Anthony Hopkins (Ted Crawford)
Hopkins received an Academy Award® for his performance
in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and was subsequently
nominated in the same category for his performances
in The Remains of the Day (1993) and Nixon (1995).
He was also given Best Actor Award by the British Academy
of Film & Television
Arts for The Remains of the Day. In 1993, he starred
in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands with Debra Winger,
winning numerous critics awards in the U.S. and Britain.
In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor
for his performance in Amistad.
In 2001, Hopkins starred in the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs,
Hannibal, in which he starred with Julianne Moore. Directed by Ridley
Scott, the blockbuster film grossed over $100 million domestically.
He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season's hit film
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
In 1998, he starred in Meet Joe Black, directed by Martin Brest and
Instinct, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and in Titus, Julie Taymor's
film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Jessica Lange.
In 1992 he appeared in Howard's End and Bram Stoker's Dracula before
starring in Legends of the Fall and The Road to Wellville. He made
his directorial debut in 1995with August, an adaptation of Chekhov's
Uncle Vanya for which he composed the musical score and also played
Vanya. He starred in the title role in Surviving Picasso and with Alec
Baldwin in The Edge, a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet and
directed by Lee Tamahori. The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell
and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released
in July 1998, and Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released
in December 1997.
Earlier films include 84 Charing Cross Road, The Elephant Man, Magic,
and A Bridge Too Far. The Bounty and Desperate Hours were his first
two collaborations with Dino De Laurentiis Company. In American television,
he received two Emmy Awards for "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (1976) in which
he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (1981) in which
he portrayed Adolph Hitler.
Born December 31, 1937 in Margum near Port Talbot Wales, he is
the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a
banker. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he
wandered into a YMCA amateur theater production and knew immediately
that he was in the right place. With newfound enthusiasm, combined
with proficiency at the piano, he won a scholarship to the Welsh
College of Music &Drama
in Cardiff where he studied for two years (1955-1957).
He entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory training, spending most of
the two-year tour of duty clerking the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.
In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then
director of the National Theater at the Old Vic. Two years later,
Hopkins was Olivier's understudy in Strindberg's"Dance of Death." Hopkins
made his film debut in 1967, playing Richard the Lionheart in The
Lion in the Winter, starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.
He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received
an Academy Award as Best Picture.
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production
QBVII," the first American mini-series, in which he played the
knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kleno who is ultimately
destroyed by his wartime past. The following year, he starred on Broadway
in the National Theatre production of "Equus,"and later mounted another production
of the play in Los Angeles where he lived for 10years, working extensively
in American films and television.
After starring as Captain Bligh in The Bounty (1984), he returned
to England and the National Theater in David Hare's "Pravada," for
which he received the British Theater Association's Best Actor Award
and The Observer Award for Outstanding achievement at the 1985 Laurence
Olivier Awards. During this time at the National he starred in"Antony and Cleopatra" and "King
Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's Hearts
In Atlantis for director Scott Hicks, the action comedy to Bad Company,
co-starring Chris Rock, and the box-office hit prequel to Silence of
the Lambs, Red Dragon, co-starring Ed Norton,Ralph Fiennes and Emily
Hopkins last two films were The Human Stain opposite Nicole Kidman
and Alexander opposite Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, directed by Oliver
Stone. He was recently seen in Proof co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, directed
by John Madden. Hopkins was most recently seen in The World's Fastest
Indian, directed by Roger Donaldson and All the King's Men with Jude
Law, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, directed by Steven Zaillian.
Ryan Gosling (Willy Beachum)
the controversial lead role in the film The Believer
was a career breakthrough for Ryan Gosling. His performance
garnered him rave reviews and industry-wide attention.
He continues to be noticed as "one of the most exciting
actors of his generation," as
recently declared by Manohla Dargis, critic for The New
York Times. In2004, he was lauded as ShoWest's Male Star
This year, Gosling was honored with an Academy Award® nomination
for Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson. His performance
as a drug-addicted inner city junior high schoolteacher also
earned him a Best Male Lead Actor award a the Film Independent's
Spirit Awards, as well as Best Actor nominations from the
Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the Broadcast Film Critics
Awards, Chicago Film Critics, Online Film Critics' Society,
Toronto Film Critics and the Satellite Awards. He was awarded
the Male Breakthrough Performance Award from the National
Board of Review, and won Best Actor Awards from both the
Seattle and Stockholm International Film Festivals.
Gosling's performance in The Believer, which won the Grand Jury prize
at the 2001Sundance Film Festival, garnered him a Best Actor Film Independent's
Spirit nomination, a Best Actor nomination from the London Film Critics'
Circle, and earned him the Golden Ram for Best Actor by the Russian
National Critics Association.
He returned to Sundance in 2002 starring in the independent feature
The Slaughter Rule, playing an emotionally vulnerable and estranged
teen, opposite David Morse. He received strong reviews for
his follow-up performance as a nihilistic predator in the psychological
thriller Murder by Numbers, opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits
include Remember The Titans, starring Denzel Washington.
Gosling's penchant to take on intricate and complex characters earned
him the lead and title role in The United States of Leland, opposite
Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle, in2003. Subsequently, he starred in the
2004 summer blockbuster romantic drama The Notebook, followed by Marc
Forster's Stay, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.
He will next be seen as the title role in Lars and the Real Girl, with
Patricia Clarkson and Emily Mortimer.
David Strathairn (Joe Lobruto)
seasoned actor on and off Broadway, the big screen, and
television, David Strathairn,the son of a surgeon,
was born in San Francisco. After graduating from Williams
College in Massachusetts, he attended Ringling Brothers
Clown College in Florida, before launching a successful
Strathairn has appeared in many of his Williams College classmate John
Sayles' features, including his own and Sayles' directorial debut The
Return of Secaucus Seven. Other Sayles features for which Strathairn
has starred include Limbo, Matewan, Brother From Another Planet, Eight
Men Out, City of Hope, and Passion Fish.
Continuing to work with Hollywood's top directors, some of Strathairn's
film credits include Mike Nichols's Silkwood, Stephen Gyllenhaal's
Losing Isaiah, Sydney Pollack's The Firm, Tim Robbins's Bob Roberts,
Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own, Taylor Hackford's Dolores Claiborne,
Curtis Hanson's LA Confidential, and Philip Kaufman's Twisted to name
just a few.
Also working with Hollywood's hottest talent, he has starred opposite
Meryl Streep in The River Wild, with Richard Dreyfuss in Lost in
Yonkers, with Jessica Lange in Losing Isaiah, with Ray Liotta and
Jamie Lee Curtis in Dominick and Eugene, with Sean Penn and Christopher
Walken in At Close Range, with Debra Winger in A Dangerous Woman,
with Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt in Simon Birch, and with Sigourney
Weaver and Julianne Moore in A Map of the World. David has appeared
in the features Blue Car, which was purchased by Miramax from the
2002 Sundance festival, and Harrison's Flowers, opposite Andie Macdowell.
His extensive stage work includes "The Three Sisters" with
Billy Crudup and Marcia Gay Harden, "Dance of Death" with Sir Ian McKellan
and Helen Mirren and "Salome" with Al Pacino.
David starred as Edward R. Murrow in the Warner Independent feature
Good Night and Good Luck, co-written, produced and directed by George
Clooney. David won for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was
nominated for a Golden Globe, Academy Award and a SAG Award for his
performance, amongst others.
He is currently working alongside Matt Damon and Joan Allen on The Bourne Ultimatum.
Rosamund Pike (Nikki Gardner)
Pike grew up in London, the only daughter of two professional
opera singers.Her key formative years were spent on
the European continent, including a liberating few months
in Italy as her father worked with modernist composer
Hans Werne Henze. At16, Pike was accepted at the celebrated
National Youth Theatre where she spent the following
three summers, culminating in her playing her first lead
role in "Romeo and Juliet" when
she was 18. It was that performance which brought her
to the attention of agent Dallas Smith who spent the
next few years closely guiding her career. The play ran
over the summer holidays prior to her taking a place at
Oxford where she studied English Literature at Wadham College.
At Oxford, Pike continued to act and toured with the
university production of "The Taming of the Shrew." The
tour, during summer recess, took her on a magical,
six-week trip to Japan, performing in theatres in Osaka, Kyoto
and the Tokyo Globe. Just prior to leaving, she spent two
days shooting her first film role in A Rather English
Marriage starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney.
She played the part of Albert Finney's niece,Celia, who
put pay to his chances of a cash-rich retirement when she
inherited her aunt's wealth on her death.
Pike also spent evenings at the local repertory theatre,
the famous Oxford Playhouse.She played the part of the
restoration actress Elisabeth Barry in Stephen Jeffreys'
play"The Libertine" about the life of the scandalous
Earl of Rochester, as well as Ann in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons."
Before she left for Oxford, Pike had met with a leading casting director
for a project that she was keen to be a part of. The project was
delayed and nothing came of it, but a year later she received a call
out of the blue and was subsequently cast as Lady Harriet in the
BBC's lavish production of "Wives and Daughters." It
was her first job for the BBC and she was over the moon to be working
with such distinguished actors such as Michael Gambon, Francesca
Annis and Bill Patterson. The part of Lady Harriet was a great challenge outstanding
equestrian, razor sharp, and a real fighter Pike was perfectly cast
and her strong portrayal was critically acclaimed. Vanity Fair commented
that she"stood out like
a banner snapping in the wind" Pike was away for nine months but
returned to Oxford to finish her degree and to do a final play at the
Oxford Playhouse.She played the funny, bizarre Daisy in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" directed
by local director Delphine Schrank.
During the following summer vacation she spent ten weeks filming
Love in a Cold Climate, an adaptation of the Nancy Mitford books.
Shot at the Mitford's glorious house,Batsford Park, in the Cotswolds,
Pike played Fanny, an outwardly shy and insecure girl but whose warmth
and kindness made her a very magnetic character. The extraordinary
cast list included Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Celia Imrie, John Standing
and Anthony Andrews. Returning to Oxford for the final three terms
she took the role of Kyra in David Hare's"Skylight," directed
by young film director and fellow Oxford student James Rogan, who went
on to direct "Dead Bolt Dead."
Pike's next incarnation was as Miranda Frost, MI6 agent, ice maiden,
champion fencer and a true match for James Bond last Winter's Die
Another Day. Miranda has been plucked from a fencing championship
to work for the government office of MI6. She is sent to Iceland
to work with James as a "mole" placed
as public relations officer in the organization run by villain Gustav
Graves). Dame Judi Dench pointed out to her on her first day of filming
that, according to her M16 file, as well as speaking Serbian, Russian
and Swahili, Miranda has a distinguishing birthmark on her left buttock
- Pike does not!
After Bond, Pike returned to theatre, as "The Blonde" in
award-winning director Terry Johnson's highly-acclaimed "Hitchcock Blonde" at the
Royal Court Theatre in London.The Daily Mail said that she "makes
a stunningly poised stage debut, remarkably like Grace Kelly, and glorious
The Independent called her "both stunningly beautiful and a haunting
mix of the desperate and the determined as The Blonde" and The
Observer described Rosamund as "magnetically hard to take your eyes off".
The play's huge success meant that it transferred to the Lyric Theatre
in the West End in June 2003, an achievement that was noticed by The
New York Times, who called Pike"delicious."
After taking a well-earned break, Pike found herself being called to
Israel in early 2004,to take the lead role in Amos Gitai's documentary-style
thriller, Promised Land Hotel.She plays a journalist who uncovers a
human trafficking ring in the Gaza Strip, alongside co-star Anne Parillaud.
Upon her return to London, Pike immediately started work on Laurence
Dunmore's The Libertine, alongside Johnny Depp. She plays Elizabeth
Malet,wife to Depp's Earl of Rochester, with John Malkovich as King
Charles II and Samantha Morton as Elizabeth Barry. Rosamund's performance
was praise by the New York Daily News, who praised her for finding
`a well of romantic intensity within the seemingly passive young woman.'
The film was released in the UK and US in November 2005 and Pike was
rewarded for her extraordinary performance with a 2005 British Independent
Film Award for Best Supporting Actor / Actress.
Pike stayed in the UK for her next project, a star-studded adaptation
of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. Directed by
Joe Wright, Pike plays beautiful, but misled Jane Bennett, alongside
an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Donald
Sutherland and Judi Dench. This much-anticipated film was released
UK in September 2005 and in the US two months later, with Total Film
describing Pike's performance as `impressive' and The Independent
saying that she portrays Jane with `moving ferocity.' Pike has been
nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2006 London
Film Critics Circle Awards for her performance.
In late 2004, Pike swapped her corset for a bullet-proof vest, when
she took on the lead female role of Samantha Grimm in the huge-budget
action film, Doom, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. The film is an
adaptation of the computer game of the same name one of the most popular titles in gaming history and
shot straight to the top of the US box office on its release in October
2005. Shot in Prague, the film co-stars Karl Urban(as Samantha's
renegade brother), The Rock and a host of mutant aliens.
In 2005, Pike spent three months in New York filming the independent
thriller, Screen Test. Directed by James Oakley and co-starring Lena
Olin. The film is due for release in2006.
Pike recently completed a run of the Tennessee Williams play "Summer and
Smoke" on the West End stage opposite Chris Carmack to rave reviews.
Embeth Davidtz (Jennifer Crawford)
delivering poignant and critically applauded performances,
Embeth Davidtz caught the attention of the world for
her genuine and confident portrayal as the Jewish maid
who survives both the abuse and attraction of Ralph Fienne's
sadistic commander"Goeth" in
Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. People who saw
her work recognized the future was promising for an actress
whose talent seemed unstoppable. Embeth Davidtz has
delivered on that promise.
Embeth is currently shooting the television drama "In Treatment" opposite
Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the highly
anticipated program focuses on a psychologist who seeks
refuge from his patients by getting his own therapist.
Embeth was most recently seen on the big screen starring
in the critically acclaimed feature film, Junebug opposite
Amy Adams and Alessandro Nivola. Released by Sony Classics,
Junebug premiered to rave reviews at the 2005 Sundance
Film Festival. The drama tells the tale of a dealer in "outsider" art
who travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws,
and upon arrival, challenges the equilibrium of the middle class
Previous film credits include the highly successful Bridget Jones Diary
opposite Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger, The Palace Thief, with Kevin
Kline and Patrick Dempsey,Nick Hamm's independent film, The Hole, the
thriller 13 Ghosts, Miramax's Mansfield Park, Disney's Bicentennial
Man, Robert Altman's critically acclaimed thriller The Gingerbread
Man, Murder in the First opposite Kevin Bacon, Feast of July, Matilda
and the supernatural thriller Fallen opposite Denzel Washington.
In addition to her film work, Davidtz made her debut as a season regular
on CBS's"Citizen Baines," created by John Wells. The drama
focused on a prominent three-term US senator (James Cromwell) returning
to his Seattle home to join his family following a shocking loss
in his bid for re-election. Davidtz portrayed his daughter who aspired
to follow in her father's footsteps as a future congresswoman.
Billy Burke (Detective Rob Nunally)
Burke is a compelling and critically-acclaimed young actor
whose credits span both television and feature film.
Most recently he completed filming The Feast of Love. The film, directed
by Robert Benton, also stars Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear and is
due for release later this year.
This spring, Billy will re-team with Fracture director Greg Hoblit
on the Sony Pictures film Untraceable in which he will star opposite
Additionally, Billy has completed shooting two independent films -
The Grift with John Savage and Forfeit with Sherry Stringfield which
will premiere this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Billy's feature film credits include a co-starring role in the Touchstone
film Ladder 49 with Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta; a starring
role in Dill Scallion, which premiered at the Sundance Film
Festival and also starred with Peter Berg, Henry Winkler and Lauren
Graham; Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman and Without Limits
for writer/director by Robert Towne.
His television credits include a chilling six episode arc on the second
season of Fox's"24" as well as the critically acclaimed ABC series "Wonderland," which
was written and directed by Peter Berg.
Cliff Curtis (Detective Flores)
Curtis was born in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand and attended
the New Zealand Drama School, as well as the Teatro Dmitri
Scoula in Switzerland.
After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was cast in The Piano.
Subsequent roles in New Zealand include the camp melodrama Desperate
Remedies, the grueling urban drama, Once Were Warriors, in which he
plays a child rapist, and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee.
In Hollywood, Cliff Curtis has played a range of different roles and
ethnicities in films from Columbians to Italians to Latinos and more.
His resume includes such films as Runaway Jury, Collateral Damage,
The Majestic, Training Day, Blow, The Insider,Bringing out the Dead,
Three Kings, Six Days, Seven Nights and Deep Rising, but Curtis is
probably best known for his role as young actress Keisha Castle-Hughes'
father,Porourangi, in the critically acclaimed Whale Rider.
Recently Curtis starred opposite Samantha Morton and Keifer Sutherland
in River Queen, with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn in
The Fountain, in the upcoming Sunshine with Michelle Yeoh and in Roland
Emmerich's remake of 10,000B.C., set for release next year.
Bob Gunton (Judge Gardner)
a distinguished 30 year career, Bob Gunton has played a
potpourri of memorable roles in notable productions
in theatre, television and film.
On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for
his work in "Sweeney Todd" and
for his portrayal of Juan Peron in "Evita." He was also featured
in "Big River,""Roza," "Passion," "King
of Hearts," "Working" and "Happy End." He
received an Obie Award for playing 21 characters in "How I Got That Story," as
well as the Clarence Derwent Award for The Most Promising New New York
Actor of 1980. In 2004, Gunton was nominated for a Barrymore Award
for playing the eponymous role in "The Great Ostrovsky" the great Cy Coleman's
last musical, in a pre-Broadway production.
Gunton's feature film work runs the gamut from farce to drama. Working
with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, Gunton has appeared
in Oliver Stone's JFK, and Born on the Fourth of July; Ed Zwick's Glory;
John Woo's Broken Arrow; and, most memorably, as the Warden in Frank
Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. Other of Gunton's dozens of film
appearances include: Patch Adams, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dolores
Claiborne, Cookie, Matewan, Jennifer 8, The Perfect Storm, I (Heart)Huckabees
and the soon-to-be-released, Believe in Me, Rendition, Numb and Player5150.
Gunton's many telefilms, miniseries and cable movies include: "Mission
of the Shark,""Wild Palms," "When Billy Beat Bobby," "Running
Mates," "61*," "Sinatra" (as Tommy Dorsey), "Kingfish" (as
FDR), "Iron-Jawed Angels" (as Woodrow Wilson), "Elvis
Meets Nixon" (as
Nixon) and "Judas and Jesus."
Gunton was a series regular on "Courthouse," "Greg the Bunny," "Hothouse" and"Peacemakers." He
has had recurring roles on "Mr. Sterling," Desperate Housewives,""E-Ring," "Nip/Tuck," "Pepper
Dennis" and "24."
Bob Gunton was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for his combat service
in Vietnam. He is father to recent Yale Graduate; Olivia Ann. Bob is
also a newlywed. His bride, the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high
school classmate from 40 years ago. Bob has written articles for Theatre
World and The Los Angeles Times. He is currently completing a memoir.