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Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens was born at Croydon in Surrey on 10th October 1982. His parents are teachers. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained in acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate, he acted in several student drama productions. He played the title role in the Marlowe Dramatic Society's production of William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth". This was staged at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2002. The cast also featured Rebecca Hall in the roles of Lady Macbeth and Hecate. During one of his university summer holidays in August 2003 he went to Slovakia where he filmed his scenes for the Hallmark production of Frankenstein. Dan played the part of Henry Clerval and the mini-series was first broadcast on American television on 5th October 2004. Shortly after graduating from Cambridge Dan was nominated for an Ian Charleson award for his performance as Orlando in "As You Like It" at the Rose Theatre at Kingston in Surrey. "As You Like It" was directed by Peter Hall and ran from 30th November to 18th December 2004. This production for the Peter Hall Company subsequently went on a tour of America in the early months of 2005, playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, the Curran Theater in San Francisco and the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. It featured Rebecca Hall in the role of Rosalind.

Dan was reunited with the director Peter Hall when he played Claudio in a new production of the Shakespeare play, "Much ado about Nothing", for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal in Bath from 29th June to 6th August 2005. In February 2006 Dan played the parts of Marban and Maitland in a revival of Howard Brenton's controversial play, "The Romans in Britain", directed by Samuel West at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Then in May 2006 he played Nick Guest, the protagonist in The Line of Beauty. This three part television mini-series was adapted by Andrew Davies from the 2004 Booker prize winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst. The Line of Beauty is about Nick Guest's relationship with his university friend Toby Fedden. The story takes place in the 1980s. It is set against the backdrop of Margaret Thatcher's free market economic policies and the spread of the acquired immunity deficiency syndrome, (AIDS). These two social developments directly affect the characters in the story because Toby's father Gerald is a Conservative member of parliament and Nick is homosexual.

Whilst The Line of Beauty was being broadcast on BBC television, Dan was appearing as Simon Bliss in the Noël Coward play, "Hay Fever". This play was staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London from 11th April to 5th August 2006 and the cast also included Judi Dench in the role of Judith Bliss. At the end of the year Dan played Lord Holmwood in a television dramatization of Dracula, which was broadcast on 28th December 2006. In 2007 Dan played the part of Michael Faber in Nemesis, an Agatha Christie adaptation with Geraldine McEwan in the role of Miss Jane Marple. He also featured in the cast of Maxwell, a television drama about the famous newspaper magnate. Maxwell was first broadcast on British television on 4th May 2007. David Suchet played Robert Maxwell, and Dan took the part of Basil Brookes, one of the press baron's financial directors.

Dan played the part of Edward Ferrars in a television dramatization of Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility. This was broadcast in three episodes on BBC1 between Tuesday 1st and Sunday 13th January 2008. The novel was adapted for television by Andrew Davies, whom Dan had previously worked with on The Line of Beauty. Davies felt that the part of Edward Ferrars was underdeveloped in the book, and so he deliberately added scenes not included in the novel to help draw out the character. So, for instance, we saw Edward out horse riding on the Norland estate and chopping logs at Barton Cottage. In the DVD audio commentary Dan joked that this was the best example of log chopping ever seen on British television! After Sense & Sensibility, Dan featured in the cast of "The Tennis Court", a BBC Radio 4 Saturday play broadcast on 19th January 2008. He also played Nicky Lancaster in a revival of the Noël Coward play, "The Vortex", at the Apollo Theatre in London from Wednesday 20th February to Saturday 7th June 2008. This was another collaboration with the stage director, Peter Hall. Dan played the eponymous hero of "Dickens Confidential", a six part radio drama series set in the 1830s which imagines what might have happened if Charles Dickens had continued his career as a journalist. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between Monday 9th June and Monday 14th July 2008. He played the part of Peregrine in 'Orley Farm', the BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial. This was a three part adaptation of the novel by Anthony Trollope broadcast between Sunday 28th December 2008 and Sunday 11th January 2009. A month later he played Duval in the BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour drama, 'The Lady of the Camellias'. This was broadcast between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th February 2009.

Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Belle Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York, and raised there. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates, who was a Broadway producer and television pioneer. Her uncle was director/producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is of Russian Jewish, and one quarter Chinese, descent. She studied at Miss Hewitt's school and at the Professional Children's School in New York City. She took classes at Juilliard when she was ten-years-old for three and a half years until a knee injury forced her to stop. Phoebe had been a busy New York model starting at the age of fourteen. She's since been featured on the covers of four Seventeens, two Elle covers, a British Vogue, and Andy Warhol's Interview, as well as in numerous layouts in other magazines. She actively pursued her modeling career, until she met her film agent at a party at New York's Studio 54. She trains with Robert Ravan, founder of The Actors' Circle in New York. Previously she studied with Alice Spivack of the H.B. Studios. Cates made her motion picture debut as Sarah in Paradise (1982) in the same year she starred as Jennifer Jason Leigh's "experienced" confidante in Amy Heckerling's acclaimed Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Cates then landed the role of "Christine Ramsey" in Private School, then co-starred in the innovative Gremlins for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, directed by Joe Dante. Cates has remained active in theatre, as well. After making her New York debut in Joseph Papp's Off-Broadway production of "The Nest of the Wood Grouse" in 1984, she followed with David Henry Hwang's "Rich Relations" at The Second Stage and a one-act festival at the Manhattan Punchline. On the West Coast, Cates played "Nina" in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Anton Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" and has since appeared in "Much Ado About Nothing" at New York's Public Theatre, and as "Juliet" in Chicago's Goodman Theatre production of "Romeo and Juliet".

Since 1989, Cates has been married to actor Kevin Kline, with whom she has two children.

Russell Harvard

Russell Harvard was born April 16, 1981 in Pasadena, Texas to Kay and Henry Harvard. Russell and his brother, Renny, were born deaf. When the boys were old enough to start school, the family moved to Austin, Texas so they could attend the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). Russell attended TSD from kindergarten through the twelfth grade and graduated in 1999. After graduation, he enrolled at Gallaudet University, a deaf college, in Washington D.C. He has left and returned to the university several times when one of life's distractions beckons him to try other things. One of those distractions was moving to Alaska with his mother and working in a deaf school. He returned to Gallaudet and graduated in 2008.

Being deaf has not stopped Russell from pursuing the things he loves: music and acting. In high school, he performed songs by signing them in American Sign Language (ASL). In college he performed in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as Claudio merged with Balthasar. Russell is also a member of the Bison Song Team doing the university's fight song which has become a tradition passed on since the 1960s. Russell was in the Gallaudet play: A Streetcar Named Desire as The Ghost of Earl Gray.

Jean Smart

Seattle native Jean Smart was born on September 13, 1951. Attending the University of Washington after high school, she received her BA degree in fine arts. Her first professional season was with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she performed in "Much Ado About Nothing," among others. During this time she built up a strong resume in regional theater with such companies as the Hartford Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre and Alliance Theatre. Her first significant break came with a starring role in the potent, critically-acclaimed lesbian drama "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which earned her an Off-Broadway Drama Desk nomination in 1980. She capped this honor with a Los Angeles Drama Critics award in 1983 when she repeated her triumph on the West Coast. Jean made an auspicious Broadway debut in 1981 playing Marlene Dietrich in "Piaf", and it was the subsequent TV taping of that show that brought about Hollywood interest. She struggled for a time in unsuccessful sitcoms (Teachers Only, Reggie and Maximum Security) before hitting gold as the feather-brained Charlene Frazier on Designing Women. She met future husband Richard Gilliland on the set of the hit show; he played the recurring role of Annie Potts' boyfriend for a few seasons. Jean and Richard's son Connor was born in 1989. Feeling confined and typecast in light material, Jean left the show in 1991 to branch out and drew major acclaim in such made-for-TV movies as Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. She gave a chilling portrayal as the well-known serial killer more than a decade before Charlize Theron copped an Oscar for her cinematic version. On the other side of the coin, Jean offered gentle, heartfelt performances in such TV films as The Yarn Princess, in which she played a mentally disabled mom, and the TV remake of The Yearling, allowing audiences to rediscover her amazing versatility. On stage she earned a Tony nomination for her delightfully madcap part in the Broadway farce "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opposite Nathan Lane, and on TV won bookend Emmy awards for her guest appearances on the sitcom Frasier. Films would never be a reliable venue for Jean, who made her big-screen debut in Flashpoint. She did, however, receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her part in Guinevere. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 13, Jean has played an active part over the years in public awareness.

Stephen Root

One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida and remains a die-hard Gator fan. After three years of touring the U.S. and Canada with the National Shakespeare Company, Root settled in New York, honing his craft in many regional theaters and starring off-Broadway in 'Journey's End' and 'The Au Pair Man'. His Broadway debut came in 'So Long On Lonely Street', which was followed by the Tony award-winning production of 'All My Sons', with Richard Kiley. A starring role as 'Boolie', in the Broadway national touring company of 'Driving Miss Daisy' with Julie Harris, brought Root to Los Angeles where he now resides. Back on the boards, he recently starred with Helen Hunt and Lyle Lovett in ;Much Ado About Nothing', an LA Shakespeare Production. His first acting role on screen came in George A. Romero's cult horror classic Monkey Shines. After that, many more under-the-radar supporting roles came his way until he found some moderate fame in the acclaimed series NewsRadio, where he played the somewhat eccentric owner of a radio station, Jimmy James, with Dave Foley as the station manager. The show ran from 1995 to 1999. Root has played more eccentric characters in recent years, voicing several characters in the hit animated TV series King of the Hill, a show created by and starring Mike Judge. Judge would later cast Root in another cult classic film, 1999's Office Space, where Root played the squirrelly and unforgettable Milton Waddams, a man who is pushed around at work and has a fetish for Swingline staplers. More recently Root has worked with such directors as the Coen brothers and Kevin Smith creating more oddball characters as well as making guest appearances on numerous TV shows.

Mark Rylance

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. He is also the winner of 2 Olivier Awards and 3 Tony Awards, as well as a BAFTA for his role in The Government Inspector. His film appearances also include Prospero's Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), Intimacy (2001), and Spielberg's The BFG.

Rylance was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Anne (née Skinner) and David Waters, both English teachers. His grandmother was Irish. His parents moved to Connecticut in 1962 and Wisconsin in 1969, where his father taught English at the University School of Milwaukee. Rylance attended this school. He starred in most of the school's plays with the theatre's director, Dale Gutzman, including the lead in a 1976 production of Hamlet. He played Romeo in the school's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Mark was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005. Rylance made his professional debut at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1980. He went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Actor for Much Ado About Nothing in 1994 and Jerusalem in 2010, and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Boeing Boeing in 2008 and Jerusalem in 2011. He won a third Tony Award in 2014 for Twelfth Night. On television, he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his role as David Kelly in the 2005 Channel 4 drama The Government Inspector and was nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA TV Award for playing Thomas Cromwell in the 2015 BBC Two miniseries Wolf Hall.

In 2007, Rylance performed in Boeing-Boeing in London. In 2008, he reprise the role on Broadway and won Drama Desk and Tony Awards for his performance. In 2009, Rylance won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award Best Actor, 2009 for his role of Johnny Byron in Jerusalem written by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 2010, Rylance starred in a revival of David Hirson's verse play La Bête. The play ran first at London's Comedy Theatre before transferring to the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, on 23 September 2010. Also in 2010, he won another Olivier award for best actor in the role of Johnny Byron in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre in London. In 2011, he won his second Tony Award for playing the same role in the Broadway production. He played Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall (2015), BBC Two's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. For his performance, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Rylance was featured as the castaway on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs on 15 February 2015.

Rylance co-starred in the biographical drama Bridge of Spies, released in October 2015, directed by Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda. The film is about the 1960 U-2 Incident and the arrest and conviction of Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel and the exchange of Abel for U-2 pilot Gary Powers. Rylance plays Abel and has received unanimous universal acclaim for his performance with many critics claiming it as the best performance of 2015. The St. Louis Post-Depatch quoted, "As the deeply principled Donovan, Hanks deftly balances earnestness and humor. And Rylance's spirited performance is almost certain to yield an Oscar nomination." David Edelstein from New York cited 'It's Rylance who keeps Bridge of Spies standing. He gives a teeny, witty, fabulously non-emotive performance, every line musical and slightly ironic - the irony being his forthright refusal to deceive in a world founded on lies." Rylance won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and New York Film Critics Circle Award in the Best Supporting Actor categories, as well as receiving Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, among other wins and nominations.

Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998. Hawkins' theatre appearances include Much Ado About Nothing (2000), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2000), Misconceptions (2001), Country Music (2004), and David Hare's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005. Hawkins made her first notable screen performance as Samantha in the 2002 Mike Leigh film All or Nothing (2002). She also appeared as Slasher in the 2004 film Layer Cake. She played the role of Zena Blake in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel, Tipping the Velvet in 2002. Her first major television role came in 2005, when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name, in which she co-starred with Imelda Staunton, as she had in Vera Drake. Since then she has gone on to star in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky. Hawkins appeared in three episodes of the BBC comedy series Little Britain, in addition to Ed Reardon's Week on BBC Radio 4. She has also contributed to the BBC Radio 4 series Concrete Cow. In 2006, Hawkins returned to the stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's The Winterling. In 2007, she played the lead in a new film of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and followed this with her critically acclaimed performance in Happy-Go-Lucky. Questions and a minor controversy arose when Hawkins was not nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Poppy. It was the first year since 2000-01 that the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was not nominated for an Academy Award, and the first year since 1995-96 that no one from the category was nominated. During 2006 she also made uncredited appearances in Richard Ayoade's Man to Man with Dean Learner where she played various uncredited roles from Personal Assistant to Wife of Steve Pising in various deleted scenes included on the DVD. Hawkins' 2009-10 films included Desert Flower, Never Let Me Go, and Happy Ever Afters. In November 2010, she appeared on Broadway as Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 2011, Hawkins appeared in Submarine and had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Jerry Stiller

As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara", Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show, on which they appeared 36 times. Decades later, his career was revitalized in the role of the raucous, gasket-blowing Frank Costanza on the sitcom classic Seinfeld.

Jerry Stiller was born in the Unity Hospital in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Bella (Citron) and William Stiller, a bus driver. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Galicia, and his mother was a Polish Jewish immigrant, from Frampol. Stiller was, in the beginning, a drama major at the University of Syracuse. Though he had played rather uneducated, blue-collar sorts for most of his career, he received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama before making his 1951 acting debut on stage with Burgess Meredith in "The Silver Whistle". While a member of the improvisational team The Compass Players (the company later evolved into the well-known Second City troupe), he met Anne.

They married in 1954 and began touring together on the national club circuit while giving new and inventive meaning to the term spousal comedy. After well over a decade of fame together, they decided to pursue individual successes and both found it. A Broadway favorite in such shows as "Hurlyburly", "The Ritz" (he later recreated his role on film), "The Golden Apple", "Three Men on a Horse", "What's Wrong with This Picture" and "The Three Sisters", Stiller even appeared with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner as Dogberry in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1988. Musicals were not out of his range, either, as he created the role of Launce in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and co-starred as Nathan Detroit in a production of "Guys and Dolls". Although he kept afloat on television as a 1970s regular on The Paul Lynde Show and Joe and Sons, he had some rocky years and Anne's pilot fizzled when they reunited for a possible "Stiller & Meara" sitcom.

Then came eight seasons as Frank Costanza and his character star was reborn. Nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award and the recipient of the 1998 American Comedy Award, Stiller found back-to-back sitcom hits with The King of Queens as the irascible Arthur Spooner. He has also appeared in a number of his successful son, Ben Stiller's, comedy pictures including Heavy Weights and Zoolander. Daughter Amy Stiller is also a thriving actress. He and Anne have written, performed and produced award-winning radio commercials together for such products as Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank, among others. His autobiography "Married to Laughter" came out in 2000.

Robert Shaw

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro, Cornwall. His father was an alcoholic and a manic depressive; he committed suicide when Robert was only 12. He had three sisters, Elisabeth, Joanna and Wendy and one brother, Alexander.

As a boy, he attended school in Truro and was quite an athlete, competing in rugby, squash and track events but turned down an offer for a scholarship at 17 to go to London with furthering education in Cambridge as he did not want a career in medicine but luckily for the rest of us, in acting. He was also inspired by one of the schoolmasters, Cyril Wilkes who got him to read just about everything, including all of the classics. He would take three or four of the boys to London to see plays. The first play Robert would ever see was "Hamlet" in 1944 with Sir John Gielgud at the Haymarket. Robert went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with a £1,000 inheritance from his grandmother. He went on from the Academy, after two years (1946-1948) to Stratford-on-Avon, where he was directed by Gielgud who said to Shaw, "I do admire you and think you've got a lot of ability, and I'd like to help you, but you make me so nervous." He then went on to make his professional stage debut in 1949 and tour Australia in the same year with the Old Vic.

He had joined the Old Vic at the invitation of Tyrone Guthrie, who had directed him as the Duke of Suffolk in "Henry VIII" at Stratford. He played nothing but lesser Shakespearean roles, Cassio in "Othello" and Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and toured Europe and South Africa with the company. Shaw was sold on Shakespeare and thought that it would be his theatrical life at that stage. He was discovered whilst performing in "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1950 at Stratford by Sir Alec Guinness who suggested he come to London to do Hamlet with him. He then went on to his first film role, a very small part in the classic The Lavender Hill Mob with Guinness but a start nonetheless. It was also at this time that he married his first wife, Jennifer Bourne, an actress he had met while working at the Old Vic and married her in Sallsbury, South Rhodesia on August 1, 1952. Together, they would have four daughters, Deborah, Penny, Rachel and Katherine.

He would also appear briefly in The Dam Busters and did the London production of "Tiger at the Gates" in June of 1955 as Topman. He would also make "Hill in Korea" around this time and then, after taking on several jobs as a struggling actor and to support his growing family, he would be cast as Dan Tempest in The Buccaneers. Shaw did not take his role seriously but made £10,000 for eight months work. It was around this time that he wrote his first novel, "The Hiding Place." It was a success, selling twelve thousand copies in England and about the same in France and in the United States. He also wrote a dramatization of it that was produced on commercial television in England and Playhouse 90 aired a different dramatization in America. Around 1959, he became involved with the well-known actress Mary Ure, who was married to the actor John Osborne at the time. He slipped her his telephone number one night at 3:00 a.m. while visiting the couple and she called him the next day. It was around this time, in 1960, that Robert Shaw became a reporter for England's Queen magazine and covered the Olympics in Rome. Shaw and Ure acted together in Middleton's The Changeling at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1961. He was playing the part of an ugly servant in love with the mistress of the house who persuades him to murder her fiance. Shaw and Ure had a child on August 31st, even though they were still married to their other spouses. His wife Jennifer and Ure had children to him only weeks apart from each other. Mary divorced Osborne and married Shaw in April 1963. The couple was often quoted by the press as being, "very much in love" and together, they would have four children together; Colin, Elizabeth, Hannah and Ian. That same year, after making the next two films, The Valiant and The Guest, he made From Russia with Love and was unforgettable as the blonde assassin, Donald 'Red' Grant.

He also made Tomorrow at Ten, as well as TV version of Hamlet as Claudius. He would then film The Luck of Ginger Coffey with Ure and then star in Battle of the Bulge as the German Panzer commander Hessler. He wrote "The Flag" on the set of the film . He was nominated for his next role, as Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, an outstanding, unequal led performance. He would write his fourth novel "The Man in the Glass Booth", which was later made into a play with Donald Pleasence and later into a film with Maximilian Schell. In 1967, he again starred with his wife in Custer of the West, then on to The Birthday Party (1969) and Battle of Britain. One of his best performances of this decade was also as the Spanish conqueror Pizarro in The Royal Hunt of the Sun. His last published novel, "A Card from Morocco" was also a big success and he went on to make Figures in a Landscape with Malcolm McDowell as two escaped convicts in a Latin American country. As the father of Churchill in Young Winston he was once again his brilliant self, and stole the scene from John Mills, Patrick Magee, Anthony Hopkins and Ian Holm. After his portrayal of Lord Randolph Churchill, he made A Reflection of Fear, a horror movie with Ure, Sondra Locke and Sally Kellerman. As the chauffeur Steven Ledbetter in The Hireling he falls in love with Sarah Miles, an aristocratic widow he helps recover from a nervous breakdown. It took the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was quite a thought provoking film.

It was his performances in the following two films, the USA produced The Sting and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three that Shaw became familiar once again to American audiences but it is his portrayal as a grizzled Irish shark hunter, named Quint, in Jaws that everyone remembers, even to this day. Hard to believe that Shaw wasn't that impressed with the script and even confided to a friend, Hector Elizondo, "They want me to do a movie about this big fish. I don't know if I should do it or not." When Elizondo asked why Shaw had reservations he mentioned that he'd never heard of the director and didn't like the title, "JAWS." It is also incredible that as the biggest box office film, which was the first movie to gross more than $100 million worldwide, he had ever been part of, he didn't make a cent from it because of the taxes he had to pay from working in the United States, Canada and Ireland. It was also during this time that he became a depressed recluse following the death of his wife who took an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol. Some have speculated throughout the years that her death was suicidal but there was no reason for it and this is mere sensationalism. Following Diamonds he made End of the Game, then another brilliant performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin and Marian. During the same year, he also made Swashbuckler with Geneviève Bujold and James Earl Jones, a very light-hearted pirate adventure.

His next film Black Sunday, with Shaw playing an Israeli counter-terrorist agent trying to stop a terrorist organization, called Black September, which is plotting an attack at the Super Bowl, was a big success both with critics and at the box office. I wasn't surprised considering the depth that he was also involved in writing the script although he didn't receive billing for it. Shaw was very happy with the success of his acting career, but he remained a depressed recluse in his personal life until he finished Black Sunday when he found himself in love with his secretary of 15 years, Virginia Dewitt Jansen (Jay). They were wed on July 29, 1976 in Hamilton, Bermuda. He adopted her son Charles and the couple also had one son, Thomas. During his stay in Bermuda, Shaw began work on his next movie, The Deep which teamed him and writer Peter Benchley once again and maybe that was a mistake, in that everyone expected another Jaws. At one point, discussing how bad the film was going, Shaw could be quoted as saying to Nick Nolte, "It's a treasure picture Nick, it's a treasure picture".

It did well at the box office but not with critics, although they did hail Shaw as the saving grace. He had done it for the money, as he was to do with his next film, for he had decided when Ure had died that life was short and that he needed to provide for his ten children. In 1977, Shaw traveled to Yugoslavia where he starred in Force 10 from Navarone, a sequel to The Guns of Navarone, he revived the lead role of the British MI6 agent Mallory originally played by Gregory Peck. He was a big box office draw and some producers were willing to pay top wages for his work, but he felt restricted by the parts he was being offered. "I have it in mind to stop making these big-budget extravaganzas, to change my pattern of life. I wanted to prove, I think, that I could be an international movie star. Now that I've done it, I see the valuelessness of it." In early 1978, Shaw appeared in Avalanche Express which was to become his last film in which he played General Marenkov, a senior Russian official who decides to defect to the west and reveals to a CIA agent, played by Lee Marvin, that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. An alcoholic most of his life, Shaw died, before the film was completed, of a heart attack at the age of 51 on August 28, 1978. In poor health due to alcoholism during most of the filming, he in fact completed over 90% of his scenes before the death of director Mark Robson two months earlier in June 1978 brought production to a halt.

While living in Ireland and taking a hiatus from working, Shaw was driving from Castlebar to his home in Tourmakeady, Ireland with wife, Virginia, and young son, Thomas, after spending the day playing golf with friends on a local course as well as shopping with her in the town. As they approached their cottage, he felt chest pains which he claimed to Virginia that they had started earlier that day while he was playing golf but the pains subsided. He pulled the car over a few hundred yards from his cottage and told her he would get out and walk them off. After taking four or five steps from the parked car, he collapsed by the side of the road in which his wife ran to the cottage to phone for help. An ambulance arrived 15 minutes later where Shaw was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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 unappealing 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.

Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City.

She won two Emmys for her role on 3rd Rock from the Sun. She has appeared on many other television shows, including Ugly Betty, ER, Bored to Death and, perhaps most memorably, as the party girl whose famous final words were "I'm so bored I could die" on Sex and the City. She's currently, on television, on TV Land's hit series, The Exes, which is now in its fourth season. Just a few of Johnston's many stage credits are "So Help Me God!" (Drama desk nomination), "The Women", "Aunt Dan & Lemon", "Love Song" on the West End, as well as starring in three "Shakespeare in Central Park" productions, "Much Ado About Nothing", "12th Night", and "The Skin of our Teeth". She is a long-time member of The Atlantic Theater Company, and her roles over the years have included "The Lights" (Drama Desk Nomination) and "Scarcity". Kristen's film credits include Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the 2nd Austin Powers film (as "Ivana Humpalot"), Finding Bliss, Bad Parents, Bride Wars, L!fe Happens, Vamps, Strangers with Candy, and the upcoming independent film, Lovesick, with Matt LeBlanc. Johnston teaches acting at The Atlantic Theater Company's Acting School at NYU. She founded an organization called SLAM, whose goal is the creation of a desperately needed sober high school in New York City. Johnston's first book was a New York Times Bestselling memoir, entitled "GUTS: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster".

Tom Bateman

Tom was born in 1989, to two teachers, one of fourteen children and has a twin brother. Brought up in Jericho in Oxford he attended Cherwell School before joining the National Youth Theatre and enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship. Even before graduating in 2011 he was treading the boards alongside Catherine Tate and David Tennant in 'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Wyndhams theatre, following this later in the year as prince Richard in 'The Lion in Winter' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay and in 2012 opposite Eve Best in 'The Duchess of Malfi' at the Old Vic. In 2015 he took the title role in 'Shakespeare in Love' at the Noel Coward Theatre before joining Kenneth Branagh's repertory company at the Garrick. After several small roles on television he took on more substantial parts in 2013 in 'The Tunnel' and as Giuliano De Medici in 'Da Vinci's Demons' and in 2015 was playing the lead (s) in 'Jekyll and Hyde'.

Anna Maxwell Martin

The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty.

At the age of 20 she auditioned for the prestigious Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, the school she had dreamed of attending since childhood but however unfortunately she was declined. Undetered she applied for the London Academy Of Dramatic art, where she was accepted. Alumni include Donald Sutherland, Rita Wilson, Anthony Head (aka Anthony Stewart Head), Natascha McElhone plus hundreds more besides.

Sadly, whilst training at L.A.M.D.A., her father passed away. Anna wanted to be strong and complete her training as she was sure her father would have wanted. She used the emotions she felt to breathe life into the more emotional parts she was playing in the plays she performed in while at drama school including: The lead in "Romeo and Juliet", "Three Birds Alighting On A Field", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Mother Clap" and "The Way Of The World".

Upon successful completion of the three year acting programme, aged 24 Anna embarked upon a career which has built up gradually over the past four years. She starred in the Trevor Nunn-helmed "Coast Of Utopia" and "Dumb Show" at the Royal Court in London with Terry Johnson, but her moment of glory on stage so far has to be her Olivier award-nominated performance in the adaptation of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" as the 12-year old heroine Lyra.

Though has worked rather extensively on stage, Anna has graced the big and small screen. Guest appearances in Midsomer Murders and opposite Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in Doctor Who and most recently she can be seen in the role of Esther Summerson in the BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens's book Bleak House starring Denis Lawson, Johnny Vegas and Gillian Anderson.

Her film credits include - The Hours with Nicole Kidman, The four-parter BBC drama North & South as Bessie Higgins and Penny in Enduring Love alongside latest James Bond star Daniel Craig and transatlantic star Rhys Ifans.

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.

Fran Kranz

Francis Elliott "Fran" Kranz is an American film, television and Broadway actor. Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1999 and later from Yale University in 2004, where he was a member of the improve comedy group The Ex!t Players. He is best known for his portrayal of Topher Brink in the science fiction drama series Dollhouse. He had prominent roles in the films The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing. In 2012, he played Bernard in Death of a Salesman beginning a career on Broadway that continued with 2014's You Can't Take It with You.

Sean Maher

Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as 'Dr. Simon Tam' in Joss Whedon's feature "Serenity". The film was based on the critically acclaimed series "Firefly".

Maher was born and raised in New York where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He moved to Los Angeles after landing the coveted title role in the FOX drama "Ryan Caufield: Year One." Upon the cancellation of that series Maher secured a holding deal with FOX and collaborated with the network on the well loved series "Party Of Five" as well as Darren Star's "The $treet".

With the birth of his daughter in 2007 Maher took a few years off from acting to be a stay at home dad.

Additional TV credits include "The Mentalist", "Human Target," and "Warehouse 13".

In 2011 while playing closeted gay man 'Sean Beasely' in 1960s Chicago on NBC's provocative "The Playboy Club" Maher used the role as a platform to come out publicly as a gay man himself. Entertainment Weekly graciously covered the story and Maher regards that decision as one of the highlights of his professional career.

Sean appeared in the Season 2 finale of "Looking" for HBO, directed by Andrew Haigh. Additionally, he was seen recurring as Mark Scheffer (aka Shrapnel) on the hit series "Arrow" for The CW. Maher won praise for his portrayal of 'Don John' in Joss Whedon's feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and starred in the indie sci-fi feature "ISRA-88" as well as the feature "People You May Know." He starred opposite Academy Award Nominee June Squibb in the short film "The Visit."

Maher reunited with many of his Firefly colleagues for the series "Con Man."

He is also the voice of 'Nightwing' for the Warner Bros / DC Comics animated universe.

Maher is a yoga enthusiast and LGBT advocate. In 2016, he married his partner of 10 years, Paul. He has two children.

Sarah Brown

Three-time Emmy-winning actress Sarah Brown began her acting career at the prestigious Los Angeles High School for the Performing Arts. On her nineteenth birthday, Sarah began her professional acting career when she was chosen as the series lead on the popular children's series V.R. Troopers, which aired worldwide. Two years later, Sarah auditioned for a lead role on the ABC daytime series General Hospital. In what would soon become an oft-told story, Sarah began a five-year journey as one of daytime TV's most memorable characters. Her work during those years (1996-2001) won her four Emmy nominations with three Emmy wins, all before she was twenty-five. Throughout her run on "GH", Sarah appeared on stage in productions of "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Rainmaker" and "Cyrano de Bergerac". In April 2001, Sarah made the decision to pursue new challenges. TV Guide, the magazine that voted Sarah "one of the finest actors" in her first year on General Hospital, bid the twenty-six year-old actress a touching farewell in May, 2001, saying "We'll miss Sarah Brown, a superb, ferocious actress of unparalleled complexity". Sarah spent 2003-2004 appearing on hit television series on virtually every network including, Without a Trace (CBS), The Lyon's Den and Crossing Jordan (NBC), Dragnet (ABC), For the People and Strong Medicine (Lifetime). She has also been featured in recurring roles on Mysterious Ways(NBC/PAX) and 10-8: Officers on Duty (ABC). Sarah starred in the torn from the headlines USA television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. The film aired in Febuary 2004.

Sabrina Le Beauf

Sabrina LeBeauf was born in New Orleans, grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives on Maui, HI. She was a cast member in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron at the Westside Theatre in New York, the Delaware Theatre Center and the Scottsdale Centre for the Arts. She has done numerous roles at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC including Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Helena in All's Well That Ends Well, Cordelia in King Lear and Rosalind in As You Like It. Other regional theatre credits include the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep., San Jose Rep., Arizona Theatre Company and the Chautauqua Theatre Institute. She has participated in The Sundance Theatre Lab and the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference as both an actor, at the conference, as well as a script reader in the play selection process. She played the eldest daughter, Sondra, on The Cosby Show and Norma Bindlebeep on Fatherhood. She was the host of In Your Own Backyard, a 4 part series on the environment for New York public television, the host for E! Style Television's Homes With Style, and the east coast correspondent/host for the Oregon Public Television series Smart Gardening.

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.

Joan Hackett

Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet, this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances and she never hesitated being unglamorous whenever the role demanded. Born of an Italian mother and an Irish-American father in East Harlem on March 1 1934, teenage Joan left school during twelfth grade to become a model. On the cover of Harper's Junior Bazaar in 1952, the attractive brunette turned down the resulting offer of a contract with 20th Century Fox and opted instead for acting classes at Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio.

Joan made her Broadway debut in the John Gielgud production of "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1959 and also appeared in her first television episode that year. In 1961, she had her first success in an off-Broadway play, "Call Me By My Rightful Name", winning three awards including an Obie. A later stage performance, "Night Watch" (1972), based on a play by Lucille Fletcher, saw her playing an emotionally disturbed woman with such intensity that Clive Barnes of The New York Times described her performance as "beautifully judged". From 1961 to 1962, Joan had regular work in the CBS courtroom drama series The Defenders (starring E.G. Marshall), playing social worker "Joan Miller", fiancée of one of the partners in the law firm. During the remainder of the decade, she guest-starred in many top-rated TV shows, from The Twilight Zone to Bonanza and Ben Casey (an Emmy-nominated performance). She also played the second "Mrs. de Winter" in a Television version of Daphne Du Maurier's classic "Rebecca".

Joan's off-beat personality likely limited her career in films. She was first featured as one of eight Vassar graduates making up The Group, a 150-minute Sidney Lumet-directed part-satire, part-soap-opera, examining the lives and loves of the protagonists over the years. Her next motion pictures allowed Joan considerably more screen time. She co-starred with Charlton Heston in the moody, idiosyncratic western Will Penny. She gave a decidedly understated, subtle performance as the down-to-earth frontier woman who befriends the hero, shares in his ordeals, then is left by him when he realizes that there is no future in their relationship. In stark contrast was her role in the western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff!. She was very much in her element as feisty, accident-prone mayor's daughter "Prudy Perkins". In this film, she displayed a talent for visual comedy reminiscent of Lucille Ball, but otherwise rarely seen since silent films. There was also great chemistry and clever verbal interaction between her and co-star James Garner, as the newly appointed sheriff, who catches her character in various embarrassing situations.

She was also featured in the lackluster spy film Assignment to Kill, followed by the predictable "Baby Jane" look-alike TV thriller How Awful About Allan. Joan then gave assured performances in two Subsequent thrillers, the stylish The Last of Sheila, and the made-for-TV disguised remake of Diabolique, Reflections of Murder with Sam Waterston. There were to be few roles of interest until Only When I Laugh. The film, based on Neil Simon's play "The Gingerbread Lady", won Joan a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. By that time, she was already so ill with cancer that she had to travel to the award ceremony in a wheelchair.

Joan Hackett was well-known as a social activist, embracing solar energy and losing causes, such as the preservation of the old Morosco Theatre in Times Square, with equal fervor. According to personal friends, she accepted her fate with equanimity and dignity, dying at the age of just 49 in a hospital in Encino, California, in October 1983.

Eve Best

Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "The Homecoming".

She was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "A Moon for the Misbegotten".

She won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Actress & London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as the title role in Hedda Gabler.

She was awarded the 2003 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra performed at the Royal National Theatre.

She was awarded the 1999 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for her performance in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore performed at the Young Vic Theatre.

She studied English at Oxford University.

Other theatre credits include: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) Shakespeares Globe, London; As You Like It (Rosalind) RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon & Sheffield Crucible; The Cherry Orchard (Varya) Royal National Theatre, London; Three Sisters (Masha) Royal National Theatre, London; The Coast of Utopia, Royal National Theatre, London; The Heiress, Royal National Theatre, London; and Le Misanthrope, Chichester Festival Theatre

Radio: The Rape of Lucrece, Emma, Brideshead Revisited, Dr Zhivago, Martin Chuzzlewit

TV: Nurse Jackie (Showtime) The Shadow Line (BBC) Dolley Madison (The American Experience, PBS) Prime Suspect VII (BBC) Shackleton (BBC)

Film: The Kings Speech

In 2011, Eve returned to Shakespeare's Globe in London to play Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

Stephen Mangan

After graduating from RADA in 1994, Cambridge law graduate Mangan did not pursue lead roles on-screen, preferring to take what he saw as the less limited opportunities on the stage. Between 1994 and 2000, he performed in plays by (among others) Shakespeare, Shaw, Coward, Benn and Goldsmith throughout the UK and the West End before joining world-renowned theatre company Cheek by Jowl for an international tour of Much Ado About Nothing, earning him a nomination for a National Theatre Ian Charleson Award. He worked again for director Declan Donnellan at the Royal Shakespeare Company in School for Scandal, and at the Savoy Theatre, London in Hay Fever. In 2008 he played the title role in The Norman Conquests, directed by Matthew Warchus, at The Old Vic Theatre, London and then at the Circle in the Square on Broadway. The production earned several Tony Award nominations, including one for Mangan himself. In 2012 he appeared at the Royal Court, London (for the second time) in a Joe Penhall play, Birthday, directed by Roger Michell, playing a pregnant man. Mangan recently starred as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre alongside Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves. His breakthrough performance was Adrian Mole in the six-part TV show "Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years" (2001). In the same year he also appeared in "Sword of Honour" on Channel 4 alongside Daniel Craig. Since then he has worked extensively in British television as a lead actor in both serious drama and comedy. His most recent success is the British/American television comedy series "Episodes" created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, starring Mangan alongside Matt Le Blanc and Tamsin Greig. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on January 9, 2011 and on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2011. His first film part was as Doctor Crane in Billy Elliot. He went on to appear in many other films such Chunky Monkey, Birthday Girl, Festival and Beyong The Pole. His most recent film is as the voice of Postman Pat in "Postman Pat: The Movie" a British 3D computer-animated comedy film. He was host of the Evening Standard British Film Awards for 4 years (2009-2013) and will host the Olivier Awards in 2014. In April 2014, Mangan will return to host the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London for a third time. He is a well-known voiceover artist - voicing animation, commercials and documentaries.

Joel McKinnon Miller

A native of Minnesota, Joel McKinnon Miller had his first experiences as an actor in high school.He then went on to study opera and theatre at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After college, Joel was invited to join John Houseman's The Acting Company, a classical theatre touring company based in New York City.

For three years, he toured the U.S. performing in plays which included The Skin of Our Teeth, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A New Way to Pay Old Debts and the world premiere of Orchards, a collection of seven Chekhov short stories adapted into one-act plays by American playwrights John Guare, Spalding Gray, David Mamet, Michael Weller, Wendy Wasserstein, Samm-Art Williams and Cuban playwright Maria Irene Fornes. After touring, he continued to work off-Broadway at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, Classical Stage Company, Theatre for a New Audience and in regional theatres which included the Hartford Stage Company and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C.

Joel moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and made his television debut on (the #1 rated show at that time), Murphy Brown. He has numerous television and film appearances to his credit, including - Everybody Loves Raymond, Cold Case, American Horror Story, Workaholics, Bones. Features - The Truman Show, Friday After Next, The Family Man as well as Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams.

In December 2010, Joel completed filming his fifth and final season on the HBO series Big Love.

Currently he can be seen playing the role of Detective"Scully" on the hit FOX comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Jean Marsh

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of film appearances as a dancer. She then spent three years in America, appearing in Sir John Gielgud's Broadway production of "Much Ado About Nothing" and numerous TV shows, including an episode of The Twilight Zone. Returning to London, she won roles on stage, film and TV. It was during this period that she appeared in Doctor Who, first as Princess Joanna in "The Crusade" and then as Sara Kingdom in "The Daleks' Master Plan." In the early 1970s she co-created and starred in LWT's Upstairs, Downstairs. Since then she has maintained a very busy career in the theatre, on TV - including a starring role in the US sitcom Nine to Five and films such as Return to Oz and Willow. She also co-created another successful series, The House of Eliott.

Gwynyth Walsh

Gwynyth Walsh was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada but was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Walsh earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta and started her career appearing on stage, across Canada and in the United States, in many classics, including. For William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", she won a Dramalogue Award in the Best Actress Category for her portrayal of Beatrice. She is perhaps best remembered for the recurring role of the Klingon B'Etor, sister of Lursa, from the House of Duras in all the versions of Star Trek, except Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. She also appeared in the feature length film Star Trek: Generations. Only in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Random Thoughts, did she not play the Klingon B'Etor. In 1993, Walsh starred in the psychological thriller The Crush, where her husband was played by Kurtwood Smith.

In 1998, Gwynyth began another role she is also well-remembered for, Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (City of Vancouver Coroner's Pathologist), ex-wife of the title character, Dominic Da Vinci, in the award-winning Da Vinci's Inquest. In 2002, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Taken, with Matt Frewer, Anton Yelchin, Rob LaBelle and Brian Markinson. She has been in many popular dramas and sci-fi series, in Canada and the United States, such as Stargate SG-1, Supernatural and Smallville. In 2006, she played Esther Heyman in the well-regarded A&E film about the ill-fated 9-11 Flight 93. The same year, she played a role in the critically-acclaimed Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as The President. The next year, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, a retelling of "The Wizard of Oz". She continues to stay busy, both on stage and on camera and seems to be in demand in Canadian television. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Barnard Hughes

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Barnard Hughes forged a career as one of American's most successful character actors, equally at home and successful on stage, the silver screen, and television. Most of his success came after middle-age. He made his Broadway debut in 1939 in Mary McCarthy's "Please, Mrs. Garibaldi", a flop that lasted only four performances. He appeared in another 22 Broadway shows, his last being Noël Coward's "Waiting in the Wings, which closed in the year 2000. His Broadway career lasted spanned 61 years and eight decades. Along the way, he won the 1978 Tony Award as best Actor in a play for Da, his most famous role, which also brought him the Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play. (He won a lifetime achievement Drama Desk Award in 2000.) He also was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1973 for Much Ado About Nothing, which was fitting, as it was in Shakespeare repertory that he honed his craft. Hughes was born Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes on July 16, 1915, in Bedford Hills, New York, to Irish immigrants Marcella "Madge" (Kiernan) and Owen Hughes. Bedford Hills is a hamlet lying 41 miles north of the heart of Broadway in Times Square (He changed the spelling of his Christian name on the advice of a numerologist; thespians are very superstitious). After graduating from the La Salle Academy and attending Manhattan College, he joined New York City's Shakespeare Fellowship Repertory Co. He was a member of the company for two years. He did not actually appear on Broadway in Shakespeare until 1964, when he played Marcellus to Richard Burton's Hamlet. Off-Broadway, he played Polonius to Stacy Keach's Obie Award-winning Hamlet in 1972. His only other Shakespearean turn on the boards of the Great White Way was as Dogberry in "Much Ado About Nothing" in the 1972-73 season, which brought him his first Tony nomination. Off-Broadway, he also appeared as the Chorus in "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" and Sir John Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor". Back on Broadway, his most prominent role other than "Da" (which he also played in the roadshow tour) was as the Old Man opposite Alec Baldwin in Prelude to a Kiss. Hughes had a 54 year-long screen career, equally adept in television as in movies. He was a regular on the soap opera Guiding Light from 1961-66. Though Hughes was a highly effective dramatic actor, he had a flair for comedy and appeared on such sit-coms as _"The Phil Silvers Show" (TV series) and _"Car 54, Where Are You?" (1962)_ before having recurring roles on "All In the Family" (1971) as a priest and on The Bob Newhart Show as Bob's father in the 1970s. He eventually headlined his own sit-com in the mid '70s, Doc, which had a successful first season but was canceled early into its second after the network demanded changes to boost ratings. Instead, the ratings sank. His break-through performance in the movies arguably was a the messianic doctor who was a victim of malpractice and turned avenger in Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital in 1971. It came two years after a small but memorable part in Best Picture Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy, as he middle-aged gay mamma's boy who picks up self-styled "hustler" Joe Buck with disastrous consequences. Hughes married actress Helen Stenborg in 1950 and they remained married until his death on July 11, 2006, five days before what would have been his 91st birthday. The couple had two children, theatrical director Doug Hughes (who was also a Tony-winner) and a daughter, actress Laura Hughes.

Arye Gross

Extremely gifted character actor whose face is readily familiar to the public but they can often not remember why. He tends to turn minor supporting roles into perfect studies in human frailty, strength, passion, avarice or anything else demanded by the role. Born on March 17, 1960, in Los Angeles, Arye Gross attended the University of California at Irvine and went on to study acting at the Conservatory at South Coast Repertory. He then became a member of the South Coast Repertory resident company for three years. This was followed by a year with El Teatro Campesino under the direction of Luis Valdez. Gross has appeared in a number of stage productions with a variety of companies in the Los Angeles area, including LATC, Pasedena Playhouse, Odyssey Theater Ensemble, MET Theater and Stages Theater Center. Gross' extensive stage credits include "La Bete" for the Stages Theatre Center, "Room Service" for the Pasadena Playhouse, "Three Sisters" for the Los Angeles Theatre Center, "Taming of the Shrew" and "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Grove Shakespeare Festival, "Troillus and Cressida" for the Globe Playhouse and "Screwball" and "Let's Play Two" for the South Coast Repertory Theatre.

His [i]tour de force[/i] as the lackey sent to fetch famed singer Dixie Leonard (Bette Midler) for a TV show in For the Boys provided what would have been an otherwise mediocre film with all its pivotal moments upon which the story would turn. The most important growth of a character in that film turns out to be that of his who goes from a "go-fer" to his own man as a result of his tender encounter with Dixie as she tells him her life story. However, as usual, his performance appeared a seamless part of the whole. In another era, a great character actor such as Gross would be more widely appreciated and celebrated. Many viewers will recall his appearance as the wronged husband in Minority Report which demanded a change from a loving family man to a betrayed husband falling victim to murderous rage all within a few minutes time. Simply superb.

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.

Edward Woodward

British actor Edward Woodward made a highly successful transition into Hollywood stardom in the mid 1980s thanks to a popular TV dramatic series. Possessing a magnetic, yet coldly handsome demeanor in the same mold as Christopher Plummer, he was born on June 1, 1930, in London and received his early education at various schools before becoming a student at Kingston College. Trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his stage debut in 1946 and gained valuable experience in repertory companies throughout England and Scotland. He took his first London curtain call in 1954 with "Where There's a Will" and subsequently made his movie debut recreating his stage part in the film version of Where There's a Will.

A gifted singer, he produced over a dozen musical recordings. He also put out a host of audio books that made fine use of his mastery of the spoken word. He performed in such Shakespearean productions as "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet," "Pericles," "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Measure for Measure" before scoring a major success with the play "Rattle of a Simple Man" in 1961, making his Broadway debut in the play two years later. Elsewhere on Broadway, he showed off his singing pipes excellently as Charles Condomine in the musical adaptation of Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" entitled "High Spirits" (1964) starring Tammy Grimes, Louise Troy and Beatrice Lillie, and following this with the comedy "The Best Laid Plans" (1966). In later years and on various stages, he played a superb "Cyrano de Bergerac" as well as noble appearances in "The White Devil," "Babes in the Wood," "The Male of the Species," "The Beggar's Opera" and "Private Lives." His latest theatre venture was in "The Dead Secret" in 1992.

Although in movies from 1955, it was TV that earned him his initial star in England. Feature film roles in such acclaimed period costumers as Becket and Young Winston were overshadowed by his more successful work on the smaller screen, especially his weary spy in Callan, which spawned TV-movie and the popular character. A brilliant performance in the film The Wicker Man eventually led to international stardom as courtmartialed Lt. Harry Morant in the classic Aussie-made historical drama Breaker Morant. Woodward was finally granted some attention in the States at age 55, earning his own popular series, the noirish espionage series The Equalizer.

Served up best in crime, historical and political intrigue, he has been completely at home playing no-nonsense authoritarians and brooding loner types. Following the series' cancellation, he returned to British TV with the mystery In Suspicious Circumstances but was never far away from the US shores. Maturing roles in advancing years included a wide range of characters -- everything from Merlin to the Ghost of Christmas Present in mini-movie formats. He married actress Venetia Barrett (nee Collett) in 1952 and had three children, all of whom went into acting: Tim Woodward, Peter Woodward and Sarah Woodward. Sarah earned a Tony nomination for her featured performance in "The Real Thing" in 2000. After his tabloid divorce (after over 30 years) from his first wife, he quickly married lovely actress Michele Dotrice in 1987, the sister of former 1960s' Disney child star Karen Dotrice of Mary Poppins fame. He and Michele produced one child, Emily.

Mackenzie Gray

Mackenzie Gray was born and raised in Toronto. A professional actor for over 40 years, he has appeared in over 150 films and television shows. As of 2017, he is a series regular on the Marvel/FX Series Legion playing "The Eye" and is a recurring cast member on both the CW series Riverdale as "The Pathologist" and plays "The Time Master" on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Since moving to Vancouver in 1998 as a series lead for the television series The Net, he has appeared as a guest star in scores of Vancouver or Calgary-filmed productions, recently including the BBC America/Netflix series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Fargo, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, Alcatraz, and Project Mc². He returned to Toronto to Guest-Star in the series Bitten.

Guest-Starring roles include "John Amos" in If There Be Thorns, "David Bowie" in Some Assembly Required, "Lex Luthor" in Season 10 of Smallville, "The Djiin" in Supernatural, "The Observer" in the series finale of Fringe, as the Devil, in the form of Keith Richards, in R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, as a Southern U.S. Senator opposed to Civil Rights in the mini-series The Kennedys and as a Graphic Novelist with a dark secret again in R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

Other Guest-Star or Lead roles include work on the TV series Human Target, Young Blades, Da Vinci's Inquest, The Collector, First Wave, So Weird, Once Upon a Time, True Justice, The Bridge, Sanctuary, Psych, Kyle XY, The L Word, Romeo!, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight, Big Sound, Andromeda, Cold Squad, Voyage of the Unicorn and Welcome to Paradox.

Mackenzie was recently seen on the big screen in Warcraft, and was celebrated around the world for his portrayal of "Jax-Ur" in Warner Brothers' Zack Snyder-directed Superman film Man of Steel. He appeared as the band's Road Manager in Metallica's 3-D IMAX Feature Metallica Through the Never and appeared in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Other feature film work includes co-starring roles in Grave Encounters, Shooter, Storm Seekers, Riddles of the Sphinx, Destination: Infestation, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, Strip Search, Christmas on Chestnut Street, 2103: The Deadly Wake, Word of Honor, The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting, Falling Fire, In Her Mother's Footsteps, Hard Ride to Hell, Shepherd, Fugitives Run, Replikator and The Long Kiss Goodnight.

He co-produced and acted in the upcoming feature film Heart of Clay, and the award-winning feature film Poe: Last Days of the Raven. Mackenzie has written, produced and directed 7 short films. His Crazy 8's Film Noir short Under the Bridge of Fear screened at Cannes Court Métrage at The Cannes Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival and was broadcast by the CBC. It was nominated for 10 LEO Awards, winning one. Mackenzie has been nominated for many awards and is a 16-time Leo Award "Best Actor" nominee. He composed and recorded the theme songs and score for the films Graceland and My Mind's Eye and is composing the songs for the upcoming feature Earthlickers.

Mackenzie also works extensively as a "voice" performer. He is the voice of "Obadiah Stane" in Marvel Comics' series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, "Gramorr" in LoliRock, and has recurring roles on the animated TV series Tetsujin, Stargate: Infinity, Action Man, Madeline, Evolution and NASCAR Racers. He has also recorded several lead roles in animated feature films. Notable among these are "Long John Silver" in Treasure Island, "Professor Henry" in Madeline: My Fair Madeline and the dual lead roles of "Doctor Nightingale" and "Adrian Rourke" in Groove Squad. Other animated work includes Tony Hawk, Ben Hur (with Charlton Heston) and Ark, Master Keaton, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Lost Continent, Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! and Journey to the Center of the Earth. He has created many voices for Video Games, is the lead in the new Black Orchid XBox Game and several characters in the latest edition of Dawn of War.

Mackenzie has worked on stage in Canada, Britain and in the United States in hundreds of plays, musicals and cabarets. He was recently seen onstage as "Steve" in the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'August: Osage County' at The Stanley Theatre in Vancouver. Recently, he played several roles in the Tom Waits/William S. Burroughs award-winning hit rock opera 'The Black Rider', in Toronto and Vancouver. He has played lead roles in many plays, including 'Bloody Poetry', 'The Rocky Horror Show', 'Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang', 'Boxing Shakespeare', 'Playing With Fire', 'The Threepenny Opera', 'Danton's Death' and Videocabaret's multiple-award-winning plays 'The Great War' and 'The Life and Times of Mackenzie King'. Shakespearean work includes lead roles in 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Macbeth', 'The Winter's Tale', 'Troilus and Cressida', and 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Mackenzie wrote, scored and directed the play/musical 'Math Out Loud' which will tour across Canada this year. He has directed at The Stratford Festival and the Canadian Stage Company, wrote and directed the Ballet/Opera 'The Snow Maiden' at The Royal Alexandra Theatre, produced the award-winning hit play 'Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love' in Toronto and has directed and produced over 25 plays. He is a former board member and Director of the Performers Branch of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Mackenzie is a 16-time Leo Award "Best Actor" nominee, a 2-time Dora Award nominee, recently winning two Leo Awards for his work on the TV series Spooksville and Bitten and has won or been nominated for many awards in his various disciplines.

Trevor Howard

The son of an insurance underwriter, who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school, he subsequently trained at RADA (due to his mother's insistence), and was voted best in his class following a performance in "Much Ado About Nothing". Spurning a contract with Paramount, he acted on the West End stage and with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from the mid-1930's, performing in classical plays ranging from "Hamlet" and "Coriolanus" to "French without Tears", by Terence Rattigan. Howard was initially turned down for military service by both the RAF and the British Army, but shortage of manpower led to his being called up in 1940 to serve as a second lieutenant with the Army Signal Corps. However, he neither saw action nor accumulated the illustrious wartime record (including winning the Military Cross) invented for him by his publicists. A 2001 biography by Terence Pettigrew claimed to have unearthed files from his war record, suggesting that he was dismissed from service in 1943 due to 'mental instability'. Ironically, on screen, the actor was often cast as solid, unflappable British officers, perhaps reflecting his own personal credo of always feeling best when impersonating someone else.

Howard's career in films began quietly, with small roles in The Way Ahead and Johnny in the Clouds. He unexpectedly leapt to stardom in just his third outing, as the stoic, decent Dr. Alec Harvey in David Lean's melancholic story of middle-class wartime romance, Brief Encounter. Howard's mannered performance perfectly suited the required stiff-upper-lip mood of the film, his intensity and projected integrity more than compensating for his average looks. That 'jolly decent chap' persona continued on in another 'woman's picture', The Passionate Friends, but Howard soon found his niche in more determined, worldly roles. He later admitted that "for years I was practically hounded by my first part in Brief Encounter. I loved the film, mind you, but the role wasn't me, at all" (Ottawa Citizen, February 17 1961). As a screen actor, Howard came of age in crime thrillers and war films, delivering his first genuine tour de force performance as a battle-hardened, cynical ex-pilot caught up in the world of post-war black market racketeering in I Became a Criminal. His efficient, by-the-book intelligence officer, Major Calloway, in Carol Reed's The Third Man put him firmly on the map as a star character player.

Rasping-voiced and becoming increasingly craggy as the years went by, Howard contrasted archetypal authoritarians (seasoned army veteran Captain Thomson of The Cockleshell Heroes, Captain William Bligh in the remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, Lord Cardigan in The Charge of the Light Brigade) with weaklings (best exemplified by morally corrupt, degenerate expatriate trader Peter Willems in Outcast of the Islands -- arguably one of Howard's finest performances); sympathetic victims (colonial cop Scobie, tormented by religious guilt in The Heart of the Matter) and obsessive, driven eccentrics (crusading elephant preservationist Morel in The Roots of Heaven, the alcoholic, haunted Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and the weird Russian recluse of Light Years Away). In the midst of angst-ridden heroes, drunken clerics and assorted historical characters, ranging from Napoleon Bonaparte to Sir Isaac Newton, Howard even essayed a Cheyenne warrior returning from the dead to defend his family in Windwalker. Remarkably, among a score of rather forgettable projects Howard lent his name to, it is difficult to fault a single one of his performances. Throughout his entire career, he was never out of favour with audiences and never out of work.

As becoming one of the most British of actors, Howard was an ardent cricket supporter, member of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club. He insisted on having a clause inserted in his contracts which allowed him leave from filming to attend test matches. A rather solitary man, he had few other hobbies (except, perhaps, a fondness for alcohol, which likely contributed to his death at the age of 74) and was reputedly modest about his accomplishments as an actor. He once declared "we don't have the Method School of acting in England. We simply read the script, let it seep in, then go put on whiskers - and do it" (New York Times, January 8 1988).

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa is a series regular on the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles. He plays tech operator/surfer "Eric Beale" alongside Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Oscar winner Linda Hunt.

Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2009, Foa has been a recurring guest on Entourage (as Ari's assistant), and the original NCIS and guest-starred on Numb3rs and The Closer opposite Kyra Sedgwick.

On Broadway, Foa starred as the leads of both "Avenue Q" (Princeton and Rod) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and was in the original Broadway cast of "Mamma Mia!". He can be heard as "Jesus" on the 20th anniversary cast recording of "Godspell".

He has played leading roles at Playwrights Horizons (where he starred in the world premiere of Adam Bock's play, "The Drunken City", a piece he helped workshop and develop), The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The York, and John Houseman, as well as at such reputable regional venues as Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C. (starring as "Claudio" in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"), Bay Street Theatre (starring opposite playwright Charles Busch), Paper Mill Playhouse, TheatreWorks in CA, The St. Louis MUNY, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre of Wichita, Weston Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theatre. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, spent a semester of college at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from one of the nation's top musical theatre programs, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He resides in Los Angeles.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Julie was born in Accrington, Lancashire in February 1970. A woman with a strong social conscience, she originally wanted to be a social worker. She was an amateur actress with the Oswaldtwistle Players and studied A-level Theatre Studies at Accrington and Rossendale College. Fate took a turn when she took an audition for drama school to be with her friends. It landed her a place at LAMDA, where she studied from 1988-1991. After graduating she set up her own theatre company, Arts Threshold, with a group of friends in Paddington, taking time out for TV roles in The Bill, the Catherine Cookson drama The Dwelling Place, a care home worker in Victoria Wood's comedy film Pat and Margaret and, just prior to Coronation Street, as an animal rights protestor in Dalziel & Pascoe. She was spotted by the casting crew for "Coronation Street" whilst playing in "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, playing the dual roles of a maid and a night watchman!

George Macready

George Macready--the name probably doesn't ring any bells for most but the voice would be unmistakable. He attended and graduated from Brown University and had a short stint as a New York newspaperman, but became interested in acting on the advice of colorful Polish émigré classical stage director Richard Boleslawski, who would go on to Hollywood to direct some notable and important films, including Rasputin and the Empress--the only film in which siblings John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore appeared together--and Clive of India with Ronald Colman. Perhaps acting was meant for Macready all along--he claimed that he was descended from 19th-century Shakespearean actor William Macready.

In 1926 Macready made his Broadway debut in "The Scarlet Letter". His Broadway career would extend to 1958, entailing 15 plays--mainly dramas but also some comedies--with the lion's share of roles in the 1930s. His Shakespearean run included the lead as Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1927), "Macbeth" (1928) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1934), with Broadway legend Katharine Cornell. He co-starred with her again in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and with with Helen Hayes in "Victoria Regina" twice (1936 and 1937).

Macready's aquiline features coupled with distinctive high-brow bottom-voiced diction and superior, nose-in-the-air delivery that could be quickly tinged with a gothic menace made him perfect as the cultured bad guy. Added to his demeanor was a significant curved scar on his right cheek, remnant of a car accident in about 1919--better PR that it was a saber slash wound from his dueling days as a youth. He did not turn to films until 1942 and did not weigh-in fully committed until 1944, with a host of both well-crafted and just fair movies until the end of World War II. When he went all in, though, he excelled as strong-willed authoritarian and ambitious, murderous--but well-bred--villains. Among his better roles in that period were in The Seventh Cross, The Missing Juror, Counter-Attack and My Name Is Julia Ross with a young Nina Foch. Averaging six or more films per year throughout the 1940s, he appeared not only in dramas and thrillers, but also period pieces and even some westerns. His standout role, however--and probably the one he is best remembered for--was the silver-haired, dark-suited and mysteriously rich Ballin Mundson in Gilda, who malevolently inserted himself into the lives of smoldering Rita Hayworth and moody Glenn Ford.

By the early 1950s he had sampled the waters of early TV. He had many appearances on such anthology series as Four Star Playhouse, The Ford Television Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, among others. He became a familiar presence in episodic TV series beginning in 1954. He made the rounds of most of the hit shows of the period, including a slew of westerns, including such obscure series as The Texan and The Rough Riders. He was familiar to viewers of crime dramas--such as Perry Mason--and such classic sci-fi and horror series as Thriller, The Outer Limits and Night Gallery. He did some 200 TV roles altogether, but still continued his film appearances. He assayed what many consider his best role as the ambitious French Gen. Paul Mireau, a fanatic and martinet whose lust for fame and glory leads to the deaths of hundreds of French soldiers in a senseless frontal attack on heavily fortified German lines in Stanley Kubrick classic antiwar film Paths of Glory. Macready's performance stood out in a film brimming with standout performances, from such veterans as Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker and Timothy Carey. The film was even more striking when it turns out that it was based on a true incident.

Macready stayed busy into the 1960s, mainly in TV roles. He had a three-year run as Martin Peyton in the hit series Peyton Place, the first prime-time soap opera and a launching pad for many a young rising star of the time. His film roles became fewer, but there were some good ones--the Yul Brynner adventure period piece Taras Bulba and a meaty role as an advisor to US Prlesident Fredric March attempting to stop a coup by a right-wing general played by Burt Lancaster in the gripping Seven Days in May. His next-to-last film appearance was as a very human Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, in Universal's splashy, big-budget but somewhat uneven story of Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora!.

Another role that stands out in his career is a one-in-a-kind film which you would not expect to find George Macready--Blake Edwards' uproarious comedy -The Great Race (1965)_. Macready shined in one of the film's several subplots, this one a spoof of the "Ruritanian" chestnut "The P Prizoner of Zenda", in which the racers find themselves in the middle of palace intrigue in a small European monarchy. Macready played a general trying to stave off a coup by using Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon, who is a double for the drunken ruler. Macready held his own with such comedy veterans as Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and a host of others. To top it of, Macready gets involved in one of the great pie fights in film history, and takes one right in the kisser!

In real life George Macready was as cultured as he appeared to be on-screen. He was a well-regarded connoisseur of art, and he and a fellow art devotee--and longtime friend--opened a very successful Los Angeles art gallery together during World War II. As far as the villain roles went, Macready was grateful for the depth they allowed him through his years as both film and television actor. "I like heavies," he once said, and to that he added with a philosophic twinkle, "I think there's a little bit of evil in all of us."

Jane Carr

Since the late 1980s, American audiences have embraced the "veddy British" talents of character actress Jane Carr -- she with the close-set eyes, lilting voice, trowel jaw and bubbly disposition. It helps, of course, having natural comedic timing and the necessary vocal skills to be in constant demand.

She was born Ellen Jane Carr on August 13, 1950, in Loughton, Essex. The daughter of Patrick Carr, a steel erector, and Gwendoline Rose (née Clark), a postal employee, an innate gift for performing was discovered early on by a teacher. As a result, she took acting classes at the Arts Educational School and Corona Stage School, both in London.

Jane made her stage debut at age 14 in a production of "The Spider's Web", then went on to appear as the impressionable, ill-fated student "Mary McGregor" in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", starring Vanessa Redgrave at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1966. Earning smashing reviews, Jane recreated her shy, stuttering misfit with a delicate mixture of pathos and poignancy in the film version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, this time with Oscar-winning Maggie Smith at the helm as the dangerously influential schoolteacher. A year later, Jane displayed just how extensive her range is projecting devilish menace and merriment in the little known but excellent cult black comedy Something for Everyone, which became a cinematic highlight in the careers of both Michael York and Angela Lansbury, as well.

In the early 70s, Jane made fine use of her prim, "plain Jane" looks for comic effect on several British TV series and in guest appearances. Loftier moments came with the superb series Upstairs, Downstairs and a production of Daphne Laureola, that starred esteemed acting couple Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright.

Never far from the stage, Jane appeared in "Spring Awakening" in 1974 and earned a 1977 Laurence Olivier nomination for her work in "Once a Catholic". In 1978, she became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and added a solid body of classics to her theatrical resumé, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Olivier nomination), "The Tempest", "As You Like It", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Merchant of Venice" (with Alec Guinness) and "The Merry Wives of Windsor". She also reconnected with her "Jean Brodie" co-star Maggie Smith in a production of "The Way of the World" in 1985.

It was not until 1986 that Jane came to the States playing multiple key roles in the epic RSC revival of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" on Broadway. When the touring company returned to England, Jane elected to stay in Los Angeles. The following year, she married Chicago-born actor Mark Arnott. They have a son, Dash Arnott (aka Dashiel James Arnott).

Jane proceeded to develop an American fanbase after being cast in the role of warm and fizzy Louise Mercer in the sitcom Dear John, which lasted four seasons. With her chirpy British tones, she also managed to carve a career for herself in animated voicework. While she continues to appear occasionally on TV and in films, she hasn't found quite the showcase she did with Dear John, but has enhanced a number of such off-kiltered shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Monk with her unique brand of comedy.

Recent plays have included "The Cider House Rules", "Noises Off", "Blithe Spirit" (as "Madame Arcati"), "Habeas Corpus" and David Hare's "Stuff Happens (as "First Lady Laura Bush" opposite Keith Carradine's bemused "President Bush"). Jane's latest venture on Broadway has been as "Mrs. Brill" in the musical, "Mary Poppins".

Tim Griffin

Chicago native Tim Griffin, often known as, "the actor who is in everything," has amassed a dizzying list of credits, and over the years has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors.

The son of a pediatric cardiologist, he first discovered acting after being cast as Oliver Twist in a school performance of the musical "Oliver!" As a teen Griffin would star in numerous theatrical productions for "The Body Politic" and "New Haven Playhouse," as well local movies and commercials. After graduating from Francis Parker High School (among classmates Paul Adelstein, Anne Heche, and novelist Brad Thor), Griffin made the choice to put acting on the back-burner to enroll in the University of Vermont (UVM) where he graduated with a double major in political philosophy and English literature.

Griffin performed as a regular member of the UVM Players (as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Riff in "West Side Story"). Fate intervened his sophomore year while driving back to Chicago when his car broke down outside New York City. While waiting for it to be repaired, his agents asked him to audition for a TV movie called "Taking A Stand." He was cast in the leading role of the all-star production (Betty Buckley, Jane Adams, Michael Beach). The show went on to win a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."

Following this success, Griffin turned down a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kent in England, and went to Hollywood. Giving himself the extreme grand total of one year to make or break his career, he enrolled in classes at UCLA and signed with Writers and Artists. He quickly went on to star in high-profile TV shows and movies of the week, including "China Beach," "In The Heat of the Night," and Michael Zinberg's autobiographical, coming-of-age drama "For The Very First Time."

Rejecting the advice of his agents, he elected to return to the University of Vermont to finish up his Bachelor's Degree. He considered attending graduate school for political philosophy, but his academic mentor convinced him to return to the West Coast and continue to pursue his acting career, noting that the scholarly life would always be there to fall back on if "things didn't pan out."

Unsure whether working as a "teen actor" came with an expiration date, he picked up right where he left off, landing recurring stints on "General Hospital," the critically acclaimed "Against The Grain" (co-starring "Southland's" Mike Cudlitz, and Ben Affleck), and a near-unrecognizable turn as the autistic Richie Grayson on "Party of Five." His reputation as a multi-talented actor began to grow, and in 1996, director John Singleton gave Griffin his first break into features, casting him in "Higher Learning" (Jennifer Connelly, Lawrence Fishburne) as the orientation announcer at a pep rally whose booming message was "How many people came here to change the world?!"

In his hilarious recurring role as T.R. Knight's brother, Ronny O'Malley," on "Grey's Anatomy," Griffin is best know for shooting his own dad in the butt. He became even more recognizable in 2004 when he was cast in "The Bourne Supremacy," the second installment of the legendary franchise. As "Nevins", a hapless CIA agent who interrogates the eerily silent Bourne (Matt Damon), he's repeatedly stonewalled and smugly says "You're going to play ball one way or another..." During filming, Damon (by pure accident) really cracked Griffin across the bridge of his nose, giving him a deviated septum.

Griffin's blockbuster streak continues with credits that include Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," and more than a few projects for the brilliant J.J. Abrams, such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek"(where Abrams directed him as the doomed UFSS Kelvin's Chief Engineer in the opening sequence) and in the upcoming "Super 8"(Elle Fanning).

Being handpicked to star alongside and be directed by George Clooney in the 1920's football romp, "Leatherheads" (also starring Renee Zellweger) was a huge thrill. He re-teamed with Clooney again in the comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (featuring Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges). Griffin earned critical praise for his work in Doug Liman's true-life spy drama "Fair Game" as Paul, the lead CIA analyst charged with the unenviable task of taking on Scooter Libby (David Andrews) over the now infamous "yellow cake uranium." Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, "Fair Game" was awarded screen writing honors by the Writer's Guild of America, and a New York Film Critics award.

In addition to multiple recognizable commercial campaigns and television spots, Griffin has had numerous high profile projects in the past few years, including roles in feature films such as Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," John Singleton's "Abduction" starring Taylor Lautner and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."

On television, Griffin has starred in the Peter Berg produced NBC primetime drama "Prime Suspect," with Maria Bello and Aidan Quinn and had a major arc on the hit USA drama "Covert Affairs" opposite Kari Matchett. Up next, Griffin will play Special Agent "Adam Hassler" in the Fox event series "Wayward Pines" from M. Night Shyamalan.

Griffin lives with his wife and their two children in L.A. With his wife, he has built and remodeled several homes. He's a proud Irish-American ridiculously devoted to the Chicago Cubs.

Frank Finlay

One of Britain's finest products of the stage, film and TV, actor Frank Finlay, he with the dark and handsomely serious-to-mordant looks, was born on August 6, 1926, in Farnworth, England, the son of Josiah, a butcher, and Margaret Finlay. Of English, Irish and Scottish descent, Frank attended St. Gregory the Great School and then was actually training to follow in his father's footsteps as a butcher himself when his side interest in acting eventually won out. He became a member of the Farnworth Little Theatre and met his future wife, Doreen Shepherd, a fellow member at the same time. They married in 1954, had three children (two sons, one daughter) and were married for over 50 years until her death in 2005.

Finlay began his professional career on the repertory stage with roles in The Guilford Theatre Company's 1957 productions of "Jessica" and "The Telescope". Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he built up a strong and sturdy theatrical reputation at the Royal Court Theatre between 1958 and 1960 where he was seen to good advantage in such plays as "Chicken Soup and Barley", "Sugar in the Morning", "Sergeant Musgrave's Dance", "Roots", "I'm Talking About Jerusalem", "The Happy Haven" and "Platonov". Making his Broadway debut in "The Epitaph of George Dillon" in 1959, he also sparked a noteworthy professional association with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre, the highlight being his intense but subtle portrayal of "Iago" to Olivier's "Othello" in 1964.

Marking his film debut in a bit role in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Finlay sandwiched in a steady stream of British film parts (including Private Potter, Doctor in Distress, Agent 8 3/4, The Comedy Man, A Study in Terror (as "Jack the Ripper" Inspector Lestrade), The Jokers, The Deadly Bees and Robbery) in between theatre assignments. His greatest film opportunity occurred when he was given the right by Olivier to recreate his Iago role opposite the legendary actor in the masterful film adaptation of Othello. Finlay, Maggie Smith (as "Desdemona") and Joyce Redman (as "Emilia") all received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for their illustrious "supporting" work of Olivier (who was also Oscar nominated). Frank went on to nab a "Most Promising Newcomer" nomination from the BAFTA committee as well. To date, this has been the actor's only Oscar recognition.

Frank's film output, aside from his dashing role as "Porthos" for director Richard Lester in the ripe Dumas adaptation of The Three Musketeers (and its sequels The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge and The Return of the Musketeers), has been at an international level. Films include The Shoes of the Fisherman, Cromwell, The Molly Maguires, Shaft in Africa, The Wild Geese, Murder by Decree (again as "Inspector Lestrade"), The Return of the Soldier, The Key [The Key], Lifeforce, Mountain of Diamonds (1991), Romance and Rejection, Silent Cry and, most notably, the Oscar-winning WWII picture The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, in which he portrayed the patriarch of a displaced Jewish family that included "Best Actor" son Adrien Brody.

Classical television notice came in middle age with Frank's strong performances as "Jean Valjean" in the British TV mini-series "Les Miserables" (1967) and the title role in Casanova. He also went on to win stellar praise and a BAFTA award for his chilling portrayal of "Adolf Hitler" in The Death of Adolf Hitler. Finlay and Susan Penhaligon courted controversy in the drama series Bouquet of Barbed Wire and were reunited in further controversy the following year with its follow-up Another Bouquet. More plentiful and prestigious BBC-TV work came with his roles as Shakespeare's "Brutus" and "Shylock", not to mention his award-winning performances as "Voltaire" and "Sancho Panza".

In Count Dracula, Finlay played "Van Helsing" to nemesis Louis Jourdan's velvety-voiced vampire; in A Christmas Carol, he was the dour, shackled "Jacob Marley", who pays a ghostly visit to George C. Scott's crusty "Ebenezer Scrooge"; and in Eroica, he portrayed composer "Franz Josef Haydn" alongside Ian Hart's "Beethoven". Most recently, Frank has been appearing in the mini-series Four Seasons.

Throughout his prolific career on TV and film, Frank has maintained on the stage given sterling performances in "Much Ado About Nothing (as "Dogberry"), "The Crucible", "Saturday Sunday Monday", "Filumena", "Amadeus" (a most affecting Salieri), "Mutiny" (as "Captain Bligh"), "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" and as the rigid father in the 1992 period production of "The Heiress".

Conrad Bain

Usually sized up as an erudite gent, advice-spouting father or uptight, pompous neighbor, the acting talents of Conrad Bain were best utilized on stage and on TV. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on February 4, 1923, Conrad Stafford Bain was a twin son (the other was named Bonar) born to Stafford Harrison Bain, a wholesaler, and Jean Agnes (née Young). He enjoyed Canadian sports growing up (ice hockey, speed skating), but picked up an interest in acting while in high school.

Electing to train at Alberta's Banff School of Fine Arts after graduating, he met Monica Marjorie Sloan, an artist, while there. His acting pursuit was interrupted by WWII when he subsequently joined the Canadian army. Picking up here he left off following his discharge, he studied at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also married Ms. Sloan in 1945 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen the following year. The couple went on to have three children -- Jennifer, Mark and Kent.

Making his stage debut in a Connecticut production of "Dear Ruth" in 1947, Bain also appeared in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and a tour of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" before making his off-Broadway debut in a 1956 Circle-in-the-Square revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," a production that made a star out of Jason Robards. Following an inauspicious Broadway bow in "Sixth Finger in a Five Finger Glove", which closed after only one day, he joined the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival for their 1958 season, appearing in "A Winter's Tale," "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Henry IV, Part I."

Fair in complexion and exceedingly genial in demeanor, the wry and witty blond actor graduated into other Broadway work, particularly drama, with strong roles in "Candide," "Advise and Consent," "An Enemy of the People," "Twigs" and "Uncle Vanya." He also built up his regional and repertory credits during the early 1960s with parts in "King Lear," "The Firebugs," "Death of a Salesman" and "The Shadow of Heroes" at Seattle Rep. Later in the decade he began to focus more intently on TV, usually playing cerebral, white-collar types (district attorneys, stock brokers, doctors, politicos).

Bain eventually found an "in" with daytime drama, which included a recurring role on Dark Shadows (as an innkeeper), and a part on The Edge of Night in 1970. He broke completely away, however, from his trademark dramatics when the 49-year-old actor was "discovered" for prime-time TV by Norman Lear and offered a supporting role opposite Bea Arthur and Bill Macy in Norman Lear's landmark, liberally-sliced comedy series Maude, a spin-off of Lear's equally landmark All in the Family sitcom. Conrad was cast as Rue McClanahan's stuffy, conservative doctor/husband, Arthur Harmon, who usually was at political odds with free-wheeling feminist Maude Finlay.

The role moved Bain into the prime TV comedy character ranks. Following the show's lengthy run (1972-1978), he was given the green light by Lear to move into his own comedy series with Diff'rent Strokes as the wealthy father of a girl and adoptive father of two African-American children. While young Gary Coleman, the compact, precocious, mouthy dynamo, may have stolen the show, the good-humored Bain remained a strong center and voice of reason until the show's demise in 1986. Three was not a charm when Bain went into a third new comedy series, Mr. President, with Conrad as a loyal aide-de-camp to "President" George C. Scott. The show, created not by Lear but by Johnny Carson, lasted only 24 episodes.

During and after his lengthy 70s and 80s TV success, Conrad would continue to return to his first love, the stage, in such productions as "Uncle Vanya," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "On Golden Pond," "The Dining Room" and "On Borrowed Time", the last being a 1992 return to Broadway after nearly two decades. Films, on the other hand, were a non-issue at this point. Earlier minor turns included Clint Eastwood's Coogan's Bluff, Gene Hackman's I Never Sang for My Father, Woody Allen's Bananas, Sean Connery's The Anderson Tapes and Barbra Streisand's Up the Sandbox. His last stop in films was an engaging part as a befuddled grandpa opposite the perennially crusty Mary Wickes in Postcards from the Edge starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. One of Bain's last on-camera appearances was recreating his Phillip Drummond role from Diff'rent Strokes on a 1996 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

Other than a stage role in "Ancestral Voices" in 2000, Conrad turned for a time to screen-writing but later comfortably retired to the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Moving to a Livermore California retirement home in 2008, wife Monica died a year later. Bain passed away there quietly of natural causes on January 14, 2013, less than a month short of his 90th birthday. His twin brother Bonar died in 2005.

Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master's Degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Mr. Frid was a leading actor in English and Canadian repertory and went on to work in many of the most celebrated regional theaters in the United States, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and the American Shakespeare Festival under the direction of John Houseman, performing with Katharine Hepburn in "Much Ado About Nothing". He has appeared in major roles on-and-off Broadway, in such productions as "Roar Like A Dove", "Murder in the Cathedral" and "Wait Until Dark". But, it was Mr. Frid's portrayal of a complex, conflicted vampire on ABC-TV's daytime drama series Dark Shadows (co-starring with Joan Bennett) and in the subsequent motion picture House of Dark Shadows that earned him a place as an icon of American popular culture. His other film credits include co-starring roles in The Devil's Daughter (with Shelley Winters) and Seizure (Oliver Stone's directorial debut). In 1986, Mr. Frid joined the Broadway production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" (co-starring with Jean Stapleton). He won critical acclaim for his villainous turn as the homicidal nephew and spent ten months with the play's national tour. That same year, Mr. Frid founded his own production company, "Clunes Associates", to create and tour a series of one-man readers' theater shows across North America. Mr. Frid continues to perform his one-man shows, now under the banner of "Charity Associates", to raise money for a variety of charities. Combining the arts of his voice and his zest for entertaining", as one critic put it. In June of 2000, Mr. Frid returned to the traditional professional stage in the play "Mass Appeal" at the Stirling Festival Theatre in Stirling, Ontario.

Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis OBE is one of Britain's most versatile leading actors. His distinguished career continues to encompass just about every aspect of the entertainment industry: film, television, theatre, radio and audio recording. He is also the author of two bestselling books: a hilarious autobiography Acting Strangely and a compelling account of his award-winning time on Broadway in 2001: Broadway, Jeeves - The Diary of a Theatrical Adventure, both published by Methuen. In 2010 he starred as Vincent Hogg in a new production of Agatha Christie's The Mirror Cracked in ITV/WGHB's popular 'Miss Marple' series. In 2009, he starred in BBC2's comedy/drama Taking the Flak, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance as national treasure tv journalist David Bradburn. He stars in the feature film Neander Jin - Return of the Neanderthal Man (US/ Germany co-production, 2010) as Peter Blodnik, network mogul. Alongside his screen and theatre career he is a prolific director of radio drama and, with his wife, actress/director Rosalind Ayres, produces plays and readings for BBC. His award-winning productions include Shadowlands, David Mamet's Keep Your Pantheon, Ayckbourn's Man of the Moment and Ian Fleming's Dr No. He has homes in London and Los Angeles. He trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England), where he won the Vanbrugh Award and the Silver Medal. He is an Associate of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England). He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to drama. In 2006, he appeared at the Santa Fe Arts Festival in New Mexico in Wilde's The Canterville Ghost with Shirley Maclaine and Ali McGraw. Earlier in the same year, he starred in Honour at Wyndham's Theatre, London giving an acclaimed performance opposite Dame Diana Rigg. On screen that year he played Leonard in BBC-TV's modern version of "Much Ado About Nothing" and (in 2005) starred as "Malvolio" in "Twelfth Night" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He received a Theatre World Award on Broadway in 2001 for his title role performance in "By Jeeves" which he also filmed. His West End, National, Almeida and Donmar theatre appearances include works by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn, Harold Pinter CH, Somerset Maugham, Sir George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. He played Jack Worthing opposite Dame Judi Dench's Lady Bracknell in Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the National Theatre in the 1980s directed by Sir Peter Hall, and premiered Pinter's "Other Places" in the National's Cottesloe Theatre. Pinter directed him in the leading role of Hector in Giraudoux's "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place." He met Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the National and subsequently went on to star in his "Woman in Mind," "Henceforward," "Just Between Ourselves" and "By Jeeves." His Screen credits include leading roles in the British/Australian mini-series "Bootleg," "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," "Lorna Doone," Frayn's "Make and Break," "Ike - The War Years" (with Robert Duvall) and "The Bunker" (with Sir Anthony Hopkins.) He was "Linus" in Sir Richard Eyre's film, "Absence of War written by Sir David Hare. He has guest starred (very often as villains) in "Inspector Morse," "Frost," "Lovejoy," "Casualty," "Murder Most Horrid," "Dr Who," "Space Above and Beyond," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Walker: Texas Ranger" in the US. He played monstrous Neil Biddle in "Sex 'N' Death" and was a memorable television Uriah Heep in "David Copperfield" on British television. First major screen role: 'Jon' in the multi-award winning "The Forsyte Saga." He followed this with many 'classic serials' including "The Way of All Flesh (in which he starred as Ernest Pontifex), "Nicholas Nickleby" (title role), "The Moonstone," "Little Women" and "The Pallisers." His feature films include the psychological thriller "Framed" (2007), "Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War," James Cameron's "Titanic," "Kid With the X-Ray Eyes," "Buster," "The Last Escape," and "Taste the Blood of Dracula." His voice can be heard in numerous television animation series as well as feature films including "Flushed Away" and "Eragon." He has narrated "Peter and the Wolf at the Barbican" and appeared with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Narrator for Egmont and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." At the Chichester Festival Theatre he starred with Sir John Gielgud in "Paradise Lost," with Googie Withers CBE and Susan Hampshire OBE in "The Circle" and with concert pianist Lucy Parham in "Beloved Clara." Jarvis & Ayres Productions, which he founded with his wife, Rosalind Ayres, has produced many award-winning dramas and readings for BBC Radio, National Public Radio in America and for audio books. Their work includes outstanding interpretations of plays by Sir George Bernard Shaw, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter CH, Michael Frayn, David Mamet, Hugh Whitemore, Robert Shearman, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, and many more. British and American stars who have been associated with J&A productions include, in the UK: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Diana Rigg, Alfred Molina, Richard E. Grant, Michael York OBE, Richard Briers CBE, Pauline Collins OBE, Janie Dee, Fiona Shaw CBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Patricia Hodge, Twiggy Lawson, Natascha McElhone, Martin Freeman, Barry Humphries CBE, Phil Collins and in the US: Brendan Fraser, Elaine Stritch, Teri Garr, Stacy Keach, Shirley Knight, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Davison, Matthew Wolf, Eric Stoltz, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ed Begley Jr, Ed O'Neill and Gregory Peck. Directors of J&A dramas include: David Mamet, Michael Grandage, David Grindley, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Pete Atkin, Rosalind Ayres. Their productions have received Audie and Earphone awards in the US. In September 2006, he directed Teri Garr, Michael York OBE and Alfred Molina in an acclaimed production of "Pack of Lies" for BBC Radio 4. He and Fiona Shaw CBE starred for five years in the popular BBC series "Our Brave Boys." His Just William audio and radio recordings are world wide best sellers. He was the subject of BBC TV's This Is Your Life in 1999.

Frank Converse

A brawny, firm-jawed, sandy-haired player of 60s and 70s primetime TV, Frank Converse seemed to be one of those handsome tough-guy action figures that could go by the wayside after the demise of their famous series. Instead, this stage-trained actor persevered as a well-respected, all-purpose character actor in a career that has now passed its fourth decade.

Born on May 2, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri, Frank received his early education at the Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and earned his BFA degree in drama in 1962 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. In the 1960s he built up his Shakespearean resume with roles in "King Lear", "Caesar and Cleopatra", "Hamlet", "The Comedy of Errors", "Richard III", "Henry V" and "Much Ado About Nothing" before making his 1966 Broadway debut in "First One Asleep, Whistle", which closed that same day. By this time he had set his sights on film but it was strong-armed TV drama that made him a name.

1967 was a banner year for Frank. Not only did he appear to good advantage in the films Hour of the Gun as Virgil Earp, and the Southern-baked melodrama Hurry Sundown, he earned surprise stardom in his first TV vehicle Coronet Blue. Probably best remembered for this short-lived series (filmed in 1965, but televised as a summer replacement series from May to September 1967), Converse played the very mysterious Michael Alden, who was roughed up and dumped unceremoniously into the New York harbor by would-be assassins. Left for dead and having lost his memory, the only key to his past are the code words "Coronet Blue". Although audiences never found out just what those words meant (the show ended abruptly and without a proper conclusion), they at least now knew the name Frank Converse.

From there the actor ventured on (still in a New York City setting) with the police drama N.Y.P.D.. He fared better this time around alongside co-stars Jack Warden and Robert Hooks as three plainclothes detectives tracking down the city's most virulent. This show lasted until 1969. His third and last major series co-starred burly trucker Claude Akins in the big-rig action-adventure Movin' On. In all three series, Converse owned a quiet, reserved, somewhat detached quality that invited "mystery man" appeal. During this stage of his popularity he starred or co-starred in a number of mini-movies including Dr. Cook's Garden with Bing Crosby and Blythe Danner, A Tattered Web, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Killer on Board, Cruise Into Terror and, most notably, Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force. He also guested on such popular 70s shows as "The Mod Squad", "Medical Center", "Police Story", "Rhoda" "The Love Boat", "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and "The Bionic Woman". Despite his hectic TV schedule, he continued to return to his theater roots appearing in the original cast of John Guares bizarre black comedy "The House of Blue Leaves" (1971) and earning challenging parts in "The Seagull" in 1973 and "Hobson's Choice" in 1977.

Having achieved semi-hunk status as a result of his trio of series work, Frank could have easily drifted away by decade's end. Instead he continued to impressed on the stage. In the 1980s he made a strong return to Broadway opposite Blythe Danner in "The Philadelphia Story" (1980) and later appeared as Mitch opposite Danner's Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1988). Other 80s Broadway shows included "Brothers (1983) and "Design for Living" (1984), the latter in which he replaced actor Frank Langella. Other productions around the country included that of "The Crucible", "Death of a Salesman", "A Man for All Seasons", "Misalliance", "The Shadow Box", "Two for the Seesaw" and even the musical "South Pacific".

On the TV/film front, Frank showed up in stalwart character form on a number of daytime soaps during the 1980s ("One Life to Live") and the 1990s ("As the World Turns", "All My Children"). A return to series TV with The Family Tree and Dolphin Cove were again very short-lived. More recently he showed up on stage as Doc Gibb in "Our Town", which starred Paul Newman and was later televised, and has been a guest star on such shows as "Law & Order". He has been married to his third wife, Tony-nominated stage actress Maureen Anderman, since 1982. They have two children along with his two children from a previous marriage.

Frederick Coffin

A solid, reliable working actor since the early 70s, Frederick Coffin was born January 16, 1943 to actress Winnie Collins, as one of five siblings. Educated at Western Reserve Academy, in Hudson, Ohio, Coffin was both an excellent athlete and student. It was at WRA that he first began theater studies; he graduated in 1961 with a BA in theater. He enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1962 intending to play football, but changed his focus to acting after deciding to perform in a musical. He would graduate from the U of M with a Masters in Theater. In the early 70s, he would begin to perform in plays including "Much Ado About Nothing", "As You Like It", and "King Lear". He would also start doing guest shots on TV series around this time, amassing a great many credits in the medium, appearing on such shows as Kojak, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, The Twilight Zone, Dallas, Hunter and L.A. Law - to name only several. In the late 70s, he would start to lend his engaging, professional, stolid presence to such features as King of the Gypsies, Mother's Day (in which he was billed as 'Holden McGuire') and Alone in the Dark, graduating to major supporting parts in films such as The Bedroom Window, Shoot to Kill, Hard to Kill (in which he was particularly fine as Steven Seagals old friend), Wayne's World and Identity, which would sadly turn out to be his final feature film. He would die on July 31, 2003 in Los Angeles of lung cancer, survived by wife Barbara Monte-Britton, whom he married in 1977, and by his three brothers.

Louisa Lytton

Since a young age, Louisa has had a love of performing, having been a pupil at London's iconic Sylvia Young Theatre School. Here, she learnt from some of the best tutors, and was able to develop her skills as both an actress, and an all-round performer. It was this platform that led to Louisa securing her first professional role, as the innocent schoolgirl Ruby Allen in BBC1's BAFTA award winning EastEnders. Here, Louisa became an overnight sensation, racking up column inches and piles of critical acclaim as she tackled the many controversial storylines that the EastEnders writers through her way.

Since leaving EastEnders, Louisa's star continued to rise, as she joined another iconic British television show, The Bill. Here, she played the inexperienced and shy police officer Beth Green. Following this, Louisa has enjoyed a whole host of varied roles, from parts in the internationally successful American Pie franchise, to the British Shakespeare Company's productions of both A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

Away from acting, Louisa is also an accomplished dancer, having competed in the fourth series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she successfully reached the quarter-finals. Following on from this, Louisa toured the country as part of the sold-out Strictly Come Dancing arena tour, and represented the United Kingdom in the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest.

Currently, Louisa is busy as a result of her role in the new ITV comedy drama The Edge of Heaven; an exciting new prime-time comedy based around the trials and tribulations of a family running a guest house in Margate. For this part, Louisa is working alongside a talented cast that includes Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners, Him and Her) and Camille Coduri (Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders), and her character's name is Michelle.

Veronika Dash

Veronika Dash graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the 'School Of Dramatic Arts' at the prestigious University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Upon graduation, she has become bicoastal, traveling between New York City and Los Angeles to work on upcoming pilots, films, and theater projects.

In her latest work, Dash can be seen alongside Jane Fonda and Harvey Keitel in the award-winning feature film, Youth, directed by Oscar-Winner Paolo Sorrentino.

Veronika Dash was born on October 28th in Kiev, Ukraine and is bilingual; she speaks English and Russian fluently and is also conversationally proficient in Italian & the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA.) Dash grew up in New York City and revealed her passion for performing at a young age; she was victorious in numerous storytelling contests, participated in countless school productions, and was a member of the Drama Club, and choir, since the second grade.

Her spark for theatre was initially ignited after she landed her first big lead in the school production of The King and I, where she played a British schoolteacher named Anna. She majored in Performing Arts and learned the necessary skills in acting, music and dance to become a triple threat. Winning the 'Junior Actor of the Year' award, at a popular International Talent competition, sparked the beginning of her professional career. Since then, Dash has successfully booked work in TV/Film, Commercials, Stage, Print, Hosting and Voice-Over.

Dash is no stranger to playing strong female characters like Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Cherry in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem and Dawn in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. She reprised the role of 'Sarah' in the original New York dark comedy play Scottish Sperm performed in the famous Zoofest 'Just For Laughs' Comedy festival in Montreal, Canada, and was one of the leads taking the audience back to the 1940s in the immersive theatre production 'Howard Hughes' in Playa Vista, California.

Dash has also made memorable on-screen appearances showing off her comedic chops as Amanda McCormick in the satirical show, The Onion News Network, (2011) and working alongside A-List actors like Most Def in the SONY feature film Cadillac Records, (2008) Justin Long and Ari Graynor in the Focus Feature comedy film For A Good Time Call, (2012) Sean Young in Nick and Nicky, (2015) and David Krumholtz in the up-and-coming indie film Ghost Team. (2016)

Her goal is to inspire others, to express humanity authentically through the works of great writers, to collaborate with artists she admires, to effectively tell great stories and as Larry Moss puts it, "give something meaningful to the world."

Zoe Caldwell

As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas in "Master Class" (1995). The Australian-born actress began her professional career at the tender age of 9 in a production of "Peter Pan" and went on to find radio work in her teens. Her parents provided her with the necessary foundation long ago with lessons in dance, elocution and music. She left school at age 15 and made her living teaching speech and performing on a children's radio program. Years of repertory work accumulated a formidable resume. She was one of the original members of Melbourne's Union Theatre Repertory Company (1954-1957) and appeared for two seasons with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company in productions of "Pericles" and "Much Ado About Nothing." She also toured Russia with the latter company in "Hamlet," "Twelfth Night" and "Romeo and Juliet." In 1963 she helped launch the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre. Broadway finally opened its curtains for her in 1965 when she briefly replaced Anne Bancroft in "The Devils.", and has since continued her routine of standing ovations with extraordinary performances as Eve in "The Creation of the World and Other Business" (1972: produced by the renown Robert Whitehead, her husband from 1968) and as Lillian Hellman in "Lillian" (1986). To the dismay of film audiences, Ms. Caldwell has managed to avoid the silver screen, appearing briefly in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and scoring a larger role in Birth (2004). She took her resounding stage triumph "Medea" to TV and also performed magnificently as Lady Macbeth and Sarah Bernhardt on the small screen. As a now-prestigious stage director, she made her Broadway bow in 1977 with "An Almost Perfect Person," and later helmed productions of "Richard II," "Othello," "Macbeth" and, more recently, "Vita and Virginia" starring Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave. She and husband Whitehead have maintained a long and successful private and professional partnership, first working together on "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and later with "Medea." Their son, Charles Whitehead, was the producer of "The Play What I Wrote" which briefly featured Ms. Caldwell in New York in 2003.

Ted Atherton

Ted Atherton's big break came when he was cast as Pan Philips in the CBC TV series "Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy." This series gave him a Gemini Award nomination in 2000,as "Best Lead in a Continuing Dramatic Role." Now Ted is well known by fans everywhere as the sarcastic yet funny F.B.I. Agent Myles Leland III on the Syndicated TV series "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye." Aside from Ted performing in front of the cameras, another passion of his is performing on stage. He's a well accomplished Shakespearean actor. He's done "As You Like It" at the Du Maurier World Stage, "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Theater Calgary, "Richard III" & "All Well That Ends Well" at the Stratford Festival. Other major stage performances by Ted has been in "Death Of A Salesman" & "The Lion King", at the Royal Alexandra, "The Cryptogram", at the Tarragon Theater, "Hay Fever" at the Canadian Stage, & "The Last Comedy" at the Banff Centre. Ted graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in English & Drama from the University of Toronto. He also completed a 3 year Masters program at the Banff Centre.

Rhashan Stone

Rhashan was born 3 November, 1969 in Elizabeth New Jersey. His mother, Joanne, was a singer who relocated to London, England to be with her then husband Russell Stone. They formed the singing duo R& J Stone, best known for their hit "We Do It" in 1977. Other members of his family enjoyed musical success. His aunt, Madeline Bell, was the lead singer of Blue Mink, best known for their hit single "Melting Pot".

Rhashan Trained at Mountview Theatre School, London.

As well as his numerous television appearances, Rhashan is also an accomplished stage actor. His first job came before he had even graduated from drama school, when he was chosen to appear in the award winning production of "Five Guys Named Moe" in London's West End. He has worked consistently ever since. He has performed in numerous productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Royal Court and in London's West End. From the heroic soldier Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing to the drag queen Sanzo in Trance. From the all singing, all dancing Hero in the Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum to Shakespeare's doomed brother Clarence in Richard III.

Despite an abundance of classical work, his proudest moment was playing the Harlem Everyman Jesse B. Semple in the West End hit show Simply Heavenly. Stone described the effect that its author Langstone Hughes had on him as "life changing".

Rhashan is married to the actress Olivia Williams. They have two children Esmé Ruby and Roxana May.

Olga Aguilar

Olga was born and raised in Los Angeles to Salvadoran parents. She obtained her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge, where she got the opportunity to perform at The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. After graduating, Olga went to work on the administrative side of Cornerstone Theater Company and the acting side of Independent Shakespeare Company ("The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Much Ado About Nothing"). Olga continued her education by enrolling at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she was able to perform with many highly noted alumni, like John C. Reilly, in Thornton Wilder's Our Town, which is one of many Theatre School credits. She received her M.F.A. in Acting in 2014.

Jay Robinson

Character actor Jay Robinson owned a pair of the narrowest, cruelest-looking eyes in 1950s Hollywood. To complement them was an evil-looking sneer, crisp and biting diction and a nefarious-sounding cackle. These were all draped upon a lean, bony physique that could slither about menacingly like a ready-to-pounce cobra. With that in mind, he made an auspicious film debut as Caligula in The Robe, stealing much of the proceedings from the movie's actual stars Richard Burton, Jean Simmons and Victor Mature. Though many complained that Jay's interpretation bordered dangerously on outrageous camp, his depraved Roman emperor nevertheless remains the most indelible image when reminded of the epic costumer.

Born on April 14, 1930 in New York City, Jay came from a fine upbringing, tutored at private schools both here and in Europe. His background in summer stock and repertory companies eventually attracted Broadway work in the Shakespeare classics "As You Like It" (1950) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (1952). He also appeared in and produced the play, "Buy Me Blue Ribbons," in 1951, which was short-lived. After his movie bow, Jay went on to reprise the scenery-chewing character Caligula in Demetrius and the Gladiators with Mature and Susan Hayward, and offered typically eye-catching supporting turns in The Virgin Queen, starring Bette Davis, and My Man Godfrey, with David Niven and June Allyson.

However, it was at this juncture that things started going horribly wrong for Jay. His new-found celebrity reportedly went to his head and he became extremely difficult to work with. In addition, the volatile actor began experimenting recklessly with drugs. In 1958, he was booked for possession of narcotics (methadone) and sentenced to a year in jail. Free on bail, the incident and resulting notoriety ruined his career. After scraping up work outside the entertainment industry as a cook and landlord, he recovered from his drug addiction and married. Resuming work in obscure bit parts, he had another career relapse when he was forced to spend 15 months in jail after an old warrant was served on him.

In the late 1960s, Jay started appearing again on television. He even prodded the memory of his own character Caligula character by playing an impertinent Julius Caesar on an episode of Bewitched. However, it took a huge star like Bette Davis, who had always recognized and appreciated his talent, to help him regain a footing in movies again when she insisted he take a prime role in her movie, Bunny O'Hare. The movie failed miserably, deservedly so, but Jay prevailed and managed to repair his status with a number of delightfully flamboyant and hammy performances. Jay played fun parts along the way in Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask, Warren Beatty's Shampoo and even Paul Reubens' Big Top Pee-wee. While he played the delightfully eccentric Dr. Shrinker on The Krofft Supershow for one season, he somewhat balanced this silliness with made-for-video Shakespearean performances of Macbeth, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice and Richard II. Some horror roles fell his way as well with Train Ride to Hollywood, in which he played Dracula, Transylvania Twist and Bram Stoker's Dracula. In 1997, Jay proved an ideal host for the Discovery Channel's Beyond Bizarre.

Jay Robinson died at age 83 of congestive heart failure in his home in Sherman Oaks, California on September 27, 2013.

Josh Bolt

Joshua 'Josh' Bolt was born in 1994. Brought up in Hunts Cross,Liverpool he made his first acting appearance in a stage production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' aged 12. After small roles in the likes of TV's 'Shameless' he played the lead as a dying schoolboy in the 2009 film 'The Be All and End All',for which he was nominated as best newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2011 he took the lead in the one-off TV drama 'Just Henry' as a boy coming to terms with the death of his supposed war hero father and that same year appeared in the music video for the Targets' Mutual Feelings. In July 2012 the Internet Movie Database named him as one of their rising teenage stars.

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