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Julia Stiles

Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City, the outgoing daughter of a Greenwich Village artist mother, Judith Newcomb Stiles, and an elementary school teacher father, John O'Hara. She is the eldest of three children, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Encouraged to take modern dance lessons at an early age, she was introduced to Shakespeare and theater. At age 11, she made her debut as a child actress with the experimental off-Broadway La MaMa Theatre. Her passion grew and by the next year was performing professionally and working in commercials. A bright, precocious student, she was seriously considered for the child vampire role of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles but lost out in the end to Kirsten Dunst. She continued training at New York's Professional Children's School and, at 15, made her cinematic bow with I Love You, I Love You Not with Claire Danes. Next featured as the daughter of Harrison Ford in The Devil's Own, her breakout role came on TV with the hard-hitting mini-movie Before Women Had Wings, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey and dealt with child abuse. Her wish to play Shakespeare was granted threefold with her participation in 10 Things I Hate About You, which was based on the Bard's "The Taming of The Shrew" and won her the Chicago Film Critics Award as the volatile teen Kat; an updated version of Hamlet which paired her Ophelia with Ethan Hawke; and another updated version of "Othello" entitled O, which had her high school character of Desi (Desdemona) involved in a mixed romantic relationship with African-American Mekhi Phifer. The violent-edged film was made in 1998 but not released until three years later due to the tragic Colorado student shootings at Columbine High School. In addition, Julia later portrayed Viola off-Broadway in a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Twelfth Night" in 2002.

She temporarily interrupted her career after deciding to enroll at Columbia University in 2000, where she earned a degree in English. Stiles has also returned to the stage, appearing in David Mamet's "Oleanna" in London, a role she would reprise on Broadway in 2009, opposite Bill Pullman and directed by Doug Hughes.

Moving into mainstream roles by the millennium, she took on a role that would carry her through the decade, co-starring with Matt Damon in popular Bourne series: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. During the time between Bourne films, she appeared in ensemble dramas, appearing opposite Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile, won offbeat notice in the title role of Carolina with Shirley MacLaine and Randy Quaid. She also returned to her indie film roots, with films such as Between Us and the comedy farce, It's a Disaster.

In 2010, she switched gears and headed to series television, joining the cast of Dexter for the show's fifth season in the role of Lumen Pierce, a performance that earned her nominations for both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she followed up with another series, Blue, which airs on YouTube, while preparing for cinematic roles in Silver Linings Playbook and The Bell Jar.

Helen McCrory

Award-winning actress Helen Elizabeth McCrory was born in London, England, to Welsh-born Anne (Morgans) and Scottish-born Iain McCrory, a diplomat (from Glasgow). She trained at the Drama Centre London. She began her career on stage in the UK. She won the Manchester Evening News' Best Actress Award for her performance in the National Theatre's "Blood Wedding" and the Ian Charleson award for classical acting for playing "Rose Trelawney" in "Trelawney of the Wells". Helen's theatre work has continued to win her critical praise and a large fan base through such work as the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Les Enfant du Paradis" opposite Joseph Fiennes, Rupert Graves and James Purefoy. At the Almeida Theatre, her productions have included "The Triumph of Love" opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and the radical verse production, "Five Gold Rings", opposite Damian Lewis.

Helen has also worked extensively at the Donmar Warehouse playing lead roles in "How I Learnt to Drive", "Old Times" directed by Roger Michel, and in Sam Mendes' farewell double bill of "Twelfth Night" and "Uncle Vanya" (a triumph in both London and New York). For her performance in "Twelfth Night", Helen was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and the New York Drama Desk Awards.

Helen also found time to found the production company "The Public" with Michael Sheen, producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which she also starred).

With over twenty productions under her belt, Mike Coveney recently wrote "We celebrate the careers of great actors Olivier, Ashcroft, Richardson, Gielgud, Dench, the Redgraves, Gambon, Walter, Sher, Russell Beale and McCrory".

On the small screen, Helen's first television film, Karl Francis' Streetlife with Rhys Ifans, won her the Welsh BAFTA, Monte Carlo Best Actress Award and the Royal Television Society's Best Actress Award, for her extraordinary performance as "Jo". The Edinburgh Film Festival wrote "simply the best performance this year".

She went on to win Critics Circle Best Actress Award for her role as the barrister "Rose Fitzgerald" in the Channel 4 series North Square, having been previously nominated for her performance in The Fragile Heart. Helen has shown her diversity as an actress, appearing in comedies such as Lucky Jim with Stephen Tompkinson or Dead Gorgeous with Fay Ripley, as well as dramas such as Joe Wright's The Last King (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards) and Anna Karenina.

Eddie Redmayne

Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, a noted civil and mining engineer. Eddie is one of five children. He has English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Redmayne is the only member of his family to follow a career in acting, and also modeled during his teen years. He was educated at Eton College before going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied History of Art. Encouraged by his parents, Redmayne took drama lessons from a young age. His first stage appearance was in the Sam Mendes production of Oliver!, in London's West End. He played a workhouse boy. Acting continued through school and university, including performing with the National Youth Music Theatre.

Redmayne's first professional stage performance came in 2002 at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in Twelfth Night. In 2004, he won the prestigious Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his working in Edward Albee's play 'The Goat'. Further stage successes followed and in 2009 he starred in John Logan's 'Red' at the Donmar Warehouse in London. He won huge critical acclaim for his role, winning an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The play transferred to Broadway in 2010, and Redmayne went on to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.

Alongside his stage career, Redmayne has worked steadily in television and film. Notable projects include Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Pillars of the Earth and My Week with Marilyn. In 2012, he co-starred in the musical Les Misérables, as Marius Pontmercy.

In 2014, Redmayne played scientist Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama film The Theory of Everything, opposite Felicity Jones, as Stephen's wife Jane Hawking. For his performance, Redmayne won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. As such, he became the first man born in the 1980s to win an acting Oscar.

In 2014, Redmayne married publicist Hannah Bagshawe.

Alice Eve

Alice Sophia Eve was born in London, England. Her father is Trevor Eve and her mother is Sharon Maughan, both fellow actors. She is the eldest of three children. Eve has English, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was young as her father tried to crack the American market. However, they returned to the United Kingdom when she was age 13.

She attended a school in Chichester for a year, whilst her mother appeared in a play. She then moved to Bedales School, where she first started acting in "Les Misérables" and "Twelfth Night". She took her A-Levels at Westminster School in London. She took a gap year before starting university to study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Afterwards, she returned to the United Kingdom to read English at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. While at university, she appeared in student productions of "An Ideal Husband", "Animal Crackers" (which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), "Scenes from an Execution" and "The Colour of Justice".

Alice appeared in television dramas as well as two plays by Trevor Nunn and the play "Rock 'n' Roll" by Tom Stoppard. She got her first film role in Starter for 10 with James McAvoy and followed that with the film Big Nothing alongside Simon Pegg. In 2006, she went to India to shoot the British miniseries Losing Gemma. Alice was introduced to American audiences in the film Crossing Over. Her first high-profile role was in Sex and the City 2, where she played Charlotte York's Irish nanny.

Ian McKellen

Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian rode out World War II. He soon developed a fascination with acting and the theater, which was encouraged by his parents. They would take him to plays, those by William Shakespeare, in particular. The amateur school productions fostered Ian's growing passion for theatre. When Ian was of age to begin attending school, he made sure to get roles in all of the productions. At Bolton School in particular, he developed his skills early on. Indeed, his first role in a Shakespearian play was at Bolton, as Malvolio in "Twelfth Night". Ian soon began attending Stratford-upon-Avon theater festivals, where he saw the greats perform: Laurence Olivier, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Paul Robeson. He continued his education in English Drama, but soon it fell by the wayside as he concentrated more and more on performing. He eventually obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1961, and began his career in earnest. McKellen began working in theatre over the next few years. Very few people knew of Ian's homosexuality; he saw no reason to go public, nor had he told his family. They did not seem interested in the subject and so he saw no reason to bring it up. In 1988, Ian publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program, while discussing Margaret Thatcher's "section 28" legislation which would make the "public promotion of homosexuality" a crime. It was reason enough for McKellen to take a stand, and he has been active in the Gay Rights movement ever since.

Ian resides in Limehouse, where he lives with his lover of 8 years, Sean Mathias. The two worked together on the film Bent. To this day, McKellen works mostly in theater, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his efforts in the arts. However, he has managed to make several quite successful forays into film. He has appeared in several productions of Shakespeare's works including his well received Richard III, and in a variety of other movies. However, it has only been recently that his star has finally begun to shine in the eyes of North American audiences. Roles in various films, Cold Comfort Farm, Apt Pupil and Gods and Monsters, riveted audiences. The latter, in particular, created a sensation in Hollywood, and McKellen's role garnered him several of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod. McKellen continues to work extensively on stage... solidifying his role as Laurence Olivier's worthy successor, having recently scored hits in the London productions of "Peter Pan" and Noël Coward's "Present Laughter".

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up.

Rush attended Everton Park State High School during his formative years. His early interest in the theatre led to his 1971 stage debut at age 20 in "Wrong Side of the Moon" with the Queensland Theatre Company.

Known for his classical repertory work over the years, he scored an unexpected hit with his Queensland role as Snoopy in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". A few years later he moved to France to study but subsequently returned to his homeland within a short time and continued work as both actor and director with the Queensland company ("June and the Paycock," "Aladdin," "Godspell," "Present Laughter," "The Rivals"). In the 1980s Rush became a vital member of the State Theatre Company of South Australia and showed an equally strong range there in such productions as "Revenger's Tragedy," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Mother Courage...and Her Children," "Blood Wedding," "Pal Joey," "Twelfth Night" and as The Fool in "King Lear".

Rush made an inauspicious debut in films with the feature Hoodwink, having little more than a bit part, and didn't carry off his first major role until playing Sir Andrew Aguecheek in a movie production of Twelfth Night. Yet, he remained a durable presence on stage with acclaimed productions in "The Diary of a Madman" in 1989 and "The Government Inspector" in 1991.

Rush suffered a temporary nervous breakdown in 1992 due to overwork and anguish over his lack of career advancement. Resting for a time, he eventually returned to the stage. Within a few years film-goers finally began taking notice of Geoffrey after his performance in Children of the Revolution. This led to THE role of a lifetime as the highly dysfunctional piano prodigy David Helfgott in Shine. Rush's astonishing tour-de-force performance won him every conceivable award imaginable, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, British Film Award and Australian Film Institute Award.

"Shine" not only put Rush on the international film map, but atypically on the Hollywood "A" list as well. His rather homely mug was made fascinating by a completely charming, confident and captivating demeanor; better yet, it allowed him to more easily dissolve into a number of transfixing historical portrayals, notably his Walsingham in Elizabeth, Marquis de Sade in Quills, and Leon Trotsky in Frida. He's also allowed himself to have a bit of hammy fun in such box office escapism as Mystery Men, House on Haunted Hill, The Banger Sisters, Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. More than validating his early film success, two more Oscar nominations came his way in the same year for Quills (best actor) and Shakespeare in Love (support actor) in 2000. Geoffrey's amazing versatility continues to impress, more recently as the manic, volatile comedy genius Peter Sellers in the biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Rush's intermittent returns to the stage have included productions of "Marat-Sade," "Uncle Vanya," "Oleanna," "Hamlet" and "The Small Poppies". In 2009 he made his Broadway debut in "Exit the King" co-starring Susan Sarandon. His marriage (since 1988) to Aussie classical actress Jane Menelaus produced daughter Angelica (1992) and son James (1995). Menelaus, who has also performed with the State Theatre of South Australia, has co-starred on stage with Rush in "The Winter's Tale" (1987), "Troilus and Cressida" (1989) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (as Gwendolyn to his Jack Worthing). She also had a featured role in his film Quills.

Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra", was born on September 19, 1971, in New York, as her actress mother Eleanor McCoy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt, and her director father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for PBS. She was exposed to the life of entertainment and stars at a very early age, which had a profound impact upon her life. As a child, she was nurtured in athletics and the arts, through training in Gymnastics and Dance. She later became a product of divorced parents, whom she remained closely connected to, by being shuttled to live between them, both, in New York and Los Angeles. Those loving, supportive parents, the extremes of the public schools of New York City and the riches of the 90210 Beverly Hills High, served to build, within Sanaa, a humble spirit, a competitive nature, and a full awareness of self.

Being academically competitive and wanting to attain proficiency to become a successful professional, Sanaa began her college matriculation, attending the University of California at Berkeley in the liberal arts division, studying English. While an undergraduate, she continued to nurture the latent desire to express herself through the arts by performing with the "Black Theatre Workshop". Nearing the end of her college days with thoughts of what her next move would be, Sanaa considered the natural progression of an English major to law school, but her fate was sealed as she was encouraged to apply to the Masters program at the Yale School of Drama by a recruiter. Through the three years of the training and skill attainment that Yale provided, Sanaa was able to visualize how she could effectively combine her talents, giftedness and intelligence to express herself through this powerfully expressive art form called acting. She gained a love for the stage and the drama greats, like William Shakespeare, by performing in school productions such as "Othello", "Romeo and Juliet", "The Winter's Tale" and "Twelfth Night".

Desiring to live in New York near her mom, she began her career performing in off-Broadway productions, such as "Por' Knockers" and "A Movie Star Has to Be Born in Black and White". After seeing her perform in a number of productions and realizing her skill and ambitions, her father counseled and encouraged her to move to California, to get into the hot-bed of action that Hollywood could provide her in the business. Reluctantly, she made the move and has not turned back. Upon her own initiative, without the help of her accomplished dad, she was able to get notable appearances in television on shows such as In the House, Moesha, NYPD Blue, Family Matters and the made-for-TV movie, Miracle in the Woods, playing the younger character opposite Della Reese. She even obtained television series regular roles in two very short-lived sitcoms -- Built to Last, that never got national distribution, and the two seasons-canceled NBC sitcom called LateLine, in the role of an aggressive talent broker for a network news show. Honing her skills and returning to her passion for the stage, Sanaa also performed at the South Coast Repertory Theatre in the play, "Our Town", as well as other productions, while pursuing her career in television and the movies. Her first movie role came in the action movie, Drive, where she played the estranged wife ("Carolyn Brody"), opposite Kadeem Hardison. Other brief, but substantial roles, came in the vampire action movie, Blade, where she played the mother ("Vanessa Brooks") of lead actor Wesley Snipes, and the comedy, Life, playing the girlfriend ("Daisy"), opposite Martin Lawrence, and the comedy/drama, The Wood, where she played the adult girlfriend ("Alicia"), opposite Omar Epps. This chance meeting with Epps provided the opportunity for them to build a friendship and real-life romantic relationship. Upon completion of The Wood shoot, Sanaa went to New York to join the ensemble cast for her meatiest role to date in the comedy/romantic drama movie, The Best Man. She played the career eclectic yet strong girlfriend ("Robin") role, opposite her fellow The Wood costar, Taye Diggs. In 2000, she appeared in the limited release independent comedy/drama, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, where, again, she plays a girlfriend ("Nina"), this time in an interracial relationship opposite the writer/actor director, Chi Muoi Lo. Also in 2000, she lent her acting talents under the direction of her brother, Tendaji Lathan, in his award-winning film short, The Smoker. She also appeared in the acclaimed romantic drama, Love & Basketball, where she played the lead role ("Monica") opposite her real-life boyfriend, Omar Epps. Sanaa gave the performance of her life in this women- empowering breakthrough role, written by the film's director, Gina Prince-Bythewood. The acting was no problem, but the basketball was not a skill Sanaa possessed. Having never touched a basketball and without a guarantee of getting the part, Sanaa spent several months training, with her brother and friends, with her costar/boyfriend and finally with a professional coach to look like a professional ball player for this movie. Bythewood, realizing the awesome talent of Sanaa, had her audition for the lead role in her next film direction, the made-for-television HBO movie, Disappearing Acts, based on the best-selling novel by renowned author Terry McMillan. Sanaa again nailed the role, gaining 20 extra pounds to better depict the character of the book. Sanaa has also begun to extend herself in the business by co-producing a yet-to-be-released movie with Queen Latifah. The Los Angles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee rewarded Sanaa with a nomination for Best Actress for her work in the production To Take Arms. In 2000, Sanaa received the NAACP Image honor nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture for her role in The Best Man. In 2001, she received the NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress in a motion picture for her excellent performance in Love & Basketball, she would go on to win this most coveted award. During the same year, she was also nominated for the Indie Spirit Award for her role in Love & Basketball. Considering the lack of color in the awarding process of the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2001, many black organizations choose to recognize their powerful performances in 2000 among people of color. Essence Magazine awarded Sanaa the OMAR for Best Actress. BET allowed fans to select winners for which Sanaa won Best Actress for her role in Love & Basketball in the motion picture category as well as Best Actress in the television movie or mini-series category for her role in Disappearing Acts. The online magazine Reelimagemagazine.com also allowed fans and an expert panel to select winners for its awards. Again Sanaa won Best Actress for her role in Love & Basketball.

Loved, admired and supported by her family, friends, fellow actors and fans, in addition to possessing that natural beauty, intelligence and gifted talent, Sanaa has the potential to sail over and above the ranks of other prominent stars. With limited-yet-growing roles or opportunities for African-Americans, in general, in film and women specifically, Sanaa is expected to break the barriers and forge her way into film history at an unprecedented and uninhibited style, both before and behind the camera, in the business. The name Sanaa means both "work of art" and "beauty" in Swahili -- how appropriate the name.

Sarah Carter

Fresh out of Canada, Sarah Carter's career in Hollywood took off quickly, landing a string of series regular roles such as "Madeleine Poe", opposite James Woods, on CBS' Shark, and "Maggie", on TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies. With an education in fine arts and a background in musical theater, Sarah honors her love for the artistic process by spending as much time in the theater as her life will allow. She has been classically trained in theater, voice and dance at Ryerson University in Toronto. Sarah always leaves a memorable impression with her popular guest-starring and recurring roles, namely as "Alicia Baker" on the CW's Smallville; as "Wrenn Darcy", opposite Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, and Jill Clayburgh, in HBO's Dirty Sexy Money; and as "Cassie" in the much-talked about _"Entourage" (2004) {The Sundance Kids (#2.7)_ episode of HBO's hit series, Entourage. In film, Sarah has starred in several independent and studio pictures, including Haven, Killing Zelda Sparks, Berkeley, The Weinstein Co.'s DOA: Dead or Alive, New Line Cinema's Final Destination 2, and most recently, she appeared, opposite Rachel McAdams, as "Diane", Jessica Lange's home-wrecker, in SpyGlass Pictures' blockbuster, The Vow. Having been classically trained in theater, voice and dance, she has portrayed some of history's most iconic characters, including "Nina" in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" and "Viola" in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", and now works consistently with renowned director and coach, Larry Moss, with whom she has been work-shopping a production of Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka's, "Dutchman". Besides being a successful actor, Sarah has a parallel career as a singer/songwriter in her band, "SanguinDrake", where she goes by her full birth name, Sarah Sanguin Carter.

Kelly McGillis

Kelly Ann McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, to Virginia Joan (Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a general practitioner of medicine. She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. McGillis dropped out of high school to pursue a career as an actress, and attended Juilliard in Manhattan and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Art in Santa Monica, CA.

She held a variety of jobs while pursuing her career, such as waitressing, and snagged a few stage roles before landing a supporting part in the Academy Award-nominated Reuben, Reuben. This led to a lot of TV work and a lead role opposite Harrison Ford in the highly acclaimed thriller Witness. This box office hit, directed by Peter Weir, got her noticed around Hollywood and producers took note of her. One of them was Jerry Bruckheimer, who cast her as Charlie Blackwood in the mega-hit Top Gun which became the highest-grossing film of the year and gave her some major name recognition.

Ironically, that breakthrough role didn't help her career in terms of high-profile work. She played prosecutor Kathryn Murphy in The Accused with Jodie Foster who won an Academy Award for her role, but unfortunately for McGillis she was overlooked for any major nomination. Never interested in being box-office gold, she remained loyal to the theater, even after being established as a major star during the mid to late 1980s, taking such various stage roles in such William Shakespeare plays as "The Merchant of Venice", "Don Juan", "Twelfth Night", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Mourning Becomes Electra" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 1994 she scored the title role in the Broadway production of "Hedda Gabler" but unfortunately it only played for 33 performances before closing.

She had two daughters in the early 1990s, and worked more sporadically on TV and film so she could spend time with her family and owned her business, a restaurant in Florida. She worked on Winter People, Cat Chaser, The Babe, North, At First Sight and The Monkey's Mask as well as a string of made-for-TV films.

She has completed a national stage tour of "The Graduate", playing the infamous Mrs. Robinson, and continues to act as she begins study on Addiction Studies and raising her children in Pennsylvania.

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to stage actor parents, Johanna Petronella Vorster and Johannes J. Daniel Vosloo. He is an Afrikaaner (of mostly Dutch, as well as German, Swiss-German, Danish, and French, descent).

Vosloo quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his native South Africa, winning several awards there for his theater work, including "More Is 'n Lang Dag", "Don Juan" and "Torch Song Trilogy". A regular performer with South Africa's State Theatre, he also played leading roles in "Savages", "Twelfth Night" and "Hamlet". His film career in the RSA brought him The Dalro Award as Best Actor for both Boetie Gaan Border Toe! and Circles in a Forest, and the Dalro Best Actor Nomination for the film version of More Is 'n Lang Dag.

After moving to the United States, he appeared in "Born In The R.S.A." at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and starred with Al Pacino and Sheryl Lee in a Circle In The Square Uptown production of "Salome" (his character's name was "Jokanaan"). The latter running for a total of 18 performances only between June 28, 1992 and July 2, 1992. Vosloo's film credits include Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise, John Woo's Hard Target (produced by James Jacks and Sean Daniel), Darkman II: The Return of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, both directed by Bradford May, and George Miller's Zeus and Roxanne. Equally at home on the television screen, Vosloo appeared in American Gothic for Fox and Nash Bridges for CBS.

James Roday

James David Rodríguez was born on April 4, 1976. He is the son of Jim Rodríguez, who worked for Boardwalk Auto Group. Roday was born in San Antonio. He attended Taft High School. He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He has acted in several theatrical productions, which include "The Three Sisters," "Twelfth Night," "A Respectable Wedding," and "Severity's Mistress." He starred in the film Rolling Kansas and appeared in the 2005 film The Dukes of Hazzard as Billy Prickett, and in the 2006 film Beerfest. Roday and writing partners Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco wrote the screenplay for the film Skinwalkers. Roday's portrayal of Shawn Spencer on the television series Psych launched him into the public spotlight, and gave rise to numerous fan clubs.

Marton Csokas

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus.

His academic training began at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Art History, and then transferred to, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, graduating in December, 1989. His first acting role was in Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones by Apairana Taylor at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington New Zealand, (1990). He has since had an eclectic career of theatre, television and film.

He appeared in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius in which he played the role of Dennis. After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, he starred in the 1996 movie Broken English as Darko. After performing in a great number of theatrical plays, writing his own and co-founding his own theatre company, the Stronghold Theatre, Marton got the role of Tarlus in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess. He continued appearing in many other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape, BeastMaster, Water Rats, Cleopatra 2525, and more, returning for the role of Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of Xena: Warrior Princess. He was also in many movies produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah, The Monkey's Mask and the mini-series The Farm. He is a citizen of the European Union and Hungary, and is a permanent resident of the United States.

Most recently, Csokas starred opposite Denzel Washington in Sony's hit film The Equalizer. He played a brutal fixer for the Russian mafia and a formidable villain to Washington's reluctant hero.

Csokas appeared in Darren Aronofsky's Noah as well as Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel to the 2005 hit film Sin City. Csokas also played the psychiatrist, "Dr. Kafka," in the hit movie sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx.

Csokas most famously starred as "Lord Celeborn" in one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of his other film credits include 2010's The Debt opposite Jessica Chastain and Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon. His depth of experience is illustrated in Asylum in which he starred opposite Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, as well as the Ridley Scott epic, Kingdom of Heaven, with Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson.

On the small screen, Csokas recently starred on the History Channel's miniseries Sons of Liberty as well as Discovery Channel's miniseries Klondike with Tim Roth and Sam Shepard.

On stage, Csokas continues to work internationally, most recently starring in a production of Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes" at The New York Theatre Workshop by acclaimed director, Ivo van Hove. The play was noted by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 of Everything of 2010." The actor has numerous classical credits, including 'Orsino' in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the National Theatre of Great Britain, 'Anthony' in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Theatre of a New Audience, 'Brutus' in "Julius Caesar" and as 'Septimus' in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" in his birthplace of New Zealand. On the Australian stage, Csokas has appeared as 'George' in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," directed by Benedict Andrews of the Schaubuhne Theatre in Berlin and in "Riflemind," directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Patricia Clarkson

This remarkable, one-of-a-kind actress has, since the early 1990s, intrigued film and TV audiences with her glowing, yet careworn eccentricity and old world-styled glamour. Very much in demand these days as a character player, Patricia Clarkson nevertheless continues to avoid the temptation of money-making mainstream filming while reaping kudos and acting awards in out-of-the-way projects.

The New Orleans born-and-bred performer with the given name of Patricia Davies Clarkson was born on December 29, 1959, the daughter of Arthur ("Buzz") Clarkson, a school administrator, and Jacquelyn (Brechtel) Clarkson, a local city politician and councilwoman. Patricia demonstrated an early interest in acting and managed to appear in a few junior high and high school-level plays while growing up. She took her basic college studies at Louisiana State University, studying speech for two years, before transferring to New York's Fordham University and graduating with honors in theatre arts.

Accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama graduate program, she earned her Master of Fine Arts after gracing a wide range of productions including "Electra," "Pericles," "Twelfth Night", "The Lower Depths," "The Misanthrope," "Pacific Overtures" and "La Ronde". From there she took on New York City where she attracted strong East Coast notice in 1986 for her portrayal of Corrina in "The House of Blue Leaves" and in such other plays as "Eastern Standard" (1988) and "Wolf-Man" (1989).

Known for her organic approach to acting, the flaxen-maned actress decided to try out her trademark whiskey voice in Hollywood at age 28, making her movie debut as Mrs. Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables starring Kevin Costner. The following years she gained attention for playing Samantha Walker in The Dead Pool where she starred opposite Clint Eastwood's popular "Dirty Harry" character. Playing supportive, wifely types at the onset, she became a strong contender for character stardom by the mid-to-late 1990s, not only on stage but in the independent film arena.

On stage Patricia received impressive notices for her contributions to the plays "Raised in Captivity," "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," "Three Days of Rain" and, in particular, "The Maiden's Prayer," which nabbed her both Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations. In 2004, she finally enacted the classic part she seemed born to play, that of Southern belle Blanche DuBois in the Kennedy Center production of "A Streetcar Named Desire". She earned glowing notices. On camera she was offered roles of marked diversity. From the heavier dramatics of a film like Pharaoh's Army, she could move deftly into light comedy, courtesy of Neil Simon in the TV-movie London Suite. It was, however, her bleak, convulsive portrayal of Greta, a strung-out, heroin-happy German has-been actress, opposite a resurgent Ally Sheedy in the acclaimed art film High Art that truly put Patricia on the indie map. From this she was handed a silver plate's worth of excitingly offbeat roles. In 2003 alone, Patricia received a special acting prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her superb work in three films: as a somber, grieving artist in The Station Agent, a cold-hearted cancer victim in Pieces of April and a jokey, get-with-it mom in All the Real Girls. She was nominated for a "Supporting Actress" Oscar for the second movie mentioned.

On TV Patricia received two Emmys for her recurring guest part as Frances Conroy's free-spirited sister in the acclaimed black comedy series Six Feet Under. She also received the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics awards for her supporting work in the gorgeous, 1950s-styled melodrama Far from Heaven, as a prim and proper Stepford-wife and deceptive friend to Julianne Moore.

No matter the size, such as her extended cameos in The Green Mile, All the Real Girls, Miracle and Elegy, Patricia manages to make the most of whatever screen time she has, often stealing scenes effortlessly. Seen everywhere because of her in-demand status in Hollywood, Patricia recently worked for director/actor Woody Allen. Impressed with her small but excellent contribution in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she was promoted to a lead in his more recent picture Whatever Works.

Melinda McGraw

Melinda McGraw is known for her range, playing a wide variety of roles in comedy and drama alike. She is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed turn as Bobbie Barrett in Season 2 of "Mad Men" which earned her a Screen Actors' Guild Award as part of the Best Ensemble Cast, as well as an OFTA Television Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2007). She is also known for her work as Barbara Gordon in "The Dark Knight," as Scott Bakula's love interest in AMC's "Men of a Certain Age," as Diane Gibbs-Fornell-Sterling in "NCIS" and as Dana's sister Melissa Scully in the "X-Files." Ms. McGraw is a classically trained, journeyman actor. She grew up in the Boston area and was a member of the Boston Children's Theater. She attended Bennington College briefly until she was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her school mates included Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, Iain Glen, Mark Addy, Alex Kingston and David Morrisey. After appearing in many theatrical productions in London's West End and around the UK (including "Twelfth Night", "Don Carlos", "The Foreigner") she returned to the States in 1990. She is shooting "Outcast" for Cinemax, which will be released in 2016. Ms. McGraw is married to composer/recording artist Steve Pierson and they have a daughter.

Yul Brynner

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and "Empire and Odyssey" by his son Yul "Rock" Brynner that many of the details of Brynner's early life became clear.

Yul sometimes claimed to be a half-Swiss, half-Japanese named Taidje Khan, born on the island of Sakhalin; in reality, he was the son of Marousia Dimitrievna (Blagovidova), the Russian daughter of a doctor, and Boris Yuliyevich Bryner, a engineer and inventor of Swiss-German and Russian descent. He was born in their home town of Vladivostok on 11 July 1920, and named Yuli after his grandfather Jules Bryner. When Yuli's father abandoned the family, his mother took him and his sister Vera to Harbin, Manchuria, where they attended a YMCA school. In 1934 Yuli's mother took her children to Paris. Her son was sent to the exclusive Lycée Moncelle, but his attendance was spotty. He dropped out and became a musician, playing guitar in the nightclubs among the Russian gypsies who gave him his first real sense of family. He met luminaries such as Jean Cocteau and became an apprentice at the Theatre des Mathurins. He worked as a trapeze artist with the famed Cirque d'Hiver company.

He traveled to the U.S. in 1941 to study with acting teacher Michael Chekhov and toured the country with Chekhov's theatrical troupe. That same year, he debuted in New York as Fabian in "Twelfth Night" (billed as Youl Bryner). After working in a very early TV series, Mr. Jones and His Neighbors, he played on Broadway in "Lute Song", with Mary Martin, winning awards and mild acclaim. He and his wife, actress Virginia Gilmore, starred in the first TV talk show, Mr. and Mrs.. Brynner then joined CBS as a television director. He made his film debut in Port of New York. Two years later Mary Martin recommended him for the part he would forever be known for: the King in Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "The King and I". Brynner became an immediate sensation in the role, repeating it for film (The King and I) and winning the Oscar for Best Actor.

For the next two decades, he maintained a starring film career despite the exotic nature of his persona, performing in a wide range of roles from Egyptian pharaohs to Western gunfighters, almost all with the same shaved head and indefinable accent. In the 1970s he returned to the role that had made him a star, and spent most of the rest of his life touring the world in "The King and I". When he developed lung cancer in the mid-1980s, he left a powerful public service announcement denouncing smoking as the cause, for broadcast after his death. The cancer and its complications, after a long illness, ended his life. Brynner was cremated and his ashes buried in a remote part of France, on the grounds of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry, a short distance outside the village of Luzé. He remains one of the most fascinating, unusual and beloved stars of his time.

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself, so he learned how to take care of both himself and younger brother, Julius. Curtis grew up in poverty, as his father, Emanuel, who worked as a tailor, had the sole responsibility of providing for his entire family on his meager income. This led to constant bickering between Curtis's parents over money, and Curtis began to go to movies as a way of briefly escaping the constant worries of poverty and other family problems. The financial strain of raising two children on a meager income became so tough that in 1935, Curtis's parents decided that their children would have a better life under the care of the state and briefly had Tony and his brother admitted to an orphanage. During this lonely time, the only companion Curtis had was his brother, Julius, and the two became inseparable as they struggled to get used to this new way of life. Weeks later, Curtis's parents came back to reclaim custody of Tony and his brother, but by then Curtis had learned one of life's toughest lessons: the only person you can count on is yourself.

In 1938, shortly before Tony had his Bar Mitzvah, tragedy struck when Tony lost the person most important to him, when his brother, Julius, was hit by a truck and killed. After that tragedy, Curtis's parents became convinced that a formal education was the best way Tony could avoid the same never-knowing-where-your-next-meal-is-coming-from life that they had known. However, Tony rejected this because he felt that learning about literary classics and algebra wasn't going to advance him in life as much as some real hands-on life experience would. He was to find that real-life experience a few years later, when he enlisted in the navy in 1942. Tony spent the next three years getting the life experience he desired by doing everything from working as a crewman on a submarine to honing his future craft as an actor by performing as a sailor in a stage play at the Navy Signalman School in Illinois.

In 1945, Curtis was honorably discharged from the navy, and when he realized that the GI Bill would allow him to go to acting school without paying for it, he now saw that his lifelong pipe dream of being an actor might actually be achievable. Curtis auditioned for the New York Dramatic Workshop, and after being accepted on the strength of his audition piece (A scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in pantomime), Curtis enrolled in early 1947. He then began to pay his dues by appearing in a slew of stage productions, including "Twelfth Night" and "Golden Boy". He then connected with a small theatrical agent named Joyce Selznick, who was the niece of film producer David O. Selznick. After seeing his potential, Selznick arranged an interview for Curtis to see David O. Selznick at Universal Studios, where Curtis was offered a seven-year contract. After changing his name to what he saw as an elegant, mysterious moniker--"Tony Curtis" (named after the novel Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen and a cousin of his named Janush Kertiz)--Curtis began making a name for himself by appearing in small, offbeat roles in small-budget productions. His first notable performance was a two-minute role in Criss Cross, with Burt Lancaster, in which he makes Lancaster jealous by dancing with Yvonne De Carlo. This offbeat role resulted in Curtis's being typecast as a heavy for the next few years, such as playing a gang member in City Across the River.

Curtis continued to build up a show reel by accepting any paying job, acting in a number of bit-part roles for the next few years. It wasn't until late 1949 that he finally got the chance to demonstrate his acting flair, when he was cast in an important role in an action western, Sierra. On the strength of his performance in that movie, Curtis was finally cast in a big-budget movie, Winchester '73. While he appears in that movie only very briefly, it was a chance for him to act alongside a Hollywood legend, James Stewart.

As his career developed, Curtis wanted to act in movies that had social relevance, ones that would challenge audiences, so he began to appear in such movies as Spartacus and The Defiant Ones. He was advised against appearing as the subordinate sidekick in Spartacus, playing second fiddle to the equally famous Kirk Douglas. However, Curtis saw no problem with this because the two had recently acted together in dual leading roles in The Vikings.

Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old. Rosetta was a pretty red-haired little girl, but very shy, so her parents sent her to weekly elocution lessons. In addition to her lessons in Hebrew school, she studied acting at a local acting school, and this eventually led to work at Universal Studios.

Universal had signed her as a contract player when she was only 17-years-old, and changed her screen name to Piper Laurie. She was cast in the movie, Louisa, and became very close friends with her costar, Ronald Reagan. She was then cast in Francis Goes to the Races with Donald O'Connor, Son of Ali Baba with Tony Curtis, and Ain't Misbehavin' with Rory Calhoun. The studio tried to enhance her image as an ingénue with press releases stating that she took milk baths and ate gardenia petals for lunch. Although she was making $2,000 per week, her lack of any substantial roles discouraged her so much that by 1955 when she received another script for a Western and "another silly part in a silly movie", she dropped the script in the fireplace, called her agent and told him she didn't care if they fired her, jailed her or sued her.

From there, she went to New York City to study acting, and worked on live television, starring in The Hallmark Hall of Fame version of "Twelfth Night" (1957), "The Days of Wine and Roses" (1958) with Cliff Robertson, which debuted on Playhouse 90 on October 2, and as "Kirsten" in the Playhouse 90 version of "Winterset" (1959). In 1961, she got the part of Paul Newman's crippled girlfriend in the classic film, The Hustler. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for that role of "Sarah Packard". That same year, she was interviewed by a writer/reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, Joe Morgenstern. She liked his casual dress and lifestyle and, 9 months later, they were married. When she did not receive any substantial acting offers after The Hustler, she retreated with her husband to Woodstock, New York, where she pursued domestic activities such as baking (her grandfather's trade) and raising her only daughter, Anne, born in 1971. In 1976, she accepted the role of "Margaret White", the eccentric religious zealot mother of a shy young psychic girl named Carrie, played by Sissy Spacek. Piper received her second supporting Oscar nomination for this role. She and her husband divorced in 1981, she moved to Southern California and obtained many film and television roles.

She got a third Oscar nomination for her role as "Mrs. Norman" in Children of a Lesser God, and won an Emmy that same year for her acting in Promise, a television movie with James Garner and James Woods. She has appeared in more than 60 films, from 1950 to the present. Ms. Laurie has appeared in many outstanding television shows from "The Best of Broadway" in 1954, to roles on "Playhouse 90" in 1956, roles on St. Elsewhere, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Beauty and the Beast, ER, Diagnosis Murder and Frasier. Her daughter, Anne Grace, has made her a grandmother, and though she lives in Southern California, she frequently visits her daughter in New York.

Derek Jacobi

Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, Jacobi's firm place in theatre history centers around his fearless display of his characters' more unappealingly aspects, their great flaws, eccentricities and, more often than not, their primal torment.

Jacobi was born in Leytonstone, London, England, the only child of Alfred George Jacobi, a department store manager, and Daisy Gertrude (Masters) Jacobi, a secretary. His paternal great-grandfather was German (from Hoxter, Germany). His interest in drama began while quite young. He made his debut at age six in the local library drama group production of "The Prince and the Swineherd" in which he appeared as both the title characters. In his teens he attended Leyton County High School and eventually joined the school's drama club ("The Players of Leyton").

Derek portrayed Hamlet at the English National Youth Theatre prior to receiving his high school diploma, and earned a scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he initially studied history before focusing completely on the stage. A standout role as Edward II at Cambridge led to an invite by the Birmingham Repertory in 1960 following college graduation. He made an immediate impression wherein his Henry VIII (both in 1960) just happened to catch the interest of Olivier himself, who took him the talented actor under his wing. Derek became one of the eight founding members of Olivier's National Theatre Company and gradually rose in stature with performances in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," "Othello" (as Cassio) and in "Hay Fever", among others. He also made appearances at the Chichester Festival and the Old Vic.

It was Olivier who provided Derek his film debut, recreating his stage role of Cassio in Olivier's acclaimed cinematic version of Othello. Olivier subsequently cast Derek in his own filmed presentation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. On TV Derek was in celebrated company playing Don John in Much Ado About Nothing alongside Maggie Smith and then-husband Robert Stephens; Derek had played the role earlier at the Chichester Festival in 1965. After eight eventful years at the National Theatre, which included such sterling roles as Touchstone in "As You Like It", Jacobi left the company in 1971 in order to attract other mediums. He continued his dominance on stage as Ivanov, Richard III, Pericles and Orestes (in "Electra"), but his huge breakthrough would occur on TV. Coming into his own with quality support work in Man of Straw, The Strauss Family and especially the series The Pallisers in which he played the ineffectual Lord Fawn, Derek's magnificence was presented front and center in the epic BBC series I, Claudius. His stammering, weak-minded Emperor Claudius was considered a work of genius and won, among other honors, the BAFTA award.

Although he was accomplished in The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, films would place a distant third throughout his career. Stage and TV, however, would continue to illustrate his classical icon status. Derek took his Hamlet on a successful world tour throughout England, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, Japan and China; in some of the afore-mentioned countries he was the first actor to perform the role in English. TV audiences relished his performances as Richard II and, of course Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

After making his Broadway bow in "The Suicide" in 1980, Derek suffered from an alarming two-year spell of stage fright. He returned, however, and toured as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1982-1985) with award-winning results. During this period he collected Broadway's Tony Award for his Benedick in "Much Ado about Nothing"; earned the coveted Olivier, Drama League and Helen Hayes awards for his Cyrano de Bergerac; and earned equal acclaim for his Prospero in "The Tempest" and Peer Gynt. In 1986, he finally made his West End debut in "Breaking the Code" for which he won another Helen Hayes trophy; the play was then brought to Broadway.

For the rest of the 80s and 90s, he laid stage claim to such historical figures as Lord Byron, Edmund Kean and Thomas Becket. On TV he found resounding success (and an Emmy nomination) as Adolf Hitler in Inside the Third Reich, and finally took home the coveted Emmy opposite Anthony Hopkins in the WWII drama The Tenth Man. He won a second Emmy in an unlikely fashion by spoofing his classical prowess on an episode of "Frasier" (his first guest performance on American TV), in which he played the unsubtle and resoundingly bad Shakespearean actor Jackson Hedley.

Kenneth Branagh was greatly influenced by mentor Jacobi and their own association would include Branagh's films Henry V, Dead Again, and Hamlet, the latter playing Claudius to Branagh's Great Dane. Derek also directed Branagh in the actor's Renaissance Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet". In the 1990s Derek returned to the Chichester Festival, this time as artistic director, and made a fine showing in the title role of Uncle Vanya (1996).

More heralded work of late include profound portrayals of the anguished titular painter in Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, the role of Gracchus in the popular, Oscar-winning film Gladiator, and sterling performances in such films as Two Men Went to War, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Riddle, Endgame, The King's Speech, Jail Caesar, and as the King in Cinderella. Continuing to mesmerize on the stage, he has turned in superb performances in "Uncle Vanya" (2000), Friedrich Schiller's "Don Carlos" (2005), _A Voyage 'Round My Father (2006), "Twelfth Night" (2009) and the title role in "King Lear" (2010). On the British TV series front, he has commanded more recent attention in the title role of a crusading monk in the mystery series Mystery!: Cadfael, as Lord Pirrie in Titanic: Blood and Steel, as Alan in Last Tango in Halifax, and as Stuart Bixby in Vicious.

He and his life-time companion of three decades, Richard Clifford, filed as domestic partners in England in 2006. Clifford, a fine classical actor and producer in his own right, has shared movie time with Jacobi in Little Dorrit, Henry V, and the TV version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Julie Ann Emery

Julie Ann Emery began her career at the age of 16 on the theatrical stage. Most recently she starred in "Boy Gets Girl" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. In Chicago she received rave reviews in the title role of "Gypsy". In New York she appeared in "Twelfth Night", "Hot L Baltimore" and "Caesar and Cleopatra". In addition, she was featured in the national touring productions of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Annie". Born and raised in Crossville, Tennessee, she attended Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, where she studied acting. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Gigi Edgley

Edgley was born in Perth. She is the daughter of concert and circus promoter Michael Edgley, known for bringing the Moscow State Circus to Australia during the 1980s. Her mother, Jeni Edgley, is involved in managing a 250-acre health retreat. As a child, Gigi Edgley performed both in and out of school. She also took several years of ballet, jazz, and character dance. She became mainly interested in acting and had her first professional theatrical engagement at the Twelfth Night Theater. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology in 1998. In 1999 she began acting steadily in Australia on T.V. As a believer in the school of method acting, Gigi has developed a broad set of skills and experiences for her roles. She is proficient in ballet, jazz, character dance, singing, and martial arts. Her early TV and film work included several independent productions (with later Farscape co-star Anthony Simcoe), as well a guest star spot on the popular Australian series Water Rats and a role in Australian film titled The Day of the Roses.

She is undoubtedly best known for her role as Chiana on the science fiction TV series Farscape. She originally, was hired for only one episode, and her character, was supposed to die at the end of the hour. The creators however decided to keep her around for a few more episodes. At the beginning of Season 2, she was promoted to be a regular on the show. She appeared in total of 68 episodes of the series. Her character's nickname (Pip) was actually coined by her co-star Ben Browder.

Between seasons, She has appeared in other guest starring roles on TV, including the popular internationally aired series The Lost World and BeastMaster. After the cancellation of Farscape, She pursued other projects including a role in the Australian TV drama BlackJack with Colin Friels. She has also appeared in many popular Australian TV shows such as The Secret Life of Us and Stingers.

In 2004 She reprized Her role as Chiana in the SciFi Channel miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.

In 2006 She starred as the female lead in critically acclaimed Australian Drama/Thriller Last Train to Freo. Her role was nominated for a Best Actress in a Lead Role by the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She also had a minor supporting role in the 2007 USA Network TV miniseries The Starter Wife. Also in 2007 and 2008 She garnered two feature length movie roles. In 07 it was a Sci-Fi movie, Showdown at Area 51, and in 08 she was back at work down under in the movie Newcastle. In 2009 She began work on the Aussie T.V. series Rescue Special Ops as Lara Knight.

Christina Cox

The youngest of three girls, Christina was born just outside Toronto. She carried a double major of theater and dance at the prestigious Arts York at Unionville High School. She went on to further her training at the Ryerson Theatre School of Toronto, among such alumni as Eric McCormack and David James Elliott. In addition to her film and television credits, Christina has appeared in numerous national theater productions, ranging from classical productions of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Jim Cartwright's raw and dirty "Road".

Christina completed the last of 13 episodes, as "astrobiologist Jen Crane", in the FTVS/ABC series, Defying Gravity, a one-hour drama about a team of astronauts on a six-year mission in outer space.

On completion of Defying Gravity, Christina guest-starred as "Zoey Kruger", a cop accused of killing her family on the 4th season of Showtime's Dexter. After "Dexter", she joined the cast of the hit series, 24, as "Secret Service agent Molly O'Connor", as well as dropping by The Mentalist and filming The Stepson, with Adam Beach.

Christina also guest-starred, as "Marine Gunnery Sergeant Georgia Wooten", in the NCIS episode, Freedom.

Prior to Defying Gravity, she starred as "Vicki Nelson", an ex-cop turned private investigator specializing in solving supernatural crimes in 22 episodes of the Lifetime series, Blood Ties.

In addition to starring in several pilots, including the "most-watched-never-aired" pilot on You Tube; Nikki and Nora, she co-created and developed an original script for Sony Television and Barry Sonnenfeld with her Nikki and Nora show runner Nancylee Myatt (South of Nowhere, 3Way) and co-star Liz Vassey (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation).

John Amos

A native of New Jersey and son of a mechanic, African-American John Amos has relied on his imposing build, eruptive nature and strong, forceful looks to obtain acting jobs, and a serious desire for better roles to earn a satisfying place in the annals of film and TV. He has found it a constant uphill battle to further himself in an industry that tends to diminish an actor's talents with severe and/or demeaning stereotypes and easy pigeonholing. A tough, often hot-headed guy with a somewhat tender side, John would succeed far better on stage than on film and TV...with one extremely noteworthy exceptions.

Born on December 27, 1939, John was first employed as an advertising copywriter, a social worker at New York's Vera Institute of Justice, and an American and Canadian semi-professional football player before receiving his calling as an actor. A stand-up comic on the Greenwich Village circuit, the work eventually took him West and, ultimately, led to his hiring as a staff writer on Leslie Uggams' musical variety show in 1969. Making his legit stage debut in a 1971 L.A. production of the comedy "Norman, Is That You?", John went on to earn a Los Angeles Drama Critics nomination for "Best Actor". As such, he formed his own theater company and produced "Norman, Is That You?" on tour.

The following year he returned to New York to take his first Broadway bow in "Tough To Get Help". By this time he had secured secondary work on the classic Mary Tyler Moore as Gordy the weatherman. His character remained on the periphery, however, and he left the show after three discouraging seasons. On the bright side, he won the recurring role of the sporadically-unemployed husband of maid Florida Evans (played by Esther Rolle) on Norman Lear's Maude starring Bea Arthur. The two characters were spun-off into their own popular series as the parental leads in Good Times.

Good Times, a family sitcom that took place in a Chicago ghetto high-rise, initially prided itself as being the first network series ever to be created by African-Americans. But subsequent episodes were taken over by others and John was increasingly disgruntled by the lack of quality of the scripts and the direction Lear was taking the show. Once focused on the importance of family values, it was shifting more and more toward the silly antics of Jimmie Walker, who was becoming a runaway hit on the show as the aimless, egotistical, jive-talking teenage son JJ. John began frequently clashing with the higher-ups and, by 1976, was released from the series, with his character being killed in an off-camera car accident while finding employment out of state.

Amos rebounded quickly when he won the Emmy-nominated role of the adult Kunte Kinte in the ground-breaking epic mini-series Roots, one of the most powerful and reverential TV features ever to hit television. It was THE TV role of his career, but he found other quality roles for other black actors extremely difficult to come by. He tried his best to avoid the dim-headed lugs and crime-motivated characters that came his way. Along with a few parts (the mini-movie Willa and the films The Beastmaster and Coming to America), he had to endure the mediocre (guest spots on "Love Boat", "The A-Team", "Murder, She Wrote" "One Life to Live"). John also toiled through a number of action-themed films that focused more on grit and testosterone than talent.

He found one answer to this acting dilemma on the proscenium stage. In 1985, the play "Split Second" earned him the NAACP Award as Best Actor. He also received fine reviews in a Berkshire Theater festival production of "The Boys Next Door", a tour of O'Neill's towering play "The Emperor Jones", and in a Detroit production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold...and The Boys". In addition, John directed two well-received productions, "Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" and "Twelve Angry Men", in the Bahamas. He took on Shakespeare as Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night" at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare and earned strong notices in the late August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences" at the Capital Repertory Company in Albany, New York. Overseas he received plaudits for his appearance in a heralded production of "The Life and Death of a Buffalo Soldier" at the Bristol's Old Vic in England. Capping his theatrical career was the 1990 inaugural of his one-man show "Halley's Comet", an amusing and humanistic American journey into the life of an 87-year-old who recalls, among other things, World War II, the golden age of radio, the early civil rights movement, and the sighting of the Comet when he was 11. He wrote and has frequently directed the show, which continues to play into the 2007-2008 season.

In recent years, John has enjoyed recurring parts on "The West Wing" and "The District", and is more recently appearing in the offbeat series Men in Trees starring Anne Heche. John Amos has two children by his former wife Noel Amos and two children. Son K.C. Amos director, writer, producer, editor and daughter Shannon Amos a director, writer and producer. Amos has one grand child,a grand-daughter, Quiera Williams.

Tom Courtenay

Acting chameleon Sir Tom Courtenay, along with Sirs Alan Bates and Albert Finney, became front-runners in an up-and-coming company of rebel upstarts who created quite a stir in British "kitchen sink" cinema during the early 60s. An undying love for the theatre, however, had Courtenay channeling a different course than the afore-mentioned greats and he never, by his own choosing, attained comparable cinematic stardom.

The gaunt and glum, fair-haired actor was born Thomas Daniel Courtenay of modest surroundings on February 25, 1937, in Hull, East Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas Henry Courtenay, a ship painter, and his wife Anne Eliza (née Quest). Graduating from Kingston High School there, he trained in drama at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His reputation as an actor grew almost immediately with his professional debut in 1960 as Konstantin in "The Seagull" at the Old Vic. Following tours in Scotland and London with the play, Tom performed in "Henry IV, Part I" and "Twelfth Night" (also at the Old Vic) before assuming the title role of Billy from Albert Finney in the critically-acclaimed drama "Billy Liar" at the Cambridge Theatre in 1961. The story, which tells of a Yorkshire man who creates a fantasy world to shield himself from his mundane middle-class woes, was the initial spark in Tom's rise to fame.

The recognition he received landed him squarely into the heap of things as a new wave of "angry young men" were taking over British cinema during the swinging 60s. Singled out for his earlier stage work at RADA, he was eventually handed the title role in the war film Private Potter, but it was his second movie that clenched stardom. Winning the role of Colin Smith in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Courtenay invested everything he had in this bruising portrayal of youthful desolation and rebellion. As a reform school truant whose solitary sentencing for robbing a bakery leads to a reawakening and subsequent recognition as a long distance runner, he was awarded a "Promising Newcomer" award from the British Film Academy, It was Courtenay then, and not Finney, who recreated his stage triumph as Billy Fisher in the stark film version of Billy Liar. British Film Academy nominations came his way for this and for his fourth movie role in King & Country. Vivid contributions to the films King Rat, the ever-popular Doctor Zhivago, which earned him his first Oscar nomination, and The Night of the Generals followed.

Despite all this cinematic glory, Courtenay did not enjoy the process of movie-making and reverted back to his first passion -- the theatre -- beginning in 1966. Displaying his versatility with roles in such classic works as "The Cherry Orchard," "Macbeth" (as Malcolm), "Charley's Aunt," "The Playboy of the Western World," "Hamlet," "She Stoops to Conquer," "Peer Gynt" and "Arms and the Man," he still found scattered work in films, including The Day the Fish Came Out, A Dandy in Aspic and Otley, but none matched his earlier brilliance. In 1971 he took a self-imposed, decade-long sabbatical from filming.

Forming a sturdy association with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester that would last over a decade, he continued to impress with lead roles in "The Rivals" and "The Prince of Homburg". Following his huge success as the libidinous Norman in "The Norman Conquests" in London, he made his Broadway debut with "Otherwise Engaged" (1977) and earned a Tony nomination and Drama League Award in the process. It was his second Tony-nominated triumph in "The Dresser" in 1980-1981, however, that lured Courtenay back to films when he was asked to recreate the role for the large screen. The Dresser co-starred Tom as the mincing personal assistant to an appallingly self-destructive stage star played by Albert Finney (Paul Rogers played the role with Tom on Broadway) who struggles to get the actor through a rigorous performance of "King Lear". Both British actors received Oscar nominations but lost the 1984 "Best Actor" award to American Robert Duvall.

Since then Tom has appeared on occasion in TV and film roles -- usually in support. A few standouts include the films Let Him Have It, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, Last Orders and Nicholas Nickleby, and the TV mini-series A Rather English Marriage, for which he earned a British Television Award, and Little Dorrit.

Over the years Sir Tom has excelled in solo stage shows as well. As a chronic alcoholic in "Moscow Stations," he won the 1994 London Critics Circle Theatre and London Evening Standard Theatre awards for "Best Actor". In 2002, he wrote the one-man show "Pretending To Be Me," based on the letters and writings of poet Philip Larkin. In the past decade he has continued to distinguish himself on both the classical ("King Lear," "Uncle Vanya") and contemporary ("Art") stages.

Courtenay's marriage to actress Cheryl Kennedy lasted about a decade (from 1973 to 1982). In 1988 he married Isabel Crossley, a stage manager at the Royal Exchange Theatre in London. He has no children from either marriage. In 1999, Sir Tom Courtenay was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hull University and in 2000 published his memoir "Dear Tom: Letters From Home", which earned strong reviews. Knighthood came a year after that.

Kristin Booth

Kristin Booth is a versatile performer experienced in film, television and theatre.

Booth's feature film credits include several Toronto International Film Festival film selections, including Defendor and This Beautiful City; as well as the heist thriller, Foolproof, opposite Ryan Reynolds, On the Line, Detroit Rock City, Gossip, Cruel Intentions 2 and Kardia.

Kristin won her first Gemini Award in 2005, for her guest performance in the ReGenesis episode, Spare Parts. She received her second Gemini Award nomination, for her portrayal of "Connie Lewis", in the new CBC series, M.V.P., which also aired on ABC Soapnet. Other television include: American Wife, TNT's six-part mini-series, The Company, opposite Chris O'Donnell and Alessandro Nivola, Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, Kaw, Burn: The Robert Wraight Story, Salem Witch Trials, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, A Tale of Two Bunnies, Jewel and Sleep Murder, opposite Jason Priestley. She has also had lead roles in the series, The Newsroom, Daring & Grace: Teen Detectives, and has guest-starred in various series, including Supernatural, 1-800-Missing, This Is Wonderland, Traders, La Femme Nikita, Puppets Who Kill and Show Me Yours, among others. Kristin also starred in the pilot, My Best Friend's Girl, for CBS.

On stage, Kristin appeared with the prestigious "Soulpepper Theatre Company", garnering rave reviews for her portrayal of "Olivia" in "Twelfth Night". She was welcomed back to the company to play the title role in Ferenc Molnár's "Olympia".

Most recently, Kristin appeared in her recurring role on The Border, guest-starred on Rookie Blue for ABC, Flashpoint for CBS and CTV (third Gemini nomination), and The Listener for NBC and CTV. She also appeared in two independent Canadian features, At Home by Myself... with You, for which she was nominated for a 2010 ACTRA award and Crackie. Next up for this busy actor, starring opposite Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, in Thom Fitzgerald's feature film, Cloudburst. Ms. Booth also voices the lead character in the animated series, Producing Parker, alongside Kim Cattrall (Fourth Gemini Nomination). She recently starred, opposite Alyssa Milano, in Lifetime's Sundays at Tiffany's, based on the book by NYT best-selling author, James Patterson, and portrays Ethel Kennedy in the controversial mini-series, The Kennedys, opposite Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson and Barry Pepper.

Hattie Morahan

Hattie Morahan was born in London in 1978. Her father, Christopher Morahan, is a television and stage director, who is perhaps best known for his television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown. Her mother, Anna Carteret, is an actress whose most high profile role was that of Inspector Kate Longton, whom she played in the BBC police drama series Juliet Bravo between 1983 and 1985. Hattie was educated at the Frensham Heights School. Whilst she was at school people would recognize her mother because they had seen Anna on TV in Juliet Bravo. Hattie has said in interviews that for a long time she thought that Manchester was in India because her father was working for Granada but he kept going away to India. In 1995, when she was sixteen years old, her father cast her as Una Gwithiam in a television adaptation of The Peacock Spring, which was broadcast on British television on 1st January 1996.

Hattie studied English Literature at New Hall, Cambridge between 1997 and 2000. This Cambridge University college has since been renamed Murray Edwards College. Whilst she was at Cambridge, she acted in several student drama productions. Hattie played Snowball, the pig based on Trotsky, in a stage adaptation of George Orwell's novel, 'Animal Farm', at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge from 18th to 22nd November 1997. She returned to the ADC Theatre in February 1998 as part of the cast of 'Ticklebang', a new comedy written by Dylan Ritson, and she was part of the cast when the play was put on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 1998. In November 1998 Hattie decided to switch for the time being from acting to direction, and directed 'The Suicide', a play by Nikolay Erdman, at the ADC in Cambridge, with Blake Ritson, the brother of Dylan, as her assistant director.

Hattie played the part of Catherine in Phillip Breen's production of Arthur Miller's modern classic, 'A View from the Bridge', at the ADC from 9th to 13th February, 1999. This production was re-staged at the National Student Drama Festival at Scarborough in April 1999 and Hattie won the best actress award at the festival. In July 1999 she played Cecily Cardew in an outdoor production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, 'The Importance of being Earnest', with Phillip Breen as director and Blake Ritson in the role of Jack Worthing. This played at a number of outdoor venues in and around Cambridge. It was later staged at the ADC in Cambridge from 11th to 13th October 1999.

Towards the end of her time at Cambridge, Hattie played Isabel in Pedro Calderon De la Barca's play, 'The Mayor of Zalamea', at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in the summer of 2000, and in that summer she graduated with a degree in English from Cambridge University. At this point, she was clear that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Her parents recommended that she enroll at drama school. However, Hattie was eager to get started on her professional acting career. She made a deal with her parents that if she did not get much work in the next twelve months, she would follow their advice and go to drama school.

As it turned out within a few months Hattie had won a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and whilst she was there she was able to take advantage of the technical classes and voice coaching to improve her acting technique. Her first professional engagement was as one of the players in a production of 'Hamlet' directed by Steven Pimlott. This was staged first at the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon from 31st March to 13th October 2001 and then at the Barbican Theatre in London from 6th December 2001 to 2nd April 2002. As well as her part as one of the players, Hattie also understudied the role of Ophelia. She was with the RSC for over a year and her other roles for the company included the part of Lucy in 'Love in a Wood', a Restoration comedy by William Wycherley which was staged at the Swan Theatre in Stratford between 12th April and 12th October 2001; Emela in 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' by David Edgar, which was performed at the Other Place in Stratford from 11th July to 13th October 2001; and Tracy, the hotel receptionist, in 'Night of the Soul', a new play written and directed by David Farr, which ran at the Barbican Pit in London from 19th April to 11th May 2002.

After she had completed her time with the RSC, Hattie played the part of Elizabeth in a revival of Somerset Maugham's play 'The Circle' directed by Mark Rosenblatt. This production went on a tour of English regional theaters in the autumn of 2002 starting at the Malvern Theatre, (27th to 31st August), and finishing at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, (21st to 26th October). In 2003 she played Elaine Harper in 'Arsenic and Old Lace' for Katharine Dore Management at the Strand Theatre in London from 14th February to 31st May, and Louise De la Valliere in 'Power', a new play written by Nick Dear, at the National Theatre in London from 3rd July to 29th October. In 2004 she played Ruby in Peter Flannery's play 'Singer' at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn from 10th March to 10th April. She appeared as Totty Vogel Downing, an expert on art fraud seconded to the unsolved case squad in one episode of New Tricks, the popular BBC1 crime drama series, and she took part in a presentation of Eve Ensler's play, 'Necessary Targets', directed by Anna Carteret at the Arts Theatre in London on Sunday 10th October 2004 .

Also in 2004, Hattie took part in a rehearsed reading of 'Othello' at the Globe Theatre in London and she played the part of a receptionist in 'Out of Time', a short film written by Dylan Ritson and directed by his brother Blake. However, Hattie's breakthrough as a stage actress was probably her performance in the title role in a 2004 revival of Euripides' play, 'Iphigenia at Aulis'. This was staged at the National Theatre in London and ran from 12th June to 7th September 2004. The play's director, Katie Mitchell, is a controversial figure in contemporary British theatre, but Hattie is an admirer of her work, and as it turned out 'Iphigenia at Aulis' was the start of a long running collaboration between the two women.

In 2005 she played Beth Lucas, a regular character in the second season of the BBC3 medical drama, Bodies, and she made a guest appearance in the radio version of Trevor's World of Sport. She played Carrie, a media studies graduate interested in a career in talent management, who goes on a work placement at TS Sports Stars. The episode was entitled 'Work Experience' and it was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 29th November 2005. In the autumn she played Viola in a well received production of William Shakespeare 's play 'Twelfth Night' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. This production ran from 17th September to 22nd October 2005. In 2006 she played Penelope Toop in 'See How They Run' for ACT Productions in a tour of regional theaters starting at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, (15th to 18th February 2006) and finishing at the Malvern Theatre, (4th to 8th April 2006). 'See How They Run' was directed by Douglas Hodge, a good friend of Hattie's fiancé, Blake Ritson. Also in 2006 she played Alice in a BBC Radio 4 production of David Hare's play, 'Plenty', broadcast on 30th September 2006, and in the summer of 2006 Hattie was reunited with Katie Mitchell, who directed her in Anton Chekhov's play 'The Seagull' at the National Theatre. The play ran from 17th June to 23rd September and Hattie won an Ian Charleston award for her performance as Nina in this play.

Hattie was part of the cast in 'Asylum Monologues', an event organized by Actors for Human Rights, at Cambridge University on 18th October 2007. She was also busy filming various television and film projects in 2007. She played the part of Sister Clara in New Line Cinema's film of The Golden Compass, which went on general release in Great Britain on 5th December 2007, as well as playing Gale Benson, the daughter of a Conservative member of parliament who becomes involved with the black power movement, in Roger Donaldson's film, The Bank Job. The Bank Job went on general release in Britain on 29th February 2008. On television she was in two comedies made by Hat Trick productions, namely Outnumbered and Bike Squad. She won widespread acclaim for her performance as Elinor Dashwood in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility. This was broadcast on BBC1 between 1st and 13th January 2008. This television adaptation was inevitably compared with the 1995 Columbia Tristar film of the same book in which Emma Thompson had played Elinor, although in her preparation for the role Hattie had deliberately avoided watching the film again and decided not to think about Emma Thompson. Hattie won the best actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival for her performance as Elinor Dashwood.

She appeared in several radio dramas in the first quarter of 2008, including 'What I think of my Husband', a radio play by Stephen Wakelam about Thomas Hardy's relationship with his second wife, Florence Dugdale. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 31st March and 4th April 2008, and featured excellent performances from both Nigel Anthony as Hardy and Hattie as Florence. She also played the part of Constance in a radio adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 film Spellbound. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 16th February 2008. Her co-star in this radio play was Benedict Cumberbatch, with whom she appeared in Martin Crimp's play, 'The City'. This play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on Thursday 24th April 2008 and ran until Saturday 7th June 2008. It was directed by Katie Mitchell, who also directed Hattie in 'Some Trace of Her', an experimental stage version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, 'The Idiot'. This opened at the Cottesloe stage of the National Theatre in London on Wednesday 23rd July and ran until Tuesday 21st October 2008. She was also in the cast of A Pocket Full of Rye, an Agatha Christie TV drama starring Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple, in which Hattie played Elaine Fortescue, the daughter of a murdered businessman.

In the autumn of 2008 Hattie played the role of Jane again in the second series of the BBC1 situation comedy Outnumbered. On Sunday 2nd November 2008 she returned to Cambridge University, where she gave a talk on her acting career at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio. She was one of the readers for 'Active Resistance to Propaganda' by Vivienne Westwood, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Alternative Christmas lecture, which was staged at Wilton's Music Hall in London on Sunday 16th December 2008. She also played the part of Mary in a revival of the T.S. Eliot play 'Family Reunion' at the Donmar Warehouse in London. This play opened on Thursday 20th November 2008 and ran until Saturday 10th January 2009. The play was in a very real sense a family reunion for Hattie since the cast included Hattie's mother Anna Carteret.

In 2009 Hattie played Claire in 'Love Hate'. This was a short film about a charity worker who falls in love with a mysterious woman. It was written and directed by the Ritson brothers, and the cast also included Ben Whishaw, with whom Hattie had previously co-starred in stage productions of 'The Seagull' in 2006 and 'Some Trace of Her' in 2008. In the spring of 2009 Hattie returned to the National Theatre in London to play Kay Conway in 'Time and the Conways' by J.B.Priestley. The play opened on Tuesday 28th April 2009 and completed its run on Sunday 16th August 2009. Hattie played Elizabeth in Meredith Oakes' unusually entitled social comedy, 'Alex Tripped on my fairy', which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 21st March 2009. She was one of the readers for an edition of the BBC Radio 3 show, 'Words and Music', which went out on Sunday 29th March 2009, and she also narrated a ten part dramatization of 'Lady Audley's Secret' by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 between Monday 20th April 2009 and Friday 1st May 2009.

Geraldine McEwan

Geraldine McEwan was born in Old Windsor, England and made her theatre debut at the age of 14 at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. By the age of 18 she was starring in London's West End in several long-running popular productions. During the 1950s she acted with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961.

She had leading roles as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing with Christopher Plummer, Ophelia in Hamlet, The Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Marina in Pericles and played opposite Dorothy Tutin in Twelfth Night which also toured Moscow and Leningrad.

Miss McEwan originated the female lead role in Joe Orton's Loot, captivated Broadway with productions of The School for Scandal, The Private Ear and the Public Eye, and most recently, The Chairs, earning her a Tony nomination for best actress.

As a member of the Royal National Theatre, acting along side Albert Finney, and Laurence Olivier, Geraldine spent the 1960s and 70s with memorable roles including The Dance of Death, Love for Love, A Flea in Her Ear, Chez Nous, Home and Beauty, The Browning Version, Harlequinade and The White Devil. In 1976 she had the distinction of being nominated for an Olivier Award in two separate categories.

In 1983 she won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award for The Rivals. In 1991 she won the BAFTA Best Actress Award for her intense and powerful performance as the Mother in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and in 1995 she won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award for her performance of Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World.

In 1998, McEwan was nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Actress Category for The Chairs. Her numerous television credits include the highly acclaimed The Barchester Chronicles with Alan Rickman, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Mulberry, and the immensely popular Mapp & Lucia. Her film work includes The Dance of Death with Laurence Olivier, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Alan Rickman, Henry V and Love's Labour's Lost, both with Kenneth Branagh, and most recently The Magdalene Sisters, The Lazarus Child, Vanity Fair and Carrie's War. In 2003, Geraldine was chosen to play Agatha Christie's Jane Marple. She recently retired from that role after completing 12 hugely popular two-hour mysteries for ITV/PBS.

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for Harper & Row, and even Presbyterian minister after spending three years at the Yale School of Divinity. At age 30, however, he began to study acting and found his true life's passion.

Waite made his professional NY debut in a 1960 production of "The Balcony" at the Circle in the Square and was seen on Broadway in "Blues for Mister Charlie" before earning fine reviews in 1965 alongside Faye Dunaway in "Hogan's Goat". This was enough to encourage him to move West where he began collecting bit parts in prestigious movies, including Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces. One of those films, the coming-of-age Last Summer starred an up-and-coming talent named Richard Thomas, who, of course, would figure prominently in Waite's success story in years to come. Waite continued to thrive as well on the stage appearing in both contemporary plays ("The Trial of Lee Harvey Osward") as well as Shakespearean classics (Claudius in "Hamlet" and Orsino in "Twelfth Night").

Stardom came for him in the form of the gentle, homespun Depression-era series The Waltons. In the TV-movie pilot, the roles of John and Olivia Walton were played by Andrew Duggan and Patricia Neal. The Earl Hamner Jr. series, however, would welcome Waite along with Michael Learned, and make both, as well as Richard Thomas playing their son John-Boy, household names. Waite also directed several episodes of the series during the nine seasons. Throughout the seventies, he strove to expand outside his Walton patriarchal casting with other TV mini-movie endeavors. Those included Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, the title role in The Secret Life of John Chapman, OHMS, Angel City and The Gentleman Bandit. He also appeared in a few films including On the Nickel which he wrote and directed.

Throughout the run of the series, Waite continued to revert back to his theater roots from time to time. Notable was his role as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, which was televised by PBS, and a return to Broadway with "The Father" in 1981. Waite also founded the Los Angeles Actors Theatre in 1975 and served as its artistic director.

The Waltons, which earned him an Emmy nomination, ended in 1981 and Waite ventured on to other TV character roles during the 80s and 90s but less visibly. In his second TV series The Mississippi, which was produced by his company Ralph Waite Productions, he played a criminal lawyer who abandoned his practice (almost) for a leisurely life captaining a riverboat. It lasted only a year. There have been other more recent theater excursions including "Death of a Salesman" (1998), "The Gin Game" (1999), "Ancestral Voices (2000) and "This Thing of Darkness" (2002). He also had a recurring role on the offbeat HBO series Carnivàle and in 2009 began putting time in on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives as Father Matt. Waite still carries with him a certain grizzled, rumpled, craggy-faced, settled-in benevolence, although he is quite capable of villainy. He has always seemed more comfortable in front of the camera wearing a dusty pair of work clothes than a suit.

For many years, Waite has held passionate political ambitions. He twice ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat -- in 1990 and 1998. A Palm Desert resident during his second attempt, the 70-year-old Californian was a Democratic hopeful for a seat left vacant by the late Sonny Bono after his fatal skiing accident in 1998. He was ultimately defeated by Bono's widow, Mary Bono. Waite has been married since 1982 to third wife Linda East.

Jenette Goldstein

Jenette Goldstein is a true chameleon. She is so effective as an actress, it is nearly impossible to recognize her from role to role. Jenette spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles. Born to theater-loving parents, she attended fine arts-oriented schools, and was the young star of the drama classes. She often competed in citywide drama competitions with soon-to-be famous peers Val Kilmer, Gina Gershon, Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham. To hone her craft after high school, Jenette studied at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and at Circle in the Square Theater in New York City, mastering drama theory, physicality, dialects and the classics. It was in London, while performing in local theater productions, where Jenette answered an audition request for American actors with British Equity cards. Thinking it was another play or a small film, she read for a tough, macho Latina character, named 'Vasquez' And shot to fame in James Cameron's iconic film Aliens. Cameron was so pleased with Jenette's creativity and strong work ethic, he recast her as 'Janelle' in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and a cameo role as the loving 'Irish Mother' in the epic Titanic.

Her resume is testament to her range and versatility: Vampy killer Diamondback in Near Dark, good cop Meagan Shapiro in Lethal Weapon 2, Patti Jean Lynch in The Presidio, Alice the Maid in a one-scene role in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, et cetera.

In addition to film, Jenette has made several appearances on the small screen. She guest-starred on such award-winning shows as Six Feet Under, L.A. Law, Strong Medicine and ER - where she guest-starred on the 100th anniversary show as a grieving mother, and in a separate episode opposite Anthony Edwards, as a heroic flight nurse. It was only after Jenette was hired for the second role that the show's producers realized she had done the show before.

Jenette has continued working in theater throughout her career, appearing plays in New York, London and Los Angeles. She has performed the classics, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, to more contemporary pieces, such as Arthur Miller's After The Fall, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Production. Currently, Jenette is excited about her latest creation: a one-woman show she is writing herself.

Holt McCallany

Holt McCallany was born into a family of New York City actors; his mother was the renowned singer/actress Julie Wilson, and his father was a Tony Award winning actor and producer. He began school in Dublin, Ireland at the age of five before his parents moved back to NY. At 14 years old, he ran away from home and took a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor but his parents tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to boarding school. Following high school, Holt went to France to continue his education. He learned French at the Sorbonne, studied art history at the Paris American Academy, and theater at L'Ecole Marceau and L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq. He spent a summer studying Shakespeare in Oxford then moved back to New York City permanently to begin his acting career. McCallany has worked with the most prestigious directors and actors of our time in films like GANGSTER SQUAD (Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone), FIGHT CLUB (Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, directed by David Fincher), THREE KINGS (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, directed by David O. Russell), MEN OF HONOR (Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert DeNiro), BELOW (written by Darren Aronofsky, Lucas Sussman & David Twohy), VANTAGE POINT (Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, produced by Neil Moritz), THE LOSERS (Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana), BLACKHAT (Chris Hemsworth and directed, produced and co-written by Michael Mann), RUN ALL NIGHT (Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris) and THE PERFECT GUY (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut). Holt also starred in THE GANZFELD EXPERIMENT, an exploration of extrasensory perception and WHITE SPACE, a futuristic retelling of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. Most recently he shot SULLY (Tom Hanks, directed by Clint Eastwood) and SHOT CALLER (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, directed by Ric Roman Waugh). On television McCallany starred in the critically acclaimed dramatic series LIGHTS OUT for FX earning rave reviews for his performance as heavyweight champion Patrick "Lights" Leary. He played a detective with psychological problems on CSI MIAMI, the district attorney and love interest to Bridget Moynahan's character on CBS's hit drama BLUE BLOODS and a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder on CRIMINAL MINDS, among others. For the stage, Holt's credits include The Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Bovver Boys, Rosetta Street, and By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea.

Donald Pleasence

Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed, the paranoid and the purely evil. Even the Van Helsing-like psychiatrist Sam Loomis in the Halloween franchise seems only marginally more balanced than his prey. An actor of great intensity, Pleasence excelled on stage as Shakespearean villains. He was an unrelenting prosecutor in Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos" and made his theatrical reputation in the title role of the seedy, scheming tramp in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" (1960). On screen, he gave a perfectly plausible interpretation of the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, in The Eagle Has Landed. He was a convincingly devious Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and His Six Wives, disturbing in his portrayal of the crazed, bloodthirsty preacher Quint in Will Penny; and as sexually depraved, alcohol-sodden 'Doc' Tydon in the brilliant Aussie outback drama Wake in Fright. And, of course, he was Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice. These are some of the films, for which we may remember Pleasence, but there was a great deal more to this fabulous, multi-faceted actor.

Donald Henry Pleasence was born on October 5, 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, to Alice (Armitage) and Thomas Stanley Pleasence. His family worked on the railway; his grandfather had been a signal man and both his brother and father were station masters. When Donald failed to get a scholarship at RADA, he joined the family occupation working as a clerk at his father's station before becoming station master at Swinton, Yorkshire. While there he wrote letters to theatre companies eventually being accepted by one on the island of Jersey in Spring 1939 as an assistant stage manager. On the eve of World War II, he made his theatrical debut in "Wuthering Heights". In 1942, he played Curio in "Twelfth Night", but his career was then interrupted by military service in the RAF. He was shot down over France, incarcerated and tortured in a German POW camp. Once repatriated, Donald returned to the stage in Peter Brook's 1946 London production of "The Brothers Karamazov" with Alec Guinness although he missed the opening due to measles, followed by a stint on Broadway with Laurence Olivier's touring company in "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "Anthony and Cleopatra". Upon his return to England, he won critical plaudits for his performance in "Hobson's Choice". In 1952, Donald began his screen career, rather unobtrusively, in small parts. He was only really noticed once having found his métier as dastardly, sneaky Prince John in The Adventures of Robin Hood. It took several more years, until international recognition came his way: first, through the filmed adaptation of The Guest; and, secondly, with his blind forger in The Great Escape, a role imbued with added conviction due to his own wartime experience.

Some of his best acting Donald reserved for the small screen. In 1962, the producer of The Twilight Zone, Buck Houghton, brought Donald to the United States ('damn the expense'!) to guest star in the third season episode "The Changing of the Guard". He was given a mere five days to immerse himself in the part of a gentle school teacher, Professor Ellis Fowler, who, on the eve of Christmas is forcibly retired after fifty-one years of teaching. Devastated, and believing himself a failure who has made no mark on the world, he is about to commit suicide when the school's bell summons him to his classroom. There, he is confronted by the spirits of deceased students who exhort him to consider that his lessons have had fundamental effects on their lives, even leading to acts of great heroism. Upon hearing this, Fowler is now content to graciously accept his retirement. Managing to avoid maudlin sentimentality, Donald's performance was intuitive and, arguably, one of the most poignant ever accomplished in a thirty-minute television episode. Once again, against type, he was equally delightful as the mild-mannered Reverend Septimus Harding in Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles. Whether eccentric, sinister or given to pathos, Donald Pleasence was always great value-for-money and his performances have rarely failed to engage.

Pernell Roberts

Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. Born Pernell Elvin Roberts, Jr. on May 18, 1928, in North Carolina and moved to Waycross as an infant, he was singing in local USO shows while still in high school (where he appeared in plays and played the horn). He attended both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland but flunked out of both colleges, with a two-year stint as a Marine stuck somewhere in between. He eventually decided to give acting a chance and supported himself as a butcher, forest ranger, and railroad riveter during the lean years while pursuing his craft.

On stage from the early 1950s, he gained experience in such productions as "The Adding Machine," "The Firebrand" and "Faith of Our Fathers" before spending a couple of years performing the classics with the renowned Arena Stage Company in Washington, DC. Productions there included "The Taming of the Shrew" (as Petruchio), "The Playboy of the Western Word," "The Glass Menagerie," "The Importance of Being Earnest," and "Twelfth Night." He made his Broadway debut in 1955 with "Tonight in Samarkind" and that same year won the "Best Actor" Drama Desk Award for his off-Broadway performance as "Macbeth," which was immediately followed by "Romeo and Juliet" as Mercutio. Other Broadway plays include "The Lovers" (1956) with Joanne Woodward, "A Clearing in the Woods" (1957) with Kim Stanley, a return to Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" (1957) and "The Duchess of Malfi" (1957). He returned to Broadway fifteen years later as the title role opposite Ingrid Bergman in "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" (1972).

Pernell then headed for Hollywood and found minor roles in films before landing the pivotal role of Ben Cartwright's oldest and best-educated son Adam in the Bonanza series in 1959. The series made Roberts a bona fide TV star, while the program itself became the second longest-running TV western (after "Gunsmoke") and first to be filmed in color. At the peak of his and the TV show's popularity, Pernell, displeased with the writing and direction of the show, suddenly elected not to renew his contract and left at the end of the 1964-1965 season to the utter dismay of his fans. The show continued successfully without him, but a gap was always felt in the Cartwright family by this abrupt departure. The story line continued to leave open the possibility of a return if desired, but Pernell never did.

With his newfound freedom, Roberts focused on singing and the musical stage. One solo album was filled with folks songs entitled "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies." Besides such standard roles in "Camelot" and "The King and I," he starred as Rhett Butler to Lesley Ann Warren's Scarlett O'Hara in a musical version of "Gone with the Wind" that did not fare well, and appeared in another misguided musical production based on the life of "Mata Hari." During this period he became an avid civil rights activist and joined other stalwarts such as Dick Gregory, Joan Baez and Harry Belafonte who took part in civil rights demonstrations during the 60s, including the Selma March.

The following years were rocky. He never found a solid footing in films with roles in rugged, foreign films such as The Kashmiri Run [The Kashmiri Run], Four Rode Out, making little impression. He maintained a viable presence in TV, however, with parts in large-scale mini-series and guest shots on TV helping to keep some momentum. In 1979 he finally won another long-running series role (and an Emmy nomination) as Trapper John, M.D. in which he recreated the Wayne Rogers TV M*A*S*H role. Pernell was now heavier, bearded and pretty close to bald at this juncture (he was already wearing a toupee during his early "Bonanza" years), but still quite virile and attractive. The medical drama co-starring Gregory Harrison ran seven seasons.

The natural-born Georgia rebel was a heavily principled man and spent a life-time of work fighting racism, segregation, and sexism, notably on TV. He was constantly at odds with the "Bonanza" series writers of his concerns regarding equality. He also kept his private life private. Married and divorced three times, he had one son, Jonathan Christopher, by first wife Vera. Jonathan was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1989. In the 1990s, Pernell starred in his last series as host of FBI: The Untold Stories. It had a short life-span.

Retiring in the late 1990s, Roberts was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died about two years later at age 81 on January 24, 2010, survived by fourth wife Eleanor Criswell. As such, the rugged actor, who never regretted leaving the "Bonanza" series, managed to outlive the entire Cartwright clan (Dan Blocker died in 1972; Lorne Greene in 1987); and Michael Landon in 1991).

Edwina Findley Dickerson

Edwina Findley Dickerson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, hailed by critics as "A marvel to watch." She made her prime-time debut as "Tosha Mitchell" on HBO's critically acclaimed series THE WIRE, followed by four seasons as "Davina Lambreaux" on HBO's Emmy-Nominated drama series Treme, set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. On the big screen, Edwina garnered attention for her role as "Rosie" in director Ava Duvernay's (Selma) Sundance award-winning feature Middle of Nowhere, and delivered a "skin prickling performance" as "Melva Neddy" in Jake Mahaffy's Free In Deed, based on a true story. Free In Deed won two Best Film Awards and official selections at AFI, Venice, Stockholm, and Turkey's Malatya Uluslararasi Film Festivals. In 2015, Edwina gave a hilarious turn as Kevin Hart's wife, "Rita", in Warner Bros' hit comedy Get Hard with Will Ferrell, and as "Dee" in HBO's Emmy-winning comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She later joined FOX's daytime talk show, The Real, as both a guest and Guest Host. Edwina can be seen weekly on the Oprah Winfrey Network, starring as "Kelly" in Tyler Perry's hit drama series If Loving You Is Wrong, which premiered as the highest-rated series debut in OWN's network history.

Theatrically, Edwina performed in Eclipsed, written by actress Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) set during the Liberian war, and the historical drama Gee's Bend, for which Edwina was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Other theatre credits include Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Antigone, Cyrano De Bergerac, Into the Woods, Crowns, and Crumbs From the Table of Joy from Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage.

Edwina studied theatre and classical music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in her hometown, Washington, DC, and is an alumna of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Artist and Scholar Award, Founder's Day Award, the Dean's List, and induction into the Tisch University Scholars Program. Edwina and her husband, Business Executive Kelvin Dickerson, are the Co-Founders of the national nonprofit organization AbundantLifeU, and Edwina regularly travels the country speaking, teaching, and inspiring millennials, women, and leaders to uncover their purpose and live their dreams.

Wallis Currie-Wood

Wallis Currie-Wood is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she starred in productions of "Twelfth Night," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Buried Child."

She will make her feature film debut in the Nancy Meyers' film "The Intern," opposite Robert DeNiro, which will be released in the fall of 2015.

Curie-Wood's volunteer work includes "Books For Belize," an organization aimed at bringing higher quality education and literature to a small village in the Belize jungle. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, exploring the outdoors and playing the violin for a live audiences.

She is originally from Austin, Texas.

Chin Han

Named one of Asia's 25 greatest actors of all time by CNNGo (a division of CNN) alongside stars like Hong Kong's Tony Leung Chiu Wai, India's Amitabh Bachchan and Japan's Toshiro Mifune, Chin Han's 20 year career in Asia has spanned theater, television and film.

Beginning as a teen actor in stage classics like Moliere's L'Ecole des femmes and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, he went on to star in Singapore's first English language television series Masters of the Sea produced by ex-Lorimar exec Joanne Brough (Dallas, Falcon Crest). A spin-off series Troubled Waters was to follow, which he also starred in.

In 1998 Chin Han made his US film debut in Blindness an Official Selection at the 2nd Hollywood Film Festival in a leading role opposite Vivian Wu (Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book).

Soon after, he starred in the Singapore mini-series 'Alter Asians' which won the 2001 Asian Television Award for Best TV Movie of the Year.

As a director, he has helmed acclaimed Asian Premieres of plays like David Hare's The Blue Room and co-produced the official Musical adaptation of Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet.

A pianist himself, Chin Han has also produced concerts for Tony Award winners Jason Robert Brown (The Last 5 Years), Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Lillias White (Disney's Hercules) in Asia.

In Los Angeles, he served as Associate Producer (credited as Chin Han Ng) on the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards which featured stars like Jackie Chan, Maggie Q, Quentin Tarantino and Danny Devito.

Returning to the big screen, his strong supporting performance in Thom Fitzgerald's (The Hanging Garden) 3 Needles with Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, and Chloe Sevigny led one movie reviewer to note that for his 'small but important role, (Chin Han) delivers in spades' (I-S Magazine).

In 2008, Chin Han took on the pivotal role of Lau in the summer blockbuster movie The Dark Knight and was described by director Christopher Nolan as having 'a great presence... it was exactly what the character required' (South China Morning Post).

The following year, he joined John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson in Roland Emmerich's epic disaster movie 2012 which has grossed more than $750 million worldwide to date.

Chin Han then worked with Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant on the film Restless, produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which was selected as the 64th Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard Opening Gala Film. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper.

More recently, he can be seen as part of the star-studded ensemble in Steven Soderbergh's biohazard thriller Contagion from Warner Bros. The film also stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cottilard, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

On US prime time television, Chin Han has guest-starred on J.J. Abrams Fringe and has had recurring roles on the critically acclaimed television series from Shawn Ryan, Last Resort (ABC) and the CW's hit show Arrow. In 2013, he completed The Sixth Gun based on the popular graphic novel as a pilot for NBC Universal and played Wu Jing in NBC's breakout show The Blacklist with James Spader.

In Asia, Chin Han next stars opposite Michelle Yeoh in Final Recipe, an intergenerational comedy about celebrity chefs, produced by CJ Entertainment, South Korea's largest entertainment company, and also heads up an international cast for HBO Asia's groundbreaking series Serangoon Road.

Crossing over from DC to the Marvel Universe, Han cameos as Councilman Yen in the 2014 hit movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

He is currently filming the highly-anticipated Netflix series Marco Polo for The Weinstein Company premiering this December.

Chin Han resides in Los Angeles.

Tim Russ

Timothy Darrell Russ was born on June 22, 1956, in Washington, D.C., to Air Force officer Walt and his wife Josephine. He and his younger siblings Michael and Angela grew up on several military bases, including Niagara Falls, Elmendorf (Alaska) AFB, Omaha, Taiwan, Philippines and Turkey. During these moves around the world, he graduated from Izmir High School in Turkey, and received his diploma from Rome Free Academy in Rome, New York. Afterwards he attended Saint Edwards University and earned a B.S. in Theater Arts but continued his studies with a full scholarship to continue theater studies at Illinois State University. His first professional job came while he was at St. Edward's University in Austin, when he appeared in a PBS Masterpiece Theater production, but he started to pursue acting full time in 1985. During that time he's been on many TV shows and movies - including The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Thirtysomething, Jake and the Fatman, 21 Jump Street, Beauty and the Beast, The People Next Door, Mancuso, FBI, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Tequila and Bonetti, SeaQuest 2032, Dark Justice, Murphy Brown, Monty, Star Trek: Voyager, Melrose Place, Any Day Now, The Highwayman, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, among others.

Along with his television experience he has also played in a variety of films, including Crossroads, Fire with Fire, Timestalkers, Spaceballs, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, Pulse, Bird, Roots: The Gift, Eve of Destruction, Dead Silence, Night Eyes II, Mr. Saturday Night, Star Trek: Generations, Dead Connection, East of Hope Street. During his comprehensive acting career he appeared in numerous theatrical productions including "Romeo & Juliet", "Barrabas", "Dream Girls", "As You Like It", "Twelfth Night", "Cave Dwellers" among others. When not acting, Russ finds time for music and film producing. Songs sung by Tim Russ are available on the CDs "Only a Dream in Rio", "Tim Russ", "Kushangaza" and "Brave New World". He lives in the area of Los Angeles where his whole family resides.

Ben Cross

Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays -- most notably playing "Jesus" in a school pageant at age 12.

Ben left home and school at age 15 and worked various jobs, including work as a window washer, waiter and carpenter. He was master carpenter for the Welsh National Opera and property master at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England.

Driven by his desire to be an actor, Ben accepted and overcame the enormous challenges and obstacles that came with the profession. In 1970, at the age of 22, he was accepted into London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) -- the alma mater of legendary actors such as Sir John Gielgud, Glenda Jackson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Upon graduation from RADA, Ben performed in several stage plays at Duke's Playhouse where he was seen in "Macbeth", "The Importance of Being Earnest", and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman". He then joined the Prospect Theatre Company and played roles in "Pericles", "Twelfth Night", and "Royal Hunt of the Sun". Ben also joined the cast in the immensely popular musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and played leading roles in Peter Shaffer's "Equurs", "Mind Your Head" and the musical "Irma La Douce" -- all at Leicester's Haymarket Theatre.

Ben's first big screen film appearance came in 1976 when he went on location to Deventer, Holland, to play "Trooper Binns" in Joseph E. Levine's World War II epic A Bridge Too Far, which starred a very famous international cast -- namely Dirk Bogarde, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Michael Caine and James Caan.

In 1977, Ben became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in the premier of "Privates on Parade" as "Kevin Cartwright" and played "Rover" in a revival of a Restoration play titled "Wild Oats".

Ben's path to international stardom began in 1978 with his extraordinary performance in the play, "Chicago", in which he played "Billy Flynn", the slick lawyer of murderess "Roxie Hart". During his performance in this play, he was recognized and recommended for a leading role in the multiple Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire. The major success of Chariots of Fire opened the doors to the international film market. Ben followed up Chariots of Fire with strong and successful performances, most notably in the Masterpiece Theatre miniseries The Citadel, in which he played a Scottish physician, Dr Andrew Manson, struggling with the politics of the British medical system during the 1920s, and his performance as "Ash Pelham-Martyn", a British cavalry officer torn between two cultures in the Home Box Office miniseries The Far Pavilions. During the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Ben appeared in a commercial for American Express with Jackson Scholz, a sprinter for the 1924 American Olympic team whose character was featured in the film Chariots of Fire. He subsequently replaced James Garner as the featured actor endorsing the Polaroid Spectra camera in 1986. Ben was also featured in "GQ Magazine" as one of the annual "Manstyle" winners in January, 1985, followed by a featured photo shoot in March, 1985.

Having stuck by his desire to choose quality roles over monetary potential, Ben has enjoyed long-term success in the film industry, currently over 30 years. Over the years, Ben has played several outstanding roles including his portrayal of "Solomon", one of the most fascinatingly complex characters of the Bible, in the Trimark Pictures production Solomon in 1997. Other outstanding roles included his "Barnabus" in the 1991 MGM remake of the miniseries Dark Shadows; "Sir Harold Pearson" in the 1994 Italian production Honey Sweet Love... (Honey Sweet Love); "Ikey Solomon" in the Australian production The Potato Factory in 2000; and, most recently, his role as Rudolf Hess in the 2006 BBC production Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial.

Ben is a director, writer and musician, as well. Among many of his original works is the musical "Rage" about Ruth Ellis, which was performed in various regional towns in the London area. He also starred in it and played the part of the hangman. Ben's first single as a lyricist was released by Polydor Records in the late 1970s and was titled "Mickey Moonshine". Other works include "The Best We've Ever Had" and "Nearly Midnight", both written by Ben and directed by his son, Theo Cross. In addition, the original soundtrack for "Nearly Midnight" was written, produced and performed by his daughter, Lauren Cross. These works were performed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2002 and 2003, respectively. "Square One", directed by Ben, was performed at the Etcetera Theatre in London in 2004.

Ben has lived all over the world, including London, Los Angeles, New York, Southern Spain, Vienna, and, most recently, Sofia. He is familiar with the Spanish, Italian and German languages and has enrolled in a course studying Bulgarian. When he's not filming, he can be found writing music, screenplays and articles for English language publications.

Alice Ghostley

Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage, her eternally forlorn looks later evolved as an amusingly familiar plain-Jane presence on TV sitcoms and in an occasional film or two during the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Alice was born in a whistle-stop railroad station in the tiny town of Eve, Missouri, where her father was employed as a telegraph operator. She grew up in various towns in the Midwest (Arkansas, Oklahoma) and began performing from the age of 5 where she was called upon to recite poetry, sing and tap-dance. Spurred on by a high school teacher, she studied drama at the University of Oklahoma but eventually left in order to pursue a career in New York with her sister Gladys.

Teaming together in an act called "The Ghostley Sisters", Alice eventually went solo and developed her own cabaret show as a singer and comedienne. She also toiled as a secretary to a music teacher in exchange for singing lessons, worked as a theater usherette in order to see free stage shows, paid her dues as a waitress, worked once for a detective agency, and even had a stint as a patch tester for a detergent company. No glamourpuss by any stretch of the imagination, she built her reputation as a singing funny lady.

The short-statured, auburn-haired entertainer received her star-making break singing the satirical ditty "The Boston Beguine" in the Broadway stage revue "New Faces of 1952", which also showcased up-and-coming stars Eartha Kitt, Carol Lawrence, Hogan's Heroes co-star Robert Clary and Paul Lynde to whom she would be invariably compared to what with their similarly comic demeanors. The film version of New Faces_ featured pretty much the same cast. She and "male counterpart" Lynde would appear together in the same films and/or TV shows over the years.

With this momentum started, she continued on Broadway with the short-lived musicals "Sandhog" (1954) featuring Jack Cassidy, "Trouble in Tahiti" (1955), "Shangri-La" (1956), again starring Jack Cassidy, and the legit comedy "Maybe Tuesday" (1958). A reliable sketch artist, she fared much better on stage in the 1960s playing a number of different characterizations in both "A Thurber Carnival" (1960), and opposite Bert Lahr in "The Beauty Part" (1962), for which she received a Tony nomination. She finally nabbed the Tony trophy as "featured actress" for her wonderful work as Mavis in the comedy play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" (1965).

By this time Alice had established herself on TV. She and good friend Kaye Ballard stole much of the proceedings as the evil stepsisters in the classic Julie Andrews version of Cinderella, and she also recreated her Broadway role in a small screen adaptation of _Shangri-La (1960) (TV)_. Although it was mighty hard to take away her comedy instincts, she did appear in a TV production of "Twelfth Night" as Maria opposite Maurice Evans' Malvolio, and graced such dramatic programs as "Perry Mason" and "Naked City", as well as the film To Kill a Mockingbird. She kept herself in the TV limelight as a frequent panelist on such game shows as "The Hollywood Squares" and "The Match Game".

Enjoying a number of featured roles in such lightweight comedy fare as My Six Loves with Debbie Reynolds, With Six You Get Eggroll starring Doris Day, and the Joan Rivers starrer Rabbit Test, she also had a small teacher role in the popular film version of Grease. Alice primarily situated herself, however, on the sitcom circuit and appeared in a number of recurring 'nervous Nellie" roles, topping it off as the painfully shy, dematerializing and accident-prone witch nanny Esmeralda in Bewitched from 1969-1972 (replacing the late Marion Lorne, who had played bumbling Aunt Clara), and as the batty friend Bernice in Designing Women.

In 1978 Alice replaced Dorothy Loudon as cruel Miss Hannigan in "Annie", her last Broadway stand. Alice would play the mean-spirited scene-stealer on and off for nearly a decade in various parts of the country. Other musicals during this time included "Take Me Along", "Bye, Bye Birdie" (as the overbearing mother), and the raucous revue "Nunsense".

A series of multiple strokes ended her career come the millennium and she passed away of colon cancer on September 21, 2007. Her long-time husband of fifty years, Italian comedic actor Felice Orlandi died in 2003. The couple had no children.

Brendan Meyer

Brendan Meyer is an accomplished actor in both theatre and film/TV. He has filmed throughout North America: in LA, New Mexico, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as his home town of Edmonton.

In addition to his writing and directorial debut, the short film, A Job, Brendan has written several screenplays and shorts that he hopes to direct and produce in the future.

Best known for his love for and extensive knowledge of live theatre, film, and TV, Brendan is a well respected contributor to the acting community.

Brendan has performed in three seasons with the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton. His past theatre credits include Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, Comedy of Errors and Richard III (Freewill Players); and Beneath The Ice (Fringe Theatre Adventures). He also has numerous directing (Fourteen, The Tempest) and acting (The Haunting of Hathaway House, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and An Unnatural Turn) projects with Celsius Youth Theatre, where he is the co-founder and was a co-artistic director before his film/TV career took him to Vancouver.

A self-professed Shakespeare nerd who has written many of his own Shakespeare adaptations, Brendan is an avid theatre goer who has traveled to New York, London, and Stratford-Upon-Avon to see many great plays and musicals. He maintains an extensive library of plays and books on the industry. When he has free time, you can find him in front of a movie screen, studying the greats such as Humphrey Bogart ,Leonardo DiCaprio and anything by Woody Allen.

Brendan is very committed to giving back. He has strong ties with Vancouver based Project Limelight, an inner city youth theatre program, and One! International, an organization running schools for disadvantaged youth in India. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

David Blue

The youngest of three boys, David Blue grew up as the comedian of the family. A lifelong actor, singer and dancer, Blue spent years performing onstage. He eventually graduated from the conservatory at the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Acting and Musical Theatre Performance. Following an Acting Apprenticeship at the world-renowned Actor's Theatre of Louisville, he made the move to Los Angeles.

Appearances all across the dial soon followed, including CW's hit series "Veronica Mars," FX's "Dirt" and many others. But one of David's best-known roles was as Cliff St. Paul on ABC's hit "Ugly Betty." His work on which inspired a submission for a possible Emmy Nomination. Concurrently, Blue joined the cast of CBS' "Moonlight" as technology-obsessed vampire Logan Griffen. During his second season of "Ugly Betty", Blue was announced as eventual fan-favorite Eli Wallace in Syfy's "SGU Stargate Universe", opposite Robert Carlyle.

A seasoned vocalist, Blue has performed onstage with many talents, including Dick Van Dyke and Victor Garber. He starred in the re-imagining of Howard Ashman's "Dreamstuff", headlining alongside Fred Willard, Vicki Lewis, and Eden Espinosa. He still enjoys returning to the stage between television and film projects, as he did recently with a performance as Feste in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

Nina Sosanya

Born in London, with a Nigerian father, Nina trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and gained A-levels in Performing Arts. Soon she was appearing as Desdemona in "Othello", Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", along with the title role in "Educating Rita". Joining the RSC, she played in "Henry V", "The White Devil", "The Learned Ladies" and "Herbal Bed", before moving to the National Theatre for "Anthony & Cleopatra" and "House and Garden", followed by "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Royal Exchange.

On TV, Nina has appeared in "People Like Us", Teachers, The Jury, The Three Gamblers, Prime Suspect 2 - and many others. New projects include Episode #1.3 with Martin Kemp and John Duttine, and Richard Curtis's new film Love Actually with Hugh Grant. She also appears in "The Vortex" at the Donmar Warehouse until February 2003.

Ross Mullan

Ross Mullan, originally from Montreal, Canada, has been living in the UK now for 20+ years. He began his performing career working mostly in mask and physical theatre companies and then began writing his own material and playing clubs and bars doing comedy. He then started working in theatre doing National and International tours of shows such as East of Eden, David Copperfield, Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes. Ross also played Orsino, in Bath Theatre Royals production of Twelfth Night, the title role of the Selfish Giant for Leicester Haymarket Theatre and brought the critically acclaimed play Thick from the Edinburgh festival to New York City with sold out performances. Ross is also an established Puppeteer and voice over artist having trained with Jim Hensons company many years ago. He is the voice and spirit behind Nev the Bear on CBBC's Bear Behaving Badly. Ross is most recognisable as the evil Numbertaker from Cbeebies hit show Numberjacks. He is The WhiteWalker on HBO's Game of Thrones, The Silence and The Teller on Dr. Who and in _Clash of the Titans he plays Pemphredo one of the three blind Stygian witches.

Angel Parker

Sophisticated, hard-working, and a committed philanthropist, Angel Parker is a conservatory-trained actress, and one of Hollywood's most dynamic performers, with credits ranging from daytime soaps and Disney slapstick, to Shakespearean comedy and prime time drama.

Angel can next be seen starring in FX's "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson," alongside an impressive ensemble cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance. "American Crime Story," slated to premiere February 2, 2016, is a true crime anthology television series that will focus on the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Angel is a scene stealer as famed celebrity attorney 'Shawn Chapman,' one of O.J. Simpson's 'Dream Team' lawyers.

She is best known for her role as the intrepid and vivacious 'Tasha Davenport' on Disney XD's live-action comedy series "Lab Rats." Tasha is a fun, lively mom who marries inventive scientist Donald Davenport, played by Hal Sparks, and welcomes three super-humans into her family. "Lab Rats" completed its fourth season, and is currently airing new episodes.

Angel's first acting job was, ironically, on Joss Whedon's hit series, "Angel." Since then, she's been a prolific television performer, appearing on critically acclaimed and long-running shows like "ER," "Castle," "Criminal Minds," "The Closer," "Days of Our Lives," and "Sean Saves the World," in addition to a recurring role on "The Soul Man."

On stage, Angel has turned in powerful performances in classics including "The Tempest," "Twelfth Night" and "Dr. Faustus" with the Independent Shakespeare Company, as well as "Julius Caesar," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the one-woman show "Faces of America" for Will and Company. She's also performed in the Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival for more than 10 years.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Angel and her family settled in San Clemente, a small beach town in south Orange County. Upon graduating high school at just 16 years old, Angel gained acceptance into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. There she excelled in her craft, eventually going on to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy.

When she's not on set or on stage, Angel serves on the board at the Blank Theatre Company and as an active member of The New Hollywood, a diverse, philanthropic women's goal group that focuses on personal empowerment and community partnerships. She also mentors and meets with young women and girls, as well as aspiring actors, to promote professionalism, positivity and creative collaboration. Angel currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Ian Richardson

A classical actor (and founding member in 1960 of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Richardson earned international fame as the villainous Francis Urquart in the BBC television trilogy, "House of Cards." Uttered in a cut-glass accent, the Machiavellian Prime Minister's sly "You might well think that ... I couldn't possibly comment" became a catchphrase when the series was broadcast in the 1990s. Richardson's contributions to his art were honored in 1989 when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE.) Fittingly, his family had his ashes buried beneath the auditorium of the new Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Born the son of John and Margaret (Drummond) Richardson on April 7, 1934, he was educated at Tynecastle School in Edinburgh, and studied for the stage at the College of Dramatic Art in Glasgow, where he was awarded the James Bridie Gold Medal in 1957. He joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company a year later where he played Hamlet as well as John Worthing in "The Importance of being Earnest." In 1960 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (then called the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre) and drew excellent notices for his work in "The Merchant of Venice," "Twelfth Night," "The Winter's Tale," "Much Ado About Nothing," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Taming of the Shrew," "The Comedy of Errors" and "King Lear", among others. In 1964 Richardson played the role of the Herald before advancing to the title role of Jean-Paul Marat in the stunning, avant-garde RSC production of "Marat-Sade". In addition, he made his Broadway debut in said role at the very end of 1965, and recreated it to critical acclaim in Peter Brooks' film adaptation with Glenda Jackson as murderess Charlotte Corday. Richardson also went on to replay Oberon in a lukewarm film version of RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream that nevertheless bore an elite company of Britain's finest pre-Dames -- Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg. One of his lower film points during that time period, however, was appearing in the huge musical movie misfire Man of La Mancha in the role of the Padre opposite Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren.

Richardson was never far from the Shakespearean stage after his induction into films with majestic portraits of Coriolanus, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III, Cassius ("Julius Caesar"), Malcolm ("Macbeth"), Angelo ("Measure for Measure"), Prospero ("The Tempest") and Mercutio ("Romeo and "Juliet") paving the way. Elsewhere on Broadway he received a Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination for his splendid Henry Higgins in a revival of "My Fair Lady" in 1976, and was part of the cast of the short-lived (12 performances) production of "Lolita" (1981), written by Edward Albee and starring Donald Sutherland as Humbert Humbert.

Customary of many talented Scots, Richardson would find his best on-camera roles in plush, intelligent TV mini-series. On the Shakespearean front he appeared in TV adaptations of As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well and Much Ado About Nothing. After delivering highly capable performances as Field-Marshal Montgomery in both Churchill and the Generals and Ike: The War Years, Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Indian Prime Minister Nehru in Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy, he capped his small-screen career in the role of the immoral politician Francis Urquhart in a trio of dramatic satires: House of Cards, To Play the King and The Final Cut. His impeccably finely-tuned villain became one his best remembered roles.

Filmwise, Richardson's stature did not grow despite polished work in Brazil, Cry Freedom, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, M. Butterfly, Dark City, and the lightweight mainstream fare B*A*P*S and 102 Dalmatians. He appeared less and less on stage in his later years. He took his final stage bows in 2006 with West End productions of "The Creeper" and "The Alchemist".

The urbane 72-year-old actor died unexpectedly in his sleep at his London abode on February 9, 2007, survived by his widow Maroussia Frank (his wife from 1961 and an RSC actress who played an asylum inmate alongside him in "Marat-Sade") and two sons, one of whom, Miles Richardson, has been a resident performer with the RSC.

Ann B. Davis

Ann B. Davis made her debut in show business at age 6 earning $2.00 in a puppet show. At the University of Michigan, Anne planned to study medicine but got the acting bug from her brother who was the lead dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma" for over a year. Anne then spent six years in little theaters, stock companies, touring musicals, and such until she got her break as "Schultzie", the secretary on the "Bob Cummings Show." Before Hollywood, Anne spent a summer at the Cain Park Theater and a year at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa. She studied everything about show production and played dozens of roles ranging from teenagers to characters over 60. In 1949, she arrived at Porterville, Ca. and spent three years at the Barn theater. She then moved down the coast to Monterey, where she appeared at the Wharf theater. From there she decided to try Hollywood. Anne has also played many parts on stage including "The Women", "Twelfth Night", "Dark Of The Moon", and others. Her mother, Marguerite Scott Davis, appeared with professional stock companies for over thirty years.

Mary Jo Catlett

An unmistakeably happy and hearty veteran character actress and comedienne who has found success in all three mediums (stage, film and television) with her trademark flowery voice, giddy demeanor and ever-cheery disposition, the endearing Mary Jo Catlett is now broaching five decades in the entertainment business. She was born on September 2, 1938 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Robert and Cornelia (Callaghan) Catlett. A graduate of Loretto Heights College in Denver, she was drawn to acting quite young -- musical comedy, in particular.

While she made her off-Broadway debut in a 1963 melodrama, "Along Came a Spider", which opened at the Mermaid Theatre, the following year Mary Jo was right back in her tuneful element scoring as Ernestina in the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing. She toured with the production when Ginger Rogers took the show on tour. Eventually building up her resume in regional theater, she served as a replacement in the 1969 musical "Promenade", then returned to Broadway at the end of that year where her broad, burlesque style well suited the bawdy musical takeoff of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", which lasted about four months. Other New York-based productions came her way but most were short-lived, including "Greenwillow" (1970), "Different Times" (1972), "Lysistrata" (1972) and "Fashion" (1973). However, she did enjoy a scene-stealing role as Mabel in the New York revival of "The Pajama Game" in 1973.

While Mary Jo has a propensity for humor and laughter, she has also demonstrated an award-winning dramatic side. Her role as Lola Delaney in "Come Back, Little Sheba" earned her the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award in 1976. Four years later, she won the award again in a production of "Philadelphia, Here I Come". Over the years, she has flitted about not only in musicals ("Annie Get Your Gun" (as Annie), "How to Succeed in Business..."), but has tackled Shakespeare ("Twelfth Night", "Romeo and Juliet") and other serious stage roles ("27 Wagons Full of Cotton", "Naomi Court", "Our Town").

With her plaintive and matronly features, ample size, wallflower demeanor and instincts for broad levity, Mary Jo has proven to be a natural for small screen comedy. In the late 1960s, she began to apply her trade on-camera. One of her earliest mid-career appearances included a role in the television fantasy The Littlest Angel where she and fellow comedienne Lu Leonard played plus-sized scribes, but it was not until the mid-1970s that she began making the normal rounds with dozens of appearances on the sitcom circuit, including roles on "The Bob Newhart Show", "M*A*S*H", "Mr. Belvedere", "Night Court", Gimme a Break", "Saved By the Bell", "Maude" and "Welcome Back, Kotter". In 1982, she joined the cast as a housekeeping regular for television kids Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato on Diff'rent Strokes and found plentiful work on lightweight dramatic series too such as "Murder, She Wrote," "Matlock" and "Fantasy Island". In daytime, she was nominated for an Emmy Award during the 1989-1990 season of General Hospital. She also became a television face in households with over 30 national commercials to her credit.

Sparingly used on film, she made her debut in an unbilled part in Woody Allen's Bananas. Other supporting work include roles in High Anxiety, Semi-Tough, The Champ, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and, more notably, Serial Mom. She has had a slight upsurge of late in movie parts with roles in the gay-themed Surprise, Surprise and Anderson's Cross, and the comedy How to Be a Serial Killer. On stage, Mary Jo has continued to put her best foot forward on the musical stage in such productions as "Beauty and the Beast", "Big River" and "The Full Monty", not to mention several variations of "Nunsense" and its offshoots. Her most popular and enduring voice work of late has been that of Mrs. Poppy Puff in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. She can also be heard in its animated feature-length movie film.

Over the years, Mary Jo has shown that her heart is as big as her talent as a consistently reliable and fun-filled novelty song performer at charity fund raisers and musical benefits, most notably for various AIDS and the Broadway-oriented "Help Is on the Way" organizations.

Melanie Hill

Melanie attended RADA in London where she won the Vanburgh Award. Her stage plays have included Women Beware Women (Royal Court), Under Milk Wood, Selfish Shellfish, Twelfth Night, Deathtrap, Dirty Linen, Breezeblock Park, Who Killed Hilda Murrell?, Fire in the Lake, and the stage version of Bread. She's best known as Aveline in the British TV series Bread. Other TV appearances include Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (Hazel), Juliet Bravo, The Bill, A Night on the Tyne and Boon. Melanie has two young daughters, Lorna and Molly.

Marsha Hunt

Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or perhaps her intelligence too often disguised a genuine sex appeal to stand out among the other lovelies. Two studios, Paramount in the late 1930s and MGM in the early 1940s, failed to complete her star. Nevertheless, her talent and versatility cannot be denied. This glamorous, slimly handsome leading lady offered herself to well over 50 pictures during the 1930s and 1940s alone.

Christened Marcia Virginia Hunt, the Chicago-born actress was the younger of two girls born to an attorney and voice teacher/accompanist. The family relocated to New York when she was quite young and she attended such schools as PS #9 and Horace Mann School for Girls. She developed an interest in acting at an early age (3), performing around and about in school plays and at church functions. Following her high school graduation the young beauty found work as a John Powers model and as a singer on radio, a gift obviously inherited from her mother. Marcia (she later changed the spelling of her first name to Marsha) studied drama at the Theodora Irvine Drama School (one of her fellow students was Cornel Wilde).

Encouraged to try Hollywood by various New York people in the business, the young photogenic hopeful moved there in 1934. She was only 17 but was accompanied by her older sister. It didn't take long for the studios to take an interest in her and she was signed up by Paramount not long after. Marsha's very first movie was in a featured role opposite Robert Cummings and Johnny Downs in the old-fashioned The Virginia Judge. Displaying an innate, fresh-faced sensitivity, she moved directly into her second film, playing the title role in Gentle Julia, this time with Tom Brown as her romantic interest.

Marsha continued to show promise but these well-acted roles were, more often than not, overlooked in mild "B"-level offerings. Appearing in co-starring roles in everything from westerns (Desert Gold and Thunder Trail) to folksy or flyweight comedy (Easy to Take and Murder Goes to College), she could not find decent enough scripts at Paramount. Though she was once deemed one of the studio's promising starlets, one of her last films there was another prairie flower role--Born to the West--with cowboys John Wayne and Johnny Mack Brown vying for her attention. At about this time (1938) she married Jerry Hopper, a Paramount film editor who turned to directing in the 1950s. This marriage lasted but a few years.

Freelancing for a time for many studios, Marsha's more noticeable war-era work in sentimental comedy and staunch war dramas came from MGM, and she finally signed with the studio in 1939. The roles offered, which included a featured part as one of the sisters in Pride and Prejudice starring Greer Garson, and again as a sister to Garson in Blossoms in the Dust, which showed much more promise. Some of her better war-era roles came in the films Cheers for Miss Bishop, Kid Glove Killer and The Affairs of Martha. During this time she also sang on extended USO tours and stayed busy on radio. Her best known film is arguably The Human Comedy but she wasn't the star. Other film roles had her in support pf others, such as Margaret Sullavan in Cry 'Havoc', little Margaret O'Brien in Lost Angel and Garson again in The Valley of Decision. Leading roles did not come in "A" pictures.

Her MGM contract was allowed to lapse in 1945 and a second marriage in 1946, to screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr., became a higher priority. The marriage was long and happy (exactly 40 years) and lasted until his passing in June of 1986. The few pictures she made were, again, uneventful or in support of the star, although she did have a catchy, unsympathetic role in the Susan Hayward starrer Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman as a scheming secretary. In Raw Deal, starring Dennis O'Keefe, she got the "raw deal" being overshadowed as a "good girl" by the "bad girl" posturings of Claire Trevor. At this point of her career she decided to try the stage and made her Broadway debut in "Joy to the World" (1948). Other plays down the road would include "The Devil's Disciple" with Maurice Evans, "The Lady's Not for Burning" with Vincent Price and "The Little Hut" with Leon Ames. She even had a chance to return to her beloved singing as Anna in a production of "The King and I" and (much later) in productions of "State Fair" and "Meet Me in St. Louis". TV also yielded some new work opportunities, including a presentation of "Twelfth Night" in which she portrayed Viola.

The seams of her film career fell apart in the early 1950s. During the late 1930s and into the 1940s she signed a number of petitions promoting liberal ideals, and was a member of the Committee for the First Amendment. A strong supporter of freedom of speech, these associations led to her name appearing in the pamphlet "Red Channels", a McCFarthy-era publication that "exposed" alleged Communists and "subversives". Although she and her husband were never called before the House Un-American Activities Commission, their names were nevertheless smeared all over Hollywood as "Reds". While she still found film work on occasion, it was rare. Although she had worked steadily from 1935 until 1949, appearing in over 50 films, she made only three films in the next eight years. Her screenwriter husband would be credited for only one film from 1948 to 1955.

Semi-retired by the early 1960s, stage and TV became Marsha's focal points. She also devoted herself to civil rights causes and such humanitarian efforts as UNICEF, The March of Dimes and The Red Cross. She became actively involved with the United Nations. On the acting front she appeared only in smaller roles in five films but in numerous TV programs and made-for-TV movies, playing everything from judges to grandmas. She became the Honorary Mayor of Sherman Oaks, California, in 1983, and published a book on fashion entitled "The Way We Wore" in 1993. Widowed in 1986, the ever-vibrant Marsha, in her 90s, continues to serve on the Advisory Board of Directors for the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, a large non-profit that advocates for adults and children affected by homelessness and mental illness. As recently as 2006, she appeared to good advantage in the movie Chloe's Prayer and, at age 91, was seen in Empire State Building Murders.

Lloyd Bochner

Lloyd Bochner had that wonderfully sonorous type of voice that was always tailor-made for radio or for the stage. Unsurprisingly then, by the time he was eleven, Lloyd was already employed as part-time voiceover artist and reader of drama serials by radio stations in Vancouver.

Lloyd Wolfe Bochner was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Frieda (Kenen) and Charles Abraham Bochner. He was of Russian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent. He made his acting debut as a youth with the Joseph Barrington Juveniles. Lloyd's education at the University of Toronto was interrupted in 1943 by wartime service in the Royal Canadian Navy. However, in 1947, he graduated with a B.A. and a few years later moved to New York to further hone his acting skills. In 1953, he returned to Canada to participate in the inaugural season of the Stratford Festival getting to enact choice Shakespearean roles from Horatio in "Hamlet" to Orsino in "Twelfth Night".

Having made his screen bow in a small Canadian production, The Mapleville Story, Lloyd's first significant exposure in television was as British army officer Nicholas Lacey in the half-hour NBC serial One Man's Family, which had first been performed on radio and starred Bert Lytell and Marjorie Gateson. His real breakthrough came quite a few years later, once having moved to Hollywood, as co-star of the studio-bound crime series Hong Kong. He played local British police-chief Neil Campbell, solving crime in tandem with an American newspaper correspondent (played by Australian actor Rod Taylor). This, in turn, led to other key roles including his almost legendary appearance in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" in 1962 (at one time voted 11th in a TV guide poll of 100 best TV episodes of all time). Based on a short story by Damon Knight written in 1950, "To Serve Man" unfolds in flashback as narrated for the viewer by Lloyd's decoding expert Michael Chambers. It has all the elements of great television, with an excellent cast (including Richard Kiel, later known as 'Jaws' from the 'James Bond' movies; and Theodore Marcuse as Citizen Grigori giving an indelible impression of Nikita Khrushchev); and an unexpected and disturbing denouement when it turns out that the supposedly altruistic alien Kanamits have come to earth to harvest humans for food. Lloyd repeated his famous punch-line, "it's a cook book!", years later as a spoof in Leslie Nielsen's The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear.

For most of the 1960s and 1970s, Lloyd was cast in supporting roles, often as mellifluous, meticulously-attired, upper-class snobs, practically guaranteed to harbour treacherous intent. He appeared in several motion pictures, notably as the malicious, smooth villain Frederick Carter, beating Lee Marvin to a pulp in Point Blank, and in the same year, as homosexual drug dealer Vic Rood on the receiving end of the beating from Frank Sinatra in Tony Rome. However, on the whole, Lloyd's preferred medium was television. He had a recurring role in the long-running soap-opera Dynasty as Blake Carrington's manipulative rival, Cecil Colby, in league with archvillain Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins). A versatile character actor, Lloyd's clean-cut, aquiline features and quiet air of authority lent themselves to portraying a vast gallery of medical men, soldiers, politicians and executives. Some of these were men of integrity, but like many a good actor, Lloyd rather enjoyed the challenge of playing the scoundrel.

During his half century-long acting career, Lloyd Bochner garnered two Liberty Awards as best television actor, Canada's equivalent of the Emmy Awards. He was also an active member in the Association of Canadian Radio and Television Artists. He died at age 81 of cancer on October 29, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. His children are actors Hart Bochner, Paul Bochner, and Johanna Courtleigh.

Alexis Kendra

Alexis Kendra graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. Some roles include "Susie Friend" in Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others, "Mandy", in Patricia Burke Brogan's Eclipsed, and "Anne" in James Sherman's Magic Time. On graduating from AADA, she joined the midsummer Shakespeare program at Oxford, accredited by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and run in association with UCLA and Yale School of Drama where she joined productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew. Some other theatre credits include Michael Weller's Moonchildren, and Tennessee William's Summer and Smoke. Alexis has also appeared in several notable TV shows and feature films. One recent feature titled Goddess of Love is one she co- wrote, produced and starred in. This film has began its festival run with the World Premiere at Film4 Frightfest. Her latest film, Viper, is one that she produced starring Missi Pyle and Omar J. Dorsey.

Clive Revill

A grand, well-respected actor of stage, film and television, most people think New Zealander Clive Revill is British. Although most people think of the curly, red-haired gent as a comic eccentric best known for his sterling work on the musical stage, he has been highly regarded for his formidable dramatic work in Shakespearean roles.

A man of many skills, Clive Selsby Revill was born on April 18, 1930, in Wellington, New Zealand, and educated at Rongotai College and Victoria University (Wellington). Once trained for a career as an accountant, he abruptly switched gears and made his stage debut in Auckland, New Zealand playing Sebastian in "Twelfth Night" in 1950. He then moved to England to study with the Old Vic School in London. While there he appeared at Stratford-on-Avon in mid-1950s presentations of "Hamlet", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Merchant of Venice", "Julius Caesar" and "The Tempest", among others.

Having made his Broadway debut back in 1952 with "Mr. Pickwick", he took a juicy chunk out of the Big Apple upon returning to New York in the 1960s with his critically lauded, Tony Award-nominated work in "Irma La Douce" and as "Fagin" in "Oliver!" He has delighted audiences for years with his larger-than-life musical roles, particularly in the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas "The Mikado" and "The Pirates of Penzance". Other have included "Sherry", "Lolita" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" -- replacing the late George Rose in the last mentioned after the actor's untimely death in 1988.

Most adept at ethnic roles (he has played everything from Chinese to Russian), he has become legendary for his acute sense of comic timing and uncanny use of body language. Revill has reveled over the years playing delightfully pompous, hissable gents to the hilt. Making an inauspicious debut in an unbilled role in 1956, his more pronounced movie work includes Kaleidoscope, The Assassination Bureau, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Avanti!, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, The Legend of Hell House, Mack the Knife and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Twice divorced, Revill has one daughter, Kate Selsby (aka Kate Selsby Revill), by his second marriage to Suzi Schor-Revill, and makes his home in Los Angeles.

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