All Creatures Great and Small Cast Interviews Roundup

After a whirlwind first season, read all of the insightful cast interviews with the stars of the series, including Nicholas Ralph, Samuel West, Rachel Shenton and more! Learn what they had to say about their characters and what the future may hold for each of them in upcoming seasons.


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    Nicholas Ralph

    Nicholas Ralph

    The series’ leading man, Nicholas Ralph, shared some fascinating insights about playing James Herriot, working with his castmates, how he thinks football (soccer) is like acting, and more about his first onscreen gig. Get to know the humble and delightful newcomer at the helm of the series from his exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE.

    Read the interview here. Plus, check out Ralph’s video about stepping into the role here. Then, check out his interview with the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast, all about his debut on MASTERPIECE and on TV.

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    Rachel Shenton

    Rachel Shenton of All Creatures Great and Small on MASTERPIECE on PBS

    Academy Award winner Rachel Shenton delved into the heart of her character, Helen Alderson, who’s more than just James Herriot’s love interest—she’s a strong, principled, and sometimes cheeky character in her own right. Find out all about the woman behind the wheel  in her exclusive interview.

    Read the interview here. Plus, check out her interview with the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast here, where she talked all things Helen Alderson.

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    Samuel West

    Samuel West Interview

    Actor Samuel West discussed his stubborn, sometimes gruff, but all around lovable character, Siegfried Farnon, and shared his insights on the eccentric vet’s backstory, relationships, and good heart. Discover his thoughts on his Season 1 castmates, as well as on rats (smart) and potential future romance…

    Read the interview here. Then, check out his interview with the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast here, where West talked about the real-life Siegfried Farnon and more.

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    Callum Woodhouse

    Callum Woodhouse as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small as seen on MASTERPIECE on PBS

    Callum Woodhouse said he was happy every day playing All Creatures Great and Small‘s Tristan Farnon in the 2021 TV adaptation — after all, Tristan was always in high spirits, so Callum was, too. Hear more of Woodhouse’s insights into his character and his fellow cast members, and get his take on dogs, the Dales, and The Durrells in Corfu.

    Read the interview here. Then, listen to Woodhouse’s interview with the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast here, and learn all about his habit of starring in series about animals.

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    Anna Madeley

    Anna Madeley and her All Creatures Great and Small character, Mrs. Hall, as seen on Masterpiece on PBS

    Actress Anna Madeley discussed her efficient character that everyone else would be lost without, Mrs. Hall—a rare and wonderful exception in an adaptation that largely hews closely to its beloved source material. Discover her insights into the character at heart of the surrogate family, who scrubs floors, does the books, and will step up to help anyone in trouble.

    Read the interview here. Plus, check out a video with Madeley and Shenton about bringing the women of All Creatures Great and Small to life on screen. Then, listen to Madeley’s interview with the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast here, and learn all about playing the captain of the Skeldale House ship.

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    Matthew Lewis

    Matthew Lewis in All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece on PBS

    Former Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, who won our hearts as Neville Longbottom, played contender for Helen Alderson’s heart and aristocrat Hugh Hulton in Season 1 of the series. In an exclusive interview, Lewis shared insights into the character we wanted to dislike, but we just couldn’t seem to hate.

    Read the interview here.

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    The Cast Remembers Diana Rigg

    Diana Rigg as Mrs. Pumphrey in the Masterpiece PBS adaptation of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small

    The cast of the series reflected on working with the late legendary actress Diana Rigg, who played the larger than life Mrs. Pumphrey (owner of Tricki Woo). Read what the actors had to say about working alongside the iconic star, and what they learned from their time with her.

    Read the special interview here, and watch a special tribute video to Rigg.

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