The Killing Kind — cast, plot, first look and all about the thriller starring Colin Morgan

The Killing Kind comes to Paramount Plus. Here's the first look of Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton in the lead roles.
The Killing Kind comes to Paramount Plus. Here's the first look of Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton in the lead roles. (Image credit: THE KILLING KIND © Eleventh Hour Films/Paramount + / photographer Laurence Cendrowicz)

The Killing Kind on Paramount Plus is based on the bestseller by Jane Casey (opens in new tab). The drama stars The Witcher’s Emma Appleton as Ingrid Lewis, a top-flight barrister while Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) plays her charismatic but dangerous former client John Webster, who she successfully defended when he was accused of harassment and stalking but who ended up ruining her life. Now, Ingrid is just about getting back on her feet, but Webster enters her life again and her world starts to implode. 

Emma Appleton says: “I’m delighted to be working with such a talented team on such a thrilling show. When I first read The Killing Kind script I was so intrigued by Ingrid and the twists and turns we take as the story goes on.” 

Colin Morgan adds: “Getting the opportunity to explore a more dark and complex role with John Webster has been enlightening and such fun. Working with the brilliant Emma Appleton has already been such a highlight, along with the rest of the incredible cast. The story had me hooked from page one and I am looking forward to seeing it play out on screen.” 

Here’s everything you need to know so far about The Killing Kind on Paramount Plus...

The Killing Kind stars Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton.

The Killing Kind stars Colin Morgan and Emma Appleton. (Image credit: Getty)

The Killing Kind release date

The Killing Kind is a six-part series that will premiere on Paramount Plus in 2023. It’s early days, so there’s no release date confirmed yet but keep checking this page and we’ll update you as soon as we hear anything. 

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The Killing Kind plot 

The KIlling Kind is a series that follows successful barrister Ingrid (Emma Appleton) who defended John Webster (Colin Morgan) when he was accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Ingrid won the case and ended up getting into a relationship with Webster herself. But when she tried to end things, he turned on her and threw everything into turmoil. We join Ingrid as she’s finally rebuilding her life but then tragedy occurs, and Webster reappears making sensational claim that could ruin her forever. With her life in tatters, Ingrid has no idea who she can really trust.  

The Killing Kind cast — Emma Appleton as Ingrid Lewis

In The Killing Kind Emma Appleton plays hot-shot barrister Ingrid Lewis. In 2022, Emma played Maggie in Everything I Know About Love and Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sid Vicious in Pistol, the Disney Plus series about The Sex Pistols. She’s also been in Traitors, The Witcher, The End of the F***ing World, Clique and Grantchester.

Colin Morgan as John Webster

Colin Morgan plays John Webster the handsome and successful former client with the potential to ruin Ingrid’s life. Colin of course shot to fame in Merlin about the legendary sorcerer as a young man, and DS Tom Anderson in The Fall, alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. He’s also had roles in Humans, Quirke, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Belfast, We Hunt Together and Mammals

Merlin poster.

Colin Morgan leading the cast of Merlin. (Image credit: BBC)

Who else is starring in The Killing Kind?

Other cast in The Killing Kind includes Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Jericho, Doctor Who, Van Der Valk) as Ingrid’s ex-fiance, Mark Orpen, Kerr Logan (Strike, Showtrial) as DS Luke Nash, Sara Powell (Unforgotten, Last Christmas) as Ingrid’s mentor and close friend, Belinda Grey and Nicholas Rowe (A Spy Among Friends) as Belinda’s husband and Head of Chambers, Angus Grey.

Locations and more about The Killing Kind

Some of the The Killing Kind filming took place Southbank, London, Emma Appleton said: “I’m just surrounded by an incredible team of talent both on and off-screen. Ingrid is a compelling character and working out her complexities as we go deeper into the story is fascinating.”

Colin Morgan added: “Southbank has set the tone perfectly and these scenes which Emma and I are filming will simply weave in yet another layer of brilliantly complicated context to Ingrid and Webster’s back story.”

The Killing Kind produced by Eleventh Hour Films for Paramount+.

Is there a trailer for The Killing Kind? 

There's no trailer for The Killing Kind from Paramount Plus just yet but if one is released then we’ll put it on this page. 

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 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.