Originally from Sedgefield, Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Having graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts, he is one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen, and is heavily involved in the post-television "Doctor Who" scene, having written a variety of novels and audio plays, together with a string of short supernatural/science-fiction films (most of which he appeared in) and has been commissioned to write more. He also co-wrote three sketches for BBC2's "Doctor Who Night" in November 1999. He has co-written two plays for the Edinburgh Festival and appeared in a number of theatre and radio shows.
Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theater and radio actor who attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he graduated from in 2007. In November 2010, the Belfast Metropolitan College honored Morgan with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts. Colin Morgan is best known for playing the title character in the BBC fantasy series Merlin (2008-12), the lead in BBC miniseries The Living and the Dead (2016) as the gentleman farmer Nathan Appleby, the central character of the story; Morgan has appeared in main roles in The Catherine Tate Show (2007), Doctor Who (2008), Quirke (2014), The Fall (2014-2016), and Humans (2015-2016). He is also known for his stage role as Ariel in The Tempest.
Morgan made his professional stage debut in the West End as the titular character Vernon God Little in an adaptation of the dark comedy mounted at the Young Vic in 2007. That same year, he went on to play the role of Esteban, an aspiring teenage writer, in the Old Vic stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother opposite Dame Diana Rigg, Lesley Manville, and Mark Gatiss. For both of these roles, Morgan was nominated for the 2007 London Newcomer of the Year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards. He went on to appear in Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter in 2008, Pedro Miguel Rozo's Our Private Life in 2011, Step in Time at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in 2012. He played the fey spirit Ariel opposite Roger Allam's Prospero in the 2013 Globe Theater production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which was later broadcast to cinemas as part of Globe On Screen in May 2014, with a subsequent DVD release in July 2014. For this role, Morgan sought to imbue his portrayal of Ariel with both ethereal stillness and acrobatic precision. From 2013 to 2014, Morgan appeared as Skinny Luke in Jez Butterworth's dark comedy Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theater. The ensemble cast included Brendan Coyle, Ben Whishaw, Rupert Grint and Daniel Mays. Mojo received favorable reviews and the London production was extended for two weeks, finishing on 8 February 2014. On 19 April 2015, Morgan appeared at the Old Vic Theater alongside music and stage legends for an exclusive and highly anticipated one-night theater event called A Gala in Honor of Kevin Spacey.
In July 2008, Screen International named Morgan as a "Star of Tomorrow," alongside actors like Carey Mulligan where he was "hailed as the most exciting drama-school graduate since Ben Whishaw. For his performance in Merlin, Morgan received the 2008 Outstanding Newcomer award from Variety Club Showbiz Awards, and was nominated for Outstanding Actor (Drama) in the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Best Actor award in Virgin Media TV Awards in 2012, and the prestigious Best Actor in Drama Performance: Male award in National Television Awards in 2013. In the same year, Morgan won Broadway World West End Awards' Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play for his performance as Ariel in The Tempest.
Morgan's film roles include Parked (2010), Island (2011), Testament of Youth (2015), Legend (2015), The Laughing King (2016), and The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). He also starred as the lead character Paul Ashton in Waiting for You (2016), a British coming-of-age feature set in France and England, and will play the role of Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas in the Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince (2017) written and directed by Rupert Everett . Next, he will be portraying the central role of the Irish revolutionary mastermind Seán Mac Diarmada in the Easter Rising centenary commemoration film The Rising (2017).
Jeremy was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. He attended Leeds University where he received a degree in Philosophy. He then went on to the Northern School of Film and Television where he received an M.A. in scriptwriting. It was at Leeds University that Jeremy met fellow League of Gentlemen members Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith. Jeremy Dyson is the "reclusive" member of the famous League of Gentlemen team. He mainly writes and works behind the camera, but will sometimes make small cameo appearances. Jeremy has had a number of books published, including the "The Cranes that Build the Cranes", winner of 2010 Edge Hill Award. In 2010, with Andy Nyman he co-wrote and directed the supernatural-themed play "Ghost Stories", which ran for over two years in London's West End and has since seen further productions in China, Australia, Canada, Russia and South America. In 2011, "Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales" his adaptation of some of the author's best loved adult short stories, was produced by the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. In 2015 the series "Psychobitches" which Jeremy co-wrote and directed for Sky Arts, won the 2015 Rose D'or for best TV Comedy.
Claudia Grant is a British Actress, she trained at LAMDA graduating with a degree in Acting. She is most known for her appearance as Carole Ann Ford in the BAFTA nominated BBC Drama, An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) directed by Terry McDonough and written by Mark Gatiss. As well as Headlongs' production of Spring Awakening directed by Ben Kidd (2014).
Brendan grew up in Merseyside, where he joined the Off The Ground Youth Theatre, he trained with them until 2001, but still regularly performs with the company's professional adult wing on their european tours. He also won a place at the prestigious Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Peoples Theatre Company (formally 'The Everyman Youth Theatre'): who's members have included, Stephen Graham, Paul McGann, Ian Hart and David Morrissey among many others. He attended Wirral Metropolitan College in Merseyside, where he regularly performed at the Glenda Jackson Theatre. On graduation from the college in 2001 he was awarded their 'Student of the Year' Award and was also awarded a Gold Medal in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts: LAMDA's Alumni includes Jim Broadbent, Richard Harris, David Suchet, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brian Cox and Donald Sutherland among others
He went on to train for his BA Honors Degree in Acting at the prestigious Bretton Hall College, a drama school in West Yorkshire, whose graduates included Richard O'Brian, Key Mellor, and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.
His performances have been called: "Fantastic" & "Wonderful" By the late Oscar Nominated Actor & Director Dennis Hopper and he has a RTS Award for the Short Film 'Greasepaint'. Brendan has appeared in both National and International Advertising Campaigns and Commericals for leading brands, in European and UK Theatre Tours, Live Radio, Music Videos, Feature Films and Live Events, and as a Cabaret Compere and Performer.
He has worked with such Film and Television companies as: Warner Brothers, Universal, Vertigo Films, Film Four, Talkback Thames, Hat Trick Productions, Endemol, BBC, M&C Saatchi, Serious Pictures, Hardy Pictures, ITV, Urban Apache Films, and many more. In Theatre he has worked with the National Theatre of Wales, Theatre Clwyd, Wakefield Theatre Royal, The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Leeds City Varieties, and many more.
Nathan's recent TV work includes guest starring in new BBC drama 'Undercover' and Netflix 'Crossing Lines' series 3. He's just finished recording on BBC Radio 4 drama 'The Forsytes Return' and will begin rehearsals for 'The Boys in the Band' at the Park Theatre in London starring Mark Gatiss later this summer.
Born in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Nathan grew up in the theatre watching and learning from his talented actor father. Though he acted in a few memorable amateur productions it wasn't till after a six-month working adventure in Japan that he was inspired to pursue acting as a career. Moving to Vancouver Nathan spent a few years learning the ropes by doing extra work, some casual acting classes and even as a runner on a TV pilot. Then in 1998 Nathan decided to take a risk and move to London. The move was a good one as he's built up an impressive CV working in TV, film, theatre, video games and radio.
Jonathan Rigby is an actor and film historian best known for playing Kenneth Horne in the West End stage show and BBC Four film Round the Horne... Revisited (2004). Other appearances include WPC 56 (2014) and Lennon Naked (2010). He was also series consultant on the BBC documentaries A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010) and its sequel Horror Europa(2012).
Producer Jason has produced and/or directed over 300 audio and radio plays, including the highly successful Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures series, working with actors such as David Tennant, Paul McGann, Sir Derek Jacobi, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, David Warner, Anthony Stewart Head, Mark Gatiss, Simon Pegg, Sheridan Smith, David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Two of the scripts from the audio adventures have been adapted for the new BBC television series. He recently directed David Tennant in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. In co-production with the BBC he has produced the unmade 1979 Douglas Adams' script Shada and Ghosts of Albion with Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Christopher Golden and produced a new version of the classic horror The Phantom of the Opera which was broadcast over Christmas 2007. In theatre, Jason has produced Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope and Snoopy the Musical in London, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas - the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Wedding Singer and Footloose - the musical on tour. In the West End he has produced the What's on Stage Year on Year Review, Life Coach, Footloose - the musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol and Never Forget. This year he will be producing Never Forget and The Steamie on tour and executive producing the South African production of Footloose - the musical and has just produced the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.
Matt Connor was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He attended Rodillian School before studying theatre at the prestigious Bretton Hall College whose alumni include Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Colin Welland. He is an accomplished stage actor with a number of theatre credits to his name which include the 2009 production of Othello starring Lenny Henry. In 2016 he will return to London's West End, playing the lead role in The Woman in Black.
Harvey was born to a musical family on December 31st, 1974. His passion for music became evident at the age of eleven when he began composing with electronic instruments and sequencers. By fifteen, his mastery of the Atari ST and electronic composition was such that he composed an entire score for a school production of 'The Tempest', which gained Harvey an interview on local TV.
While working on his debut album, Dream Spinning , he was commissioned to compose the soundtrack to Sci-Fi video 'In Memory Alone' starring Doctor Who's Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Still just seventeen years old, Harvey collaborated with friend and mentor Phil Thornton on his album for New World Records, 'Alchemy'.
Harvey spent the next few years working on a follow-up to his successful debut album while honing his production skills as assistant engineer at CRS studios, where his clients included Mark Morrisson, Electronic and The Coldstream Guards.
Circle was released in 1997 and secured Harvey a publishing deal with PXM Publishing (publishers of Rick Wakeman from 'Yes'). He had by this time mastered several instruments including guitars, mandolin, recorders and whistles and was recording and touring with indie band 'Iguanahead'.
Following his re-mix of Faithful Dawn's single 'I am Nothing' which reached no. 1 in many club charts, and mixing and mastering a single for The Peter Kirtley Band featuring Sir Paul McCartney, more collaborations with Phil Thornton and music to a TV commercial for The World Wildlife Fund, Harvey received an unusual challenge. He was commissioned to compose a set of three albums based on the concept of Feng Shui for the Disky/EMI label. Harvey's extensive study of Chinese music paid off as the albums have been hugely successful. His relationship with the label continues to this day through over 12 solo albums. Harvey has to date sold over half a million albums worldwide.
Harvey's production skills have graced many artists recordings, not least of these, the late pianist Russ Conway. Along with arrangements on Russ's 'Old and New' album, Harvey's re-mix of 'Roulette' was a regular feature on Mark and Lard's Radio 1 show for many months. Harvey has also composed, produced, recorded and designed sound for Doctor Who audio books, working with Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davidson, Sophie Aldred, Nicola Bryant and Mark Gatiss (of The League of Gentlemen) among many others.
Recently, Harvey has enjoyed collaborations with virtuoso Hammond player Kenny Craddock on his solo album, two library albums for Digital Vision and a feature film soundtrack, Kevin of the North, starring Leslie Neilson, Rik Mayal, Natasha Henstridge and Skeet Ulrich (directed by Bob Spiers). Harvey was responsible for arranging, orchestrating, producing and recording the original soundtrack.
2002 has seen many more successful projects including around 15 original tracks from Harvey for the Buddha Experience Asian Dance compilations, a new solo album, 'Angels', to be released in the new year, and the formation of his new band, 'nexusspysyndicate'. Harvey is still just 28 years old, but his extensive knowledge of composition, orchestral scoring, production and his talent as a multi-instrumentalist have set him as a driving force in the independent music industry and a dynamic new light as a film-music composer.
Mathew graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama in 2012. Since leaving he has worked primarily in theatre, though he made his television debut in Mark Gatiss' 2013 Drama 'The Tractate Middoth'. He is heading to Broadway in 2015 to continue his association with the RSC, in their acclaimed production of Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall'.