Vigil stars family fame – Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Doctor Who stint

BBC's police drama Vigil might have a star-studded cast, but some fans might not know just how famous some of their family members are, too.

The six-part police miniseries, which started airing on BBC One in August, has managed to recruit a whole host of well-known stars.

The show's sparkling line-up includes Line of Duty legend Martin Compston, Doctor Foster's leading lady Suranne Jones, and Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Stephen Dillane.

However, some fans might be forgiven for not knowing that these actors have some very famous family members, who are showbiz stars in their own right.

With the nail-biting submarine series in full flow, the Daily Star have taken a look at the famous family members of the cast Vigil.

Stephen Dillane's wife Naomi Wirthner and son Frank Dillane

Stephen, who plays Rear Admiral Shaw in Vigil, is a renowned actor known for his role of Stannis Baratheon in HBO's Game of Thrones.

The star has won International Emmy Awards, a BAFTA, and a Tony during his decorated career on stage and screen.

However, Stephen's wife is actress and director Naomi Wirthner, who is famed for her work on the television series Between the Lines, Breaking Point, and a 1995 Cold War drama called Soldier Soldier.

She also appeared in the series Babyfather, before starring in Fiona's Story in the role of a social worker.

The talented lady has also directed several plays, and founded her own theatrical company called Barebones Project in East Sussex.

Her classy-actor-hubby Stephen has appeared in a number of the company's productions.

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Naomi isn't Stephen's only famous link, though, because their son Frank Dillane played the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Young Frank starred as 16-year-old Tom alongside the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman during his time in the world famous franchise.

In 2015, he went on to appear as Nick Clark on AMC zombie horror, Fear The Walking Dead until 2018.

Rose Leslie's husband Kit Harington

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Rose Leslie plays Detective Sergeant Kirsten Longacre in the BBC series, but her husband is quite the celebrity himself.

She met her handsome Hollywood beau Kit Harington on the set of the fantasy HBO series, Game of Thrones.

The smitten pair were both working on the show when sparks flew in 2011, and they even played on-screen lovers John Snow and Ygritte – with Kit shooting to stardom as the leading man of the fantasy series.

The sweethearts tied the knot in June 2018 at a summer wedding in the countryside with their friends, family and fellow stars in attendance.

They wed in a lush 12th century castle in Aberdeenshire, which is owned by Rose's family.

Speaking about how he fell for Rose on the set, Kit told Vogue Italia: "Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love.

"If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it's becomes very easy to fall in love."

Rose and Kit announced the arrival of their baby boy back in February this year.

Martin Compston's wife Tianna Flynn

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Line of Duty star Martin is starring as Chief Petty officer Craig Burke.

His wife, however, is no stranger to the entertainment world because she is also in the acting profession.

She currently works as an estate agent, but she played Teisha in Secret Diary Of An American Cheerleader – a web series released in 2012.

She also appeared at the end of an advert for the Nissan Altima.

The pair met at the Hudson hotel in LA, where Tianna was working as a nightclub manager, and apparently Martin had tried to woo her with a variety of Irish songs.

They tied the knot at Martin's family chapel in Greenock, Renfrew, in 2016.

The happily married pair, who live in Vegas, gave birth to their son in 2019.

Suranne Jones husband Laurence Akers

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Former Corrie actress Suranne plays leading lady Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva, but her husband works behind the cameras.

Laurence Akers is a screenwriter and former magazine editor who worked for Nikon Pro magazine last eyar.

The movie-lover wrote his first feature film Gone in 2017 which starred his wife Suranne.

They met back in 2013 at actress Sally Lindsay's wedding to musician Steve White, and they followed suit by walking down the aisle at their own wedding the following year in 2014.

In 2016, Suranne welcomed the couple's first baby – and have decided to keep the name private.

Anjli Mohindra's husband Sacha Dhawan

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Stunning Anjli plays Surgeon Lieutenant Tiffany Docherty, the HMS Vigil's medical officer.

The former Bodyguard star worked alongside Game of Thrones hunk Richard Madden before playing Josie Chancellor in the ITV series Dark Heart.

Her partner is quite the star too, and played Manish Prasad in Line of Duty alongside Martin Compston.

The actor turned to Marven Universe when he appeared in Marvel's Iron Fist (2017-2018) and now plays the Master in the beloved time-travelling series Doctor Who.

He also worked with James Corden in the film adaptation of The History Boys as well as the stage production.

Adam James' wife Victoria Shalet

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Adam James plays Lieutenant Commander Mark Prentice, the second in command of the ship.

He's starred in big hitters like World War Two series Band of Brothers, Ricky Gervais' sitcom Extras, and Doctor Who.

His wife Victoria Shalet is also familiar with the spotlight, though, because she was a child star best known for her role as Harmony in the CBBC adaptation of The Queen's Nose.

The former actress acted alongside Liam Neeson in Shining Through, and went on to work on BBC series, Love Hurts and Natural Lies.

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Her role as tomboy Harmony saw her rise to fame in a critically acclaimed series – winning a Royal Television Society Award.

Later in her acting caeer, she enjoyed guest roles in The Bill, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek.

Sadly for her fans, though, she decided to step away from acting and change careers to become a psychotherapist.

Victoria became engaged to Adam in 2013 before they married in September 2015, with their first child being born the following year.

Lolita Chakrabarti's husband Adrian Lester

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Lolita plays Lieutenant Commander Erin Branning in Vigil, and her television credits include Riviera, Outnumbered, Holby City and The Bill.

However, she's a veteran of the stage as well as the screen, with famous theatre roles that include Fanny and Alexander for The Old Vic (2018), and Shakespeare's Hamlet which was directed by Kenneth Branagh for RADA (2017).

That means she has plenty in common with her husband Adrian Lester, who is a huge name in the industry with blockbuster films and major plays under his belt.

The multi-award winning actor has received the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award among others for his work on the London theatre circuit.

Well versed in Shakespeare works, he played the leading role of Othello at the National Theatre and won the Best Actor award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Earlier this year, Adrian collaborated with his wife Lolita by starring in the live-streamed production of Hymn, which she wrote, for the Almeida Theatre.

The pair met when they were both students at RADA, and went on to marry one another in 1997.

The actors reside in the south of London with their two daughters, Jasmine and Lila.

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