Chief Constable Giles
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Actor Nigel Bennett
Seen Murdoch in Wonderland
Murdoch of the Klondike
Back and to the Left
War on Terror
Murdoch Night in Canada
Twentieth Century Murdoch
Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom
Crime and Punishment
The Murdoch Trap
What Lies Buried
Nolo Contendere
Gender Male
Status Criminal, (jailed)
Relationships Constable Finch, blackmailer
Peter Reid, lover (ended)
Constable Hodge, close friend
Job Chief Constable (formerly)

Chief Constable Giles is a member of the Toronto Constabulary from at least 1881 up until his arrest in 1902, first introduced in Season 4 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by Nigel Bennett.

Chief Constable Percival Giles is one of the antagonists of William Murdoch and even Inspector Thomas Brackenreid at times. They often disagree on crime solving methods.

Appearances and Mentions

The Murdoch Trap

  • Giles suspends Murdoch from working on the case of Darcy Garland's murder.
  • Giles suspects that Murdoch released Constance Gardiner, and continues to hound him about it throughout his time as Chief Constable.

What Lies Buried

  • It is revealed that Giles has a sordid past himself; he is a homosexual and was being blackmailed by the murder victim, Constable Finch (who was himself a murderer). Sadly, the man Giles was in love with, Peter Reid, turned out to be an accomplice of Finch, who had seduced Giles in order to let Finch take a compromising photograph of Giles. When Giles discovered he had been betrayed by his lover, he openly wept. Constable Hodge (who in those days had a friendship with Giles similar to Murdoch and Constable George Crabtree) accidentally killed Constable Finch while Finch (who was going to blackmail then-detective Giles) was trying to give on Giles' desk, the glass negative of the picture of Giles with Reed, by hitting him with the station mascot, an iron monkey statuette called "Nelly". Together, Giles and Hodge hid the body in the basement, which was just about to have a new concrete floor poured.
  • Constable Hodge is tried for manslaughter and Giles for obstruction of justice. According to Inspector Brackenreid, " he being an admitted homosexual who buried a body, not to mention he's a copper, will more than likely do more time than Hodge," which Murdoch finds unfair.
  • Part of the reason that Giles is so hell-bent on making Murdoch reveal the truth may stem from the damage that concealing his crime has done to his life and personal relationships.

Nolo Contendere

  • Giles is in prison along with George. When a man who wanted information about George's ex-fiancee, Edna Brooks, gets stabbed, Giles helps George investigate after recognizing that he will not let it go. He advised George on the minds of the inmates, able to get a suspect for Murdoch by having the inmates bet on the most likely culprit.


  • There has been several fictional Chief Constables (Chiefs of Police), when in actuality during Murdoch Mysteries time period, the Toronto Police Department was headed by Col. H.J. Grasett, who served as Toronto's Chief Constable for 34 years from 1886 to 1920 — a record that still stands.


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidBea Santos as Louise CherrySiobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaPeter Stebbings as James PendrickErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Nigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle
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