Who is in the cast of Amazon's The Rig?

EVER fancied watching a supernatural thriller set on a Scottish oil rig?

If so, Amazon's The Rig is one for you – and the new series has a star-studded line up.

Who is in the cast of Amazon's The Rig?

Martin Compston

Martin is best known as AC-12 hero Steve Arnott from Line of Duty.

Martin had bit parts in The Royal and Casualty before landing his role in Line of Duty.

He also starred as Dr Robert Traill in Series 2 of Victoria.

In 2006 he starred in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints alongside Robert Downey Jnr.

In 2012 he starred in When the Lights Went Out and then Filth, alongside James McAvoy.

Mark Bonnar

Mark Bonnar's acting career first took off when he appeared as Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, which he played for a year from 2005.

Mark joined The Bill for eight episodes in 2007, before starring in mini-series Paradow in 2009 as DS Ben Holt.

He played another detective in Psychoville in 2011 and barrister Colin Osbourne in the ITV crime drama Unforgotten and Emily Watson’s husband Gary Carmichael brilliantly in the chilling BBC drama Apple Tree Yard.

A TV insider said: “Mark is the latest recruit to the cast of The Rig, which is clearly going to be dominated by top Scottish actors.

"And they’re going to have a serious feeling of déjà vu when they walk on set and start filming the supernatural thriller this month.”

What is The Rig about?

The creepy six-part series is set onboard the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, located off the Scottish coast. When an eerie fog rolls over, the oil crew rig are cut off from the mainland.

The official synopsis reads: "When the crew are due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world.

"As they endeavour to discover what's driving this force, bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines exposed.

"The crew of the Bravo will be driven to the limits of both their loyalties and their endurance, into a confrontation with forces beyond their imagination."

Martin Compston plays communications officer Fulmer, part of a crew trapped on an oil rig in the North Sea as a mysterious fog surrounds them.

Fulmer is fascinated with codes and feels more at home in his radio room than joining in the banter with his workmates.

The series was filmed exclusively in Scotland.

“The Rig is a brilliant story, expertly told, in the most dramatic of settings” said Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Originals for Prime Video.

“It asks searching questions about nature and the environment, about what it takes to survive and to be human, which feels very pertinent to the world we are living in now. We’re delighted to add this to our growing roster of UK made Amazon Original shows.”

Derek Wax, Managing Director of filming company Wild Mercury said; “The Rig is a character-driven, epic thriller, full of heart-grabbing action and bold, original ideas, and we are delighted to be working with Amazon Prime Video in bringing it to life.

"David Macpherson captures life on a North Sea oil rig with extraordinary authenticity and it’s been exciting to work with him, director John Strickland and our creative team in realizing the scale and vision of this world."

When does The Rig start and how can I watch it?

Amazon have been keeping quiet about a release date for the new drama.

Filming started for the series in March 2021, so it could be a fair few months until it finally hits our screens.

When it eventually arrives, it will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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