Lennie James’ Save Me: Meet the characters
From the mind of Snatch and The Walking Dead star Lennie James comes a new thriller series from the makers of Line of Duty, guaranteed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Save Me is the story of Nelly, a charmer and a chancer and a local at The Palm Tree Pub in southeast London. When Nelly is accused of abducting Jody, the teenage daughter he barely knew existed, he becomes determined to clear his name and bring Jody home. With twists and turns at every corner on his tireless search to find Jody, Nelly will go to any length to uncover the truth. In doing so, he’ll discover more about himself and those around him than he could have ever imagined.
Starring Lennie James as Nelly, Suranne Jones as Nelly’s ex and mother of his daughter Claire, plus Stephen Graham, Jason Statham and Kerry Godliman – Save Me is a star-studded affair boasting heaps of talent and vibrant characters.
All episodes of Save Me are available on the 28th February on Sky Atlantic (with Sky and Now TV). To give you a flavour of the what’s to come, we’ve created a quick guide to who’s who in the new series.
Nelson ‘Nelly’ Rowe
Ten years ago, Nelly was the bloke all the men wanted to be and all the women want to be with, but nowadays he’s the cautionary tale buying yet another drink at the Palm Tree pub. When his daughter is kidnapped and he is accused of abducting her, Nelly will go to any length to find her.
Claire had a summer of love with Nelly fourteen years ago, resulting in the conception of Jody. Aspirational Claire left the Estate soon after and is now a successful business-owner, happily married and living in the upmarket Surbiton area when disaster strikes her family.
Fabio ‘Melon’ Melanzana
Melon is a scouser and, along with partner Bernie, a relative newcomer to the Palm Tree pub. Melon and Bernie are unexpectedly thrown into the thick of the action when Nelly begins his quest for answers, changing their lives irrevocably.
Martine ‘Teens’ Betts
Teens is Nelly’s partner and a well-known figure around the Estate, owing to her door-to-door beauty product service. Teens is a fighter, who cares fiercely for son, Marky and Nelly, but when Nelly’s situation gets out of control, she struggles with her past and present.
Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Cavanagh
Bernie may be young, but she’s not to be dismissed. Along with Melon, she lives and drinks on the Estate. When Nelly’s actions start to have serious consequences for her relationship, she must decide whether she wants to fight back.
Michael ‘Goz’ Gozdecki
Goz is the estate’s local weed dealer. He has a heart of gold and a head filled with interesting trivia. He is good friends with Nelly and becomes a partner in Nelly’s search for Jody.
Stephen ‘Tam’ Tamworth
Tam is a cross-dressing straight man who is a well-known figure on the estate. He works as the hostess at the Metropolis nightclub and finds it easy to go between different groups of people, making him an ideal contact for Nelly.
Eustacia ‘Stace’ Messimeris
Stace is Nelly’s best friend and the landlady at the Palm Tree pub. She’s practical, straightforward and fiercely loyal. She also happens to know everybody around the Towers Estate, so her knowledge of the locals and direct manner of communicating could be useful.
Zita is a young mother and dancer who also works at the Metropolis club with Tam. She is having an affair with Nelly but is unwilling to admit how deep her feelings for him lie. When Nelly’s situation worsens, Zita is forced to confront the demons of her past.
Luke is a local student and a thorn in Nelly’s side, as his group of student friends have made the Palm Tree pub their personal watering hole. Luke is smart and loves to wind people up, particularly Nelly.
Gavinder ‘Gavin’ Dharni
Gavin is Luke’s best friend and the more reserved of the two. He struggles with his own identity within the local community, though he finds himself growing to love the Estate.
Barry is Claire’s successful music promoter husband, living a seemingly idyllic life in Surbiton with his wife, son and adopted daughter, Jody. He is devoted to Claire and Jody and worries that Nelly’s return to their lives may expose secrets he does not want brought to light.
Jody is the daughter of Claire and Nelly, though she has only met her biological father once – when she was three – and has no memories of him. She is a popular kid at school and seemingly lives a happy life with Claire and adopted father Barry.
DS Adeshola ‘Shola’ O’Halloran
Shola is the detective in charge of Jody’s disappearance, who does not take kindly to Nelly’s constant interference. She is dedicated to finding Jody and accepts Nelly has his uses – but worries he could cause lasting damage to the case.