Helen Mirren — Maria Altmann
Helen Mirren won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She was also named Best Actress by virtually every critic’s organization from Los Angeles to London. In 2014 she was honored with the BAFTA Fellowship for her outstanding career in film.
Mirren will next be seen in The Weinstein’s Company’s “Woman in Gold,” opening April 3, 2015. She will also be seen in Bleecker Street Media’s “Trumbo” and IPA Asia Pacific’s “Eye in the Sky,” both of which are in post-production.
Mirren can also be seen returning to the Broadway stage, reprising of her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, a new play by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry. The Audience is currently in previews, opening March 8, 2015.
Most recently, Mirren was seen in Disney’s “100 Foot Journey” directed by Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, which sees Mirren portraying a French restaurateur Madame Mallory.
Her 2013 work includes the HBO biopic of Phil Spector where she stars as the lawyer Linda Kenney Baden with Al Pacino as Phil Spector, for which she won a SAG award for her performance and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, in addition to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ “Monster’s University” in which she voiced the character of ‘Dean Hardscrabble.’
Other recent work includes “RED 2” with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins, “Hitchcock” a Sacha Gevasi and Fox Searchlight Pictures production in which she stars with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her performance, the John Madden-directed thriller “The Debt,” where she plays a Mossad agent and Hungarian director Istvan Szabo’s “The Door.”
Mirren began her career in the role of Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre. She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in such productions as “Troilus and Cressida” and “Macbeth.” In 1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company and toured the world.
Her film career began with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday.” Over the next 10 years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boorman’s “Excalibur”; Neil Jordan’s Irish thriller “Cal,” for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weir’s “The Mosquito Coast”; Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”; and Charles Sturridge’s “Where Angels Fear to Tread.”
Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner’s “The Madness of King George,” for which she also won Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar® nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film “Gosford Park.” Her performance as the housekeeper also brought her Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, several critics groups’ awards, and dual SAG Awards®, one for Best Supporting Actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast. Most recently, Mirren earned both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.
Among her other film credits are Terry George’s “Some Mother’s Son,” on which she also served as associate producer; “Calendar Girls“; The Clearing”; “Shadowboxer”; “State of Play”; “The Tempest”; and “Brighton Rock”.
On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect” as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. She had earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations, for her role in early installments of the “Prime Suspect” series. She won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006’s “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. Most recently Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®.
Her long list of television credits also includes “Losing Chase,”; “The Passion of Ayn Rand,”; “Door to Door,” and “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” earning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award® nominations and awards.
Mirren has also worked extensively in the theatre. Most recently reprising her role of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience in London’s West End, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre to star in the title role in “Phèdre,” directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.
Ryan Reynolds — Randy Schoenberg
RYAN REYNOLDS is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.
Reynolds will next be seen in a variety of feature roles in 2015 including; THE VOICES, WOMAN IN GOLD and MISSISSIPPI GRIND. In THE VOICES Reynolds stars alongside Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver in the independent drama by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, the film will be released in theatres and VOD on February 6, 2015. In the Weinstein Company feature WOMAN IN GOLD (April 3, 2015), Reynolds stars alongside Helen Mirren as they tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. Reynolds stars alongside Ben Mendelsohn in MISSISSIPPI GRIND, directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews.
Reynolds will also appear in the Action Crime-Thriller, CRIMINAL, directed by Ariel Vromen, which also stars Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones and the independent feature SELFLESS, directed by Tarsem Singh both slated for 2015 release dates. Next up, Reynolds will reprise his role as Marvel anti-hero DEADPOOL in 20th Century Fox's upcoming movie of the same name slated for release in February 2016.
Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. TURBO, in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, THE CROODS. The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508 million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.
His other film credits include; the Universal action thriller, SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40 million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208 million worldwide. The Universal comedy, THE CHANGE UP, opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, GREEN LANTERN and the mystery/thriller BURIED. In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.
In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in THE PROPOSAL, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $315 million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the X-MEN spin-off, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365 million worldwide. Additionally that year, Reynolds starred in ADVENTURELAND opposite Kristen Stewart which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.
Some of Reynolds other film credits include; PAPERMAN and the Working Title film DEFINITELY, MAYBE for Universal Pictures, writer/director John August’s THE NINES, director Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES for Working Title and Universal Pictures and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, a remake of the classic cult film which opened #1 at the box office and made $107 million worldwide.
DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy, “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.
In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father - who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson's disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.
Daniel Brühl — Hubertus Czernin
Since the start of his career, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actor Daniel Brühl has been involved in a number of critically acclaimed film and television projects and has garnered international recognition for his talent and versatility. With an exciting year head, his upcoming projects promise to firmly establish him as one to watch.
Daniel has recently joined the cast of Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin, with Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance. The film is a fact-based WWII story about German parents, following their campaign against Hitler after their son is killed on the front line. Production will begin later this year. Daniel has also joined the cast of the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, where he will play Marvel villain ‘Baron Zemo’. The film is due to start production in May 2015.
Daniel will next be seen in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold, written by playwright Alexi Campbell. The feature tells of the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family, and her battle to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.” Daniel will be joined by an incredible cast including Helen Mirren, Charles Dance and Max Irons. The film was recently been shown at Berlin Film festival and will be released in the UK on 10th April and in the US on the 3rd April 2015.
2015 will see Daniel in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel, playing the male lead role of ‘Thomas’, starring opposite Kate Beckinsale. The film follows a journalist and a documentary film maker as they explore the story of a murder in Tuscany. Also later this year, Daniel will appear in the lead role of ‘Sebastian Zöllner’ in Ich Und Kaminski, written and directed by Wolfgang Becker. Additionally, Daniel will be seen in the Untitled John Wells Project, telling the story of a chef that assembles a crew together in an attempt to create the best restaurant ever.
He will be joined by a well known cast including Jamie Dornan, Emma Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. Daniel also has Florian Gallenberger’s feature film Colonia with Emma Watson coming up in September 2015 (tbc) about a young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
In 2014, Daniel appeared in Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man playing the character ‘Max’, and starring opposite Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the feature about a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. The film was released in September 2014.
In 2013, he starred as ‘Niki Lauda’ in Ron Howard’s Rush, opposite Chris Hemsworth’s ‘James Hunt’. Set in 1976, the film is based on the true story of the Formula 1 champion driver and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. The multi-award nominated film was released worldwide in September, with Daniel being heralded as its breakout star: Digital Spy called his portrayal “an Oscar-worthy turn… Daniel Brühl is a masterful chameleon”, while Rolling Stone Magazine wrote he “starts at brilliant and revs up from there”. More glowing reviews of his performance followed: “awfully well played by Daniel Brühl” wrote The Hollywood Reporter, “quite brilliant” said HitFix, “remarkable” raved The Telegraph, “Brühl steals the show with a truly outstanding performance” reviewed HeyUGuys and Deadline said “take my word, this guy is the real deal and this is his year”. Daniel was consequently nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics Choice awards in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
Also in 2013, Daniel appeared in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate playing ‘Daniel Domscheit-Berg’, colleague and friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumerbatch. Based on the book "Inside Wikileaks" by Daniel Doimscheit-Berg himself and the Guardian book "Wikileaks" written by David Leigh and Luke Harding, the film follows the friendship and the eventual rift between the two as the international profile of the website suddenly explodes bringing instant fame and gradual disillusionment to its creators. The Fifth Estate opened the 2013 Toronto Film Festival before its worldwide release in October of the same year.
Even before his scene stealing turn in 2009 as German War Hero ‘Frederik Zoller’ in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic and Oscar winning Inglourious Basterds, opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, Daniel was an established and award winning actor in Europe: in 2003, Daniel starred in Good Bye, Lenin! and was lauded for his portrayal of ‘Alexander Kerner’ in the German tragicomedy set in East Germany in the year 1989. Daniel gives a heart-breaking performance playing a young man protesting against the regime, while desperately trying to protect his frail mother from the truth. The role saw him win the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor in 2003.
Daniel’s other notable film credits include: The White Sound with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin, Ladies in Lavender where he made his English speaking debut opposite Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Stephane Robelin’s If We All Lived Together, Love In Thoughts for which he won the People’s Choice for Best Actor, The Edukators for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2004 European Film Awards, Joyeux Noel, Salvador, The Bourne Ultimatum, Julie Delpy’s The Countess and In Transit with John Malkovich. He also speaks fluent German, English, Spanish and French.
Katie Holmes — Pam Schoenberg
As an actress who has received critical acclaim for a spectrum of diversified roles on stage and screen, Katie Holmes has appeared in several notable films, ranging from the action blockbuster Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan, to critically acclaimed art house pictures such as Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Peter Hedges’ Pieces of April.
Holmes recently starred in the dark comedy she helped produce, Miss Meadows, which made its debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and the utopian drama, The Giver. Holmes can next be seen in the Weinstein Company’s, Woman in Gold, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren.
Holmes is the first global ambassador for Olay. She is also the global ambassador and spokesperson for Alterna Hair Care.
In 2012 Holmes starred in the Broadway production Dead Accounts opposite Nobert Leo Butz. She had previously made her Broadway debut in the 2008 limited run of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, in which Holmes starred opposite John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson and Diane Wiest. Her portrayal of Ann garnered glowing reviews and established her as an accomplished actress on both screen and stage.
Holmes’ film career began in 1996 when she landed the role of ‘Libbets Casey,’ opposite Tobey Maguire and Sigourney Weaver in Ang Lee’s award-winning drama The Ice Storm. Since then, she has worked with some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors and directors. Her credits include Curtis Hanson’s Wonder Boys, Jason Reitman’s Thank You for Smoking, Sam Raimi’s The Gift, Stephen Gaghan’s Abandon, Doug Liman’s Go, Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth, Keith Gordon’s The Singing Detective, Forest Whitaker’s First Daughter, Kevin Williamson’s Teaching Mrs. Tingle, David Nutter’s Disturbing Behavior, Dito Montiel’s The Son of No One opposite Al Pacino and Juliette Binoche, the Guillermo Del Toro produced thriller, Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man, opposite John C. Reilly, Kevin Kline and Paul Dano and the Sony comedy Jack and Jill opposite Adam Sandler. Holmes also executive produced, in addition to starring in, writer/director Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics, an ensemble romantic drama with Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, and Elijah Wood.
In 1997 Holmes was cast as ‘Joey Potter’ on the WB TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” opposite James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams. The show quickly became the highest-rated series on the WB network throughout its six-season run. She has since appeared on television in “The Kennedys” as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy. The miniseries chronicled the story of the most fabled political family in American history and garnered 10 Emmy nominations including ‘Outstanding Miniseries.’
In 2009 Holmes co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to help underprivileged youth realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Her cofounders include director, Adam Shankman; producer, Nigel Lythgoe; "Dancing with the Stars" judge, Carrie Ann Inaba; business manager, Mike Thompson; and attorney, Mona Metwalli. Holmes’ work with the foundation was recognized at Variety’s 2010 Power of Women event where she was honored alongside a select group of Hollywood’s most philanthropically impactful women.
Tatiana Maslany — Young Maria
Golden Globe nominated actress Tatiana Maslany stars in BBC America’s critically acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, which is currently in production on season three. In the series she plays several identical women who are revealed to be clones. In 2013 the part earned her the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Dramatic Actress, the TCA Award in the category of Individual Achievement in Drama, a Young Hollywood Award for breakthrough performance, a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama and her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Actress. In 2014 she received her second Critics' Choice nomination as well as a TCA Award nomination in the category of Individual Achievement in Drama. Most recently she received her second Canadian Screen Award as well as a SAG Award nomination in the category of: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
Maslany will next be seen in The Weinstein Company’s THE WOMAN IN GOLD, starring alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Simon Curtis directed the film, in which she plays a young Helen Mirren. This is set to release April 3rd, 2015.
Maslany has earned a reputation for playing complex characters. The Globe and Mail called her “a chameleon” whose range spans everything from the Virgin Mary to leather-wearing tough girls. Chosen as one of its “Rising Stars” at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Maslany earned Best Performance awards from the Whistler International Film Festival and ACTRA for her role as the troubled, promiscuous teenager Claire in PICTURE DAY.
Her starring role in GROWN UP MOVIE STAR opposite Shawn Doyle competed at Sundance in 2010, and she garnered the Special Jury Prize for Breakout Star at the festival as well as a Genie nomination.
Her feature credits also include CAS AND DYLAN opposite Richard Dreyfuss, the acclaimed indie drama PICTURE DAY, THE VOW opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, Geoffrey Fletcher’s directorial debut VIOLET AND DAISY opposite Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel, and a lead in Sean Garrity’s improvisational feature BLOOD PRESSURE opposite Jake Epstein.
Maslany’s numerous television credits include the Tandem and Scott Free Production WORLD WITHOUT END based on the novel by Ken Follett, a Gemini-nominated performance as the Virgin Mary in the BBC/CBC co-production NATIVITY, and Gemini-winning roles in FLASHPOINT for CBS and CTV and BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES for TMN. She was also recently seen in a two-episode arc of NBC’s hit show PARKS AND RECREATION.
Max Irons — Frederick ‘Fritz’ Altmann
Max Irons is one of the most exciting and talented young British actors working in the industry today. Having already made an impression on the industry with his work across television, film and on stage, the next few months promise to firmly establish him as an international acting presence to watch.
Max most recently finished filming the role of ‘Fritz’ in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold, written by playwright Alexi Campbell. The feature tells of the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family, and her battle to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.” Boasting a cast including Helen Mirren, Daniel Bruhl and Charles Dance. The film has been shown at Berlin Film festival and is due for release in the US on 3rd April and in the UK on the 10th April 2015.
In September 2014, Max starred as ‘Miles’ in The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s feature adaptation of Laura Wade’s infamous smash hit Royal Court play Posh. The story follows two first-year students at Oxford University who join the infamous ‘Riot Club’, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. Max’s performance was singled out by the critics: The Telegraph called him ‘hugely impressive’, Indiewire wrote “the greatest asset the film has is the performance from Irons” while Screen Daily called his portrayal “especially impressive” and Collider.com described it as ‘excellent’. Max appears alongside an excellent young British cast including: Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Holliday Grainger and Freddie Fox. The film was released by Universal Studios in the UK on 19th September 2014 and IFC films will release in the US on 27th March 2015.
In 2013, Max flew to the Ukraine to film the male lead role of ‘Yuri’ in The Devil’s Harvest, directed by George Mendeluk, in which he will appear opposite Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp and Aneurin Barnard. The romantic epic is set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine, and slated for release in 2015.
Also in 2013, Max took on the role of ‘King Edward’ in the Golden Globe nominated BBC/STARZ television series The White Queen. Based on the ‘The Cousin’s War’ novels by Phcoilippa Gregory and developed by Emma Frost, the story is set in 1464 during the height of the War of the Roses, and focuses on the story of the ongoing conflict for the throne. The 10 part series was broadcast the UK in June and was followed by a US premiere in August. Max first appeared on television screens in 2011, when he played ‘Tommy’ in Emmy nominated SKY 1 thriller The Runaway, starring opposite Jack O'Connell and Joanna Vanderham. Max’s notable film credits include: ‘Jared Howe’ in the 2013 feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name The Host, with Saoirse Ronan; ‘Henry’ in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman; and ‘Lucius’ in Oliver Parker’s 2009 feature adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Grey.
In 2009, Max made his professional stage debut in Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein at the Chichester Festival Theatre for which he was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award. The Stage called his performance “delightful” while The Independent raved his was “heartbreakingly stern-yet-fragile” portrayal. In 2013 Max returned to the stage starring in Peter Huntley’s critically acclaimed production of Farragut North at The Southwark Playhouse. Other significant theatre credits include: Oedipus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Cherry Orchard, London Cuckolds, Twelfth Night, Plenty, Semi-Monde, Under The Blue Sky and New Girls In Town.
Max trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Charles Dance — Sherman
In some thirty five years as an actor Charles Dance has amassed an impressive body of work in all media from title roles with THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY including HENRY V and CORIOLANUS, and major work in London’s commercial theatre including, GOOD, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT with Jessica Lange, and SHADOWLANDS for which he received the London Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actor, through award-winning television series - THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN (BAFTA nomination for best actor) REBECCA, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, FINGERSMITH, BLEAK HOUSE for which he received an International Emmy nomination and won the Press Guild Award for Best Actor, CONSENTING ADULTS about the ground-breaking Wolfenden Report of 1957 which resulted in the de-criminalisation of homosexuality, and more recently SECRET LIFE - a documentary about Charles Dickens’ turbulent personal life.
Major films include - PLENTY, WHITE MISCHIEF, GOOD MORNING BABYLON, THE GOLDEN CHILD, ALIEN 3, LAST ACTION HERO, HILARY AND JACKIE, MICHAEL COLLINS, STARTER FOR TEN for Sam Mendes’ Company, Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK, and KABLOONAK for which he received the best actor award at the Paris Film Festival in 1996. THE PERFECT DISAGREEMENT directed by Antoine de Caunes, and THE SHOOTER with Wesley Snipes.
His debut as a film director and writer was LADIES IN LAVENDER with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith for which both ‘Great Dames’ were nominated for European Film Academy Awards. He has starred in the television series TRINITY, and MERLIN, as well as a new television adaptation of GOING POSTAL by Terry Pratchet. He filmed THIS SEPTEMBER directed by Giles Foster, also staring Eileen Atkins in the summer of 2010 and went on to film a second series in 2011. He filmed a twopart adaptation of the Peter Pan story for Sky entitled NEVERLAND in 2011, directed by Nick Willing also featuring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Bob Hoskins. He also filmed the first two series of GAME OF THRONES for HBO and Sky Atlantic, in which he stars as “Tywin Lannister”.
Recent films include Roland Joffe’s THERE BE DRAGONS, YOUR HIGHNESS directed by David Gordon Green also starring James Franco and Natalie Portman, IRONCLAD directed by Jonathan English, also featuring Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox, Deepa Mehta’s WINDS OF CHANGE, the filmic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, and THE AWAKENING – the fourth film in the UNDERWORLD franchise.
In 2012 he shot the Russian film VIY in Prague, alongside Jason Flemyng, STRIKEBACK 3 in South Africa – again for HBO, and the political thriller SECRET STATE with Gabriel Byrne for Channel 4, as well as the third series of GAME OF THRONES. Later in the year he travelled to Australia to shoot PATRICK directed by Mark Hartley.
In 2013 he shot CHILD 44 alongside Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman and directed by Daniel Espinosa. In the summer he filmed season 4 of GAME OF THRONES as well as starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly in THE IMITATION GAME being directed by Morten Tyldum.
Charles began 2014 by filming DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW in Belgrade – starring alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Sam Reid and Anthony Head – and Paul McGuigan’s FRANKENSTEIN with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Towards the end of the year he wrapped shooting on Burr Steers’ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, the long-anticipated film adaption of Seth Grahame-Smith's New York Times best-selling novel. He also appeared in THE GREAT FIRE, a fourpart drama for ITV, in which he starred opposite Jack Huston, Andrew Buchan and Rose Leslie. He was recently seen in Universal’s DRACULA UNTOLD opposite Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper.
2015 will see Charles travel to Australia to begin shooting on CHILDHOOD’S END, directed by Nick Hurran, in which he will play ‘Karellen’.
Elizabeth McGovern — Judge Florence Cooper
Academy Award-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern is Cora, Countess of Grantham in the critically acclaimed series Downton Abbey. The smash hit Downton Abbey is entering its third season after winning multiple awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. Elizabeth has been nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance as Lady Cora.
While studying at The Juilliard School in New York City in 1980, Elizabeth was offered a part in her first movie, ORDINARY PEOPLE, starring opposite Timothy Hutton and directed by Robert Redford. She then went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Evelyn Nesbit in Milos Forman’s RAGTIME. In 1984, Elizabeth starred with Robert De Niro and James Woods in Sergio Leone’s cult gangster movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, and later opposite Mickey Rourke in JOHNNY HANDSOME. Her recent film UNEXPECTED, in which she stars opposite Cobie Smulders, premiered at Sundance, and she just finished shooting SHOWING ROOTS with Maggie Grace. Her other film credits include BUFFALO SOLDIERS, KING OF THE HILL, SHE’S HAVING A BABY, and RACING WITH THE MOON.
Since moving to England and starting a family of her own with husband Simon Curtis (director of MY WEEK WITH MARILYN), Elizabeth continued to work in theatre and television. Most recently, she was featured in both CLASH OF THE TITANS and KICK-ASS. Elizabeth can next be seen in ANGEL’S CREST, opposite Kate Walsh and Jeremy Piven, and CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING, opposite Felicity Jones.
Born in Illinois, Elizabeth is also a singer-songwriter and has just recorded her third album, STILL WAITING, with the band she formed and fronts, Sadie and the Hotheads. Sadie and the Hotheads have played the Isle of Wight and Hard Rock Calling Festival (Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon headlining) and have completed a mini tour with Mike and the Mechanics. The band has opened for Sting at The Montreaux Jazz Festival and they’ll soon be on Live at Infinity Hall on PBS. They have additional dates scheduled for Fall 2015.
Jonathan Pryce — Chief Justice Rehnquist
Jonathan Pryce, CBE is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor on stage and screen. His extensive theatre work includes Comedians in London and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award; Hamlet, in London, for which he received an Olivier Award; and Miss Saigon, in which he starred on both sides of the Atlantic, winning further Olivier and Tony awards. Most recently, Pryce produced landmark performances as Davies in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker in London and New York, and as the title role in King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, London.
Jonathan’s diverse film work includes lauded performances in Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington (for which he won the Cannes Film Festival and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor), Evita and roles in successful blockbusters including Tomorrow Never Dies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and the G.I. Joe films.
Recent screen work includes Dough, The Salvation, Listen Up Philip, by Alex Ross Perry, and two major roles for television: as Cardinal Wolsey in the landmark television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and as the new character of High Sparrow in the fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. Other recent television work includes Cranford: Return to Cranford, for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.