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Emily Watson (Rosie Narracott)
was born in London, England. She made her feature-film debut in director Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves," for which she earned wide critical acclaim and an Academy Award© nomination. She subsequently earned a second Oscar© nomination for her role as Jacqueline de Pré in "Hilary and Jackie."
Among her most notable screen credits are "The Cradle Will Rock," "Angela's Ashes," "Gosford Park," "Red Dragon," "Separate Lies," "The Proposition," "Miss Potter," "Synecdoche," "Metroland," "Trixie," "Punch Drunk Love," "Fireflies in the Garden" and "The Boxer."
In addition to her Academy Award© nominations, Watson has been nominated three times for the Golden Globe© Award ("Breaking the Waves," "Hilary and Jackie" and "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers") and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Gosford Park."
Watson is equally acclaimed for her stage performances. For the Royal Shakespeare Company she starred in "The Changeling," "All's Well That Ends Well," "Taming of the Shrew" and "A Jovial Crew." For the Royal National Theatre she was directed by Howard Davies in "The Children's Hour." Sam Mendes directed her in "Twelfth Night" and "Uncle Vanya."
On television Watson starred in the HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" and Lifetime's "Memory Keepers Daughter." For the BBC she starred in "Mill on the Floss" and "A Summer Day's Dream." This year she starred for ITV1 in "Appropriate Adult."
Watson is also a screenwriter. In collaboration with her husband, Jack Waters, they wrote the script for "Mood Indigo."
David Thewlis (Lyons)
breakthrough feature-film performance came in Mike Leigh's "Naked," for which he won awards for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Awards, the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the London Critics' Circle Film Awards and the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Thewlis most recently starred in "The Lady," directed by Luc Besson, and "Anonymous," directed by Roland Emmerich. His other recent film credits include "London Boulevard," "Mr. Nice," "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Thewlis also played the recurring character of Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter films: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" and "Part 2."
Among Thewlis' other film credits are "The Inner Life of Martin Frost," "The Omen," "All the Invisible Children," "The New World," "The Kingdom of Heaven," "Timeline," "Gangster No. 1," "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?," "Besieged," "The Big Lebowski," "Seven Years in Tibet," "The Island of Dr. Moreau," "Total Eclipse," "Dragonheart," "Restoration," "Black Beauty," "The Trial," "Resurrected," "Vroom," "Divorcing Jack," "Short and Curlies" and "Life Is Sweet."
On television Thewlis played the twin roles of Joe and Harry in "The Street," for which he was nominated in the category of Outstanding Actor in a TV Series Drama at the 2008 Monte Carlo TV Festival. Other television credits include "Dinotopia," "Endgame," "Dandelion Dead," the award-winning "Prime Suspect III," "Frank Stubbs," "Journey to Knock," "Filipino Dreamgirls," "Skulduggery," "A Bit of a Do," "Road," "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and "The Singing Detective."
In addition to his screen work Thewlis has also starred on stage in Sam Mendes' "The Sea" at the Royal National Theatre and in Max Stafford-Clark's "Ice Cream" at the Royal Court and "Buddy Holly," "Ruffian on the Stairs/The Woolley" and "Lady and the Clarinet."
Thewlis is also known for his work as a director. His feature film "Cheeky," which he also wrote and starred in, was released by Guerilla Pictures in 2007. His short film "Hello, Hello, Hello," which he wrote and directed, was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.
Thewlis' many achievements were recognized at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards when he received the prestigious Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film.
In addition to his work in film work, Thewlis is also a recognized author. His first novel, "The Late Hector Kipling," was published to critical acclaim in 2007.
Peter Mullan (Ted Narracott)
began acting while in college in his native Scotland. Among his early feature-film acting credits were "The Big Man," "Riff Raff," "Shallow Grave," "Braveheart," "Trainspotting," "My Name Is Joe" (for which he won numerous honors, including the Best Actor award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival), "Miss Julie" and "Session 9."
More recently Mullan starred in "Criminal," "Blinded," "On a Clear Day," "Children of Men," "Dragnet," "Stone of Destiny" and "The Red Riding Trilogy." He also appeared as Death Eater Yaxley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Part 2." He will next be seen starring with James McAvoy in writer/director Eran Creevy's drama "Welcome to the Punch."
Mullan is also an award-winning screenwriter and director. His short films include "Close," "Good Day for the Bad Guys" and "Fridge." He made his feature directorial and writing debut with "Orphans" and won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Director for "The Magdalene Sisters." In addition he directed himself in "Neds" and also won the Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Prize, Dramatic, for Breakout Performance for his role in "Tyrannosaur."
On television, Mullan starred in "Rab C. Nesbitt," "Ruffian Hearts," "Entering Blue Zone," "Shoe Box Zoo," "Boy A" and "The Fixer."
Niels Arestrup (Grandfather)
is a film and stage actor. Arestrup was born in Paris; his father was Danish and his mother was French.
Arestrup has won two César Awards for Best Supporting Actor, for "De Battre Mon Cœur s'est Arrêté" ("The Beat That My Heart Skipped") and "Un Prophète" ("The Prophet"), both of which were directed by Jacques Audiard. Other film credits include "Tu Seras Mon Fils" ("You Will Be My Son"), "Sarah's Key," with Kristin Scott Thomas, "The Big Picture," "Je n'ai Rien Oublié" ("Small World"), with Gerard Depardieu, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Farewell," with Willem Dafoe, Diane Kruger and Emir Kusturica, and "The Candidate," which he also wrote and directed.
His theater credits include "Diplomatie," directed by Stephan Meldegg, "Beyrouth Hôtel," which he directed, "Eva," directed by Daniel Colas, "Lettres à un Jeune Poète," which he directed, "Quartett," directed by Hans Peter Cloos, "L'Homme, la Bête et la Vertu," directed by Jean-Claude Idee, and "Mademoiselle Julie," directed by Andréas Voutsinas.
Arestrup resides in Paris.
Tom Hiddleston (Captain Nichols)
was born in London, England, and grew up in Oxford. There he was educated at The Dragon School and later at Eton College, where his interest and involvement in theater and film began to flourish. Toward the end of his time at school, Hiddleston applied to study classics at Cambridge University and was offered a place at Pembroke College. Before starting in the summer of 1999, he played Captain Stanhope in a stage production of R.C. Sherriff's "Journey's End."
During his second term at Cambridge, Hiddleston was cast in his first television role in Stephen Whittaker's adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby" (2001) for ITV, starring Charles Dance, James D'Arcy and Sophia Myles. During his last two years at Cambridge, he appeared in two television dramas co-produced by HBO and the BBC: "Conspiracy" and "The Gathering Storm," the critically acclaimed and Emmy© Award-winning biopic of Winston Churchill, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, in which he played the role of Churchill's son, Randolph.
Hiddleston graduated from Cambridge in the summer of 2002 with a "double-first" honors degree and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated from RADA in June 2005 and within a few weeks was cast as Oakley in the British independent film "Unrelated," directed by Joanna Hogg. He then met Declan Donnellan, artistic director of the award-winning theater company Cheek by Jowl, and was cast as Alsemero in "The Changeling" by Thomas Middleton, starring with Olivia Williams and Will Keen. The production toured Europe for six months in 2006 and ran in the main house at the Barbican for six weeks. For his performance Hiddleston was nominated for the 2006 Ian Charleson Award, which recognizes exceptional classical stage performances by actors under the age of 30.
Cheek by Jowl once again asked Hiddleston to perform for them as the hero, Posthumus Leonatus, and the antihero, Cloten, in Declan Donnellan's production of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." The production toured the world for seven months in 2007, playing in New York, Milan, Paris, Moscow, Madrid and London, at the Barbican. Later that summer he shot the period BBC drama "Miss Austen Regrets," about the last five years of Jane Austen's life. That production went on to win both a BAFTA Award and a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award. He was then cast as Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of "Othello" at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kelly Reilly. Hiddleston 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 Hiddleston joined Kenneth Branagh to film the first series of "Wallander," based on the detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell, which won BAFTA and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and received Emmy©, Golden Globe© and Satellite Awards nominations. In the same year he went on to star in the Donmar Warehouse/West End production of Chekhov's "Ivanov," again opposite Branagh.
As well as shooting the second series of "Wallander" in 2009, Hiddleston also starred in the second series of the highly acclaimed BAFTA and Emmy© Award-winning "Return to Cranford," starring opposite Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce.
In 2009 Hiddleston also filmed Joanna Hogg's "Archipelago," in which he played the lead role. He was also cast in the role of Loki in Branagh's hit feature "Thor" for Marvel. In 2010 he filmed a number of projects, including Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and "The Deep Blue Sea," opposite Rachel Weisz. He is currently filming the highly anticipated "Marvel's The Avengers," which is due for release in May 2012.