Carrie Willow | Nick Willow | Auntie Lou | Mr. Samuel Evans
Mrs. Gotobed | Hepzibah Green | Mister Johnny | Albert Sandwich
" ...In her dreams she was twelve years old again; short, scratched legs in red socks and scuffed, brown sandals, walking along the narrow, dirt path at the side of the railway line to where it plunged down, off the high ridge, through the Druid's Grove..."
The youthful Keeley Fawcett was born in 1985 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. She began her career in musicals, starred as Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard of Oz in 2000 and has toured in the Dame Edna Everage Show. Her older sister Lindsey is also an actor; her mother Michelle has worked as a production secretary and makeup artist. Fawcett has appeared previously in the British television series Heartbeat, At Home with the Braithwaites and Doctors.
" ...Nick's hand tightened in hers. She looked at his white face and the traces of sick round his mouth and wanted to shake him. No one would take home a boy who looked like that, so pale and delicate. They would think he was bound to get ill and be a trouble to them. She said in a low, fierce voice, 'Why don't you smile and look nice,' and he blinked with surprise, looking so small and so sweet that she softened. She said, 'Oh, it's all right, I'm not cross. I won't leave you.'"
Jack Stanley has an impressive background in television (including Little Britain, The Robinsons), film (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Agent Cody Banks) and theater (Pillars of the Community at the Royal National Theatre). He was born in Wimbledon in 1991.
Louisa Evans (Auntie Lou)
" ...But Miss Evans looked nice; a little like a red squirrel Carrie had once seen, peering round a tree in a park. Reddish brown hair and bright, button eyes, and a shy, quivering look..."
A native of Liverpool, Lesley Sharp graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1982. She appeared in the award-winning The Full Monty in 1997 and has received nominations and awards for her performances in the television series Clocking Off (2000) and Bob & Rose (2001).
Mr. Samuel Evans
" ...He wasn't an Ogre, of course. Just a tall, thin, cross man with a loud voice, pale, staring, pop-eyes, and tufts of spiky hair sticking out from each nostril. Councilor Samuel Isaac Evans was a bully. He bullied his sister. He even bullied the women who came into his shop, selling them things they didn't really want to buy and refusing to stock things that they did. 'Take it or leave it,' he'd say. 'Don't you know there's a war on?'
Alun Armstrong, a member of the original London cast of Les Miserables (1985), received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sweeney Todd at the Royal National Theatre (1994/'93 season). A native of South Yorkshire, Armstrong's extensive career boasts a great range of roles in film (including Patriot Games, Braveheart and Van Helsing) and television (including Masterpiece Theatre productions Breaking the Code, Aristocrats, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Bleak House). He will be seen as Uncle Garrow in the film version of Eragon, scheduled for release late in 2006.
Mrs. Dilys Gotobed
"...At first Carrie hardly dared look at her but when she did she saw nothing alarming or sinister, just an old lady with silvery hair piled up high and a pale, invalid's face. She held out a thin hand covered with huge, glittering rings that were loose on her fingers and said, 'Come and sit here, pretty child. On this stool. Let me look at your eyes. Albert says they're like emeralds...'"
Geraldine McEwan, from Old Windsor, England, started acting in her teens. After a stint with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961.
In 1976 she was nominated for two Olivier Awards. In 1983 she won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award for The Rivals. In 1991 she won the BAFTA Best Actress Award for her performance as the Mother in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and in 1995 she won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award for her performance of Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World. In 1998, McEwan was nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Actress Category for The Chairs.
Now well known to MYSTERY! viewers as Miss Marple, McEwan has appeared in previously in The Barchester Chronicles and Mapp & Lucia, and in the films Henry V, The Love Letter, The Magdalene Sisters and Vanity Fair. She also provided the voice of Miss Thripp in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
" ...She was tall with shining hair the color of copper. She wore a white apron, the sleeves of her dress were rolled up, showing big, fair, freckled arms, and there was flour on her hands... she had lovely white teeth with a gap in the middle..."
A native of London, Pauline Quirke is best known for her performances in The Elephant Man, in Masterpiece Theatre's David Copperfield and MYSTERY!s The Sculptress (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Best Actress award). Her television appearances have also included roles in Birds of a Feather (for which she received the British Comedy Awards Best Actress accolade in 1989)), North & South and The Bill. Quirke was nominated for a National Television Award as "Most Popular Actress" for her role in Down to Earth in 2000.
" ...Someone appeared in the doorway and stood close to Hepzibah, as if for protection. A small person in a tweed suit and a spotted bow tie with a shy, scrumpled-up face. He tried to smile but he couldn't smile properly: one side of his mouth seemed dragged down..."
Jamie Beddard has appeared previously in Masterpiece Theatre's All the King's Men and on film in Quills.
" ...It was a bigger boy. Carrie blushed, but he wasn't a Senior: he wore a cap like all boys under sixteen, and although he was tall, he didn't look very much older than she was..."
Eddie Cooper appeared in Masterpiece Theatre's Goodbye, Mr. Chips (as the young Rushton). He also played Prince Harry in ABC's biopic Prince William (2002).
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