The boss of H Division, Inspector Edmund Reid was one of the lead detectives on the Jack the Ripper investigation (working side by side with the more historically celebrated, Frederick Abberline). When the hunt for the killer was given up in early 1889, Reid stayed exactly where he had been for the last two years, policing the streets that will always remind him of his failure.
Reid is calm, meticulous and embracing of any innovation that will help him get his man. A brilliant investigator with an understanding of humanity, Reid has an analytical mind and years of hard won experience. As a committed technophile, Reid is led by his belief that the day will come when science and technology will aid him in apprehending the next Ripper.
Having experienced tragedy – the full details of which are known only to him – Reid carries a serious injury to his left shoulder. Only a very few know how he came by the wounds and none talk about it because what they see is a man fighting to find someone many believe to be a ghost.
About Matthew Macfadyen
Matthew Macfadyen has recently played Mr. Darcy's in Joe Wright's adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' (2005) alongside Kiera Knightly, and worked with the pair again in recent adaptation 'Anna Karenina' (2012). He is well-known across the pond for starring as Tom Quinn in 'MI-5' (2002-2011).