HELEN McCRORY – Frankie Lethbridge
Helen McCrory trained at the Drama Centre, London. She began her career on stage in the UK. She won the Manchester Evening News’ Best Actress Award for her performance in the National Theatre’s Blood Wedding and the Ian Charleson award for classical acting for playing Rose Trelawney in Trelawney of the Wells. Helen’s theatre work has continued to win her critical praise and a large fan base through such work as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Les Enfant du Paradis opposite Joseph Fiennes, Rupert Graves and James Purefoy. At the Almeida Theatre, her productions have included The Triumph of Love opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and the radical verse production, Five Gold Rings, opposite Damian Lewis. Helen has also worked extensively at the Donmar Warehouse playing lead roles in How I Learnt to Drive, Old Times directed by Roger Michel, and in Sam Mendes’ farewell double bill of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (a triumph in both London and New York). For her performance in Twelfth Night, Helen was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and the New York Drama Desk Awards. Helen also found time to found the production company “The Public” with Michael Sheen, producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which she also starred). With over twenty productions under her belt, Mike Coveney recently wrote “We celebrate the careers of great actors Olivier, Ashcroft, Richardson, Gielgud, Dench, the Redgraves, Gambon, Walter, Sher, Russell Beale and McCrory”.
On the small screen, Helen’s first television film, Karl Francis’ Streetlife (1995) with Rhys Ifans, won her the Welsh BAFTA, Monte Carlo Best Actress Award and the Royal Television Society’s Best Actress Award, for her extraordinary performance as Jo. The Edinburgh Film Festival wrote “simply the best performance this year”. She went on to win Critics Circle Best Actress Award for her role as the barrister Rose Fitzgerald in the Channel 4 series North Square (2000), having been previously nominated for her performance in The Fragile Heart (1996). Helen has shown her diversity as an actress, appearing in comedies such as Lucky Jim (2003) (TV) with Stephen Tompkinson or Dead Gorgeous (2002) (TV) with Fay Ripley, as well as dramas such as Joe Wright’s Charles II: the Power and the Passion (2003) (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards) and Anna Karenina (2000).
Helen McCrory has made numerous appearances in supporting roles in films like Interview with the Vampire, Dad Savage, Charlotte Gray, The Count of Monte Cristo and Casanova. Helen McCrory gave a remarkable performance as Cherie Blair in the 2007 movie adaption The Queen, for which she was nominated for ALFS Award, a role she then reprised in Special Relationship. She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films. In 2011, she starred in Martin Scorsese’s family mystery film Hugo as Mama Jeanne, and in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.
KENNETH CRANHAM – Victor Lethbridge
Born in Scotland in 1944, Cranham has been a figure of film and stage nearly all his adult life. Early appearances included the British film Oliver! in 1968, and small roles on British television, including anthology series such as Thirty-Minute Theater, and later iconic shows such as Softly Softly and Z Cars where he had a returning role. He came to national prominence when he starred in the title role in the popular 1980s comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he appeared in a number of films and television series. It was with the rise of miniseries in the early 1980s that his small screen appearances picked up. He took roles in The Merchant of Venice, in 1980 and Brideshead Revisited in 1981. He is well-known to horror genre fans as the deranged Dr. Philip Channard and his Cenobitic alter-ego from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. He later showed up in television series such as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and El Cid as well as Midnight Man and On Dangerous Ground, as the recurring character Brig. Charles Ferguson, in the adaptations of novelist Jack Higgins’ bestselling military thrillers. His many stage credits include West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls, (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). In recent years, Cranham has been recognized by audiences in compelling performances in two recent British crime dramas: Gangster No. 1 in 2000 and Layer Cake in 2005 before becoming a familiar face as the beleaguered Pompey Magnus in the acclaimed 2005 HBO series, Rome. More recently he has appeared in A Good Year, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie and Made in Dagenham. Most recently, he has been seen in BBC’s Upstairs Downstairs and heard on BBC Radio 4′s Afternoon Play series as “DS Max Matthews” in the three-play series The Interrogation by Roy Williams.
NAJIB OUDGHIRI – Kahil Othmani
TRISTAN GEMMILL - Robert
Tristan is a Bristol-based actor who is best known for playing the careworn but popular Emergency Consultant Dr.Adam Trueman in the BBC’s long-running medical drama series ‘Casualty’. A very experienced stage and screen performer, he has worked extensively in the West End, making his debut in 1994 in Keith Baxter’s production of ‘Rope’ opposite Antony Head at Wyndham’s Theatre. Highlights include ‘Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell’ with Tom Conti and playing the Dauphin in Michael Sheen’s ‘Henry V’ at the RSC. He has starred in numerous TV series; ‘London’s Burning’, ‘Distant Shores’ , ‘Strictly Confidential’ with Suranne Jones and ‘Cape Wrath’ with David Morrissey and Tom Hardy to name but a few. As well as ‘Flying Blind’ he will soon be seen on the Big Screen in the fantasy adventure film ‘Mariah Mundi And The Midas Box’ with Michael Sheen and Sam Neill.