession, intimacy coordinators and his 'messy' side

READ: Happy Valley star joins Richard Armitage in Netflix's racy new thriller

Meet the cast of Obsession

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage takes on the role of William Farrow – a talented surgeon whose life begins to unravel after pursuing an affair with his son's fiancée.

No stranger to the thriller genre, Netflix viewers will remember Richard from the Harlen Coben mini-series, The Stranger, and Stay Close. Having risen to fame for his critically-acclaimed performance in North and South (2004), the 51-year-old is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit

Richard Armitage as William Farrow in Obsession. © Netflix
Richard Armitage stars as William Farrow

Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, Richard revealed what fans can expect from his character's journey in Obsession. "He's stepped over a line which is irreversible," Richard explained. "There's only one direction that he is travelling in, and it's an absolute car crash."

Charlie Murphy  

Happy Valley fans will remember Charlie Murphy for her performance as Ann Gallagher in the hit crime series. She has also starred in Love/Hate, Peaky Blinders and The Capture. 

Anna Barton enjoys a drink while on holiday© Netflix
Charlie Murphy portrays Anna Barton

Taking on the role of Anna Barton in Obsession, the series will see her character fighting to sustain both her relationship with her boyfriend, Jay, and her affair with his father, William. 

Indira Varma 

Indira Varma portrays Ingrid Farrow, the wife of William. During his interview with HELLO! Richard described her character as a "brilliant woman" who is William's intellectual equal, which makes his affair all the more puzzling. 

Ingrid and William having breakfast with their children© Netflix
Indira Varma plays William's wife, Ingrid

A familiar face on TV, Indira has starred in Luther, Human Target, Game of Thrones and Obi-Wan Kenobi. She is also set to appear in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. 

Rish Shah

At the centre of Obsession is Rish Shah who plays Jay Farrow – William's son and Anna's boyfriend. Unknowingly betrayed by the two people he loves most, the series will examine his complicated relationship with both his father and girlfriend. 

Jay introduces his girlfriend, Anna to his parents © Netflix
Rish Shah portrays Jay Farrow

Named a 2021 Brit to Watch by Variety, Rish went on to land his breakout role in the 2022 series, Ms. Marvel. He's also starred in the Netflix films Do Revenge and To All the Boys: Always and Forever. 

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