No matter when you're watching "Mi-5," the important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn't get too attached to anyone. This is the kind of show where anyone can get bumped off at any time -- and rightly so, since it's not the safest industry these people have chosen. It's espionage. Think of this as a running list of the show's agent -- active, temporarily deactivated and permanently deactivated.
An Mi-6 agent and torture survivor initially brought in to handle the Tom Quinn assassination case, he has since emerged as team leader. Married to fellow agent Fiona, he possesses a no-nonsense demeanor and is more than capable of making unemotional and unpopular decisions for the good of the mission.
Portrayed by: Rupert Penry-Jonex.
Adam's wife and fellow Mi-6 agent, she becomes a permanent member of the team after Zoe's departure. Her greatest strength is undercover work, where her strong acting skills and undeniable sexual appeal make her irresistible to any government target.
Portrayed by: Olga Sosnovka.
A Senior Intelligence Analyst, she splits her time between Mi-5 and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). Her brilliant research skills and high level of education, as well as her strong sense of morality and empathy, make her a force to be reckoned with, both professionally and emotionally.
Portrayed by: Nicola Walker.
Colin Wells and Malcolm Wynn-Jones
Well-versed in the ways of technology, Malcolm (Analyst) and Colin (Technical Officer) are the go-to guys when it comes to computer hacking, device tracking, surveillance setup, and the implementation of any number of spy gadgets.
A Senior Case Officer and Chief of Section D, Tom joined government agency MI-5 in 1996 and separated himself quickly from the pack as a result of his cunning instincts, his firm leadership, his ability to excel under pressure, and his trust in the skills of his coworkers. After he is framed for the murder of an Air Chief Marshal, Tom was able to clear his name and return to work, only to be decommissioned for insubordination.
Portrayed by: Matthew Macfadyen.
A graduate of Oxford University, Zoe dedicated her life to her career as a Junior Case Officer at Section D. Skilled in undercover work, she was able to become somebody else with just the right amount of backstory, improvisational instincts, and honest-to-god charm. After being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy to murder, Mi-5 helped her flee to Chile, where she can live the rest of her life with her lover Will.
Portrayed by: Keeley Hawes.
A Senior Case Officer, Tessa joined MI-5 in the 1980s and excels best in intelligence-gathering missions. Idolized by teammate Zoe, Tessa nevertheless comes across as cold, calculating, and often combative. After being fired when discovered to have been running phantom agents, Tessa started her own private security firm. She was late seen betraying Mi-5 and fleeing the country.
Portrayed by: Jenny Agutter.
Young, headstrong , and financially unstable, Danny joined Section D as a Junior Case Officer in 2000. Proficient in the ways of surveillance and hand-to-hand combat, Danny was often the first point of contact despite his hotheadedness. In the last episode of the third series, Danny is executed, sacrificing his life for Fiona's.
Portrayed by: David Oyelowo.
An administrative officer in Section D and Danny's original flatmate, Helen is still adjusting to her new job at MI-5 when, on the series' second episode, she is asked to replace Zoe on a dangerous undercover mission. Despite showing some grace under pressure during the mission, she was quickly found out by MI-5's target and was tortured and murdered in front of Tom.
Portrayed by: Lisa Faulkner.
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