The Singapore Grip cast: Who stars in the ITV period drama from Elizabeth Tan to Luke Treadaway

THE Singapore Grip is a brand new drama on ITV, based on a satirical book.

It's already been subject to criticism for the way it portrays Asian people.

Who stars in the series?

Elizabeth Tan as Vera Chiang

 Elizabeth Tan told ITV she used swans to inspire how she played Vera.

"For Vera, I used a swan. Swans can be very graceful but Vera also has this dangerous side and I’ve heard that swans can attack people.

"Vera’s also very poised. You don’t really see what’s going on underneath. Vera is always in trouble.

“She’s in trouble with the law, with the Chinese protectorate and with the Japanese.

“She’s on their blacklist for apparently doing something quite bad so there’s a lot of paddling and a lot of thinking going on.

Elizabeth has starred in Coronation Street, Top Boy and the upcoming Emily In Paris.

Luke Treadaway as Matthew Webb

Luke Treadaway has been majorly successful in both TV and theatre.

He first played the lead in the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – a production that was so successful its run was extended.

Luke won an Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor for that role.

He then went on to star in and be the voice for the soundtrack of A Street Cat Named Bob, which was based on a true story.

The drama has already faced backlash for the way it portrays Asian people and that period of history.

On BBC Breakfast, Luke Treadaway defended the show by saying: "We’re showing those characters for what they were, monsters and racists, and we’re not trying to sugarcoat anything.

"It’s a very prevalent time to have something which reexamines our history with the Empire and says, ‘Look at these terrible people that were out there.’ It’s certainly not holding holding them up as any sort of heroes."

Charles Dance as Mr Webb

Charles Dance is a 73 year old actor who has recently been spotted with a new love interest.

He's starred in Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold, The Imitation Game, and plenty more.

He's been nominated for a BAFTA and three Emmy Awards.

David Morrisey as Walter Blackett

 David Morrisey is a 56 year old actor and filmmaker.

He has a reputation for undergoing intense research and preparation for his acting roles, once chopping veg for two hours a day in a kitchen for a role as a chef.

He has starred in The Walking Dead, Sense and Sensibility and Doctor Who.

Georgia Blizzard as Joan Blackett

Georgia Blizzard is an actress who has previously starred in Thor: Ragnarokand Emu Runner.

She studied at the Sydney Performance Academy and worked as a teacher before her acting career took off.

She also acted in Home and Away.

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