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Cast biographies

Date: 15.12.2018     Last updated: 17.12.2018 at 14.30
Category: BBC One; Drama

John Malkovich
Playing Hercule Poirot

John Malkovich is a two-time Academy award nominee and Emmy-winning actor, writer, producer and director. John has appeared in more than 70 films and is just as illustrious on the stage, directing and starring in London, New York and Chicago stage productions. He is also subject of the 1999 comedy Being John Malkovich, in which he played himself. He most recently received the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for the Zach Helm play The Good Canary in London. Other stage credits include Death of A Salesman, True West, Burn This and Balm In Gilead. Malkovich’s producing credits include Ghost World, Juno and The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Rupert Grint
Playing Crome

Rupert Grint is an actor and producer. Rupert rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series - the world’s second-highest grossing movie franchise - alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Outside the Potter franchise, Robert’s film roles include Driving Lessons, Wild Target and Postman Pat. He starred in and executive produced Snatch, a TV adaptation of Guy Richie’s film of the same name; the series was nominated for Best TV Drama Series and Rupert for Best Actor at the National Film Awards UK and was Sony Crackle’s most-watched original drama. Most recently Rupert appeared in Sick Note, a television comedy for Sky One, alongside Nick Frost.

Andrew Buchan
Playing Franklin Clarke

Andrew Buchan is a stage, television and film actor best known for his role as Mark Latimer in the multi-award winning drama Broadchurch. Most recently, Andrew starred opposite Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s feature film All The Money In The World. Other film credits include The Mercy, Still Life, Having You and Nowhere Boy. Andrew also produced and starred in the short film 1946, based on the life of Hollywood actor Jimmy Steward, which won the Award of Distinction at the 2014 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Also in 2014, Andrew starred alongside Maggie Gyllenhall in Hugo Blick’s political thriller The Honorable Woman for BBC Two in the UK and Sundance channel in the USA. Other television credits include The Sinking of Laconia, Party Animals, The Fixer and Garrow’s Law. On stage, Andrew has appeared as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange Theatre and in 2008 starred in Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck at the Donmar earning him the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Touring Production. Andrew has since returned to the Donmar in the role of Bolingbroke in Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Anya Chalotra
Playing Lily Marbury

Anya recently finished filming Wanderlust, Nick Payne’s adaptation of his hit play at the Royal Court, for television. Being produced by Drama Republic for BBC/Netflix opposite Toni Collette. Prior to this, Anya starred as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at The Shakespeare's Globe directed by Matthew Dunster. A stand out performance for which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Play at the Stage Debut Awards. Anya is also leading the cast of Sherwood, a YouTube original, animation series based on the classic story of Robin Hood set in a dystopia future with Anya playing the heroine Robyn, opposite Joseph Fiennes and Aneurin Barnard.

Eamon Farren
Playing Cust

Eamon Farren is a theatre, television and film actor best known for his role in the revival of the US television series Twin Peaks. In 2015, he starred as Kirill in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present opposite Cate Blanchett in her Broadway debut. Eamon also starred in the critically acclaimed Girl Asleep for stage which went on to be adapted to film which featured Eamon again as a different character. He was cast opposite Helen Mirren in Winchester and earned a starring role in Jennifer Lynch’s film Chained in the role of Rabbit opposite Vincent D’Onofrio. Eamon’s performance in Carlotta for Australian ABC, in which he played transgender Danny/Ava, earned him the AACTA Award 2015 for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama. Other television credits include The Outsider, Lucky Country and All Saints.

Jack Farthing
Playing Donald Fraser

Jack Farthing is best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Poldarks’ chief antagonist, George Warleggan, on the BBC’s hit show. Other credits include The Riot Club, Burn Burn Burn and will soon be seen opposite Keira Knightley in Official Secrets directed by Gavin Hood. Jack played the role of John Lennon in Cilla for ITV and Freddie Threepwood in BBC’s Blandings.

Tara Fitzgerald
Playing Lady Hermione Clarke

Tara Fitzgerald’s breakout TV role was in the adaptation of the British classic The Camomile Lawn, directed by Sir Peter Hall. Her illustrious career includes leads in television series such as The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Woman in White, Frenchman’s Creek, The Virgin Queen, Jane Eyre, The Muskateers, played Eve Lockhart in the much-loved, Waking The Dead and most recently in three seasons of Game of Thrones as Selyse Baratheon and Churchill’s Secret, The Strike Series, Requiem and Origin (for YouTube). Her film roles include Hear My Song, Sirens, Brassed Off, Five Children and It, I Capture The Castle, Exodus, Legend, Una, The Runaways and The King. On stage she has appeared alongside Peter O'Toole in Our Song, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet as Ophelia, and played leads in A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, The Winter’s Tale for the RSC, Farewell To The Theatre, Gaslight, Broken Glass, Lady Macbeth at The Globe Theatre & Queen Elizabeth I in The Secret Theatre at The Wanamaker.

Shirley Henderson
Playing Mrs Rose Marbury

Shirley Henderson is a multi award-winning actress, whose film and television career has made her a household name throughout the UK. Shirley has starred in many television dramas, most notably the highly anticipated second series of Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley for the BBC. She won the Scottish Bafta award for Best Actress in Channel 4’s Southcliffe and played a lead role in the critically acclaimed Jamaica Inn for the BBC. Her other television credits include The Taming Of The Shrew, May Contain Nuts, Dirty Filthy Love and Treasure Island. Shirley also has a well-established film career spanning over two decades. She is perhaps most well known for her role as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter franchise, and for her role as Bridget Jones’ chardonnay-swilling sidekick, Jude, in Bridget Jones, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and recently Bridget Jones’ Baby. In 2018 Shirley won the Olivier Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her critically acclaimed performance in Conor McPherson’s Girl From The North Country.

Bronwyn James
Playing Megan Barnard

Bronwyn James has recently finished a run of filming that includes two series of Harlots for Hulu and ITV, Call The Midwife for BBC, the feature Peterloo for Mike Leigh and The ABC Murders for BBC One. In addition she received critical recognition for her work in Hangman at the Royal Court Theatre and London’s West End.

Freya Mavor
Playing Thora

First known for her role as Mini McGuinness in Skins, Freya was in break-out hit Sunshine On Leith and BBC Films’ The Sense of an Ending. Freya is bilingual and took the eponymous role in French feature The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun. She has a leading role in Trautmann, currently in post-production as well as upcoming French TV Series Il état une second fois. On stage, Freya starred in The Good Canary directed by John Malkovich.

Michael Shaeffer
Playing Yelland

Michael Shaeffer has worked as an actor for 20 years across theatre, TV, film and radio. His recent theatre credits include Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic and How To Hold Your Breath at The Royal Court. Television credits include Rellik and Taboo for the BBC, Vera for ITV, Oasis for Amazon and film roles include Star Wars: Rogue One and London Road.

Eve Austin
Playing Betty Barnard

Eve Austin is a British actress known for her roles within Fearless, Inside No. 9 and In The Flesh.

Gregor Fisher
Playing Dexter Dooley

Gregor Fisher is one of television’s most recognisable actors. His television career has spanned ten series of Rab C Nesbitt, Scotch & Wry, five series of Naked Video, as well as dramas such as Blood Red Roses and The Tales of Para Handy. He played Perks in Carlton TV’s production of The Railway Children to great acclaim and the lead in BBC comedies Brotherly Love and Snoddy. He played Squeers in Company Television’s Nicholas Nickleby, James of the Glens in Kidnapped for BBC and Mr Bumble in the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Oliver Twist and he starred alongside Billy Boyd in Empty for BBC Two. Most recently Gregor appeared in ITV’s drama Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This as Tommy Cooper’s agent Miff Ferrie. His film credits include Another Time, Another Place, 1984, White Mischief, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Lassie, Wild Target and most recently, Whisky Galore. Gregor has won 2 Scottish Bafta’s; the first in 1989 and again in 2012 for Best Actor for Rab C. Nesbitt and the 2008 Rab C. Nesbitt Christmas Special won a Scottish Bafta in November 2009 for Best Entertainment Programme. Harper Collins published Gregor’s biography, The Boy from Nowhere, in 2015.

Henry Goodman
Playing Sidney Prynne

Henry Goodman is an Oliver award-winning English actor whose extensive acting career includes a wide range of roles in theatre, television, film and radio. Born in London’s East End, Henry began his acting career aged ten in the WWII drama Conspiracy of Hearts. Goodman won the Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Musical playing Charles Guiteau in Assassins at the Donmar Warehouse and the Oliver Award for Best Actor in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at The National Theatre. Alongside The ABC Murders, Henry will also feature in Watership Down for the BBC this year. Other film and television credits include: Woman In Gold, Limehouse Golem, The Chosen, The Last Days of Lehman Brothers, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Yank, Colour Me Kubrick, Churchill, The Hollywood Years, Out on a Limb, The Final Curtain, The Labyrinth, Notting Hill, Private Parts, The Saint, Mary Reilly, Queen of Hearts, Son of Pink Panther, Mayor of Casterbridge, Hooligans, The Merchant of Venice, Secret Weapon, Hamilton Mattress, Murder Rooms, Dirty Tricks, The Arabian Nights, Unfinished Business, Cold Lazarus, Broken Glass, Measure for Measure, Degas and Pissarro Fall Out, 99-1, Lovejoy, Spinoza, Maigret, The Gravy Train II, Gentlemen and Players, London’s Burning, Spooks, Dalziel and Pascoe, Foyle’s War, This is David Lander, Bust, After the War, The Chain, Keen Eddie, The Damned United and Taking Woodstock. Henry Goodman is an Associate Artist at The RSC.

Lizzy McInnerny
Playing Jenny Barnard

Lizzy McInnerny is a British actress best known for her roles in The Crown, London Spy, Peaky Blinders, The White Queen, Lewis - Inspector Lewis, The Commander I, II and III, Seeing Red, Looking after Jo Jo, P.D. James’ Original Sin, Casualty and Ruth Rendell’s Murder Being Once Done. Her stage credits include Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Tales from Hollywood, Closer, English Journeys, The Front Page, Abigail’s Party, The Queen and I and The Slip of the Tongue and film titles include Peterloo, Being Human and Rowing with the Wind.

Kevin McNally
Playing Japp

Kevin McNally is an internationally renowned star of stage and screen. Recent theatre credits include King Lear at The Globe, The Missing Hancocks at the Assembly Rooms, The Dance of Death for Donmar at Trafalgar Studios, Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre and Hamlet, Ivanov for the Donmar at Wyndhams. Kevin’s film credits include all five Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as The Man Who Knew, Infinity, Legend, The Raven, Valkyrie, The Phantom of the Opera, De-Lovely, Johnny English, Entrapment, Sliding Doors, Spice World, Enigma, The Long Good Friday, Cry Freedom and The Spy Who Loved Me. On television, Kevin can be seen in Unforgotten, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Designated Survivor, Maigret, Hancock, Fleabag, Power Monkeys, Count Arthur Strong, 24: Live Another Day, Burn Notice, Downton Abbey, Supernatural, Poe, CSI, Life on Mars, Dunkirk, Spooks, Shackleton, Conspiracy, Dad, Underworld, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Minder, Bottom, Jekyll and Hyde, Dr Who, The Devil’s Crown, I Claudius and Poldark.

Cyril Nri
Playing Father Anselm

Cyril Nri won Attitude Magazine’s Actor of the Year Award (2015) and was nominated for the Bafta Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as Lance in Russell T Davies's Cucumber on Channel 4 (2016). Cyril studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). On radio, Cyril is a seasoned performer with over 50 Radio plays to his name. 

His TV work has been plentiful with credits such as Death In Paradise, Midsomer Murders, Eastenders, This Life, Pie in The Sky, Arabian Nights, Calling The Shots, Family Affairs, Goodnight Sweetheart, Crims, The Sarah Jane Adventure’s and Waking the Dead. Cyril played British TV drama's highest ranking Black police officer: Suprintendent Adam Okaro in long running series The Bill and won the 2003 Best TV Actor EMMA and 2004 MVISA Best TV Actor awards for the role. 

On stage, Cyril has played roles such as Emmanuel in the collectively Olivier Award-nominated cast of Oxford Street at the Royal Court, Oliver Dix in Headlong’s production of Absence of War, Polonius in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet in Stratford upon Avon and his most recent role, Emmanuel in the National Theatre’s hugely successful production of The Barbershop Chronicles.

Suzanne Packer
Playing Capstick

Suzanne Packer is best known for playing Tess Bateman in the BBC drama series Casualty. Other recent credits include Bang, a drama series for S4C and the critically acclaimed series Keeping Faith currently on UK screens on BBC One. In the theatre Suzanne appeared in the Royal Court production of Our Country’s Good and the musicals Carmen Jones and Once On this Island.

Christopher Villiers
Playing Sir Carmichael Clarke

Christopher Villiers has appeared in many television series in the U.K. including Indian Summers for Channel 4, Doctor Who and Hetty Feather for BBC, and Emmerdale for ITV. Apart from acting Christopher is a writer, producer and director, his most recent project Snijeg za Vodu: Snow for Water is currently playing at festivals around the world.