James is the Deputy Bailiff of the island's government. His family is well established on the island, as his father was Bailiff before him. James is likeable, handsome, still athletic, skilled at his job and highly conscious of the duties and privilege of his office. He loves his wife but cannot be sure she loves him. He is fiercely protective of her, which sometimes leads him to make the wrong decisions.
James Wilby has had a distinguished career working in film, television and theater. He has appeared in De-Lovely as Edward Thomas, Gosford Park as Hon. Freddie Nesbitt and An Ideal Husband as Sir Robert Chiltern.
Wilby's theater credits include St John Rivers in Jane Eyre, Peter in Salonika and Ferdinand in The Tempest, all at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He appeared as Alfred Redl in A Patriot For Me, a Royal Shakespeare Company production, and in Helping Harry playing Phil.
Wilby has previously appeared in the Masterpiece Theatre productions Bertie and Elizabeth, The Woman in White and Adam Bede.
James Dorr's wife Felicity isn't a native of the island. An Englishwoman, she met James at an Oxford ball and the same night became pregnant by him. The couple married in enormous haste. She has found life on the island lonely; having to mix with the stuffy and parochial island establishment remains an on-going chore. Her wry and witty outlook is something of a survival mechanism for her.
Clare Holman trained at Guildhall. She has worked extensively in theater, radio, film and television throughout her career. Her theater credits include Harper Amity Pitt in Angels In America at the Royal National Theatre, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, a Royal Shakespeare Company production, Honey in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Isabella in Measure for Measure, a Royal Shakespeare Company production. She most recently appeared on stage as Elmire in Tartuffe at the Royal National Theatre.
Holman's television credits include the Masterpiece Theatre productions Henry VIII, Prime Suspect 6 and David Copperfield.
Philip Dorr has been educated, like his father before him, at Stowe. He went straight into the army, where he's in training at Sandhurst. Philip loves his parents but sometimes finds himself caught between them. When Philip is sent back to the island on a reconnaissance mission, his belief in the power of the Allies comes into conflict with James' determination to protect the people of St. Gregory.
Sam Heughan graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003. His theater work there included roles as Konstantin in The Seagull, Razumikhin in Crime and Punishment, Hermes in Prometheus Bound and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He made his professional debut on stage as John in Outlying Islands at the Royal Court Theatre. Heughan was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performance in 2003.
Wilf is the local policeman who feels a genuine sense of duty, which brings him into conflict with some of his colleagues. He's a bit of a gambler and risk taker, and enjoys the adventure and uncertainty of his job. He loathes paperwork, loves his wife, mistrusts his mother and despises his brother-in-law. Wilf also likes to fish the local waters around the island of St. Gregory.
Owen Teale's theater credits include roles as Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, Edmund in King Lear, Bassanio in The Merchant Of Venice and the King of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost -- all Royal Shakespeare Company productions. Teale also played Torvald in A Doll's House in the West End and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Artist.
Teale has been seen on television in MI-5 and as Conor in Ballykissangel.
Wilf's wife is high energy. She loves to run the farm, and to clean and cook for her family. She shares Wilf's sense of what's right and wrong up to a point, but is more willing to bend the rules. She's adventurous and always ready for fun. She puts her husband and two children before herself and will keep secrets from Wilf if she feels it necessary.
Julia Ford trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her film credits include A Room For Romeo Brass. She has appeared on stage in The Crucible in which she played Mary Warren at the Royal National Theatre and she took the role of Valerie in the Royal Court Theatre production of The Weir.
Sheldon is Kathleen's brother and a handsome charmer. It's never quite clear how he makes his living. He appears to be a crafty wheeler-dealer who manages to work both for and against the Germans. He's also one of the few islanders allowed to keep a vehicle, although no one is quite sure why. He spends a lot of time in the Jonas household and is genuinely fond of his sister. Less so of Wilf. In fact, as soon as Wilf arrives home, Sheldon finds an excuse to leave. He makes it his business to know everyone, believing they may be useful to him one day.
Sean Gallagher's previous television performances include the role of Hargrave in Masterpiece Theatre's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Urban is a genial chap with an easy-going attitude who's content to go along with whatever comes his way. He feels lucky to have his wife Cassie, and is delighted by his children. Every so often he has a twinge of conscience because Cassie is the family breadwinner. This leads him to a crisis of conscience.
Julian Wadham has starred in several award-winning theatrical productions including Another Country, Serious Money and Our Country's Good which all won Olivier Awards for Best Play.
His film credits include roles in The English Patient and Exorcist: The Beginning. He has also starred in a number of award-winning television productions including When We Were Married, which won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Blind Justice, which achieved a Royal Television Society Award and Samuel Beckett Award and Goodbye Cruel World, which won a Prix Europa and Royal Television Society Award.
He will be seen in an upcoming Masterpiece Theatre production, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking.
Cassie runs a successful grocery store. She adores her husband Urban who acknowledges that she has the business brain of the partnership. She's a bit older than him but she'll defer to him in matters of their children's upbringing. She detests the Germans and everything they stand for, but that doesn't stop her working with them when it suits her.
Londoner Saskia Reeves studied at the London Guildhall School of Speech and Drama. Her recent theatrical credits include roles as Mrs. Farley in Playhouse Creatures at the Old Vic, Regan in King Lear at the Royal Court Theatre, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Carol Cutere in Orpheus Descending.
Angelique works at the Government house as an assistant to James Dorr and the Bailiff La Palotte. She has a strong sense of morality and will be the first to challenge her sister or mother if she thinks they are out of line. This makes life very complicated for her when she finds herself in a dubious moral situation: she falls for German soldier Bernhardt Tellemann.
Joanne Froggatt, a native of North Yorkshire, UK, began her acting career as a member of the "Rounders" youth theater group at the Stephen Joseph Theatre 'The Round. Additional theater credits include the roles of Norma in Be My Baby and Mrs. Farley in Playhouse Creatures at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Froggatt is best known for her work in television. Her credits include Coronation Street in which she played Zoë Tattersall, and A Touch of Frost as Anne. She was nominated for Best Actress at the RTS Awards 2004 for her role as the title character in Danielle Cable: Eyewitness.
June is younger than her years, impressionable and a bit of a daddy's girl. She's in the amateur dramatic society, and is a singer at the 50/50 Club, which is taken over by Germans. June finds it difficult to decipher the new moral order and is terrified that people will think she is fraternizing.
Samantha Robinson graduated in 2002 from Rose Bruford College, where she won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Bursary Prize. She made her professional debut as Morwenna May in Song Of The Western Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and also appeared as Lou in Untouchable at The Bush Theatre and Anna in Girl Watching.
Baron von Rheingarten
Von Rheingarten is not a Nazi in the true sense of the word. He's also no pushover. He will not be made to look a fool and isn't afraid of making tough decisions, but he understands the frailties of human nature. He is also husband and a lover, away from home and in need of human companionship.
Philip Glenister played Laurence, the photographer in the film Calendar Girls. He has also been seen on television in Sharpe's Justice, Hornblower: Mutiny and Retribution, and the award-winning State of Play.
His theater credits include Romeo And Juliet, Translations and The Feast Of Snails at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End.
Lieutenant Walker is a complex character. His politics are much further right than Von Rheingarten's and he agrees with Hitler's most extreme views. He detests the Jews and enjoys the power he has as a superior officer in an occupying army. However, he is also terribly lonely and desperate to find friendship and love.
Conor Mullen trained in Dublin. His television credits include the critically acclaimed Reckless and Reckless: The Sequel.
Bernhardt was studying for a law degree when war broke out and he was called into the army. He is an airman responsible for pressing the button that drops the bombs. He is on the deadly harbor raid that announces the Germans' arrival. Despite his youth, Bernhardt has a clear understanding of the horrific situation. He despises Hitler's views, but he is trapped in his army.
Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox and nephew of actor Edward Fox, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2001. He played Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession at London's Strand Theatre.
He has appeared in a number of feature films including Gosford Park as Lord Rupert Standish and was also seen in Foyle's War, playing Simon Walker.
Zelda is Jewish, but does her best to hide the fact once the Germans arrive. She got a job as a nanny with a family in Guildford and came to St Gregory with them for a holiday in 1939. Whilst they were there, England closed her frontiers to German nationals leaving her a prisoner on the island. Mr. Isaaks, the owner of the photography shop, befriended her and gave her a job. Zelda is a confident and attractive young woman who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Louisa Clein trained at the Drama Centre in London. She made her professional debut on stage as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Arcola Theatre. Other theater credits include Isabel in My Children! My Africa! and Hilde Wangel in The Lady from the Sea. She is best known for her role as Charlie Deed in three series of Judge John Deed for the BBC.
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