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[Picture of Oscar]Stephen Fry (Oscar Wilde) - actor, comedian, novelist, journalist, screenwriter - is a hugely versatile writer and performer, whose wit and talent was first recognised at Cambridge University, where he acted in more than thirty plays and won Edinburgh Festival Fringe awards for his writing contributions. Whilst at Cambridge, he also wrote and performed with the Footlights, the celebrated revue company, and his comedy skills were soon enlisted by the BBC, where he wrote and performed in such classic series as "Not The Nine O'Clock News", "The Young Ones", "Blackadder" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". He has played the imperturbable Jeeves opposite his friend and writing partner Hugh Laurie's Bertie in four series of Granada's "Jeeves and Wooster" and has acted in a variety of films, including "The Good Father", "A Handful Of Dust", "A Fish Called Wanda", "Peter's Friends", "I.Q.", "Cold Comfort Farm", "The Steal", and "The Wind In The Willows". His latest novel, "Making History", is published by Hutchinson.

[Picture of Bosie]Jude Law (Bosie) began his stage career in 1993, touring Italy as Freddie in a production of "Pygmalion" and his theatre work has included the premieres of "The Fastest Clock in the Universe" and "The Snow Orchid", the Royal Court revival of "Live Like Pigs" and the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of "Death of a Salesman". He received a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of the National Theatre's "Les Parents Terribles" (re-titled "Indiscretions"), a role which, coupled with his performance as Euripedes' "Ion" at the Royal Shakespeare Company, saw him nominated for the Ian Charleston Award as Best Young Classical Actor. His feature film debut came with Paul Anderson's "Shopping", followed by "I Love You, I Love You Not" starring Jeanne Moreau. He recently completed Andrew Nichol's "Gattaca" in Los Angeles, with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

[Picture of Speranza]Vanessa Redgrave (Speranza) has long been a star of stage and screen. Daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, sister of Lynn and Corin and mother of actresses Natasha and Joely Richardson, she made her stage debut in 1957 and her first screen appearance the following year, playing her father's daughter in "Behind the Mask". Following a triumphant season with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1960's, she returned to films in 1966, the year in which she appeared in Antonioni's "Blow Up", Zinnemann's "A Man For All Seasons" and Karel Reisz' "Morgan - A Suitable Case For Treatment", for which she received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress. She was also Oscar-nominated for "Isadora", "Mary Queen of Scots", "The Bostonians" and "Howard's End" and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the title role of Fred Zinnemann's "Julia" (1977). Her other notable films include "Camelot", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "The Devils", "Agatha", "Wetherby", "A Month By The Lake" and "Mission Impossible".

[Picture of Constance]Jennifer Ehle (Constance) won the Radio Times Award for Best Newcomer as the tempestuous Calypso in "The Camomile Lawn", directed by Sir Peter Hall for Channel Four. In 1996, she won the Best Actress Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her memorable portayal of Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" on BBC Television. She has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and, in Australia, she recently played a World War II prisoner-of-war in Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road". She is the daughter of Rosemary Harris, Oscar-nominee for Brian Gilbert and Samuelson Productions' "Tom & Viv".

[Picture of Queensberry]Tom Wilkinson (Lord Queensberry) was recently seen as Pecksniff in the award-winning BBC TV series "Martin Chuzzlewit" and his other TV work includes playing guest lead roles in "Inspector Morse" and "Prime Suspect", the Duke in David Thacker's production of "Measure for Measure" as part of the BBC's Performance series, the title role in the detective series "Resnick" and beleagured authority figures in Guy Jenkin's political satire "A Very Open Prison" and its sequel "Crossing The Floor". His theatre work includes the role of John Proctor in "The Crucible" at the National Theatre, King Lear in the West End and Doctor Stockmann in the award-winning production of "An Enemy Of The People". Amongst his films are "Sharma and Beyond", directed by Brian Gilbert, Antonia Bird's "Priest" and Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility". He also appears in Stephen Hopkins' "The Ghost and the Darkness" and Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda".

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