Happy Valley Is Back But What Do the Stars Drive Off Set?

Do you enjoy watching Happy Valley as much as we do? Then,  you're in for a treat! Let's take a peek at our favourite cast members and the cars they drive.

With 4 BAFTA awards, this Yorkshire-based crime drama centring on the personal and professional life of Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood has taken British television by storm.

If you're a fan of the show, this post is definitely for you!

What is Happy Valley about?

Dark, edgy, and surprisingly suspenseful, Happy Valley dispenses some of the more oddly liberating violence on television.

With an incredibly impressive 95% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Happy Valley has impressed viewers worldwide, not just in the UK, where it first aired on the BBC.

The show follows Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire, as she goes through the trials and tribulations of being on the police force whilst dealing with her traumas.

Sounds intriguing already, doesn't it? Give it a try if you haven't seen the show yet!

Sarah Lancashire: Peugeot 405

Peugeot 405

The woman of the hour and lead actress in this phenomenal show, Sarah Lancashire, loves her private life and definitely keeps to herself when she is not on our TV screens.

However, her tight-knit relationship with fellow actress Sherrie Hewson throughout the 90s led to much media coverage. Most of all when they took road trips in their Peugeot 405.

Now, 90s experts will remember this car, and we certainly do, a bad boy car that could often be heard before it could be seen.

Launched in 1989, the Peugeot 405 was the more mature and comfortable stablemate of the legendary hot hatch, the Peugeot 205 GTi.

Production extended until 1995, with a mid-life change in 1993 signifying a ‘Phase 2’. This was the car everyone wanted back in the mid-90s, and Sarah Lancashire got one for herself!

James Norton: Audi Q5

Audi Q5

James Norton is an English actor known for his film, TV and theatre roles. His acclaimed roles include Tommy Lee Royce from Happy Valley.

His role in Happy Valley earned him a British Academy Television Award nomination, solidifying his standing as one of Britain's brightest stars!

And he has a car to match it, the beautiful looking Audi Q5. The Q5 is a mid-size luxury SUV from Audi.

The Q5 has also done the numbers for Audi ever since it came out in 2008, selling in vast quantities everywhere it’s available.

The Audi Q5 was recognised as the “world’s best-selling premium mid-size” SUV for some six years, ahead of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC/GLK and the Q5's Porsche Macan cousin.

George Costigan: Bentley Continental 

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

George Costigan has an expensive taste, and we love that about him. Throughout our celebrity blog posts, the Bentley Continental has probably popped up a lot.

The Bentley Continental is the ultimate grand touring car. This car combines power and comfort all in one, and for us, it's very close to the perfect vehicle.

With the Continental GT range, drivers can choose one that perfectly meets their needs, whether looking for unrivalled performance and sporting luxury with the GT Speed model or prefer a more relaxing journey in comfort and style with the Azure edition.

Whichever path you take, expect to travel like royalty. With four adults fitting comfortably in this ultimate grand tourer and a generous luggage capacity, this car allows plenty of room for all life's luxuries!

This must sound like a Bentley advert, but we really like this car!

Joe Armstrong: Chevrolet Nova SS

Chevrolet Nova SS

With Joe Armstrong, we need to include this classic car in our collection. Joe used to own a Chevy Nova SS, but it was, unfortunately, stolen. It's still a beautiful car, nonetheless!

In 1962, Chevrolet stepped up their compact car game by introducing the Nova nameplate.

Designed to compete against Ford's powerful Falcon model, Chevy designed a conventional vehicle that was rushed to market quickly and cheaply, otherwise known as the X-body.

It also saw life in Canada and Chile as Acadian variants. With this addition to its lineup, it seemed like Chevrolet had all bases covered for drivers seeking style and practicality!

Joe found this a huge selling point and managed to grab a convertible version. 


Happy Valley is an incredible show that has won the hearts of viewers and critics. Hopefully, you enjoyed this article on the Happy Valley cast members and their cars!

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