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EWAN McGREGOR

EWAN McGREGOR OBE is a multi award-winning actor, who is known for both his versatility and eclectic choice of roles. He is perhaps best known to today's film audiences for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas' second blockbuster Star Wars trilogy but he has also appeared in acclaimed films such as Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and true-life tsunami drama, The Impossible. In early 2013 he was nominated for his second Golden Globe award, for best performance by an actor in a comedy or musical in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

Born in Scotland, McGregor gained his first acting experience with the Perth Repertory Theatre and later attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Six months before graduating, he won a leading role in Dennis Potter's six-part BBC series Lipstick on Your Collar, and has been working steadily ever since. He made his feature film debut in 1993 in Bill Forsyth's Being Human. The following year, he earned widespread praise and won an Empire Award for his performance in the thriller Shallow Grave, which marked his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle.

In 1996, he reunited with Boyle to star in the darkly disturbing drama Trainspotting. McGregor's wrenching portrayal of junkie Mark Renton brought him international acclaim and many awards, including the London Film Critics Circle, Empire, and BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Actor.

His other early film credits include Emma, Brassed Off, Little Voice and Velvet Goldmine. In 2001, McGregor starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's extravagant, groundbreaking film musical Moulin Rouge. McGregor was recognized with the London Film Critics Circle Award, an Empire Award, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. That same year, McGregor co-starred in Ridley Scott's harrowing war drama Black Hawk Down.

His recent film work also includes starring roles in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire; the blockbuster fantasy epic Jack The Giant Slayer, satire The Men Who Stare At Goats, the hit animated comedy Robots, The Island opposite Scarlet Johansson and Beginners starring opposite Melanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer.

In-between McGregor's film commitments he returned to the stage with critical acclaim starring in the lead role of Sky Masterson in The Donmar's production of Guys and Dolls in London's West End and he also starred as Iago in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor. In late 2013 McGregor can be seen in August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch and Julia Roberts.

 

TOM HARDY

Tom Hardy has become one of the most sought after actors in the world, after key roles in Christopher Nolan's Inception in 2010 and as the villain Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Both films were huge critical and commercial hits. He has also recently starred in smaller acclaimed dramas such as John Hillcoat's Lawless alongside Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain, and Warrior alongside Joel Edgerton.

Hardy was born and raised in South West London. Following a one-year acting course at Richmond Adult College Parkshott Centre, Tom won a place at the infamous Drama Centre in North London. Tom was offered representation by a top London agent and soon afterwards he won a role in the Stephen Spielberg/Tom Hanks collaboration and Emmy award winning mini-series Band Of Brothers.

Tom's next role was starring alongside Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany and Ewen Bremner, filming the medieval drama The Reckoning on location in Almeria. From there, Tom headed straight to the suffocating heat of Morocco to star in the Oscar winning adaptation of Mark Bowden's best-selling book Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott. Tom played alongside a cast that included Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore and Sam Shepard.

In January 2002, Tom began shooting his debut Hollywood movie, Star Trek Nemesis, in the role of Shinzon, a villain clone of the legendary Jean Luc Picard. Back in the UK to Tom works on Matthew Parkhill's Dot The I, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and James D'Arcy and Matthew Vaughn's Directorial debut Layer Cake, with Daniel Craig.

Tom then performed in the theatre as Skank in Stephen Adly Guirgis's In Arabia We'd All Be Kings at The Hampstead Theatre in London and in Blood at The Royal Court, opposite Francesca Annis. Tom won the Outstanding Newcomer award at the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and was also nominated for an Olivier Award. He then went on to appear in Festen at The Almeida, playing alongside Johnny Lee Miller.

His upcoming films include George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and Daniel Espinosa's (Safe House) Child 44 opposite Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.

 

ANDREW LINCOLN

Andrew Lincoln graduated from RADA and subsequently rose to fame in the popular TV series, This Life, playing Edgar "Egg" Cook. He has since found success playing lead character, Rich Grimes in US zombie serial drama The Walking Dead, which will be returning for a fourth season in late 2013. After This Life he went on to appear in many successful TV shows including Bomber, A State of Mind, The Canterbury Tales before going on to star in the comedy drama Teachers (of which he directed two episodes in the third series). He has also starred in Whose Baby, Lie With Me and Afterlife. He's had several film roles, including appearances in Human Traffic, Love Actually, Enduring Love, Made In Dagenham and Heartbreaker.

 

HUGH BONNEVILLE

Hugh Bonneville is a widely respected actor who is now perhaps best known for Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in ITV's extraordinarily popular Downton Abbey. He has also appeared in the BBC London Olympics mockumentary comedy series Twenty Twelve. In early 2014 he will be on the big screen alongside Bill Murray, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in the Clooney directed Monuments Men. Hugh's other films include David Mackenzie's erotic thriller Asylum; Four Last Songs, directed by Francesca Joseph; Man To Man, directed by Regis Wargnier; Piccadilly Jim for director John McKay; and Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty. Hugh previously worked with Eyre on the Academy Award-winning Iris, for which his portrayal of the young John Bayley won him the New Talent Award at the Berlin Film Festival and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other feature credits include Mansfield Park and Notting Hill.

On television, Hugh starred alongside Scenes of a Sexual Nature stars Gina McKee and Sophie Okonedo in The Aftermath for BBC/HBO. His other television credits range from sitcoms like The Robinsons (BBC2) and Courting Alex (CBS) to dramas such as Daniel Deronda, Tipping the Velvet, Armadillo, Madame Bovary, Take a Girl Like You, The Cazalets and the Emmy Award-winning Churchill film, The Gathering Storm. He also earned critical acclaim for his role as poet Philip Larkin in the BBC's Love Again.

Hugh's many stage appearances include Cloaca at the Old Vic directed by Kevin Spacey, Us and Them at the Hampstead Theatre and Sam Mendes' production of Habeas Corpus at the Donmar Warehouse, where he also appeared in Beautiful Thing, later co-producing the show in the West End. His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes playing Laertes to Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, The Alchemist, Two Gentlemen of Verona and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Seasons at the Royal National Theatre include The School for Scandal, Yerma and the title role in The Devil's Disciple.

 

MARK STRONG

Mark Strong has become one of the most respected character actors working today. In the last few years he has appeared in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Peter Weir's The Way Back and John Michael McDonagh's The Guard.

He first intended to pursue a career in law but returned after studying in Munich for one year to university in London (where he studied English and Drama) before he went to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Since then he has had an impressive career in film, theatre and television. He became know playing the role of Tosker in the multi-award winning BBC drama Our Friends In The North. His other television credits include Emma, Ann Karenia, Falling Apart, Henry VIII, Prime Suspect V1 and Walk Away And I Stumble.

In 2005 Mark received the Best Actor BAFTA TV award for his performance in The Long Firm.

He has appeared in numerous British stage productions, including at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. These include Death of a Salesman, Closer, The Iceman Cometh and Speed The Plow.

He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a supporting role for his performance in Twelfth Night performed at the Donmar Warehouse.

His film roles include It's All About Love, Syriana, The Eagle, John Carter, Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Stardust, Kick-Ass and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

 

CATHERINE TATE

As a comedy actress, Catherine Tate has been nominated for an Emmy award and seven BAFTAs. From 2011 until the show's end in 2013, she could be seen as Nellie Bertram in the hit US television show, The Office.

She has also appeared in the third and fourth seasons of David Tennant's Doctor Who and she also had a role in hit Jack Black comedy, Gulliver's Travels. As a leading actress, Catherine has an array of credits; in 2005 alone, she starred in the West End production of Neil Labute's Some Girls, alongside David Schwimmer and completed recording the feature films: Love & Other Disasters (with Brittany Murphy), 66 (with Helena Bonham Carter) and Starter for Ten (with James McAvoy).

Catherine's own television series, The Catherine Tate Show, won the 'Best Entertainment Programme' at the 2006 Royal Television Society Awards and 'Most Popular Comedy Programme' at the 2007 National Television Awards. Catherine also won the 'Best Comedy Performance' award at the 2006 RTS Awards and was nominated for 'Best Comedy Performance' at the 2006 BAFTAs. In 2005 Catherine won the 'Best Television Newcomer' award at the British Comedy Awards and the RTS Awards as well as winning the Variety Club Comedy Award and the 'Originality' Award at the Women in Film & Television awards. 2005 also saw Catherine nominated for an International Emmy for 'Best performance by an Actress'; as well as 'Best Actress' and 'Best TV Comedy' at the British Comedy Awards.

In addition to this television success, Catherine has enjoyed sell out live success (in London and the Edinburgh Festival) with her self titled debut solo show.

 

HOLLY AIRD

Aged nine, a young Holly was chosen out by a casting director to star in The History of Mr Polly. Her first acting appearance went well, and she began getting even more roles such as The Tale of Beatrix Potter and The Flame Trees of Thika. She managed the sometimes difficult transition from child actor to adult actress and sustained a successful career in both film, television and theatre.

She is now most well known for her role as forensic pathologist, Frankie Wharton, in the BBC Series Waking the Dead. Amongst her other notable TV roles have been in Mother Love, Soldier Soldier, Have Your Cake and Eat It and most recently in Losing It with Martin Clunes.

Holly’s other film roles include Intimate Relations with Julie Walters, Fever Pitch with Colin Firth, Theory of Flight with Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter, Dreaming of Joseph Lees with Samantha Morton and the adaptation of A.S. Byatt novel Possession alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam.

Her theatre roles include Ice Man Cometh starring with Kevin Spacey.

 

EILEEN ATKINS

Eileen was born in London and was a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She made her first appearance in London in Love’s Labours LostT for at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park.  Seasons in repertory followed including two years with the RSC at Stratford-upon- Avon.  She went on to work at the Old Vic, where her Richard II, The Tempest, Twelfth Night. In the contemporary theatre, Eileen’s credits include Semi Detached with Laurence Olivier, Exit The King with Alec Guinness, and The Restoration Of Arnold Middleton, The Cocktail  Party, The Sleepers Den.

Other London Theatre credits include the title roles in Suzanna, Andler, St Joan Medea.  She played Nell in Passion Play for the RSC. For the National Theatre, Eileen played Hesione in Heartbreak House and leading roles in productions of Cymbeline and Pinter’s Mountain Language. She played Gunhild Borkman in the hugely successful John Gabriel Borkman directed by Richard Eyre in, and Edward Albees  A Delicate Balance with Maggie Smith. She won the 1965 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her performance as Childie in The Killing Of Sister George , a Variety Club Award for her role as Elizabeth in Robert Bolt’s Vivat! Vivat! Regina, received an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in Peter Hall’s production of The Winter’s Tale, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tennesse Williams’ The Night Of The Iguana, directed by Richard Eyre and won an Olivier award for Best Actress in RSC’s The Unexpected Man with Michael Gambon.

In 1989 Eileen appeared as Virginia Woolf in her one woman show A Room Of One’s Own and received the Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance and a special Citation in a practically unanimous vote from the New York Drama Critics Circle. In 1992 Eileen premiered her own play, Vita And Virginia, at the Chichester Festival Theatre - as Virginia Woolf opposite Penelope Wilton’s Vita Sackville West. She has appeared many times on the American stage where her credits include The Promise, As You Like It, The Duchess Of Malfi, Mary Barnes, Prin, and Indiscretions at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Eileen’s television credits include leading roles in The Three Sisters, The Heiress, Olive and The Letter and the title roles in Major Barbara, The Duchess Of Malfi, Electra, The Lady From The Sea and The Jean Rhys Woman. Other television credits include In My Defence, The Lost Language Of Cranes, The Maitlands ,Cold Comfort Farm, David Copperfield, Women Talking Dirty, Sleepers, Bertie & Elizabeth and Love Again. She played John Osborne’s mother in A Better Class Of Person, Mrs Morel in Sons And Lovers, Stella Kirby in Eden End, Titus Andronicus and appeared in Smiley’s People, The Burston Rebellion and Breaking Up all for BBC TV.  She co-starred with Lee Remick and Dirk Bogarde in the BBC film The Vision.

Her film appearances include The Dresser, Equus, Let Him Have It, Wolf, Jack And Sarah The Avengers, The Hours, Gosford Park, American Girl, Cold Mountain, Vanity Fair, Ask The Dust, The Queen Of Sheba’s Pearl’s, and The Feast Of The Goat.

In 2003 Eileen appeared with Corin Redgrave in Honour at the National Theatre, directed by Roger Michell for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She appeared on Broadway in William Nicholson’s Retreat From Moscow directed by Daniel Sullivan, for which she has been TONY nominated.

In 2005 Eileen appeared in as ‘Meg’ in Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party at the Duchess Theatre, London, directed by Lindsay Posner and 2006 saw Eileen play ‘Sister Aloysius’ in Doubt, which enjoyed a successful run on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, directed by Doug Hughes.

 

DOUGLAS HODGE

Doug was nominated for an Olivier Award for his outstanding performance in The Caretaker.  He was also nominated for Best Actor in the 2005 Evening Standard Awards for his role in DUMBSHOW at The Royal Court.

Doug is currently in rehearsals for the lead role of Titus in TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare`s Globe, Directed by Lucy Bailey.  Doug also played Nathan Detroit in Michael Grandage`s production of Guys and Dolls at The Piccadilly Theatre.

Doug Hodge has a wide-ranging career in film, theatre and television. His theatre roles have included Midsummer Night Dream, The Norman Conquests, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Pericles, The Three Sisters and  Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker. He also appeared in the musical Guys and Dolls alongside fellow actor Ewan McGregor.

Doug was nominated for an Olivier Award for his outstanding performance in The Caretaker.  He was also nominated for Best Actor in the 2005 Evening Standard Awards for his role in Dumbshow at The Royal Court.

His television work has included roles in Middlemarch, Men of The Month, True Love, Redcap, It Could Be You, The Way We Live Now and Spooks. His film career has seen him in Saigon Baby, Hollow Reed, Vanity Fair and The Trial.

Doug is currently in rehearsals for the lead role of Titus in Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare`s Globe, Directed by Lucy Bailey.  Doug also played Nathan Detroit in Michael Grandage`s production of Guys and Dolls at The Piccadilly Theatre.

 

ADRIAN LESTER

After being spotted by director Mike Nichols and offered the part of Henry in Primary Colors, alongside John Travolta and Emma Thompson, Lester has enjoyed a series of diverse and successful roles on the big screen including Maybe Baby, Born Romantic, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Dust, Final Curtain, Best and hard hitting award winning TV drama Storm Damage. He also guest starred in a double bill of the popular TV Series Ghost Squad for Channel 4 over Christmas (27 December).

Lester, 35, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and soon became one of the most celebrated actors in the West End.  His extensive theatre experience has included major roles in Sweeny Todd, Company, As You Like It, Six Degrees of Separation, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Antigone, Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and many more.

He has garnered over ten award nominations. Receiving an Olivier Best Actor in a Musical Award for his portrayal of Bobby in Company, directed by Sam Mendes, the Time Out Award for his performance in Six Degrees of Separation and the Carlton Television theatre award for Hamlet(World Tour), directed by Peter Brook. Earlier this year, Lester received critical acclaim for an impressive portrayal of Henry V at the National Theatre, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

 

GINA McKEE

Gina's theatre credits include 'Aristocrats' at the National, ‘The Exonerated’ at the Riverside Studios,  'Old Times' at the Donmar, 'Five Kinds of Silence' at the Lyric Hammersmith and 'Hammetts Apprentice' at the Royal Court.

T.V includes 'The Lavender List', 'The Forsyte Saga', 'The Blackwater Lightship', 'Dice', 'The Passion', 'Mothertime', 'Brass Eye' and 'Our Friends in the North' [BAFTA Best Actress]

Film credits include 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature', 'The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby', 'Mirrormask', The Reckoning', 'There's Only One Jimmy Grimble', 'Women Talking Dirty', 'Wonderland', 'Notting Hill', 'The Croupier' and 'Naked'. Gina is currently in Thailand shooting ‘Aftermath’ Tsunami (the Working title).

 

SOPHIE OKONEDO

Audiences will next see Sophie in Stormbreaker, which is due for UK release in July.  This is the story of a boy whose guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, and he is forcibly recruited into MI6.  The film follows his journey to the depths of Cornwall to embark on his first assignment, one placing him in mortal danger. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Damian Lewis, Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy and Alicia Silverstone.  Sophie was most recently seen in Aeon Flux alongside Charlize Theron, and prior to this in Born With Two Mothers, a hard-hitting drama which addressed the powerful issue of IVF treatment.  This was broadcast in 2005 on Channel 4.

After graduating from RADA Sophie spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and began her long running association with the Royal Court Theatre (where she is now on the Board of Directors) and with whom she appeared in more than ten plays.  Her big break was when she joined Trevor Nunn and Jon Caird’s company at the National Theatre to play the role of ‘Cressida’ in Troilus and Cressida

Sophie’s cutting edge television roles include her wok with Paul Abbot and Tony Marchant: she was seen in the 2003 Paul Abbot thriller/black comedy Alibi,and in his BBC series Clocking Off (2000).  Tony Marchant’s Never Never (2000) for Channel 4 earned her a Best Actress nomination at the RTS Awards.  She is also well known for her roles in Whose Baby which was broadcast on ITV in October 2004, and the romantic comedy Sweet Revenge (2001),Dead Casual (2002) and Deep Secrets (1996).

In 2002 she starred in the Award winning British film Dirty Pretty Things alongside Audrey Tautou and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Sophie’s portrayal of ‘Juliette’ earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Film Awards in 2003.  Sophie has had parts in other hit films such as This Years Love (1999), The Jackal (1997), Go Now (1995), and Young Soul Rebels (1991).

Sophie was seen in 2005 playing the female lead opposite Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry GeorgeThis exceptional film told the story of a heroic hotel owner who saved thousands of lives during the Rwanda genocide of the 90s.  The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it was awarded the prestigious People’s Choice Award.  Her performance earned her an Oscar nomination, a SAG nomination, a Critics Circle Award nomination and NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Sophie has recently completed filming two projects, The Martian Child. In The Martian Child she stars alongside John Cussack and Joan Cussack; crushed by the death of his fiancée, a writer (Cusack) adopts a 6-year-old boy in an effort to create a family. The boy, who desperately wants a father, is troubled by the idea that he's from Mars.  She is currently filming Tsunami  in Thailand, about the tragedy that struck last Christmas

EGLANTINE REMBAUVILLE

French actress Eglantine played in both French television and theatre. She appeared in the series La vie devant nous for two years before leaving to Esther in Le Bleu de l'Océan, and then Camille in Une Femme Si Pafaite.

Other television roles include the shows Clara et Associes, Saveur Giordano, Louis Page, Avocats & Associes and Le Serment de Mado.

She has also appeared in the films Flip a Coin and Narco. Prior to working on Scenes of a Sexual Nature she interpreted the part of Claire in The Da Vinci Code directed by Ron Howard.

 

NICK SIDI

Nick Sidi has an active career in both TV and theatre. His television work includes roles in Vincent,Hotel Babylon, Silent Witness, No Angels, Bob and Rose, Wire in the Blood,Cold Feet, as well as series of  Bodies and Paul Abbott’s Clocking Off.

In the theatre Nick has appeared on stage at both the Royal Court and National Theatre. His recent theatre work includes Motortown and Port both by Simon Stephens, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.

 

POLLY WALKER

Polly studied at London’s Drama Centre and from there went on to appear in theatre productions for the RSC, including As You Like It, and Hamlet . She then landed the title role in the TV series Lorna Doone, and has since made notable TV appearances in Jefferey Archer, The Truth, State of Play,  and The Mayor of Casterbridge.  She won a Golden Globe nomination for her role of Atia of the Julii in  HBO’s epic Rome.

She made her feature debut in Shogun Mayeda (Kabuto) and  then went on to star in Mike Newell’s Enchanted April. She gained attention as an English woman in an Irish terrorist brigade in Phillip Noyce's  Patriot Games and has since appeared in Peter Greenaway’s 8 and a Half Women, The Gambler with Michael Gambon, Talk of Angles with Frances McDormand and an adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial with Anthony Hopkins.


BENJAMIN WHITROW

Benjamin Whitrow is a prolific stage actor, where he has performed in over 40 plays with the National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, amongst others. His extensive stage credits include The Rivals,Loot,The Merry Wives of Windsor,The Winter's Tale, Henry VIII, Uncle Vanya, A Man For All Seasons, Noises Off,The Cherry Orchard, Passion Play, Otherwise Engaged, What the Butler Saw, The Front Page, School for Scandal, A Flea in Her Ear and The Idiot.

He has also been seen on the screen in such films as Quadrophenia, On the Black Hill, Clockwise, Fairy Tale: A True Story, Restoration, Damage and Brimstone & Treacle.

He played Mr. Bennet in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. His other television appearances include roles in the BBC's Tom Jones, A Man For All Seasons, The New Statesman, Monarch Of The Glen, Blonde Bombshell, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek, Henry VIII, The Merchant Of Venice, Murder In Suburbia and Poirot.