Mrs. Ros Pritchard
The manager of the Eatanswill branch of Greengages supermarket, Ros Pritchard decides to enter the political arena...
Jane Horrocks is best known for her roles in Absolutely Fabulous, and the films Life is Sweet and Little Voice.
Happy with his domestic existence and his undemanding job at Huttons, Ian Pritchard is shocked when Ros decides to run for general election. Ros' success soon means major changes to their unremarkable family life, which Ian becomes increasingly unhappy about. His wife's new role also means that a secret he has been keeping for years threatens to be exposed -- with potentially devastating results.
One of Steven Mackintosh's most memorable performances was as Davy Younger in Antonia Bird's BBC drama about abuse in Welsh orphanages, Care. It won numerous awards including the BAFTA for best single drama; Macintosh was named Best Actor at the Royal Television Society awards in 2001.
A native of Cambridgeshire, Steven also starred in Masterpiece Theatre's award-winning Charles Dickens adaptation, Our Mutual Friend, alongside Anna Friel, Keeley Hawes and Paul McGann. He has appeared in episodes of Inspector Morse, Cadfael and Prime Suspect (5).
Mackintosh made his big screen debut in Prick Up Your Ears in 1987 and appeared as a rookie crewman in David Puttnam's Memphis Belle. He has gone on to appear in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; The Jacket with Keira Knightley, and Underworld: Evolution with Kate Beckinsale.
Emily is a teenager, leading an unremarkable life in Eatanswill and about to go to university, when her mother unexpectedly becomes Prime Minister. Overnight her life becomes front page news; she soon finds the attention difficult to bear.
Carey Mulligan had her big break playing Kitty Bennet in the screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen (2005).
The young actress went on to appear in another classic costume drama, Masterpiece Theatre's Bleak House in which she played orphan Ada Clare in the award-winning Andrew Davies adaptation. Other TV credits include Miss Marple: The Sittaford Mystery.
Georgina takes her mum's transition to Prime Minister in stride and even provides valuable assistance throughout her campaign. After the Purple Alliance's victory, Ros decides that it would be best for Georgina to stay at school in Eatanswill, but her daughter has other ideas.
The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard is Jemma McKenzie-Brown's first professional television acting role.
Ros' closest friend from Eatanswill, who still works at Greengages but offers advice to her ex-boss when she needs it.
Sue Vincent has appeared frequently on British television. Her credits include roles in Casualty, Coronation Street and Grownups.
A New Labour MP, part of the wave of defections to the Purple Alliance in the lead-up to the general election. Liz has been in politics for years and helps Dorothy Crowther find her political feet. But is her allegiance to the Purple Alliance anything other than opportunism?
Meera Syal became a household name in the UK as one of the stars of the spoof BBC talk show, The Kumars at No 42.
She had her big break with 1991 as a writer and performer on sketch show The Real McCoy. Seven years later she wrote and starred in another sketch show, the award-winning Goodness Gracious Me, alongside her future husband (and Kumars collaborator) Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Syal has appeared in a wide range of TV programs, including The Bill, Taggart, Absolutely Fabulous, Band of Gold, Soldier Soldier, Bad Girls, Kingdom and Jekyll.
A best-selling author, Syal adapted and starred in two of her own novels for the BBC (Anita and Me and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee), wrote the screenplay for the film Bhaji on the Beach; co-wrote the BBC drama My Sisterwife; and penned a West End musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bombay Dreams, based on her book of the same name.
She was awarded an MBE in 1997.
Paul Critchley pits Catherine Walker against Mrs. Pritchard on the news program Newsnight to try to decimate her in the lead-up to the general election. Unfortunately for him and the Conservative Party, this results in Catherine's untimely defection to the Purple Alliance and her becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer, while he remains in opposition. After election, Paul Critchley becomes leader of the opposition and finds himself opposite his old colleague in the House Of Commons.
Robert Portal's credits include roles on stage, television and in film. Other television work includes Distant Shores, The Thick of It, Rosemary & Thyme and Hogfather. Film roles include Stiff Upper Lips and Young Richard in Mrs. Dalloway.
Beverley is a partner is a law firm in Huddersfield, until she gets bowled over by Ros Pritchard's appearance on the political scene and decides to run for election herself. She initially finds Westminster daunting but Liz Shannon soon helps her find her feet, and a few political watering holes along the way. But how will she find the pressure of being an MP?
A native of Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran made her acting debut in 1986 as the eponymous Rita in Alan Clarke's film Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
She has since appeared frequently on television; her credits include roles in Clocking Off, Sparkhouse, Heartbeat, Casualty and Wire in the Blood.
Millionaire owner of Greengages supermarket. When she hears about Ros' decision to run for election she lands on the roof of the Eatanswill branch in her private helicopter to offer financial assistance to the Purple Alliance.
Belfast-born Frances Tomelty is an accomplished Royal Shakespeare Company actress who has appeared in some of television's best-loved dramas, including Inspector Morse, Cracker, Ballykissangel, Doctors, Casualty, Spooks (aka MI-5) and Midsomer Murders.
On stage, Frances has appeared in RSC productions including Peter Pan, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream; film credits include Jim Sheridan's The Field with Richard Harris; Lamb with Liam Neeson; and Bullshot with Mel Smith and Billy Connolly.
Tomelty was previously married to rock musician Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) with whom she has two children.
Ros' ever-resourceful PA. Meg sees more of Ros than her family does and has to juggle a diary so busy that even conversations with Ian Pritchard have to be scheduled ahead of time. A close ally of Ros' and a voice of reason in a mad world.
The international Sally Phillips was born in Hong Kong and has a degree in Italian from Oxford University. She is one of four female performers behind the award-winning comedy sketch show, Smack the Pony (from TalkBack Productions and Channel 4).
Other television credits include roles in Rescue Me, French and Saunders, Hyperdrive, Green Wing and Clatterford. She has appeared in films including Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Birthday Girl and Mean Machine.
One of the experienced MPs in the Purple Alliance, Dorothy becomes part of Ros' Cabinet and helps her find her political feet.
Selina Cadell has appeared on television in Poirot, Doctors, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: For the Sake of Elena, Foyle's War: Among the Few, Casanova, Doc Martin and New Tricks. The sister of actor Simon Cadell, her film credits have included roles in The Madness of King George, Mrs. Dalloway, Woody Allen's Match Point and Snow Cake.
Hilary Rees Benson
As Home Secretary, Hilary is one of the more experienced members of the Purple Alliance Cabinet and one of Ros' most trusted aides. She was an MP for New Labour before defecting and appears to be a firm supporter of Ros and her radical policies.
Described by Sir Peter Hall as one of the great English classical actresses, Geraldine James has been nominated for a BAFTA award three times. She has been seen previously on Masterpiece Theatre in The Jewel in the Crown, Inspector Morse, Rebecca, The Hound of the Baskervilles, White Teeth and in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right.
James won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival in 1989 for her role in Stephen Poliakoff's She's Been Away, also starring Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She was nominated for a Tony award in 1990 for her role as Portia in The Merchant of Venice and was made an OBE in the 2003 Queen's birthday honors list.
A senior member of the Conservative Party, with a formidable reputation, Catherine is chosen to challenge Ros on a special edition of Newsnight. However, she dramatically joins the Purple Alliance moments before her scheduled appearance. A hardline right-winger, Catherine provides political backbone and, with Hilary Rees Benson, does the serious business of politics.
An acclaimed actor on TV, film, stage and radio, Janet McTeer won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for both an Independent Spirit Award and an Oscar for her performance in Tumbleweeds (1999), her first major role in an American film.
On British TV she is well-known for her role as Helen Hewitt in Lynda La Plante's prison drama, The Governor. Other television credits have included Portrait of a Marriage, in which she portrayed Vita Sackville-West, Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, and Five Days, with Hugh Bonneville and Patrick Malahide.
Film credits include Terry Gilliam's Tideland (2005); Wuthering Heights, with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, in 1992; and Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It (2006) with Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline and Romola Garai.
Sir Richard Leavis
Richard Leavis is the Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary. An unelected civil servant, he has more experience of the nuts and bolts of government than almost anyone else on Ros' team. Discreet, loyal and professional, he does whatever he can to smooth Ros' way through the mind-boggling tangle of government.
Jonathan Aris's television credits include roles in Relic Hunter, Heartbeat, Hotel Babylon, Peter Kosminsky's BAFTA-winning The Government Inspector; and Terry Johnson's acclaimed Not Only But Always.
He has appeared on film in Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl and Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy, as well as South Kensington, Ali G Indahouse and Metroland.
A political economist for The Financial Times, Miranda Lennox helps Ros through the minefield of British politics and masterminds the election campaign as Ros' spin doctor. Highly intellectual and fearsomely ambitious, Miranda is one of Ros' closest allies.
Jodhi May, a London native, has been acting since she was 12. She received a degree from Oxford University.
May won Evening Standard British Film Awards 'Most Promising Newcomer' award and the Cannes Film Festival 'Best Actress' award for her debut performance in A World Apart (1988). A coming-of-age movie set in South Africa, the film also starred Tim Roth and David Suchet.
Subsequent film credits have included The Last of the Mohicans, with Daniel Day-Lewis; The House of Mirth, The Escapist; The Best Man and Nightwatching. Flashbacks of a Fool, with Daniel Craig, Claire Forlani, Emilia Fox and Olivia Williams is scheduled for release in 2008.