The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s History Plays

Cast Biographies

Cast Biographies: The Kings

Ben Whishaw – Richard II

Ben Whishaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating spring 2003. After graduation, he appeared in Enduring Love, a film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel directed by Roger Michel, and Layer Cake, a feature directed by Matthew Vaughan. In 2003, he starred in the popular comedy-drama The Booze Cruise for ITV.

Ben subsequently made his West End debut at the National Theatre in their stage adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and starred as Hamlet in Trevor Nunn’s electric ‘youth’ version of the play at the Old Vic, for which he has received tremendous critical acclaim and a Laurence Olivier nomination (2005). Ben played the lead character Grenouille in the highly acclaimed Perfume which debuted in the UK in December 2006.  Ben has also shot a feature film called Stoned, in which he plays Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones, which was released in 2006. In the same year, Ben completed filming I’m Not Here, Todd Haynes film portrayal of Bob Dylan’s life alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Christian Bale.  Ben also appeared on television in Nathan Barley from director Chris Morris for TalkBack Productions. He returned to the theatre for Katie Mitchell’s version of The Seagull at the National Theatre in the Autumn of 2006, for which he again received great reviews.

In 2008, Ben featured in Brideshead Revisited and starred in the hugely popular BBC drama Criminal Justice which saw him pick up the award for best actor at the 2009 Royal Television Society Awards, ‘Best Actor’ at the International Emmy Awards 2009 and was nominated for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards. 2008 also saw Ben in The Idiot in which he played the lead at the National Theatre from the end of July.

2009 was another busy year for Ben seeing him star as poet John Keats in Bright Star. It also saw Ben playing the lead in Mike Bartlett’s play Cock at The Royal Court Theatre. Ben also played Ariel opposite Helen Mirren and Russell Brand in The Tempest.

Ben then starred in The Hour for the BBC starring opposite Dominic West and Romola Garai. Ben’s performance as Richard II will be followed by Cloud Atlas where he stars alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry. Ben is currently filming the new Bond movie, Skyfall alongside Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes and the second series of The Hour which will come out late 2012.

Jeremy Irons – Henry IV

Jeremy Irons won the Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. He is also a Golden Globe® Award, Primetime Emmy® Award, Tony Award® and SAG Award® winner.

The British Irons has an extraordinary legacy of film, television and theatre performances including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, in which he starred opposite Meryl Streep, The Mission and David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. Irons starred in Damage and M. Butterfly before he made pop culture history as the voice of the evil lion Scar in Disney’s classic The Lion King. Irons showed his grasp of the action genre starring opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With A Vengence, and also starred as Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne’s Lolita. Other career highlights include Being Julia with Annette Bening, Appaloosa with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen and Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty. Irons received a Tony for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and most recently appeared in London in the National Theatre’s Never so Good and in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Gods Weep. Irons is probably best known for his role as Charles Ryder in the cult TV serial Brideshead Revisited. In 2005 Irons joined Helen Mirren and director, Tom Hooper in the award-winning television miniseries Elizabeth I. He was also recently lauded for his portrayal of iconic photographer Alfred Stieglitz in the award-winning biographical picture Georgia O’Keeffe.

Irons’ latest role sees him taking on the mantle of the eponymous Rodrigo BORGIA in Showtime’s epic drama series, the first season of which was very well received in the United States as well as Europe. The second season will premiere worldwide in Spring 2012. Irons can be seen currently on the big screen in the award winning independent feature, Margin Call with Kevin Spacey. Irons’ next movie, The Words, with Bradley Cooper was featured closing night at the Sundance Film Festival.

Irons begins filming The Night Train to Lisbon, directed by Bille August, Spring 2012.

Tom Hiddleston – Henry V

After he was spotted by Lorraine Hamilton of the notable actors’ agency Hamilton Hodell in a production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Tom Hiddleston was given his first television role in Stephen Whittaker’s adaptation of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (2001) for ITV. Roles followed in two one-off television dramas co-produced by HBO and the BBC. The first was CONSPIRACY (2001) which prompted Tom’s first encounter with Kenneth Branagh. The second project came in 2002 in the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning biopic of Winston Churchill THE GATHERING STORM, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave.

Tom graduated from RADA in 2005, and within a few weeks was cast as Oakley in the British independent film UNRELATED by first-time director Joanna Hogg. It premiered at the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival in 2007 where it was awarded the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award. Amongst many other accolades, UNRELATED was cited as the 21st best film of the decade by The Guardian.

Tom subsequently met Declan Donnellan, artistic director of the award-winning theatre company Cheek By Jowl, and was cast as Alsemero in THE CHANGELING by Thomas Middleton. Tom was nominated for the 2006 Ian Charleson Award for his performance.

In 2007 Cheek By Jowl once again asked Tom to perform for them as the hero, Posthumus Leonatus, and the anti-hero Cloten, in Declan Donnellan’s production of Shakespeare’s late romance, CYMBELINE. It was a role for which Tom received much critical acclaim, including from The Sunday Times who said he gave “the outstanding performance of the evening.” Later that summer, Tom shot the BAFTA award winning BBC period drama, MISS AUSTEN REGRETS, about the last five years of Jane Austen’s life.

It was on the strength of his performance in CYMBELINE that Tom was invited to audition to play Cassio in Michael Grandage’s production of OTHELLO at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kelly Reilly. He was nominated twice in the category of Best Newcomer at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards for CYMBELINE and OTHELLO and won the category for his performance in CYMBELINE.

In 2008 Tom joined forces with Kenneth Branagh again to film the first series of WALLANDER, a BAFTA and Broadcasting Press Guild Award-winning and Emmy, Golden Globe and Satellite Award-nominated television series based on the detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell.  In the same year Tom went on to star in the Donmar Warehouse/West End production of Chekhov’s IVANOV, again opposite Branagh, as well as Gina McKee and Andrea Riseborough. As well as shooting the second series of WALLANDER in 2009, Tom also starred in the second series of the highly acclaimed BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning RETURN TO CRANFORD.

In 2009 Tom also filmed Joanna Hogg’s second film ARCHIPELAGO, in which he plays the lead role, as well as the lead role of Loki in Kenneth Branagh’s THOR for Marvel. In 2010 Tom excelled in a number of projects including Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, Steven Speilberg’s WAR HORSE, and Terence Davies’ THE DEEP BLUE SEA opposite Rachel Weisz. In May Tom can be seen in the highly anticipated feature film AVENGERS ASSEMBLE in which he reprises his role of the villain Loki and will begin shooting THOR 2 later this year. 2012 saw Tom nominated for a BAFTA for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award and for the Evening Standard Film Award as Best Actor for his role in ARCHIPELAGO. Tom was the winner of the British Rising Star Award at The Richard Attenborough Regional Film Awards 2012 and Best Male Newcomer for his role in THOR at the 2012 Empire Awards.

Cast Biographies: Richard II

Rory Kinnear

Rory was most recently seen on our screens in the BBC’s Mystery of Edwin Drood and Women in Love. Other television credits include Vexed, Cranford and The Long Walk to Finchley. His performance as Hamlet in the National Theatre’s 2010 production was highly acclaimed. Rory will resume his role as Bill Tanner in the latest Bond film, Skyfall.

Patrick Stewart

A veteran Shakespearean actor, Patrick Stewart has appeared in more than 60 productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His is currently playing the role of William Shakespeare in the Young Vic’s Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death.

David Suchet

Well loved for his role as Poirot in the hit TV series, David recently played the role of Jaggers in the BBC One adaptation of Great Expectations and also featured in 2011’s Hidden. With a distinguished stage career, including a highly acclaimed performance in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 2010, David is currently starring in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, A Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay’s film credits include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Starter for 10, Under the Tuscan Sun and Mansfield Park. Her extensive television roles include Doctor Who, Spooks, Lost in Austen, Christopher and his Kind, the 2011 Christmas special of Absolutely Fabulous and most recently White Heat.

Tom Hughes

Since graduating from RADA in 2008, Tom has played lead roles in Cemetery Junction and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. His television credits include Silk, Trinity and Casualty 1909.

David Morrissey

An accomplished and versatile film, television and stage actor, David has appeared in an eclectic range of productions. His recent television work has included Red Riding, Field of Blood and Thorne (which his own production company Stagereel produced). He was nominated for a BAFTA for the 2003 BBC One political drama, State of Play as well as being nominated as Best New Director for Passer By. David’s film credits include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Nowhere Boy and the upcoming Welcome ToThe Punch.

Clémence Poésy

Clémence Poésy’s international career truly began in 2004 with the BBC series Gunpowder, Treason and Plot which she swiftly followed with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. Clemence reprised the role of Fleur Delacour in 2010 for the two final instalments of the film series. In the same year, Clemence also appeared in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and the hit US series Gossip Girl. Clemence was most recently seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Birdsong.

Isabella Laughland

Isabella played the role of Leanne in the final three films in the Harry Potter series. Her television credits include The Inbetweeners, What To Do When Someone Dies and Black Mirror, and stage roles include productions at the National Theatre and Royal Court.

Daniel Boyd

Daniel played the lead role in the 2010 short film, Reverb. He has recently undertaken his first lead theatre role in Headlong Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

James Purefoy

Recent film credits for James include John Carter, 2011’s Ironclad and Solomon Kane (2010) with previous key film roles including Vanity Fair (2004), Resident Evil (2002) and A Knight’s Tale (2001). Having starred as Mark Antony in Rome from 2005 – 2007, James appeared in the 2009 series The Philanthropist and most recently in ITV’s Injustice (2011).

Finbar Lynch

Currently starring in The Old Vic’s production of The Duchess of Malfi, Finbar Lynch has appeared in The Tempest and Julius Caesar for The RSC and numerous productions for The National Theatre. Film and TV credits include To Kill A King, The Lost Battalion, Inspector George Gently and Proof.

Lucian Msamati

Lucian’s recent television roles include Game of Thrones, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. His film credits include The International and The Legend of the Sky Kingdom.

Richard Bremmer

Richard’s many television roles include The Borgias, The Power of Three, Kingdom and Crusoe. Playing the role of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Richard’s film credits include Control and Shanghai Knights.

Harry Hadden Paton

With film credits already including The Deep Blue Sea, La Vie en Rose and In The Loop and television roles including Waking the Dead, Hotel Babylon and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Harry is a name to watch. He was commended at the Ian Charleson Awards in 2007 for The Importance of Being Ernest.

Ferdinand Kingsley

Ferdinand has appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Little Eyolf and Troilus and Cressida for The Royal Shakespeare Company, and most recently Hamlet at The National Theatre. His film credits include 2007’s The Last Legion.

Samuel Roukin

After securing roles in Miss Austen Regrets and Housewife, 49, Samuel subsequently undertook roles in Happy-Go-Lucky, Bright Star and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Further television credits include DCI Banks and Appropriate Adult.

Tom Goodman-Hill

Recently seen in the hit series Call the Midwife, Tom’s other television productions include Spy, Ideal, and Waking the Dead. Tom will play David Frost in the upcoming Hippie Hippie Shake.

Adrian Schiller

On stage, Adrian is notable for his appearances in The National’s The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other and for many RSC productions including Macbeth, As You Like It and Julius Caesar. Film and TV credits include Brighton Rock, Going Postal and Being Human.

Peter De Jersey

Peter appeared with The Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-9 where his roles included playing Horatio opposite David Tennant’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. With long-standing roles in The Bill and Holby City, Peter’s other TV credits include Without You and New Tricks.

David Bradley

Perhaps most recently recognizable as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series, David has had an extensive career across television, film and stage. His credits include Captain America, Game of Thrones, Five Daughters through to Our Friends in the North. He was awarded an Olivier Awards for his performance in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre.

Simon Trinder

Simon has had a notable stage career since graduating from the Welsh Royal College of Music and Drama. He spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company during which time he was nominated for an Evening Standard award for House of Desires. Television credits include Without You and The Children.

Rhodri Miles

Rhodri won the Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival for his portrayal of Richard Burton in his one man show, Burton. Other theatre credits include Othello (Sheffield Crucible), Pride and Prejudice and Fish Out of Water for Bristol Old Vic and the award-winning tour of Dylan Thomas. Television credits include Torchwood, Alys and High Hopes.

Cast Biographies: Henry IV Part I and II

Simon Russell Beale

One of the UK’s most acclaimed theatre actors, Simon’s credits range from Uncle Vanya, The Twelfth Night and The Philanthropist for The Donmar, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Othello for The National Theatre to multiple productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company. Furthermore, there’s Spamlot on Broadway and Alice in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet. Simon’s recent film productions include My Week with Marilyn and The Deep Blue Sea in 2011 and The Gathering (2003).

Julie Walters

Undisputedly one of the UK’s most loved actresses, Julie Walters came to prominence in 1981 through her TV series with Victoria Wood, Wood and Walters but it was 1983’s film version of Educating Rita which brought huge solo success with a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. Her many film credits include the Harry Potter series, Mamma Mia! (2008), Becoming Jane (2007) and Calendar Girls (2003). Recent television productions include The Jury, Mo and A Short Stay in Switzerland.

Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter’s work in theatre includes The Norman Conquests (Old Vic and Broadway, for which he received an Olivier nomination for best supporting actor and a Tony nomination for best featured actor). His TV roles include the hit comedy Friday Night Dinner, Great Expectations, Land Girls, Pulling, Vera, Waking the Dead and Viva Blackpool amongst many more. Film work includes Nowhere Boy, Quantum of Solace and The Libertine.

Maxine Peake

Maxine’s recent television productions include Silk, Criminal Justice, Red Riding, Little Dorrit and Hancock and Joan. She came to prominence through the Victoria Wood series, Dinnerladies and, following See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Maxine took up the role of Veronica in Shameless from 2004 to 2007. Her film credits include Clubbed (2008) and Edge (2010).

Tom Georgeson

Tom’s film credits include Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal and A Fish called Wanda. He has recently appeared in The Crimson Petal and the White, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Law and Order. Tom was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for his performance in Frozen at the Royal National Theatre.

David Dawson

David most recently appeared on our screens as Bazzard in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His television credits prior to the role include The Road to Coronation Street, Luther and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. A RADA graduate, David first appeared in Doc Martin in 2005.

Ian Conningham

As a stage actor, Ian has many productions under his belt including The Rivals at the Haymarket, Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic and the Merry Wives of Windsor for the RSC, alongside several musicals. His film and television credits include Danny Boyle’s Millions, Hotel Trubble and The Bill.

John Heffernan

John’s stage productions include Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and King Lear for the RSC and She Stoops to Conquer, After the Dance and Emperor and Galilean for The National Theatre. John recently appeared in Richard Eyre’s production of The Last Duchess at the Hampstead Theatre alongside Shelia Hancock and Anna Chancellor.

Drew Dillon

Drew’s first professional role came in the 2009 short film Shattered Pieces. He performed in Paul Boy’s production of The Tale of the Beauty and The Tail of The Beast in Belfast and at the New Wimbledon Theatre. His television credits include Doctors and Hollyoaks.

Alun Armstrong

An accomplished stage and screen actor, Alun spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He originated the role of Thénardier in the London production of Les Misérables and he won an Olivier Award for playing the title role in Sweeney Todd. Alun’s recent television credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, New Tricks and Garrow’s Law.

Niamh Cusack

Widely recognized for her roles in Always and Everyone and Heartbeat, Niamh’s recent productions include Lewis and A Touch of Frost. Her film credits include Hereafter and Five Minutes of Heaven.

Joe Armstrong

After roles in Blackpool and Waking the Dead, Joe came to prominence as Allan A Dale in Robin Hood. He appeared with his father in A Passionate Woman and has recently undertaken roles in Land Girls and Public Enemies.

Michelle Dockery

Having started her career on stage, Michelle was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2009 for her performance in Burnt by the Sun. In 2010, she played Ophelia to John Sim’s Hamlet. Later that year, having previously undertaken television roles in Waking the Dead and Cranford, Michelle came to wider public recognition as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey.

Henry Faber

Henry is currently studying at Oxford University. His theatre experience at the Oxford Playhouse includes Basil in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire and the lead role of Konstantin in Chekhov’s The Seagull.

David Hayman

David is perhaps most prominently known for his playing DCSI Michael Walker in the long running TV series Trial and Retribution from 1997 to 2009. His film credits include The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas, Hope and Glory and Where the Truth Lies.

James Laurenson

Having started acting in the 1960s, and making his screen debut in 1969 in Women in Love, James has an incredibly extensive career spanning the stage, TV and film. His notable Shakespearean performances include Richard II – both on stage and for the 1971 film – and Hamlet. James’ film and TV credits include One Day, Pink Floyd The Wall, Spooks, Prime Suspect and State of Play.

Conrad Asquith

Conrad most recently worked with Richard Eyre on the Hampstead Theatre’s production of The Last of The Duchess. His film and television credits include Cold Fish, Robin Hood, Doctor Who and Black Beauty.

Matthew Tennyson

Matthew graduated from LAMDA in 2011 but already has some impressive theatre credits to his name including Flare Path for Trevor Nunn’s production at the Haymarket, and Making Noise Quietly for the Donmar. He won Best Newcomer at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2012 for his performance in Beautiful Thing at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

William Attenborough

Henry IV will be William’s television debut. He played the lead role in the 2005 short film, Cut.

Iain Glen

Iain has an incredibly expansive career spanning film, television and the stage. He played Henry V in the RSC’s production at Stratford and the Barbican and worked with Sam Mendes in his Donmar and Broadway production of The Blue Room. Recent film and TV credits include Downton Abbey, The Iron Lady and Game of Thrones.

Adam Kotz

Adam has a wide range of television credits including Silent Witness, Band of Gold, Monsignor Renard and Torn. His recent productions include The Promise, The Body Farm and Five Daughters.

Dominic Rowan

Dominic’s theatre work includes The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice for the RSC, As You Like It and Henry VIII for The Globe as well as numerous productions for the National Theatre. His television credits include Law & Order, North Square and Midsomer Murders.

Jolyon Coy

Jolyon graduated from LAMDA in 2006. Following a series of roles in Casualty, Doctors and The Bill, he was cast in the lead role of the 2011 short film David Rose. He appeared in Terence Davies’ adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea.

Geoffrey Palmer

Geoffrey rose to prominence in the seventies for his appearances in the classic sitcoms The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin and Carla Lane’s Butterflies. For over a decade he starred alongside Judi Dench in As Time Goes By, and has also appeared on film with her in Tomorrow Never Dies and Queen Victoria. Recent TV credits include Rev, North by Northamptonshire and Parade’s End.

Mark Tandy

Mark first appeared on screen in the early eighties in the BBC2 Playhouse series and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He has since appeared in a wide range of television productions from The Jewel in the Crown, Inspector Morse and Shackleton through to Minder, New Tricks and Silk. Film credits include The Diary of Bridget Jones and The Deep Blue Sea.

Nicholas Jones

After graduating from RADA, Nicholas appeared on stage in productions at the National, Old Vic, The Globe and with the RSC. His television career began in the seventies with roles in Our Mutual Friend, Anna Karenina and Wings. From 1995 to 2001, Nicholas played Jeremy Aldermarten QC in Kavanagh QC. Recent productions include Little Dorrit, Waking the Dead and The Shadow Line.

Pip Torrens

Pip’s recent film credits include War Horse, My Week with Marilyn and The Iron Lady. He has also held roles in Pride and Prejudice and Dorian Gray. Pip has starred in a wide variety of television productions from The Promise to Outnumbered to, most recently, Whitechapel and One Night.

Stephen McCole

Stephen’s first television role was in the 1996 series, The Crow Road. He subsequently appeared in The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, following which roles came in Band of Brothers, High Times, Single Father and most recently, Young James Herriot. His film credits include The Acid House and A Lonely Place to Die.

Pip Carter

Pip Carter undertook his first television role in the 2007 series, Party Animals. Roles followed in John Adams, Lewis, Christopher and his Kind and Neverland. His film credits include Robin Hood and The Eagle. Pip’s theatre work includes The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard and Gethsemane for The National Theatre.

Robert Pugh

Robert has an expansive list of television roles to his name from The Time of Your Life to The Lakes, to Silent Witness and Justice. He has most recently appeared in Game of Thrones, Death in Paradise and The Shadow Line. Film productions include Enigma, Goodnight Irene and West is West.

Harry Lloyd

Harry made his television debut in the 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield and fully began his screen career after graduating in 2005. Roles followed in Vital Signs, Robin Hood, Taking the Flak and Game of Thrones. Harry played the young Denis Thatcher in The Iron Lady and has also appeared in the recent adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Alex Clatworthy

Alex has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Fluent in Welsh, Alex has undertaken roles in a number of Welsh language productions for BBC Wales. Her professional stage work includes Sleeping Beauty with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and A Provincial Life for the National Theatre of Wales.

John Ashton

John came to prominence in the early nineties in the role of Chief Supt. Don Henderson in Waterfront Beat. Roles followed in Band of Gold, London’s Burning, The Bill and The Take. John has most recently been seen on our screens in the hit series, Call the Midwife.

David Bamber

Well known as Mr Collins in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, David has a plethora of television credits including Rome, Collision, Pyschoville and The Borgias. He has appeared in The King’s Speech, The Bourne Identity and Gangs of New York. David won the Laurence Olivier Award in 1995 for his performance in My Night with Reg.

Tim McMullan

Tim’s film credits include The Woman in Black, The Queen, Shakespeare in Love and The Fifth Element. Television roles include Sense and Sensibility, The Wimbledon Poisoner and Margaret. Tim has performed in Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC, and a wide range of productions for The National Theatre.

Reece Shearsmith

Reece is perhaps best known as part of the award winning comedy sketch team, The League of Gentlemen which ran as a television series from 1999 to 2002. Following roles in Tlc and Catterick, Reece appeared in Shaun of the Dead. The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse was released the next year in 2005. From 2009 to 2011, Reece appeared as various characters in Pyschoville.

Max Wrottesley

Max’s debut role was in the 1998 series, In the Red. Television roles followed in Days Like These, Casualty, and The Quest triology. His film credits include Hugo, Wickham Road and Cycle.

Tom Cornish

Tom’s recent stage productions include What We’re Up Against and In Memory of Edgar Lutzen for the Old Red Lion Theatre. He appeared in Eastenders in 2011.

Daniel Tuite

Daniel has appeared in A Prayer for Owen Meany, His Dark Materials and Cyrano de Bergerac for the National, Beauty and the Beast for the RSC and Herge’s Adventures of Tintin at the Young Vic. His debut television performance was in 2002’s White Teeth and roles have followed in Down To Earth and Doctors. Daniel appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as a Ministry wizard.

Morgan Jones

Morgan has held a variety of television roles ranging from Oliver Twist to Small Potatoes, Underworld to Being Human.

Michael Keane

Michael makes his film debut in Henry IV. Since graduating from drama school in 2008, Michael has appeared on stage in Can You Spot the Difference? at the Albany, The Perils of Love and Gravity at the New Wimbledon Theatre and The Winter’s Tale.

Richard Frame

Richard’s theatre work includes London Assurance at the National and a range of other productions such A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Pocket Dream and Our House. Television performances include Kingdom, Wire in the Blood and Family Affairs.

Justin Edwards

Justin’s television work includes the role of Ben Swain in political comedy, The Thick of It, Not Going Out, Skins, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Peep Show and The Trip. He appeared in the 2008 film, The Duchess and 2011’s Albatross.

Jim Bywater

Jim is a stage and screen actor who began his career in the late sixties. Notable television roles include Coronation Street, Dalziel and Pascoe and The Bill. His film credits include Cheri and The Last Horror Movie.

David Beames

For the RSC, David has appeared on stage in Richard III, Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry VIII and Henry V. For the National he has performed in Her Naked Skin, Fuente Ovejuna and The Father and Peer Gynt. David’s television credits include The BillMidsomer Murders, Justifying WarA Touch of FrostPie in the Sky and Boon.

Cast Biographies: Henry V

John Hurt

The BAFTA and Golden Globe winning, Academy Award nominated, John Hurt received the award for outstanding contribution to British cinema at this year’s BAFTA’s. With a career spanning six decades, he came to prominence in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons. Roles have followed in Alien, V for Vendetta, 1984, The Elephant Man, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Anton Lesser

As an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1990, Anton has played many of Shakespeare’s great roles including Richard III, Romeo, Petruchio and Troilus. He has regularly appeared on screen since his debut television role in the late seventies. Recent productions include The Hour, Primeval and Garrow’s Law.

Paterson Joseph

Paterson’s theatre credits include the lead role in Othello at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Horatio in Hamlet on Broadway, alongside several productions for the RSC. He has had an extensive television career including roles in Survivors, Peep Show and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Paterson’s film credits include The Beach and The Other Man.

Malcolm Sinclair

Malcolm’s film credits include Casino Royale, V for Vendetta and The Young Victoria. Perhaps best known for his television role as ACC Freddy Fisher in Pie in the Sky, Malcolm has also appeared in Judge John Deed, Hustle, Foyle’s War and Aftermath. Stage credits include The History Boys for the National and Broadway, Uncle Vanya for the RSC and Privates on Parade for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Nigel Cooke

Nigel has previously appeared in Henry V for the RSC’s production at the Barbican. He made his television debut in 1985 in Galloping Galaxies and has gone on to roles in Oliver Twist, Luther and Macbeth.


Richard Clothier

A seasoned Shakespearean stage actor, Richard’s theatre productions include Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and The Twelfth Night. His recent television credits include Above Suspicion, Law & Order, Spooks and Kingdom.

Owen Teale

Owen made his television debut in The Mimosa Boys in 1984. His subsequent productions include Robin Hood, Dangerfield, Ballykissangel , the long-running Belonging and later Spooks and Murphy’s Law. He played the infamous Nazi judge Roland Freisler in the HBO film Conspiracy. Recent roles include Doctor Who and Game of Thrones.

Tom Brooke

Tom’s first major television role came in 2004 as DC Mark Rosen in the series, Murder Prevention. He has since appeared in Thieves Like Us, Hustle, Foyle’s War, Thorne and Rock and Chips. His film credits include The Veteran, The Boat that Rocked and The Young Victoria.

Paul Freeman

Paul’s notable television roles include Life of Shakespeare, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Falcon Crest, ER and New Street Law. Film credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hot Fuzz and The Devil’s Arithmetic.

Gwilym Lee

Gwilym won the Ian Charleson Award in 2011 for his role as Edgar in the Donmar’s production of King Lear. Other stage credits include Othello at the Crucible, Hamlet also for the Donmar and Broadway and Oedipus at the National Theatre. Recent film and television productions include The Tourist, Land Girls, Ashes to Ashes and Monroe.

John Dagleish

John is perhaps best known as the lovable Alfie in the long running BBC series, Larkrise to Candleford. He has subsequently appeared in Any Human Heart, Beaver Falls and Starlings. On stage, John has performed in A Winter’s Tale, Richard III and The Mother for the Royal Court.

Lambert Wilson

Lambert made his screen debut in the late seventies but it is for his role in The Matrix Reloaded that he is perhaps best known internationally. Other international credits include Of God and Men, Catwoman, Sahara and Babylon A.D.

Edward Akrout

Since graduating from LAMDA in 2008, following studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, Edward has appeared in the films Critical Eye, Full Firearms and Swinging with the Finkels. He appeared in HBO’s series The Borgias as the French Captain.

Stanley Weber

Stanley’s first film role came in 2007’s Le Vrai Coupable which was quickly followed by performances in The First Day of the Rest of Your Life and Lily Sometimes. Following roles in high profile French television films, Stanley was cast in Any Human Heart and Poirot. He played the role of Juan Borgia in the 2011 series, Borgia. Recent credits include Claude Miller’s final feature, Therese D and Iain Softley’s Trap for Cinderella.

Maxime Lefrançois

Maxime made his screen debut in 1995 in Visiblement Je Vous Aime. Further film credits include The Key, Rapt and Low Cost. His French television appearances include Marion Mazzano, La Commanderie and Spiral.

Richard Griffiths

Best known as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I and Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Richard Griffiths is a star of English stage and screen. His other prominent film roles include Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He also appeared in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi. Richard won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his role in the stage production of The History Boys.

Jérémie Covillault

Jérémie first appeared on screen in the 1987 short film L’homme le Plus Gentil du Monde. His film credits include I’ve Loved You So Long, Tell No One and Aller Simple pour Manhattan. His French television work spans several major series such as Famille D’Accueil and Rani. Jérémie appeared in the UK series, Elizabeth I in 2005.

Mélanie Thierry

Mélanie’s international breakthrough came in the role of Aurora in Babylon A.D. Prior to that, Mélanie had key roles in the French television series Fête de Famille and Merci, les Enfants Vont Bien! Subsequent films include The Princess of Montpensier and Impardonnables.

Geraldine Chaplin

Geraldine came to prominence for her Golden Globe nominated role of Tonya in David Lean‘s Doctor Zhivago in 1965. She received her second Golden Globe nomination for  Nashville in 1975 and, the following year, a BAFTA nomination for her role in Welcome to L.A. She played her grandmother in the biopic Chaplin for which she received her third Golden Globe nomination. Other major productions include The Age of InnocenceJane EyreMother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor and The Wolfman (2010).

Philippe De Brugada

Philippe’s notable film credits include Qui Plume la Lune?, Gardien de la Nuit and Miss Mona. He began his screen career in 1985 with Les Rois du Gag. Philippe’s French television series roles include Les Mystères de L’Amour, Counterstrike and Section de Recherches.

Jack Ryder

Jack came to prominence in the role of Jamie in Eastenders where he worked from 1998 through to 2002. Jack appeared in the 2005 series Murder Investigation Team and took the lead role in the 2007 short film, Popcorn. He wrote and directed the 2011 short film, Act of Memory: A Christmas Story.