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The American Cast and Credits


Christopher NewmanMatthew Modine

Madame de BellegardeDiana Rigg

Claire de CintréAisling O'Sullivan

Henri de BellegardePaul Hickey

Valentin de BellegardeAndrew Scott

Mrs. BreadBrenda Fricker

Noémie NiocheEva Birthistle

Marquis de CintréPhillip O'Sullivan

Armand NiocheJoe Pilkington

General PackardEd Bishop

The DuchessAnita Reeves

Stanislas KappDavid Heap

The voice of Henry James   Alec McCowen


ScreenwriterMichael Hastings

Based on the novel byHenry James

ProducerFiona Finlay

DirectorPaul Unwin

ComposerStephen McKeon

Co-ProducersJohn McDonnell
David McLoughlin

Executive ProducersSimon Curtis and Michael Wearing for BBC
Nigel Warren-Green for Irish Screen
Rebecca Eaton for WGBH Boston

The American is a co-production of WGBH Boston, Irish Screen, and BBC Worldwide for Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection.

The films in the American Collection are produced by WGBH Boston and ALT Films. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. Rebecca Eaton is series executive producer. Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection is closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by The Caption Center at WGBH.

The original theme music for American Collection was written by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams and features renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer. More than one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup and companion Web content as well as many public radio favorites are produced by WGBH. The station also is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in access technologies for people with disabilities. For more information visit

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