Meet the characters and cast of The Last Enemy
Click on any of the major characters in The Last Enemy to learn more about how they fit in the story, and also about the careers of the actors who portray them.
A brilliant mathematician, Stephen Ezard comes to London after his older brother Michael has been killed in Afghanistan. When Stephen starts investigating his brother's death, and gets a government job working with the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program, he uncovers many secrets hidden from the public.
The son of actors, Benedict Cumberbatch trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and has worked on stage, television and in film. He earned a BAFTA nomination playing Stephen Hawking in Hawking. Other television appearances include Fortysomething and the Masterpiece production of To the Ends of the Earth. On film, he has appeared in Amazing Grace, Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Cumberbatch could hardly catch his breath while filming The Last Enemy. "I spent every day either running for my life, getting beaten up...dodging bullets from an assassin...running down corridors or having politicians ruin my life."
Stephen Ezard's older brother, Michael was an aid worker helping refugees in Afghanistan before being killed by a landmine. The complete opposite of Stephen, Michael was passionate for people and the world. Michael was married to Yasim, a doctor he worked with in the refugee camp.
The son of jazz musicians, Beesley was a successful session musician, also touring with Robbie Williams and George Michael, before turning to acting. His first big acting break came when he played the title role in the miniseries, The History of Tom Jones — A Foundling. He has recently been seen on television in Talk to Me and Hotel Babylon.
A doctor who worked with Michael in the refugee camps, Yasim Anwar was married to Michael. After his death, she finds solace in the arms of Stephen.
Anamaria Marinca was the first Romanian actress to win a BAFTA award in 2005 for her role as Elena in Sex Traffic. She has also appeared in the film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. To relax from the intensity of The Last Enemy (much of which was filmed in Romania), Marinca played the violin, something she learned at age six.
In her 30s and of Middle Eastern decent, Nadir worked with Michael and Yasim in the Afghan refugee camp. When Stephen Ezard meets her, she is sick and dying in the Ezard apartment.
Romanian actress Ioana Serban makes her debut in The Last Enemy.
Highly trained in counter intelligence and defense, David Russell suddenly appears on the trail of Stephen and Yasim. Russell appears to build an alliance with the two, but what does he know, and what are his true motives?
When asked about his character in The Last Enemy, Robert Carlyle gets quiet. "My character is Russell and that's pretty much all I want to say, otherwise I would have to kill you!" Perhaps best known to American audiences for his role in The Full Monty, Glasgow-born Carlyle trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Other film credits include Trainspotting, The World is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and 28 Weeks Later. Carlyle lives in Scotland with his wife and three children.
A neighbor at the Ezard apartment building, Andrew Batz first strikes Stephen Ezard as not quite right. But, when he stumbles on Batz's connection to Yasim, Stephen learns that Batz isn't as hapless as he seems.
In addition to his Masterpiece appearance in To the Ends of the Earth, Tom Fisher has appeared on television in Casualty, Murphy's Law and Kingdom. Fisher has also been seen in films such as The Illusionist with Edward Norton, Van Helsing, Amazing Grace and Cassandra's Dream.
Stephen's former girlfriend and now a government official charged with getting the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program through the House of Commons. When Stephen returns to London, she sees the perfect opportunity to further her own cause by attaching Stephen to TIA.
Although she grew up near Dublin and trained at Dublin's Gaiety School of Acting, Eva Birthistle moved to England nearly a decade ago. On television she has appeared in The State Within, In Deep and Masterpiece's adaptation of The American. On film, she has been seen in Reverb, Save Angel Hope and The Rendezvous.
A secretive government figure, it is clear that Turney is well connected and influential. Turney also seems to be guarding a secret that she is desperate not to let out.
In addition to filming The Last Enemy in Romania, Geraldine James has traveled extensively for her work — Poland for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Russia for Crime and Punishment and India for Jewel in the Crown. An award-winning actress, James has also appeared in films such as Calendar Girls and Gandhi. James has been seen on Masterpiece in The Jewel in the Crown, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, He Knew He Was Right and White Teeth among others.
A member of Barbara Turney's inner circle, Nye is a high-ranking British Intelligence Officer and also a devoted family man. Along with Turney and Gibbon, the three convene regularly to assess who knows what, and what needs to be done next to contain information.
The father of two young children, David Harewood found his real-life experience helped inform his character. "I know what it is like to try to do the right thing as a father. Sometimes you take jobs you don't necessarily want to do because you have a family." A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, some of Harewood's other acting credits include Always & Everyone, Blood Diamond, The Vice and Merchant of Venice. He has been seen on Masterpiece in The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North.
A member of Barbara Turney's inner circle, Gibbon is a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and a loner who has chosen his career over his family. Along with Turney and Nye, the three convene regularly to assess who knows what, and what needs to be done next to contain information.
Along with Andrew Wilcox, Brian Holland is one of the brains behind Inquirendo, the company working for the government to create the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. TIA is a super database that brings together all records on individuals and allows the government unlimited access to personal data.
James Lance is known for his appearances in a number of British comedy series including Top Buzzer, Teachers, I'm Alan Patridge and Absolute Power.
Along with Brian Holland, Andrew Wilcox is one of the brains behind Inquirendo, the company working for the government to create the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. TIA is a super database that brings together all records on individuals and allows the government unlimited access to personal data.
San Shella made his debut in Masterpiece's White Teeth. Other credits include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He was most recently seen in the BBC miniseries Burn Up.
Professor John Moreton
When looking for Yasim, Stephen locates footage showing that she has met with scientist John Moreton. But, when confronted by Stephen, Moreton clams up.
On television, Nick Sidi has appeared in Waterloo Road, EastEnders, Trust and Clocking Off among others. Active in theater, Sidi is a member of London's National Theatre and has appeared there in Harper Regan and Tales from the Vienna Woods. Other theatrical credits include Taking Care of Baby and The Mother among others.
Professor Lawrence Cooper
A biochemist, Yasim and Stephen approach Lawrence Cooper to do an autopsy on Nadir's body. As events unfold, it becomes evident that biochemists connected to Cooper seem to be dying at an alarming rate.
Born in Scotland, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London, Paul Higgins has a variety of film, television and stage credits. His film work includes Red Road, Beautiful Creatures, Complicity and Bedrooms and Hallways. On television, he has appeared in programs such as The Thick of It, Dr. Finlay and Low Winter Sun. Theatrical credits include roles in Paul and Black Watch among others.
A worker at Kellerman-Deloit, the company that produced the vaccine Stephen believes is a critical piece in the puzzle surrounding him, Caroline Scott offers Stephen essential information.
Nicola Stapleton began acting at an early age, with an early television appearance at age 12 in the children's show Simon and the Witch. Perhaps most recognized for her roles in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and the prison drama Bad Girls, Stapleton has also appeared on television in The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star and The Bill.