|Organisations worked for|| Central Metropolitan University|
Anomaly Research Centre
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Stephen James Hart (born between 1974 and March 1975, died 4 March 2007) was Nick Cutter's lab technician and right-hand man, and was one of his and Helen Cutter's college students. Stephen had a strong friendship with Cutter and romantic feelings towards Helen.
Stephen was a member of the Home Office Anomaly research team and later the main Anomaly Research Centre field team, and was the tracker and marksman of the team. Stephen died when he sacrificed himself to stop Oliver Leek's creature army.
Stephen is moody and cold, often coming across as aloof. He has a very strong bond with Cutter (however, he isn't afraid to stand up to him when he wants to), a big brother relationship with Connor, and, though he keeps his emotions in check, a fondness for Abby. He also has strong feelings for Helen, though these seem to sway from time to time.
On many occasions, Stephen has proven his loyalty to the team, as well as his bravery, putting his life at risk to save his colleagues. At the end of Series 2 Stephen sacrificed himself to save Nick, Helen and the rest of the world.
Stephen became a junior fencing champion and a junior shooting Olympic prospect in high school. Because of this, he was extremely fit, running an average of thirty miles a week. He also gained lightning reactions and extreme physical fitness. However, Stephen strongly felt that Humans were killing the Earth around them, and thus he took a job as a wildlife conservationist as a young man.
Eventually, Stephen went to university as a student of Professor Nick Cutter and his wife Helen. During this period, Stephen had a much-regretted affair with Helen. (Episode 1.6) After completing his studies, Stephen took a job as Nick Cutter's lab assistant at the Central Metropolitan University Department of Evolutionary Zoology. After Helen suddenly disappeared with no explanation in the late 1990s and was presumed dead, Stephen began to grow closer to a grieving Nick, and the two became firm friends.
- "Pick on someone your own size!"
- ―Stephen draws the Gorgonopsid's attention.
One day eight years after Helen disappeared, as Cutter and Stephen arrived at the Central Metropolitan University and headed to Cutter's office, they were approached and badgered by Connor Temple, who tried to convince them to investigate a creature sighting with him. Stephen and Cutter initially confused and deemed the sighting a hoax; but when Connor mentioned that the sighting was in the Forest of Dean, Cutter immediately decided to investigate, and he, Connor and Stephen then left. After the trio arrived at the site of the sighting, while Cutter and Connor questioned Dave Greene on it, Stephen examined the attack on a truck by the supposed creature to see what the predator was. Stephen remained convinced that it was a hoax, but became less certain after he and Cutter saw that the supposed creature had also flattened an iron fence.
Later, while the group were staying at the Eddington Hotel before heading off into the Forest of Dean in search of the creature, Connor showed Stephen his database on extinct animals, which Stephen found both impressive and somewhat pathetic. At the Hotel, the trio also met up with Home Office official Claudia Brown, who chose to join them in the search for the creature. The group then headed into the Forest, and Stephen led the search by using his tracking skills to search for signs of the creature; eventually discovering a dead cow in a tree.
Stephen and the group continued to search the Forest for the creature as night came, eventually finding a Scutosaurus and meeting Abby Maitland and Rex. Stephen and Connor stayed with the Scutosaurus to watch it, while the rest of the team went to the Trent house; when Connor became convinced that the creature was a Dinosaur, Stephen dismissed it as unconfirmed. The rest of the team then returned and they used torches to scare the Scutosaurus into heading for safety, and Stephen and the team watched it vanish through an Anomaly in the Forest.
The next morning, after the Home Office secured the Anomaly, Stephen tried to comfort Abby and discussed the events of the night and what they had seen with her. While the others were taken to the Home Office by Claudia to sign the Official Secrets Act, Stephen and Connor stayed behind in the Forest to search for any more creatures, and Stephen found signs that there was a large predator present. Eventually, Stephen and Connor found a footprint from the predator, and Connor identified it as a Gorgonopsid. Stephen then went off on his own to track down and stop the creature, and followed the Gorgonopsid into a school it was attacking. After getting the Gorgonopsid's attention, Stephen lured it after him through the school to a fire exit, where the creature cornered Stephen and threw him through the doors and outside; knocking him out.
The following night, after Stephen recovered he drove back to the Anomaly site in time to run over and stop the Gorgonopsid, which was attacking there. Stephen then shot and killed the injured creature. The next day, after Cutter and James Lester confirmed that Helen had indeed gone through the Anomaly after she disappeared and Cutter vowed that the Anomaly crisis wasn't over, Stephen left the Home Office with the rest of the newly-assembled Anomaly research team.
Stephen and Cutter were going over Helen's research to see if she had known about the anomalies, even though Stephen was sure she would have told Cutter. Abby later sent him a text telling him that she and Connor were investigating what appeared to be another anomaly incursion. After Stephen informed Cutter, they went to save the pair from a "creature," which turned out to be a hoax caused by Connor's friends (which resulted in Connor getting fired from the team). When a real new creature attack on a pest control officer in the London Underground was reported, Stephen, Cutter and Abby went to investigate an anomaly which opened in the London Underground, after a team of soldiers sent by Lester utterly failed to deal with giant spiders pouring into the subways.
While down there they were attacked by a giant millipede/centipede ancestor. Cutter managed to distract it while Stephen and Abby escaped, though Cutter was trapped in the process. Stephen wanted to go back and rescue him, but Claudia refused. While Stephen arranged to rehire Connor, since he would know what the creature was, Stephen recklessly went back to save Cutter. Using a makeshift flamethrower as a weapon, he kept the centipede at bay while he searched for Cutter. Unfortunately, the flamethrower was sucked through the anomaly due to the magnetic field and the centipede attacked Stephen, injecting venom into him. Lying on the ground and dying from the giant centipede's venom, he saw Helen and she asked him to pass a message to Cutter, saying she was alive and waiting on the other side of the Carboniferous anomaly. When Cutter managed to escape the network of tunnels, Stephen passed on the message while being escorted to the surface. While being loaded into an ambulance Stephen asked Abby out for dinner before he passed out. The team risked their lives to get an antivenom from the centipede, which turned out to be an Arthropleura, and managed to get a sample and save Stephen's life. Stephen later came to and started recovering slowly in the hospital. When Claudia arrived and asked about Helen, Stephen said he did not remember anything due to amnesia caused by the venom and assumed he had hallucinated the encounter. Abby asked if he remembered everything else he'd said, but Stephen didn't remember asking Abby out and asked if he'd said something important, but Abby told him he hadn't.Arthropleura, Abby and Connor visited him as he was leaving the hospital. Connor told him that he never thought about one of the team getting killed until now and Stephen jokingly points out that he must have been devastated. Abby offered Stephen a lift home but Stephen, suffering from some memory loss, told them his girlfriend was picking him up, who had been away in the Amazon. They presumably met and Alison was suffering from jet lag. After checking out of the hospital, he and the team go to the scene of another anomaly incursion, which had resulted in the death of a lifeguard. Connor and Stephen joked about Stephen's bad luck with Abby and Alison. When the anomaly moved to the Queen Mary Reservoir, Stephen and Cutter went with a Special Forces diving team to search the reservoir. The Mosasaur, which had been beaten by Abby and Connor, retreated through the anomaly and a diver is stranded on the other side of the anomaly when it closes. Stephen then stood amongst the grieving soldiers.
Later at the Home Office, he saw camera footage of the previous anomaly, which brings back memories of when he'd been poisoned. He confronted Cutter about Helen still being alive, and learned from him it wasn't the first time she'd appeared. He told Cutter that he should tell the others, because she'd been important to him too, but Cutter said it wasn't his decision. Later at the third anomaly recursion, he told Abby he'd got his memory back and had asked her out because he liked her, but Abby was hurt and said she'd forgotten about the whole thing.Helen later sends a message through the anomaly on the body of the soldier, who had died from shock. Lester soon learned of Helen being alive and decides to send Cutter through to bring her back. Stephen helped Cutter prepare for the journey through the anomaly and anxiously awaited his return, connecting him to the present with a rope and giving him a harpoon gun to defend himself. Stephen pulled Cutter through after his time had run out and he nearly drowned due to the lifeline being cut by a mosasaur. After he was resuscitated, Claudia sent Captain Ryan and his men through the anomaly to recover Helen, leaving Stephen clueless on why she was sending them through. He later watched as Helen was taken away by Lester's men.
- "You idiot. You've turned her into bait!"
- ―Stephen isn't happy about Abby being in danger
Stephen and Cutter searched for Tom at hospitals, but eventually decided to ask Duncan what he thought Tom would do. They learned from Duncan that the Dodo had swallowed a tracking device and that Tom would probably follow the signal to the Dodo and Abby, who was doing another autopsy. Stephen was furious that she had been "turned into bait.". Eventually they cornered Tom at the football stadium, and Abby was rescued. Stephen watched as Tom died in Connor's arms.
Stephen was helping Cutter search a golf course for an anomaly where a golfer had been attacked, but were unable to find it until Cutter noticed it was in the air. Realising it was an aerial predator, Stephen scanned the skies until he caught sight of a Pteranodon swooping in towards them. Stephen assumed it was a carnivore and wanted to shoot it down, but Cutter disagreed. As they observed the circling Pteranodon, Stephen noticed Connor on the fairway and realised assumed the Pteranodon was hunting him. Stephen tried to shoot it when the Pteranodon presumably attacked Connor, but Cutter stopped him. After it was revealed Rex had been with Connor and the Pteranodon had flown off, Stephen pointed out that it needed to roost and wouldn't go far.
Satellite scans eventually revealed it on the roof of an office block and Stephen, Cutter and Claudia went after it ahead of the soldiers against Lester's permission. Stephen reluctantly agreed to use a tranquilizer gun to bring it down. On the roof, Cutter told Claudia they needed to use her red shirt to lure it, but Stephen used his instead. After two failed attempts Stephen managed to bring it down, though it's beak knocked out claudia in the process. It was transported back to the golf course, and while waiting for it to wake up so that they could send it back through, Stephen tasted its dung to see what it had been eating, disgusting the other soldiers. He then realized Cutter was right and that it hadn't killed the golfer. After the real culprits were dealt with by Cutter, Claudia and Helen, Stephen helped free the Pteranodon and send it back through the anomaly just before it closed.
- Stephen: "There was no point in saying anything. It was a long time ago, in the past!"
- Helen: "The past has a habit of coming back these days, doesn't it?"
- ―Stephen and Helen on their secret affair
After the Forest of Dean - Permian Hills Anomaly reopened and a soldier was killed by an unkwnon assailant, Stephen helped search the forest, only to find nothing. He was later at the university when Helen snuck up behind him to have a discussion. Over a cold beer she wanted him to arrange a meeting with Cutter and Lester to discuss the disappearance of three people. Stephen realised it was a creature, but Helen would not elaborate, and as she left she kissed him, telling him she missed him and he sarcastically said he was touched. Convincing Lester to go along with it, Stephen was present as Helen revealed a predator from the future had come through the Permian anomaly and was on a rampage, killing the three missing people and the soldier. After talking with Connor, Stephen learned that Abby's boss and a lion were both missing and came to the conclusion the predator was at the Wellington Zoo and went to find Abby.
He and Abby were approached by the predator but it was scared off by the Special Forces. When they went looking for the predator in the forest, Stephen joined them. stephen tried to help fight the predator, but it evaded them too easily, being too fast for the team's guns. As the team discussed what they should do, Connor realised it was a future bat using echolocation to sense their movements and went off on his own to find an oscilloscope. When the predator attacked Connor and Abby, Stephen arrived and shot the creature before it could kill them. They followed the oscillope to a storage shed containing baby Future Predators and the bodies of the missing people, only to have the predator attack. Cutter went off and killed it in a nearby greenhouse.
It was soon decided to send a group into the Permian to find the future anomaly and secure it before more predators arrived. Stephen watched Cutter, Helen and Ryan go through with the infants and watched Cutter and Claudia passionately kiss. Connor later learned from the lab that the dead predator was a male but the DNA from the blood in the lion's den was from a female. Stephen feared the mother was still out there, narrowly missing seeing her go through the anomaly due to it's incredible speed.
In the new timeline created during the second mission into the Permian, Stephen's biography up to the mission was apparently mostly the same, except he and the rest of the team at some early point moved from the Home Office to the Anomaly Research Centre.
Soon Cutter and Helen returned from their failed mission that had seen Captain Ryan and all his men killed by the predator, which was in turn killed by a gorgonopsid, and Cutter had decided not to allow anyone else to go through. As Helen left, she revealed she had an affair with Stephen and asked him to come with her. Cutter was furious at Stephen and despite Helen's offer, Stephen flatly refused and stayed in the present. Cutter soon asked about where Claudia was, but due to the alterations to the timeline (presumably caused by the two baby predators that survived the gorgonopsid attack), Stephen nor anyone else had heard of her.ARC, the team's base in the new timeline. Later, they learned from Oliver Leek that a new creature sighting had been reported in a shopping centre, killing two security guards, and they drove off to investigate. When they arrived at the mall, Stephen and the others (except Connor) armed themselves with tranquiliser guns. Once inside, Stephen tried to apologise as they searched for the anomaly, but Cutter refused to forgive him. they then used surveillance cameras to locate the creature. After finding the creature was a raptor, Stephen and Cutter soon found the anomaly in the bowling alley and began looking for the raptor. Cutter insisted that the creatures be returned alive to prevent the timeline altering again, much to Stephen and the team's dismay. Stephen and the others were startled by what they thought was the raptor but turned out to be a cleaner who apparently had not been evacuated. Stephen and Cutter set off the search for the raptor. While searching a laser tag arena, Stephen was pinned down by the dinosaur and pleaded for Cutter to shoot it. However, the gun jammed. Fortunately, the noises of the arena scared off the raptor. Stephen didn't believe Cutter when he said the gun jammed, thinking that Cutter wanted him dead after the revelation. They soon encountered the raptor again and Stephen tried shooting it, only for the gun to jam again. After fixing the problem he managed to tranquilise the raptor. Stephen apologised for not believing Cutter and for having his affair with Helen, and Cutter decided to forgive him. After Stephen and Cutter encountered Connor shortly after his fight with the baby raptor, they set a trap for the other raptor using the baby. However after the raptor cannabilised the younger dinosaur and Abby distracted it, Stephen decided they would have to kill it against Cutter's wishes. Stephen didn't believe the timeline had changed, but agreed only to kill the creature if he had to. The raptor escaped and the two of them had to lure it back inside the mall with motorbikes stolen from a group of teenagers. However, after the raptor was lured back in, it hitched a ride on the lift Stephen and Cutter were on and surprised them by jumping out and nearly attacking them. The two were at its mercy before Connor brought it down with a tranquilizer gun. Cutter insisted on taking the raptors through the anomaly by himself, but Stephen suspected he wasn't going to come back and went after him. Stephen managed to convince Cutter to return by telling him no matter how many times the timeline changed, he still might never get Claudia Brown back. Unfortunately, the raptors awakened and the anomaly began closing. While running to get back through, Stephen was attacked by one of the raptors which held onto his foot while the others tried to pull him through. Fortunately he made it through shortly before the anomaly closed, cutting off the raptor's head. After heading back to the ARC, Stephen was present with the rest of the team at their introduction to the new PR person, Jenny Lewis, who Cutter identified as Claudia Brown. giant Worms Cutter suspected were from a Precambrian time period. Continuing to search for the anomaly, Stephen got lost in the fog and set the alarm on his watch to draw the worms' attention from him as he entered an elevator shaft. He called Cutter to tell him he'd found his own way up and began to climb the ladder rapidly as the elevator rose, narrowly avoiding being crushed. While trapped on the floor Stephen took down some worms and awaited help. Soon Cutter arrived as the fog began to clear. However the worms began to spawn and Stephen and the others tried to prevent them from burrowing beneath their skin before the fire sprinklers were activated. Stephen wondered if the anomalies were a challenge for humanity and if they should stop fighting the creatures and face the anomalies instead, but Cutter dismissed his idea. Stephen returned to flat and found that Helen had left as he'd asked.
- "How many Valeries' are there gonna be before we start telling people what's going on?"
- ―Stephen begins to question keeping the anomalies secret
Stephen, Cutter and Jenny were looking into the disappearance of a teenager who had gone missing near where an anomaly had opened, and he and Cutter searched the drains leading to the canal, but were unable to find anything, only hearing a creature singing. Stephen helped the rest of the team search the canal by boat and killed a shark attacking Jenny. Upon examination of the dead creature, it was concluded that it was from the future and that it hadn't killed Lucien. Stephen suspected there was another one that had killed him, but Cutter disproved all his ideas, telling Lester it was probably a marine mammal. Lester sent the team to search the canal again, and Cutter decided to search other places despite Stephen's objections. However Abby was taken by the creature while Cutter was trying to lure it out, and Stephen helped search but they soon gave up hope despite Connor's objections. A furious Lester fired Cutter and put Stephen in charge, who was reluctant to do so, but asked for a remote control submarine as he was sure the creature was still in the canal. While looking through a large drainage pipe the anomaly reopened and Stephen sped up the search, and distracted the creature as it prepared to attack Cutter. Stephen quickly grabbed guns and dived into the water, making his way through the pipe and killed all the creatures before they could kill Cutter or Lucien. Connor had followed Abby and a larger version of the creature through the anomaly, and Cutter and Stephen went after them and killed the creature. Upon returning, Lester blamed Stephen for looking in the wrong place and nearly causing everyone else to die. Stephen reluctantly agreed with Lester, and Cutter told him that he'd only been lucky, which Stephen muttered he was.
- "You sound like Helen."
- ―Cutter thinks Stephen is coming around to think of him the same way Helen used to
- "Sorry mate. I'm doing this one."
- ―Stephen is prepared to die for the others
Stephen was annoyed to recieve a phone call from a frantic Lester informing him of a creature attack at a Holiday Resort and that the rest of the team was missing. On the condition that none of Lester's men are around, Stephen agreed to help. At the resort, he arrives and encounters a Silurian Scorpion, but after some struggling to get it into position, Stephen managed to tie it up to the pier and called Lester, telling him "it's done". Stephen then stayed on the beach for some time before he recieved another phone call, this time from Helen, who wrongly told him that Cutter and the others had all been killed and that she was being held captive by Lester. She asked for his helped, and devastated, he threw his mobile into the sea and travelled to Leek's hideout.
After locating Helen, he denied her option to go through an anomaly and hide until they can fight back against Lester and decided to end it. While leaving, he spotted Cutter sitting on his own, and was furious that Helen lied about seeing Cutter die. He was still angry with Cutter too, but learned from him that Helen had indeed helped Leek, the actual traitor, gather all kinds of predators which were all in the lair and would kill everyone if they escaped. The three agreed in working together to lure the creatures into a single room so that they would kill one another.But after setting things in motion, Helen was attacked by a raptor and fell to the ground in a doorway. Stephen shot the raptor twice, accidentally damaging the door locking mechanism in the process. After managing to save Helen, they found out the door could not close - not from the outside. Cutter volunteered to sacrifice himself, telling him and Helen to save themselves and reminding Stephen that Lester wasn't the enemy. However, Stephen knocked him down and went inside to lock the door himself. Stephen denied Cutter's demand to open the door, saying he couldn't allow the creatures to get back out, and asked him to tell Abby and Connor to stay out of trouble. He was killed by the creatures that surrounded him and presumably tore him apart. It is unknown which exact creature killed him although it is suggested by some that all of the creatures killed him at the same time.
Sometime later the ARC team hold a funeral service for Stephen. At Stephen's funeral, Cutter realizes Claudia Brown is gone forever, just like Stephen and tears up a picture of him and Claudia and puts it on Stephen's grave. After the team leaves, Helen then arrives and puts a fossil Ammonite on Stephen's grave and tells him "Be patient, Stephen. Things can change." A group of Cleaner Clones then appear at the graveyard and Helen shows an evil smile.
- "Cutter closed his eyes, and he saw Stephen's face."
- ―A description from the novel, during the Entelodon rampage, down Oxford Street.
Stephen was mentioned several times. After his death, the ARC team drafted in a new SAS soldier, named Jake Hemple. His job was to make sure that no other members of the ARC's Team were killed. In the novel, it was revealed that Cutter blamed himself for Stephen's death, since he believed that it was his fault that he didn't sacrifice himself, and not Stephen.
Cutter, feeling responsible for his friend's death, has a flashback of Stephen's death. Jenny then comes in and interrupts him, telling him that he shouldn't blame himself for Stephen's death. Cutter then remarks that it was Helen's fault, but he can't help feel responsible. Later, as Lester was briefing Captain Becker that his job is to protect the ARC team, tells him, "We can't have another Stephen Hart". Later when Cutter and Abby were on the streets searching for the Pristichampsus, Abby remarks that "Stephen would've known what to do.", causing Cutter to feel distraught again. Abby then quickly apologizes to Cutter. At the end of the episode, Connor remarked "Stephen would have loved this one", to which Cutter replied "He probably would have liked Dr. Page too."
Cutter, after seeing Helen's clone of him, asks her, "Please don't tell me you did this to Stephen." Helen responded by saying that the clones are never really the individual, dodging his question. Either way, she would have needed a DNA sample, which she likely did not have.
- Episode 1.1 (first appearance)
- Episode 1.2
- Episode 1.3
- Episode 1.4
- Episode 1.5
- Episode 1.6
- Episode 2.1
- Episode 2.2
- Episode 2.3
- Episode 2.4
- Episode 2.5
- Episode 2.6
- Episode 2.7 (death, last appearance)
- Extinction Event (mentioned)
- Episode 3.1 (flashback, mentioned)
- Episode 3.3 (mentioned)
- Fire And Water (mentioned)
- S4 Prequel Episode 4 (mentioned)
- Stephen is the third main character to die in Primeval, the first two being Tom Ryan and Oliver Leek.
|Series 1 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Claudia Brown • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Tom Ryan|
|Series 2 Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Jenny Lewis • Helen Cutter • James Lester • Oliver Leek • Caroline Steel • The Cleaner|
|Older Novels Main Characters|
|Nick Cutter • Stephen Hart • Connor Temple • Abby Maitland • Jenny Lewis • James Lester • Helen Cutter • Jake Hemple • Danny Quinn • Hilary Becker • Sarah Page|