The Actors - as appearing in the BBC Two TV series.
Dudley Sutton (William Blake)
Dudley Sutton's career has spanned film, television and theatre. He has recently appeared in EastEnders and the film The Football Factory.
Joseph Millson (Lord Byron)
Joseph Millson has extensive theatre experience performing in As You Like It and Richard II, but is probably most famous for his role in TV drama series Peak Practice.
Rafe Spall (John Clare)
Rafe Spall featured in BBC drama The Rotter's Club and most notably the romantic, comedy, zombie film, Shaun of the Dead.
Martin Savage (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Martin Savage has had a diverse acting career, playing notable roles in Elizabeth I for Channel 4, the Mike Leigh film Vera Drake as well as a part in the TV comedy Extras.
Nicholas Shaw (John Keats)
Nicholas Shaw already has starred in BBC's The Rotter's Club, Dalziel and Pascoe and ITV's Afterlife.
Blake Ritson (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
As well as appearing in numerous TV series, including Red Cap and League of Gentlemen for the BBC, Blake is pursuing a directing career with his short film Out of Time, produced in 2004. (Poems are voiced on this site by Daniel Goode.)
David Threlfall (William Wordsworth)
David Threlfall is renowned for his role in the Channel 4 series Shameless, playing a very different type of northern poet, and featured in the film Master and Commander. (Poems are voiced on this site by Tim McMullan.)