Meet the characters and cast of Mansfield Park
Click on any of the major characters in Mansfield Park to learn more about how they fit in the story, and also about the careers of the actors who portray them.
Plucked from poverty as a child, Fanny Price is taken to live with her relatives at stately Mansfield Park where she is exposed to a labyrinth of intrigue, affairs, and ultimately true love.
Born in England in 1982, Billie Piper made her first foray into the entertainment business through music not acting. She recorded two albums, with her first single, "Because We Want To," debuting at #1 in the UK when she was just 15. In 2003, Piper ended her pop career to develop her acting career. Piper is best known for her role as Rose Tyler on the BBC television series Doctor Who, has also appeared in Masterpiece's The Ruby in the Smoke, and has recently had a recurring role in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In the 2008 season of Masterpiece mystery!, Price will star in Sally Lockhart: Shadow in the North. Piper is married to actor Laurence Fox, who will appear in the 2008 Masterpiece mystery! season production of Lewis: Series 1.
Fanny's brother, who visits his beloved sister at Mansfield Park, William Price is in the Navy.
Actor Joseph Morgan has had recurring roles in British television series such as Hex and Doc Martin, and has also appeared in The Line of Beauty and Silent Witness. Film credits include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Alexander. Price will appear in the upcoming film The Grind.
Sir Thomas Bertram
The owner of Mansfield Park, Sir Thomas Bertram is married to Fanny's aunt.
Douglas Hodge has a successful stage career in productions including Titus Andronicus, the 2005 revival of Guys and Dolls, and in several Harold Pinter plays such as The Caretaker and The Dumb Waiter. He has appeared in Masterpiece productions The Way We Live Now, Middlemarch, and Rumpole of the Bailey. Hodge also directs for the stage, and when not acting or directing, he writes and performs his own music and has recorded an album titled Cowley Road Songs.
Fanny's aunt, Lady Bertram is too lazy to come to Fanny's defense.
From a well-known family of actors, Jemma Redgrave is the daughter of Corin Redgrave, and the niece of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. She is best known to Masterpiece fans for her role as Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in Bramwell. She's also appeared in Inspector Lynley: If Wishes Were Horses and Inspector Lewis. Film credits include Lassie, I'll Be There and Howards End.
The widowed sister of Lady Bertram, Mrs. Norris always reminds young Fanny that she will never be equal to the preening Bertram daughters.
Maggie O'Neill has appeared in many British television series including Shameless and Peak Practice. Her Masterpiece credits include White Teeth and Midsomer Murders among others.
Sir Thomas Bertram's butler.
Stephen Tomlin has worked extensively on television, and has appeared on Masterpiece in programs such as Jane Eyre and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
The eldest son of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, Tom constantly seeks out pleasure.
A year spent working in the drama department of a school in Perth, Australia, ignited James D'Arcy's interest in acting. London native D'Arcy went on to graduate from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. D'Arcy has appeared in Masterpiece mystery! productions of Miss Marple and Poirot, and will appear in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries in 2008. D'Arcy has appeared in films including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and An American Haunting.
The eldest Bertram daughter, Maria is engaged to Rushworth.
Michelle Ryan's debut on Masterpiece mystery! was in Miss Marple: By The Pricking of My Thumbs. Since then, she has become widely known as the star of Bionic Woman. Ryan has had recurring roles on television in the British series EastEnders and Jekyll.
A cousin, friend and companion to Fanny as she is growing up, Edmund plans to be a clergyman.
Blake Ritson is known for his recurring role in the UK television series Red Cap. Other television credits include A Touch of Frost, and several Masterpiece performances in programs such as Breaking the Code, Shooting the Past and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He has acted in films such as Titus and Me Without You. Ritson also has a passion for making short films, and recently edited one with Northanger Abbey actor William Beck. Aside from his stage and screen work, he has a flair for folk music, and can be heard playing banjolele on fellow actor Douglas Hodge's album Cowley Road Songs.
The younger daughter of the Bertrams, Julia develops a romantic interest in Henry Crawford.
Catherine Steadman appeared in the 2007 production of That Face at London's Royal Court Theatre. Steadman will appear alongside Derek Jacobi in the upcoming Hippie Hippie Shake.
Rich but stupid, Rushworth is engaged to Maria Bertram.
Rory Kinnear is the son of actors Roy Kinnear and Carmel Cryan,. He became interested in acting a few years after the tragic death of his father on the set of The Return of the Three Musketeers. Rory trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and has had theatrical success in plays such as The Man of Mode, Mary Stuart and The Taming of the Shrew. In 2008, he will play Denis Thatcher in the BBC drama Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.
Fresh from London, brother and sister Henry and Mary Crawford live in the neighborhood of Mansfield Park. Mary is attractive, but has shaky principles, and finds herself interested in Edmund Bertram.
Hayley Atwell studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and one year out of school, she appeared in the BBC television miniseries The Line of Beauty. She went on to appear in Masterpiece's The Ruby in the Smoke alongside Billie Piper. Atwell appears in Woody Allen's film Cassandra's Dream with Persuasion star Sally Hawkins. She will also be seen in the upcoming versions of Brideshead Revisited and The Duchess. In 2008, Atwell will again appear alongside Billie Piper in Masterpiece mystery!'s Sally Lockhart: Shadow in the North.
Fresh from London, brother and sister Henry and Mary Crawford live in the neighborhood of Mansfield Park. Henry sports with the affections of the Bertram girls.
Joseph Beattie attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has appeared in television programs such as Hex, Holby City and Tom Brown's Schooldays. Beattie appeared in the films Velvet Goldmine with Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and The Browning Version with Albert Finney. He will next be seen alongside Hayley Atwell in the remake of Brideshead Revisited.