Originally from Surrey, Ruth Wilson is a relative newcomer to television. She appeared previously as the seductive Jewel Diamond in the British sitcom Suburban Shootout. She has worked extensively on the stage, and appeared in the short films, In The Dark and The Rounds.
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Rising star Georgie Henley's biggest role prior to Jane Eyre was as Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, released in 2005. She'll also be seen in the sequel, Prince Caspian, due in 2008.
Londoner Toby Stephens, son of legendary actress Dame Maggie Smith and the late Shakespearean actor Sir Robert Stephens, started out in the theater after attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He won the Sir John Gielgud prize for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title role of Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1994. He has been seen frequently on television and in films including Orlando, Onegin, Space Cowboys, Possession and as the sadistic Gustav Graves in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day. Stephens is married to actress Anna-Louise Plowman.
The role of Adèle in Jane Eyre is Cosima Littlewood's first screen performance. She has appeared on stage in A Christmas Carol (at the Wimbledon Theatre) and in various productions with London's Central School of Ballet. In addition to French and English, Littlewood also speaks Italian.
Lorraine Ashbourne, a Manchester native, has appeared in numerous television programs (The Bill, Casualty, Peak Practice) and films (King Kong, Fever Pitch, Jack & Sarah) since the late '80s. Ashbourne is married to Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis; together they have three children.
Pam Ferris was born in Hanover, West Germany and raised in New Zealand and Wales. Her television credits include roles in The Bill, Casualty, The Darling Buds of May, Middlemarch, The Turn of the Screw, Pollyanna, Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw and Rosemary and Thyme. Film roles include Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Miriam in Children of Men.
Richard McCabe has been seen previously on Masterpiece Theatre in To the Ends of the Earth (as "Mr. Brocklebank"), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Traitor to Memory and Foyle's War: The Funk Hole. A native of Scotland, McCabe trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and appears frequently on stage. His film credits include roles in Persuasion, Notting Hill, Master and Commander, Vanity Fair and The Constant Gardener.
The role of Helen in Jane Eyre is Hester Odgers' first television appearance. She previously starred in the 2005 film Lassie with Peter Dinklage, Gregor Fisher, Kelly Macdonald, Samantha Morton, Jemma Redgrave and Peter O'Toole.
Tara Fitzgerald, from Sussex, England, studied acting at the London Drama Centre. The daughter of an Irish mother and an Italian father, she began working in commercial productions immediately after graduation. She has appeared on screen in Brassed Off, Sirens and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill..., and on television in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Woman in White, The Prince of Hearts, Miss Marple: The Body in the Library and The Virgin Queen.
Alisa Arnah, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (2005), has an extensive theatre background. Jane Eyre is her first television role.
Cara Horgan has appeared on television in The Rotters' Club, The Romantics and Afterlife. She also appeared in the feature film The Libertine.
Bethany Gill, from Yorkshire, makes her professional acting debut in Jane Eyre.
George O'Connell makes his professional acting debut in Jane Eyre.
Raised in Staffordshire, England, Rebekah Staton graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2002. In addition to theatrical performances, she has appeared in several television programs since then, including State of Play, Jericho: A Pair of Ragged Claws and The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard.
Aidan McArdle has been seen previously in the film Ella Enchanted and, on television, in Perfect Day, Afterlife, Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder and E=MC2, in which he played Einstein. He also played Einstein in PBS's Nova documentary, Einstein's Big Idea. McArdle graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1996 and has an extensive background in theater.
After a successful career that has included appearances in Masterpiece Theatre's Lillie, Madame Bovary (1976) and Parnell and the Englishwoman, Francesca Annis returned to the spotlight with the success of Reckless, and Reckless, the Sequel, the May-December romances in which she starred opposite Robson Green. Other notable television appearances have included Wives and Daughters and Jericho: A Pair of Ragged Claws.
Straight out of the Oxford School of Drama, Christina Cole landed a role in What A Girl Wants with Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes and she's been working ever since. Acting is not something that runs in the Cole family. She describes her parents as "very straight-laced:" her mother is a manager and her father is a driving instructor. Cole is the eldest child in her family, with a younger sister and brother. Cole has appeared previously in Foyle's War: Among the Few, He Knew He Was Right and Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage. She can also be seen in the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.
A graduate of Edinburgh University with a degree in English Literature, Daniel Pirrie has an extensive background in theater.
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Andrew Buchan graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005.
A 2005 graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, Annabel Scholey has appeared with Joanna Lumley in Jonathan Miller's production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sheffield Crucible (2007).
Emma Lowndes graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2000.
Georgia King makes her professional debut in Jane Eyre.