Londoner Anna Madeley began acting as a child and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her stage credits include Laura Wade's Colder Than Here, The Philanthropist, The Astronaut's Last Message, and Eye Contact.
She has appeared in the Yorkshire Television series The Royal as Nurse Samantha Beaumont, in an episode (Whom the Gods Would Destroy) of Granada's Inspector Lewis series and in the action thriller The Outsiders for ITV.
J J Feild was born in Boulder, Colorado but moved to England as an infant. He has appeared in the film K-19: The Widowmaker and, on Masterpiece Theatre, in the Sally Lockhart Mystery: The Ruby in the Smoke as photographer Fred Garland, in To the Ends of the Earth as Lieutenant Deverel and in The Railway Children as Jim.
Anna Chancellor first became known for her role in Four Weddings and a Funeral (as Henrietta) with Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. Distantly related to author Jane Austen, Chancellor trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Other films of note include Tom & Viv, What a Girl Wants, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Breaking and Entering.
Character actor Jim Carter's credits in film, television and on stage extend back three decades. His best known roles include Fox in The Madness of King George, Harry in Brassed Off and Ralph Bashford in Shakespeare in Love. He will be seen, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in the feature film His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass in December 2007.
Carter has been seen previously on Masterpiece Theatre in A Very British Coup, Precious Bane, Midsomer Murders, The Way We Live Now, and The Wind in the Willows. He is married to actress Imelda Staunton; they have one daughter.
Andrea Riseborough graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005; she has an extensive theatre background. She appeared in the BBC series Party Animals as Kirsty MacKenzie and in the Peter O'Toole film Venus.
Joseph Mawle attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on scholarship and graduated in 2002. He received a nomination for the Royal Television Society's "Breakthrough Award" for his role in the BBC's Soundproof (2006). He will be seen in Masterpiece Theatre's Persuasion in 2008.