This is where you recognise the cast of Motherland from
I bet you forgot Amanda was in Hot Fuzz
If you’ve not seen Motherland yet, drop what you’re doing and binge all three series RIGHT NOW.
Set in a world where family is everything, the BBC sitcom shifts the focus away from the kids and onto the politics that occurs between parents who are just trying to pick up their children from school.
Julia, Liz and Kevin are the three main parents who form a group that’s not quite cool enough to sit with the popular parents at the local cafe. The cool group is ran by evil supermum Amanda, who Kevin’s desperate to impress, and who Liz couldn’t give two shits about. The cringe-worthy, anxiety-inducing comedy develops from there, with each series arguably being better than the last.
Unsurprisingly, Motherland has got an incredible cast, packed full of familiar faces. Here’s where you recognise them from.
Julia- Anna Maxwell Martin
Julia is perpetually-flustered and seemingly incapable of living up to the unattainable standards of the likes of Amanda. She’s a far cry from the cold, smarmy Patricia Carmichael, also portrayed by Anna Maxwell Martin in Line of Duty.
Carmichael appeared on our screens in series five and six of the iconic police drama, constantly acting as a thorn in the side of AC-12 and leaving many viewers wondering if she was actually H.
Other roles for Maxwell Martin include a guest appearance in Dr Who as well as small parts in Philomena and The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Liz- Diane Morgan
Liz, like many of the other characters Diane Morgan seems to play, is lazy, carefree and rarely minces her words.
You may have seen Morgan in various TV shows portraying her comedic character Philomena Cunk. She also played a journalist called Kath in Ricky Gervais’s After Life, as well as writing and starring in BBC 2 sitcom Mandy.
Amanda- Lucy Punch
Lucy Punch plays Liz, a posh mum who treats the PTA as her very own popularity contest. You may have seen her before as Esmé Squalor in A Series of Unfortunate Events or as Lucinda in Into the Woods.
But one appearance you may have forgotten about is her role as Eve Draper in Hot Fuzz.
The awful stage-actress and lover of Martin Blower is the first victim of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance, meeting her end in a staged car crash.
Anne- Phillipa Dunne
Anne, played by Phillipa Dunne, is Amanda’s right-hand woman, basically doing anything she tells her to do.
You probably recognise Dunne from her role as Geraldine Devlin, the mother of Clare in Derry Girls. While it seems Dunne has a knack for playing mothers, I’m not sure Anne would last a day in Derry.
Kevin- Paul Ready
Kevin, played by Paul Ready, is the only stay-at-home dad in a world of competing mothers.
Ready has also been in in Bodyguard, playing Rob Macdonald, a special adviser who harbours a pretty obvious crush on Minister Julia Montague.
He’s also made appearances as Captain Wilkins in Private Peaceful and as Officer Delov in The Death of Stalin.
Meg- Tanya Moodie
Meg (Tanya Moodie) enjoys a larger role in series three, never taking any of Amanda’s shit.
Away from Motherland, Moodie has had a small role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, playing Bellava Parnadee, a general of the First Order.
The Canadian-born, British actress also plays Agatha Wilson in A Discovery of Witches, and Izzy Barnes on the latest series of This Time with Alan Partridge.
Marion- Ellie Haddington
Marion (Ellie Haddington) is Julia’s Mum and is loved by all the other parents, causing Julia to resent her greatly.
Haddington has been performing for over 40 years and in that time has appeared in Coronation Street, Dr Who and Scott and Bailey.
You probably remember as Mrs. Esposito in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dr Moss in Years and Years or DCS Linda Carroway in Luther.