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'Ragdoll' — release date, cast, plot, first looks, trailer, and everything we know

On the case in London... 'Ragdoll' stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Thalissa Teixeira and Lucy Hale.
On the case in London... 'Ragdoll' stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Thalissa Teixeira and Lucy Hale. (Image credit: Alibi)

Action-packed crime thriller Ragdoll sees Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Thalissa Teixeira and Lucy Hale teaming up to play detectives hunting a disturbed serial killer. The six-episode crime drama was shown on AMC+ in the US then arrives on Alibi in the UK. It's from the producers of Killing Eve.

Six people have been murdered, dismembered, and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body – nicknamed ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are London Metropolitan cop DS Nathan Rose, DI Emily Baxter, and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds.

So here’s everything we know so far about serial killer drama Ragdoll, including some intriguing first look pictures, plus its American and UK release dates…

'Ragdoll' release date

In the UK, Ragdoll starts on Monday Dec. 6 at 9pm on Alibi (plus Sky Box Sets and NOW), and runs with two episodes each week on Mondays and Tuesdays. The six-part series Ragdoll was released on AMC+ in the US on Nov. 11, 2021.

Is there a 'Ragdoll' trailer?

Yes! A Ragdoll trailer has been released by AMC+. Take a look below. There are also some fantastic first-look photos, including some action shots of Thalissa Teixeira racing along a London street and the three detectives shining a torch at a gruesome crime scene (see our main picture). 

'Ragdoll' plot

Based on the global bestseller by Daniel Cole (opens in new tab), the twisty-turny plot of Ragdoll follows three London Met police detectives as they’re tasked with identifying six victims who have been killed and sewn together like a puppet. But soon the Ragdoll killer taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with DS Nathan Rose’s name among them. And with all the potential victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny, while Rose worries the killings could be linked to a memory of his past.

The 'Ragdoll' three.

The 'Ragdoll' three. (Image credit: Alibi)

US star Lucy Hale came to London to film Ragdoll.

American star Lucy Hale came to London to film 'Ragdoll'. (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' cast — Henry Lloyd-Hughes on playing DS Nathan Rose

In Ragdoll, the British actor plays DS Nathan Rose, who's recently been reinstated to the London Met and is assigned to the gruesome case. 

Henry Lloyd-Hughes, 36, says: "As a cop, Nathan is instinctive but flawed in terms of breaking protocol. He’s trying to find his way back to the best version of himself both professionally and in terms of his sanity. But then they get landed with the mother of all cases…’ 

Henry Lloyd-Hughes has recently been seen starring in Netflix show The Irregulars as Sherlock Holmes. He’s also previously appeared as The Inbetweeners’ bully Mark Donovan, Ralph Whelan in C4’s Indian Summers and Pontmercy in BBC1’s series adaptation of Les Miserables, alongside Josh O’Connor, Dominic West and Olivia Colman. Of course, fans of Killing Eve will also remember Henry as tech company heir Aaron Peel in season two of the spy thriller. He also starred in the Netflix historical drama The English Game.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes DS Nathan Rose in Ragdoll.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes DS Nathan Rose in 'Ragdoll'. (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' action...Rose in trouble.

'Ragdoll' action...Rose in trouble. (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' cast — Lucy Hale on playing DC Lake Edmunds

Best known for playing Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars, the American actress Lucy Hale recently starred in the Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene, as well as Life Sentence and Privileged

In Ragdoll, Lucy plays intelligent and headstrong American detective constable Lake Edmunds in the disturbing, fast-paced drama, the crime unit’s newest recruit and Baxter’s trainee partner.

Lucy Hale says: "There's a lot of comedy within the whole gruesomeness of what the show is about. It definitely makes for an interesting mix to have this very intense, dark case that these detectives are working on, and then the banter between the detectives – they never really take each other or themselves too seriously. I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life for this role because I love true crime!

‘Edmunds speaks her mind too much in a workplace where you’re supposed to check in your feelings at the door. She’s smart and desperate to learn but she’s more like Nathan than she wants to admit because she has things she's running away from. These characters are so messed up, but you root for them."

While the subject matter is deeply disturbing, a welcome streak of black comedy runs through the series – and for Lucy Hale in particular, that was a huge draw.

"Coming over to London to do a crime show has been a dream come true,’ says the Tennessee-born actor. ‘I love anything gruesome and morbid, but this is different, because it also has a dark humour that sets it apart."

One of the most memorable scenes for all the cast involved their first glimpse of the Ragdoll cadaver. They admit they were left stunned by the prosthetics used to create it.

"I loved it. We all made the choice to not see it until the day of filming, which worked in our favour," reveals Lucy. "It looks so real and the detail and hours that went into making this thing blew my mind. It’s incredible."

Lucy Hale American detective constable Lake Edmunds in Ragdoll.

Lucy Hale American detective constable Lake Edmunds in 'Ragdoll'. (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' investigation...Edmunds making a shock discovery.

'Ragdoll' investigation...Edmunds making a shock discovery. (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' cast — Thalissa Teixeira on playing DI Emily Baxter

Thalissa Teixeira plays DI Emily Baxter in Ragdoll, who is DS Nathan Rose’s best friend and boss. 

Thalissa says: ‘It’s about how humans cope with trauma. They’re not just trying to solve the crime but also to keep their heads above water. They need each other and get bound together – they’re the only ones who understand what they are dealing with because of the horrendous things they see."

She’s known for her television roles including Sky’s Two Weeks To Live,  BBC2’s  Trigonometry and BBC1’s The Musketeers. Thalissa was recently seen in ITV’s psychological thriller Too Close, opposite Emily Watson and Denise Gough, and Channel 5'S historical drama Anne Boleyn with Jodie Turner-Smith.

Thalissa Teixeira DI Emily Baxter in Ragdoll.

Thalissa Teixeira DI Emily Baxter in 'Ragdoll'. (Image credit: Alibi)

Will the 'Ragdoll' hunt for a killer leads DI Emily Baxter into danger?

Will the hunt for the 'Ragdoll' killer leads DI Emily Baxter into danger? (Image credit: Alibi)

'Ragdoll' cast — who else is starring

Joining the main three cast of Ragdoll are Ali Cook (Emmerdale) as DCI Simmons, Douggie McMeekin (The Beast Must Die, Harlots) as Eric Turner, Perry Jaques (Coronation Street) as Robert Maloney, Tim McDonnell as DCI Chambers and Eric Raymond Lim as Hau.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.