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List of fictional police detectives

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Below is an alphabetical list of fictional police detectives and their creators (with, in many cases, the actor/actress most known for playing the character in a dramatisation).

Contents

A

  • Detective Butch Ada — Saving Grace (played by Bailey Chase)
  • Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg — Fred Vargas
  • DCI Roderick Alleyn (later DCS) — Ngaio Marsh (played by Simon Williams and Patrick Malahide in The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries)
  • B

  • DS John Bacchus — Inspector George Gently
  • Kriminalhauptkommissar Balko — Balko (German, played by Jochen Horst and Bruno Eyron)
  • Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks — Peter Robinson (played by Stephen Tompkinson in DCI Banks)
  • Detective Carolyn Barek — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Annabella Sciorra)
  • Detective Inspector Charlie Barlow — Troy Kennedy Martin and Allan Prior (played by Stratford Johns in Z-Cars and Softly, Softly)
  • DCI John Barnaby — Midsomer Murders
  • DCI Thomas "Tom" Barnaby — Caroline Graham (played by John Nettles in Midsomer Murders)
  • Detective Martin Beck — Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  • Detective Kate Beckett — Castle, Andrew W. Marlowe (played by Stana Katic)
  • Detective Cal Beecher — Person of Interest (played by Sterling K. Brown)
  • Detective Mick Belker — Hill Street Blues (played by Bruce Weitz)
  • Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac — Robert Banks Stewart (played by John Nettles in Bergerac)
  • Detective G. Lynn Bishop — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Samantha Buck)
  • Blacksad from the comics series Blacksad.
  • Detective Sexton Blake
  • Detective Inspector Mike Bolt — Simon Kernick
  • Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte — Arthur Upfield (played by James Laurenson in Boney)
  • Detective Stella Bonasera — CSI: NY (played by Melina Kanakaredes)
  • DS Camille Bordey — Death in Paradise
  • Detective Harry Bosch — Michael Connelly(played by Titus Welliver
  • Detective Lennie Briscoe— Law & Order (played by Jerry Orbach)
  • Detective Commissario Guido Brunetti — Donna Leon
  • Inspector Bucket — Charles Dickens (played by Stephen Rea in Dickensian) (played by Alun Armstrong in Bleak House)
  • Detective Aiden Burn — CSI: NY (played by Vanessa Ferlito)
  • Detective Lieutenant Peter Byrnes — Ed McBain
  • C

  • Detective Jackie Curatola — Blue Bloods played by Jennifer Esposito
  • Detective Inspector Jack Caffery — Mo Hayder
  • Detective Christine Cagney — Cagney and Lacey (played by Sharon Gless)
  • Inspector Harry Callahan — Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink (played by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry film series)
  • Chen Cao — Qiu Xiaolong
  • Detective 2nd Grade Stephen Louis ("Steve") Carella — Ed McBain
  • Detective Sergeant Ray Carling — Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes (played by Dean Andrews)
  • Detective Sergeant George Carter — Ian Kennedy Martin (played by Dennis Waterman in The Sweeney)
  • Detective Jocelyn "Joss" Carter — Person of Interest (played by Taraji P. Henson)
  • Agent Margaret "Peggy" Carter — Agent Carter (played by Hayley Atwell)
  • Commissaire Henri Castang — Nicholas Freeling
  • Detective Phil Cerreta — Law & Order (played by Paul Sorvino)
  • Detective Inspector Hal Challis — Garry Disher
  • Detective Elizabeth Childs — Orphan Black (played by Tatiana Maslany)
  • Detective John Clark, Jr. — NYPD Blue (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar)
  • Inspector Clouseau — Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther (played by Peter Sellers)
  • Detective Rustin Cohle — True Detective (played by Matthew McConaughey)
  • Lieutenant Columbo — William Link (played by Peter Falk in Columbo)
  • Sergeant Cork (played by John Barrie)
  • Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe — Pie in the Sky (played by Richard Griffiths)
  • DI Vincent Crane — Shaun Hutson
  • DI Crawford in Dixon — Dock Green
  • Sergeant Cribb — Peter Lovesey
  • Detective James "Sonny" Crockett — Anthony Yerkovich (played by Don Johnson and Colin Farrell in Miami Vice)
  • Sergeant Cuff — Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone
  • Detective Rey Curtis — Law & Order (played by Benjamin Bratt)
  • D

  • Commander Adam Dalgliesh — P. D. James (played by Roy Marsden)
  • Lieutenant Eve Dallas — J. D. Robb
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Dalziel — Reginald Hill (played by Warren Clarke in Dalziel and Pascoe)
  • Detective Jo Danville — CSI: NY (played by Sela Ward)
  • DI De Cock — A. C. Baantjer
  • Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond — Peter Lovesey
  • Detective Inspector Alex Drake — Ashes to Ashes (played by Keeley Hawes)
  • Lt. Frank Drebin — Police Squad! (played by Leslie Nielsen)
  • DCP Durai Singam — Singam (played by Suriya)
  • E

  • Detective Alexandra Eames (later Lieutenant) — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Kathryn Erbe)
  • Detective Javier Esposito — Andrew W. Marlowe (played by Jon Huertas in Castle)
  • F

  • Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón — Robert Wilson
  • Detective Nola Falacci — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Alicia Witt)
  • Detective Don Flack — CSI: NY (played by Eddie Cahill)
  • Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes — Terence Feely (played by Jill Gascoine in The Gentle Touch)
  • DCS Christopher Foyle — Anthony Horowitz (played by Michael Kitchen in Foyle's War)
  • DI Stuart Fraser — Taggart
  • Inspector Joseph French — Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Detective Sergeant Joe Friday — Jack Webb (played by Jack Webb in Dragnet)
  • Detective Inspector Jack Frost — R. D. Wingfield (played by David Jason in A Touch of Frost)
  • Detective Bobby Fulbright — Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
  • Detective Lionel Fusco — Person of Interest (played by Kevin Chapman)
  • G

  • Detective Harry Garibaldi — Hill Street Blues (played by Ken Olin)
  • Dirk Gently — Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • Inspector George Gently — Inspector George Gently
  • Inspector Ganesh V. Ghote — H. R. F. Keating (played by Naseeruddin Shah in The Perfect Murder)
  • DSI Stella Gibson — The Fall (played by Gillian Anderson)
  • Commander George Gideon — John Creasey (played by John Gregson in Gideon's Way)
  • Detective James Gordon — Gotham (played by Benjamin McKenzie)
  • Detective Sergeant Rinus de Gier — Janwillem van de Wetering
  • DI Humphrey Goodman — Death in Paradise
  • Inspector Goole — J. B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls; first played onstage by Ralph Richardson)
  • Detective Robert Goren — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Vincent D'Onofrio)
  • Detective Superintendent Roy Grace — Peter James
  • Inspector Alan Grant — Josephine Tey
  • Detective Kima Greggs — The Wire (played by Sonja Sohn)
  • Detective Ed Green — Law & Order (played by Jesse L. Martin)
  • Adjutant Henk Grijpstra — Janwillem van de Wetering
  • Inspector Grim — The Thin Blue Line
  • Marshal Guarnaccia — Magdalen Nabb
  • Detective Dick Gumshoe — Ace Attorney
  • DI Gunnarstranda — Kjell Ola Dahl
  • H

  • Detective Grace Hanadarko — Saving Grace (played by Holly Hunter)
  • Inspector Hanaud — A. E. W. Mason
  • DI John Handford — Lesley Horton
  • DI Alec Hardy - Broadchurch (played by David Tennant)
  • Detective Martin Hart — True Detective (played by Woody Harrelson)
  • Detective Sergeant James Hathaway — (played by Laurence Fox in Lewis)
  • DS Barbara Havers — Elizabeth George (played by Sharon Small in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
  • Detective Cotton Hawes — Ed McBain
  • Harry Hole – Jo Nesbø
  • Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt — Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes (played by Philip Glenister)
  • Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson — William Blinn and Ryan Blinn (played by David Soul in Starsky and Hutch)
  • I

  • CBI Officer Sethurama Iyer — (played by Mammooty in the Indian CBI film series)
  • J

  • Inspector Jacobson — Iain McDowall
  • DCI James Japp (later Assistant Commissioner) — Agatha Christie (played by Philip Jackson in the British TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot)
  • Inspector Javert — Les Miserables
  • Detective Baldwin Jones — NYPD Blue (played by Henry Simmons)
  • Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury (later Superintendent) — Martha Grimes
  • K

  • Detective Kane — Person of Interest (played by Anthony Mangano)
  • Detective John Kelly — NYPD Blue (played by David Caruso)
  • Detective Jill Kirkendall — NYPD Blue (played by Andrea Thompson)
  • Detective Bert Kling — Ed McBain
  • Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak — Abby Mann (played by Telly Savalas in Kojak)
  • L

  • Detective Mary Beth Lacey — Cagney and Lacey (played by Tyne Daly)
  • Detective Meyer Landsman — Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union
  • Detective Chief Inspector James Langton — Lynda La Plante (played by Ciarán Hinds in Above Suspicion)
  • Detective J.D. LaRue — Hill Street Blues (played by Kiel Martin)
  • Detective Carlton Lassiter — Psych (played by Timothy Omundson)
  • Commissaire Claude Lebel — Frederick Forsyth (played by Michael Lonsdale in The Day of the Jackal)
  • Inspector Lestrade — Arthur Conan Doyle (played by Dennis Hoey and Colin Jeavons in adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories)
  • Detective Inspector Mike Lewis — Lynda La Plante (played by Shaun Dingwall in Above Suspicion)
  • Detective Sergeant Lewis (later Inspector) — Colin Dexter (played by Kevin Whately in Inspector Morse and Lewis)
  • Detective Superintendent Tom Lockhart (later Detective Chief Superintendent) — (played by Raymond Francis in No Hiding Place)
  • Detective Mike Logan — Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Chris Noth)
  • Detective Inspector Sarah Lund — Søren Sveistrup (played by Sofie Gråbøl in The Killing)
  • DI Thomas Lynley — Elizabeth George (played by Nathaniel Parker in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
  • M

  • Detective Vic Mackey — Shawn Ryan (played by Michael Chiklis in The Shield)
  • Sergeant Ivor Maddox — Elizabeth Linington
  • Commissaire Jules Maigret — Georges Simenon (played by Jean Gabin, Gino Cervi and Rupert Davies)
  • Detective Patsy Mayo — Hill Street Blues (played by Mimi Kuzyk)
  • Detective Lieutenant John McClane — (played by Bruce Willis in the Die Hard film series)
  • Detective Connie McDowell — NYPD Blue (played by Charlotte Ross)
  • Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett — Leonard Freeman (played by Jack Lord in Hawaii Five-O)
  • Detective James "Jimmy" McNulty — The Wire (played by Dominic West)
  • Lieutenant Luis Mendoza — Elizabeth Linington writing as Dell Shannon
  • Detective Danny Messer — CSI: NY (played by Carmine Giovinazzo)
  • Detective Meyer Meyer — Ed McBain
  • Ellie Miller — Broadchurch
  • Detective Robert Monday — Premium Rush
  • Detective Lindsay Monroe — CSI: NY (played by Anna Belknap)
  • Comisario Salvo Montalbano — Andrea Camilleri (played by Luca Zingaretti in Inspector Montalbano)
  • Detective William "Bunk" Moreland — The Wire (played by Wendell Pierce)
  • Detective Inspector Morse — Colin Dexter (played by John Thaw in Inspector Morse)
  • Detective William Murdoch — Murdoch Mysteries (played by Yannick Bisson)
  • N

  • Detective Zack Nichols — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Jeff Goldblum)
  • Detective Inspector Saga Norén — Hans Rosenfeldt (played by Sofia Helin in The Bridge)
  • O

  • Detective Juliet O'Hara — Psych (played by Maggie Lawson)
  • Inspector Michael Ohayon — Batya Gur
  • Detective Rita Ortiz — NYPD Blue (played by Jacqueline Obradors)
  • Superintendent Otani — James Melville (pseudonym of Roy Peter Martin)
  • P

  • Detective Inspector Charles Parker — Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe — Reginald Hill (played by Colin Buchanan in Dalziel and Pascoe)
  • Detective Inspector Charlie Peace — Robert Barnard
  • Comisario Achille Peroni — Timothy Holme
  • Detective Lucky Piquel — Disney Television Animation production Bonkers
  • DI Richard Poole — Death in Paradise
  • Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman — Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell (played by Amanda Redman in New Tricks)
  • Detective Inspector Walter Purbright — Colin Watson
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police Pradyuman; Shivaji Satam
  • R

  • Detective Inspector John Rebus — Ian Rankin (played by John Hannah and Ken Stott in Rebus)
  • Detective Danny Reagan — Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green (played by Donnie Wahlberg in Blue Bloods)
  • Detective Inspector Jack Regan — Ian Kennedy Martin (played by John Thaw in The Sweeney)
  • Detective Jane Rizzoli — Tess Gerritsen (played by Angie Harmon in Rizzoli & Isles)
  • Commissioner Mihai Roman (played by Ilarion Ciobanu in five Romanian films)
  • Sub-inspector Max Romero — P.J. Brooke
  • Detective Lilly Rush — Meredith Stiehm (played by Kathryn Morris in Cold Case)
  • Detective Diane Russell – NYPD Blue (played by Kim Delaney)
  • Detective Kevin Ryan — Andrew W. Marlowe (played by Seamus Dever in Castle)
  • S

  • Detective Gloria Shepherd — The Protector (played by Ally Walker)
  • Private Detective Eddie Shoestring in Shoestring ; BBC One TV series; played by Trevor Eve
  • Detective Bobby Simone — NYPD Blue (played by Jimmy Smits)
  • Detective Andy Sipowicz (later Detective Sergeant) — NYPD Blue (played by Dennis Franz)
  • Detective Constable Chris Skelton — Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes (played by Marshall Lancaster)
  • Inspector Slack — Agatha Christie
  • Detective Danny Sorenson — NYPD Blue (played by Rick Schroder)
  • Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope — Ann Cleeves (played by Brenda Blethyn in Vera)
  • Detective David Starsky — William Blinn and Ryan Blinn (played by Paul Michael Glaser in Starsky and Hutch)
  • Detective Serena Stevens — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Saffron Burrows)
  • Police Chief Jesse Stone — Robert B. Parker (played by Tom Selleck)
  • Detective Milo Sturgis (later Lieutenant) — Jonathan Kellerman
  • Chief Inspector Ukyō Sugishita — Aibō (played by Yutaka Mizutani)
  • Detective Sunday — American Gigolo
  • Detective Bill Szymanski — Person of Interest (played by Mike McGlone)
  • T

  • Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart - Taggart
  • Detective Mac Taylor — CSI: NY (played by Gary Sinise)
  • DCI Jane Tennison — Lynda La Plante (played by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect)
  • Detective Raymond Terney — Person of Interest (played by Al Sapienza)
  • Detective Inspectors Thomson and Thompson (original French: Dupont et Dupond) — Hergé (played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)
  • Detective Inspector Tom Thorne — Mark Billingham (played by David Morrissey in the Sky One series Thorne)
  • DI Fred Thursday — Endeavour
  • Detective Inspector Anna Travis — Lynda La Plante (played by Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion)
  • Inspector Frederick Troy — John Lawton
  • Detective Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs — Anthony Yerkovich (played by Philip Michael Thomas and Jamie Foxx in Miami Vice)
  • Detective Inspector Sam Tyler — Life on Mars (played by John Simm)
  • V

  • Commissaris Piet van der Valk — Nicolas Freeling (played by Barry Foster in Van der Valk)
  • DCI Van Veeteren — Håkan Nesser
  • Detective Van Zwam from the comics series The Adventures of Nero.
  • Detective Vic Varallo — Elizabeth Linington writing as Leslie Egan
  • W

  • Kriminalkommissarie Kurt Wallander — Henning Mankell (played by Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh)
  • Detective Neal Washington — Hill Street Blues (played by Taurean Blacque)
  • Detective Sergeant John Watt — Troy Kennedy Martin and Allan Prior (played by Frank Windsor in Z-Cars and Softly, Softly )
  • Detective Joe West — Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns (played by Jesse L. Martin in The Flash)
  • Inspector Roger West - John Creasey
  • Detective Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford — Ruth Rendell (played by George Baker in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries)
  • Detective Megan Wheeler — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (played by Julianne Nicholson)
  • Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe — W. J. Burley (played by Jack Shepherd in Wycliffe)
  • Z

  • Comisario Aurelio Zen — Michael Dibdin (played by Rufus Sewell in Zen)
  • References

    List of fictional police detectives Wikipedia


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