Gemma Jones (Lady Queensberry) trained at RADA, where she won the Gold Medal in 1962. She has played numerous leading roles on stage in the West End and around the country and has been a member of both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her many memorable performances on television include the much-loved title character in BBC TV's Edwardian drama serial "The Duchess of Duke Street". On the big screen, she has appeared in films such as Ken Russell's "The Devils", Andrew Grieve's "On Black Hill", Bernard Rose's "Paperhouse", Chris Menaul's "Feast of July" and Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility". She recently completed Sara Sugarman's Welsh comedy "Valley Girls".
Judy Parfitt (Lady Mount-Temple) has played leading stage roles in the West End and at major theatres across the country, including a number of early appearances at the Royal Court and recently at the Aldwych in the National Theatre's presentation of "An Inspector Calls". Amongst her many television performances, she is probably best remembered for her role in "Jewel in the Crown", for which she received a BAFTA nomination as Best Actress. Her numerous film credits include Tony Richardson's "Hamlet", in which she had appeared on stage, James Ivory's "Maurice", John Irvin's "Champions", Joseph Losey's "Galileo", Randal Kleiser's "Getting it Right", David S. Ward's "King Ralph" and Taylor Hackford's "Dolores Claiborne".
Michael Sheen (Robbie Ross) trained at RADA, where he won the SWET/ Laurence Olivier Bursary. He made his West End debut in "When She Danced". His stage appearances have included leading roles at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, where he was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor, and at the Royal National Theatre. In 1993, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in "Don't Fool with Love", with the Cheek By Jowl company and created the role of Fred in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's "Moonlight" at the Almeida. In 1994 he played the title role in "Peer Gynt" in Ninagawa's production in Oslo, Tokyo and London. 1996/97 has seen him play Lenny in Pinter's "The Homecoming" at the RNT. He is soon to play the title role in Ron Daniel's production of "Henry V" for the RSC to be staged later on this year in Stratford, at the Barbican and on National tour. His television credits include the leading role in "Gallowglass", a 3-part serial for the BBC. On film, he has appeared in Stephen Frear's "Mary Reilly" and Oliver Parker's "Othello".
Zoë Wanamaker(Ada Leverson) was born in New York, daughter of actor-director Sam Wanamaker, the progenitor of London's re-created Globe Theatre. She has made countless stage appearances in London and around the United Kingdom, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre, in addition to playing leading roles on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Twice-nominated for the Tony Award and three times for the Laurence Olivier Award, she won New York's Drama Award for her performance in "Loot". A frequent performer on television, she became a national favourite in Britain with her continuing role opposite Adam Faith in "Lovee Hurts" for Alomo and the BBC. Her films include "Inside the Third Reich", Tony Scott's "The Hunger" and Bob Hoskins' "The Raggedy Rawney". She has also recently completed Beeban Kidron's "Amy Foster".
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