Alan Bates attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London on a scholarship. spent two years in the Royal Air Force, and then joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. He made his West End debut in 1956 at the age of 22.
Over the years, his numerous stage, film and television credits have gathered many accolades. He appeared opposite Jill Clayburgh in director Paul Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman (1978), was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his work in The Fixer (1968), and is still remembered for a wrestling-in-the-nude scene with Oliver Reed in Women in Love (1969). Other memorable roles have included Jos in Georgy Girl (1966), the manager in The Rose (1979), and Jack in A Prayer for the Dying (1987). He plays the butler, Jennings, in Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001).
His Masterpiece Theatre credits include The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978), Hard Times (1995) and Love in a Cold Climate (2002).
Dame Eileen Atkins was born in London and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her early theatrical work was Shakespeare, at the Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company. Atkins wealth of stage and film credits have gathered countless awards during her career. In 1989 her off-Broadway one-woman presentation of A Room of One's Own, in which she portrayed Virginia Woolfe, won the Drama Desk Award for best solo performance and a special citation from the NY Drama Critics Circle.
Her Masterpiece Theatre roots run deep; she co-created, with Jean Marsh, the classic series Upstairs, Downstairs and has been featured in presentations of Sons and Lovers, Madame Bovary and the televised version of A Room of One's Own.
She plays the cook, Mrs. Crofts, in Robert Altman's Gosford Park.
British actor James Wilby was born in 1958 in Rangoon, Burma. His filmography includes the title role in Maurice (1987), Howard's End (1992) and Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001) in which he plays the Hon. Freddie Nesbitt. He has also appeared in the Masterpiece Theatre presentations A Tale of Two Cities, Adam Bede and The Woman in White. In 2001 he was included in F.M. magazines listing of the 50 sexiest British actors.
Juliet Aubrey was brought up in Fleet, Hampshire, received a degree in archaeology from Kings College, London, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her filmography includes roles in Iris (2001) with Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench, Still Crazy (1998) and Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). She won the 1997 La Boule award for Best Actress for her performance in Food of Love (1997).
Her previous Masterpiece Theatre roles have included Dorothea in the highly acclaimed Middlemarch for which she was awarded a BAFTA for Best Actress and Sophia in The Unknown Soldier.
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London-based Charles Edwards has appeared in numerous film, television and stage productions including Longitude, An Ideal Husband and Mansfield Park.
Over the past thirty years David Ryall has appeared in numerous films including The Borrowers, Truly, Madly, Deeply and Restoration. His extensive television credits include appearances in Masterpiece Theatre's Oliver Twist (as Mr. Fang, the magistrate), Prime Suspects 2 and 4, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Drake's Venture, The Secret Agent, To Play the King and Love for Lydia.
Amber Rose Sealey
American actress Amber Rose Sealey has previously appeared in the films Best Renters and The Comfort Zone. She makes her home in London.
Actor Michael Elwyn has appeared in many films and television programs over the past half-century, including A Touch of Class, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Decline and Fall of a Birdwatcher and Piece of Cake.
Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies's many theatrical credits include Star Wars Episode 1, Sense and Sensibility, An Ideal Husband and Mrs. Dalloway. He has appeared in Masterpiece Theatre's David Copperfield (as Mr. Wickfield) and in A Very British Coup, Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown and The Way We Live Now.
Paul Brooke, a London native, has appeared in Star Wars Episode VI, Bridget Jones's Diary, Greystoke and The Lair of the White Worm, among many others. His Masterpiece Theatre credits include Adam Bede, Dandelion Dead, Nostromo and The Moonstone.
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