ABOUT THE CAST
DANIEL RADCLIFFE is best known for playing the boy wizard Harry Potter in all of the films based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books.
Earlier this year, Radcliffe took on his first major theatre role, playing Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play “Equus.” The play, which had not been performed in London’s West End for more than 30 years, was directed by Thea Sharrock and co-starred Tony Award-winning actor Richard Griffiths.
Radcliffe will next be seen in “December Boys,” an Australian independent feature, directed by Rod Hardy, set for release in September 2007.
This summer, Radcliffe will shoot ITV’s drama “My Boy Jack,” written by and starring David Haig. The film, which tells the story of Rudyard Kipling’s 17-year-old son, Jack, who never returned from World War I, also stars Kim Cattrall and Carey Mulligan and is being directed by Brian Kirk.
Last year, Radcliffe guest starred on an episode of the HBO series “Extras,” starring Ricky Gervais.
RUPERT GRINT reprises his role as Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley, the character he has played in all of the Harry Potter films.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” marked Grint’s professional acting debut. His performance in that film brought him widespread praise, as well as a British Film Critic’s Circle Award nomination for Best Newcomer and a Young Artist Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In addition, the U.K.’s leading film magazine, Empire, recently presented Grint and his Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of their performances in all of the Harry Potter films.
After appearing in the first Harry Potter film, Grint starred as a young madcap professor in Peter Hewitt’s “Thunderpants,” alongside Simon Callow, Stephen Fry and Paul Giamatti. Returning to the role of Ron Weasley, he starred in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” In 2006, Grint appeared opposite Julie Walters and Laura Linney in Jeremy Brock’s acclaimed independent feature “Driving Lessons.”
Prior to winning the role of Ron Weasley, Grint performed in school and local theatre, including productions of “Annie,” “Peter Pan” and “Rumpelstiltskin.”
When not on a movie set, Grint is most likely to be found on the golf course.
EMMA WATSON returns in the role of Hermione Granger, the studious longtime friend to both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Watson’s appearance in the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” marked her professional acting debut and brought her a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress. Her performances as Hermione have since won her a worldwide following, as well as the AOL Award two years running for Best Supporting Actress, for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Watson has also gained two Critics’ Choice Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her performances in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” In addition, the readers of Total Film magazine voted her Best New Performer for her work in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” More recently, Watson was honored by the U.K.’s leading film magazine, Empire, along with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of their work in the Harry Potter films.
Watson continues to balance filming with her studies and school activities and is also a budding athlete. Her hobbies include travel, dance and singing.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER joins the cast of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” as Sirius Black’s cousin and Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange.
Bonham Carter has starred in a wide range of film, television and stage projects both in the United States and in her native England. Later this year, she will play Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton’s screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd,” starring opposite Johnny Depp in the title role. She previously co-starred with Depp in the hit family film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” also directed by Burton.
Bonham Carter was honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her work in the 1997 romantic period drama “The Wings of the Dove,” based on the novel by Henry James. Her performance in that film also brought her Best Actress Awards from a number of critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Board of Review and London Film Critics Circle.
She made an auspicious feature film debut in the title role of Trevor Nunn’s historical biopic “Lady Jane.” She had barely wrapped production on that film when director James Ivory offered her the lead in “A Room With a View,” based on the book by E.M. Forster. She went on to receive acclaim in two more screen adaptations of Forster novels: Charles Sturridge’s “Where Angels Fear to Tread” and James Ivory’s “Howard’s End,” for which she earned her first BAFTA Award nomination.
Bonham Carter’s early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli’s “Hamlet,” opposite Mel Gibson; “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite”; and “Twelfth Night,” which reunited her with Trevor Nunn. She went on to star in David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; and the drama “Big Fish” and the sci-fi actioner “Planet of the Apes,” both for director Tim Burton. She has also starred in such independent features as “Carnivale,” “Novocaine,” “The Heart of Me,” and “Till Human Voices Wake Us.”
In 2005, Bonham Carter lent her voice to two animated features: Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” in the title role; and the Oscar-winning “Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Also that year, she starred in the live-action independent feature “Conversations with Other Women,” opposite Aaron Eckhart.
For her television work, Bonham Carter earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the telefilm “Live From Baghdad” and the miniseries “Merlin,” and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the miniseries “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald.” She also starred as Anne Boleyn in the British miniseries “Henry VIII,” and as the mother of seven children, including four autistic sons, in the BBC telefilm “Magnificent 7.”
Her stage credits include productions of “Woman in White,” “The Chalk Garden,” “House of Bernarda Alba” and “Trelawny of the Wells,” to name only a few.
ROBBIE COLTRANE is back in the role of the Hogwarts caretaker and part- time teacher Rubeus Hagrid.
One of the U.K.’s most prolific and respected film and television actors, Coltrane earned BAFTA and Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Hagrid in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” He reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Coltrane’s long list of film credits also includes “Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker”; “Provoked: A True Story”; Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Twelve”; “Van Helsing”; the Hughes brothers’ “From Hell,” with Johnny Depp; the James Bond films “The World is Not Enough” and “Goldeneye”; Stephen Sommers’ “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”; Luis Mandoki’s “Message in a Bottle”; “Buddy”; “The Pope Must Die”; “Nuns on the Run,” for which he won The Peter Sellers Comedy Award at the 1991 Evening Standard British Film Awards; Kenneth Branagh’s “Henry V”; “Let It Ride”; Carl Reiner’s “Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool”; Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa”; “Absolute Beginners”; and “Defense of the Realm,” among others.
Coltrane is perhaps best known for his work in the award-winning and internationally popular television series “Cracker,” which has also spawned several television movies, the most recent airing in Fall 2006. His portrayal of the tough, wisecracking police psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald has brought Coltrane numerous acting honors, including three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Television Actor in 1994, 1995 and 1996; the Broadcasting Press Guilds Award for Best Television Actor in 1993; a Silver Nymph Award for Best Actor at the 1994 Monte Carlo Television Festival; the Royal Television Society Award for Best Male Performer in 1994; FIPA’s Best Actor Award; and a Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.
Coltrane first gained popularity in the early 1980s for his comedy appearances on such shows as “Alfresco,” “Kick Up the Eighties,” “Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee” and “Saturday Night Live.” He went on to star in 13 “Comic Strip” productions and numerous television shows, including “Blackadder the Third” and “Blackadder’s Christmas Carol.” He received a BAFTA Award nomination for his portrayal of Danny McGlone in the series “Tutti Frutti.” Coltrane’s more recent television credits include the telefilms “The Ebb-Tide,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Planman,” which he also executive produced. He also guest starred on the final episode of the series “Frasier.”
Coltrane was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for his Services to Drama.
WARWICK DAVIS returns as professor Filius Flitwick, having previously played the character in all of the Harry Potter films.
Most recently, Davis appeared on television in an episode of the hit HBO series “Extras,” written by and starring Ricky Gervais, which featured both Davis and Daniel Radcliffe. His other credits include “The Chronicles of Narnia”; “Murder Rooms”; Steve Cogan’s Hammer Horror homage, “Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible”; “Carrie & Barry”; “The Fitz”; “Gulliver’s Travels”; “The 10th Kingdom”; and “Snow White: The Fairest of Them All.”
A seasoned theatre actor in the U.K., Davis has been featured in several productions of “Snow White,” “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin.”
Davis is best known for his film appearances. His career began in the role of Wicket in the “Star Wars” movie “Return of the Jedi,” which came about after his grandmother heard a radio call for short actors. He was next seen in the film “Labyrinth,” followed by the internationally successful adventure “Willow,” in title the role that was written specifically for Davis.
In the recent acclaimed biopic “Ray,” Davis portrayed the character Oberon, the MC in the jazz club that saw the first appearance of Ray Charles. His other film credits include “Leprechaun” and its five sequels, “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “A Very Unlucky Leprechaun,” “The White Pony,” “The New Adventures of Pinocchio” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Davis is currently shooting “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” the sequel to the hit “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”
RALPH FIENNES once again portrays the evil Lord Voldemort, one of modern literature’s most terrifying villains. He first played the role in 2005’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
In all, Fiennes starred in six films released in 2005, including Fernando Meirelles’ “The Constant Gardener,” for which he won a British Independent Film Award, an Evening Standard British Film Award and a London Film Critics Circle Award, and earned a BAFTA Award nomination. His other films released that year were James Ivory’s “The White Countess,” “The Chumscrubber,” Martha Fiennes’ “Chromophobia” and the Oscar-winning animated film “Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were- Rabbit.”
A two-time Academy Award nominee, Fiennes earned his first nomination in 1994 for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Best Picture “Schindler’s List.” His chilling portrayal of Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth also brought him a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Award, as well as Best Supporting Actor honors from numerous critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, and the New York, Chicago, Boston and London Film Critics. Fiennes received his second Oscar nomination in 1997 for his work in another Best Picture winner, Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient.” He also garnered Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for Best Actor and another shared with the cast.
Fiennes most recently completed work on the upcoming film “In Bruges.” His additional credits include “Red Dragon”; Neil Jordan’s “The End of the Affair” and “The Good Thief”; David Cronenberg’s “Spider”; Martha Fiennes’ “Onegin,” which he also executive produced; Istvan Szabo’s “Sunshine”; “Maid in Manhattan,” opposite Jennifer Lopez; the animated musical “The Prince of Egypt”; “The Avengers”; “Oscar and Lucinda”; “Strange Days”; Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show”; and “Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights,” in which he made his film debut.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fiennes began his career on the London stage. He joined Michael Rudman’s company at the Royal National Theatre and later spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). In 1994, Fiennes opened as Hamlet in Jonathan Kent’s production of the play. He later won a Tony Award for his performance when the production moved to Broadway. He reunited with Kent in the London production of “Ivanov,” later taking the play to Moscow. In 2000, Fiennes returned to the London stage in the title roles of “Richard II” and
“Coriolanus.” In 2002, he originated the role of Carl Jung in Christopher Hampton’s “The Talking Cure” at the Royal National Theatre, and the following year played the title role in Ibsen’s “Brand” at the RSC. In 2005, Fiennes played the title role in Deborah Warner’s production of “Julius Caesar.” He most recently reteamed with director Jonathan Kent to star in Brian Friels’ “Faith Healer,” which opened at the Gate Theatre in Dublin before going to Broadway. Fiennes earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the play.
MICHAEL GAMBON reprises his role as Albus Dumbledore, the wise and respected headmaster of Hogwarts School. He also played Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Gambon has been honored for his work on the stage, screen and television during the course of his career, which has spanned more than four decades. He shared in Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Awards as part of the ensemble cast of Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park.” He has also won four BAFTA TV Awards for his performances in the longform projects “Perfect Strangers”; “Longitude”; “Wives and Daughters,” for which he also won a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award; and “The Singing Detective,” also winning RTS and Broadcast Press Guild Awards for his work in the title role. Gambon also received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the HBO movie “The Path to War.” In 1998, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to theatre.
Gambon most recently appeared in Jake Paltrow’s “The Good Night,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and Robert De Niro’s drama “The Good Shepherd,” with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. His upcoming films include “Brideshead Revisited” and “My Boy.”
A native of Ireland, Gambon began his career with the Edwards-MacLiammoir Gate Theatre in Dublin. In 1963, he was one of the original members of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. He later joined Birmingham Rep, where he played “Othello.” His extensive theatre repertoire also encompasses numerous productions in London’s West End, including Simon Gray’s “Otherwise Engaged”; the London premieres of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, “The Norman Conquests,” “Just Between Ourselves” and “Man of the Moment”; “Alice’s Boys”; Harold Pinter's “Old Times”; the title role in “Uncle Vanya”; and “Veterans Day” with Jack Lemmon, to name only a portion. In 1987, he won numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the London revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.”
With the Royal National Theatre (RNT), Gambon had major roles in the premieres of Harold Pinter's “Betrayal” and “Mountain Language”; Simon Gray's “Close of Play”; Christopher Hampton’s “Tales from Hollywood”; three more plays by Alan Ayckbourn, “Sisterly Feelings” “A Chorus of Disapproval,” for which he won an Olivier Award, and “A Small Family Business”; and David Hare’s “Skylight,” which moved on to the West End and Broadway. Also with the RNT, Gambon did “Endgame,” with Lee Evans, and played Falstaff in “Henry IV, Parts I and II.” His more recent stage work includes lead roles in “Volpone,” for which he won an Evening Standard Award; Nicholas Hytner’s production of “Cressida,” at the Almeida; Patrick Marber’s production of “Caretaker” in the West End; and Stephen Daldry’s production of “A Number” at The Royal Court Theatre.
On the screen, Gambon’s many film credits include the remake of “The Omen,” Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Sylvia,” “Open Range,” “The Insider,” Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Last September,” “Dancing at Lughnasa,” “The Gambler,” “The Wings of the Dove” and “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.” He also appeared in HBO’s award- winning miniseries “Angels in America,” directed by Mike Nichols.
BRENDAN GLEESON returns as Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody, the role he first played in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Gleeson has been seen in more than 40 films since he made his feature film debut in Jim Sheridan’s “The Field.” He then had small roles in such films as Mike Newell’s “Into the West” and Ron Howard’s “Far and Away” before landing the role of Hamish in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning Best Picture “Braveheart.” He followed with the Neil Jordan films “Michael Collins” and “The Butcher Boy,” and also starred in the independent film “Angela Mooney,” executive produced by John Boorman.
In 1998, Boorman directed Gleeson in the role of real-life Irish folk hero Martin Cahill in the acclaimed biopic “The General.” For his performance, Gleeson won several acting honors, including the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He has since collaborated with John Boorman in the films “The Tailor of Panama,” “In My Country” and “The Tiger’s Tail.”
Gleeson’s additional film credits include John Woo’s “Mission: Impossible II,” “Harrison’s Flowers,” “Wild About Harry,” Steven Spielberg’s “Artificial Intelligence: A.I.,” Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later…,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain,” Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village,” Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven,” Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto,” and “Black Irish.”
Gleeson is lending his voice to the animated film “Beowulf,” being directed by Robert Zemeckis, which is due out in November 2007. His upcoming films also include “In Bruges,” in which he is co-starring with Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes, under the direction of Martin McDonagh. On the small screen, he will star in the title role of the HBO movie “Churchill at War,” for director Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Born in Ireland, Gleeson started out as a teacher but left the profession to pursue an acting career, joining the Irish theatre company Passion Machine. His theatre credits include productions of “King of the Castle,” “The Plough and the Stars,” “Prayers of Sherkin,” “The Cherry Orchard,” and “Juno and the Paycock,” at the Gaiety Theatre, which was also presented at the Chicago Theatre Festival. In 2001, he returned to the stage at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in Billy Roche’s play “On Such As We,” directed by Wilson Milam.
RICHARD GRIFFITHS once again appears as Harry’s Muggle uncle, Vernon Dursley, which he played in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Griffiths most recently starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play “Equus.” Last year, Griffiths earned a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance as Hector in Nicholas Hytner’s film adaptation of “The History Boys.” The actor had originated the role in London in Hytner’s National Theatre production of the play, winning an Olivier Award for Best Actor. Griffiths later reprised his role in the regional and international tours of the play, as well as on Broadway, where he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play.
Griffiths’ other film credits include Roger Michell’s “Venus,” Richard Eyre’s “Stage Beauty,” Roland Joffe’s “Vatel,” Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” Peter Chelsom’s “Funny Bones,” “Guarding Tess,” “Blame It on the Bellboy,” “The Naked Gun 2½,” “King Ralph,” “Withnail & I,” “A Private Function,” Hugh Hudson’s “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan,” Michael Apted’s “Gorky Park,” Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi,” Milos Forman’s “Ragtime,” Karel Reisz’s “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire.”
On television in the U.K., Griffiths is perhaps best known for his work on the BBC television series “Pie in the Sky” and “Hope & Glory.” His other notable television credits include roles in “Bleak House,” “The Brides in the Bath,” “Gormenghast,” “In the Red,” “Ted & Ralph,” “Inspector Morse,” “Mr. Wakefield’s Crusade,” “Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming,” “The Marksman,” “Casanova,” “The Cleopatras,” “Bird of Prey” and the series “Nobody’s Perfect.”
An accomplished stage actor, Griffiths recently appeared in the West End production of “Heroes.” He has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in “The White Guard,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Henry VIII,” “Volpone,” and “Red Star.” His major theatre credits also include productions of “Luther,” “Heartbreak House,” “Galileo,” “Rules of the Game,” “Art,” “Katherine Howard” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
JASON ISAACS returns in the role of Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, which he first played in the second Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” and reprised in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Isaacs more recently starred alongside Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack and Frances McDormand in the comedy “Friends with Money,” which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
In Fall 2006, Isaacs starred in three prestigious projects, playing three very diverse characters. In the BBC’s six-part conspiracy thriller “The State Within,” he starred as Sir Mark Brydon, the besieged British Ambassador to Washington DC. In the smash hit Showtime series “Brotherhood,” Isaacs played Irish-American gangster Michael Caffee. In Channel 4’s telefilm “Scars,” written and directed by Leo Regan, he starred as a damaged and dangerous Londoner named Chris. The film deals with the causes and effects of violence via a virtual monologue, taken from interview transcripts.
The year prior, Isaacs appeared in equally varied roles, from the heartbreaking romantic in Rodrigo Garcia’s award-winning “Nine Lives,” opposite Robin Wright Penn, to the repressed suburban dad in “The Chumscrubber.” Both films premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He also played the homophobic movie star in Donal Logue’s independent comedy “Tennis Anyone?” and, on television, portrayed a cynical photojournalist in a recurring role on NBC’s “The West Wing.”
Isaacs has been working non-stop since his portrayal of the cruel Colonel William Tavington in 2000’s “The Patriot,” opposite Mel Gibson. His scene-stealing turn in that film garnered him a London Film Critics’ Circle Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The following year, Isaacs appeared in a sequined, strapless gown in the remake of the romantic drama “Sweet November,” with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, and was then virtually unrecognizable as the bullet-headed Capt. Mike Steele in Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed war drama “Black Hawk Down.” Isaacs went on to star in John Woo’s World War II drama “Windtalkers,” with Nicolas Cage; the bittersweet romantic comedy “Passionada”; and the action comedy “The Tuxedo,” with Jackie Chan. In 2003, Isaacs starred in the dual roles of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling in the live- action feature “Peter Pan,” for director P.J. Hogan.
Isaacs has also made several movies with his friend, director Paul Anderson, including the sci-fi thriller “Event Horizon,” “Soldier” and the British cult film “Shopping.” Eagle-eyed viewers can also spot his uncredited cameos in Anderson’s “Resident Evil,” Rob Bowman’s “Elektra,” Mike Figgis’ experimental film “Hotel” and, most recently, “Grindhouse.” Isaacs’ other film credits include “The End of the Affair,” the box office giant “Armageddon,” “Dragonheart,” “Divorcing Jack,” the musical “The Last Minute” and “The Tall Guy,” which marked his feature film debut.
Born in Liverpool, England, Isaacs attended Bristol University where, while studying law, he directed and/or starred in over twenty theater productions. After graduating from London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, Isaacs starred for two seasons on the hit British TV series “Capital City” and then appeared in Lynda LaPlante’s controversial “Civvies” for the BBC.
On stage, he created the role of Louis in the critically acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America - Parts 1 & 2,” and has performed to packed houses at the Royal Court Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, the King’s Head and the Edinburgh Festival. He most recently returned to the stage to star opposite Lee Evans in the West End revival of Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter,” presented at Trafalgar Studios in a critically acclaimed limited run through February and March of 2007.
GARY OLDMAN reprises the role of Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, the character he first portrayed in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and also played in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Oldman is currently filming the new Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” in which he reprises the role of Lieutenant James Gordon, the character he originated in the blockbuster “Batman Begins.”
Oldman began his career in 1979 on the London stage. Between 1985 and 1989 he worked exclusively at London’s Royal Court Theatre and, in 1985, was named Best Newcomer by London’s Time Out for his performance in “The Pope’s Wedding.” That same year he shared the London Critic’s Circle Best Actor Award with Anthony Hopkins.
In 1986, Oldman made his major feature film debut in “Sid and Nancy,” winning the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his portrayal of punk rock legend Sid Vicious. The following year, he starred in Stephen Frears’ “Prick Up Your Ears,” winning the Best Actor Award from the London Film Critics Circle for his portrayal of doomed British playwright Joe Orton.
Oldman has since become one of today’s most respected and versatile actors, appearing in both mainstream hits and acclaimed independent films. His early film credits also include Nicolas Roeg’s “Track 29”; “Criminal Law”; “Chattahoochee”; Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; “State of Grace”; “Henry & June”; Oliver Stone’s “JFK,” playing Lee Harvey Oswald; and the title role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula.”
Oldman’s subsequent film work includes memorable roles in Tony Scott’s “True Romance”; “Romeo is Bleeding”; the Luc Besson films “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element”; “Immortal Beloved”; “Murder in the First”; Roland Joffe’s “The Scarlett Letter”; Julian Schnabel’s “Basquiat”; Wolfgang Petersen’s “Air Force One”; the big screen version of “Lost in Space”; and Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal.”
In 1995 Oldman and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed the production company The SE8 Group, which produced Oldman’s directorial debut feature “Nil by Mouth,” which Oldman also wrote. The film was invited to open the 1997 50th Cannes Film Festival in the main competition, where Kathy Burke won Best Actress for her role. In addition, Oldman won two BAFTA Awards for Best British Film and Best Screenplay; the Channel 4 Director’s Award at the 1997 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the Empire Award for Best Debut Film. He also executive produced and starred in the SE8 Group film “The Contender,” which received two Oscar nominations and brought Oldman a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
On television, Oldman earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance as an alcoholic actor on the hit comedy series “Friends.” His earlier television work includes the telefilms “Meantime,” directed by Mike Leigh, and “The Firm,” directed by Alan Clarke.
ALAN RICKMAN once again reprises his role as the enigmatic potions teacher Severus Snape, the character he has played in all of the Harry Potter films.
He next stars as Judge Turpin in Tim Burton’s screen version of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd,” due out in December 2007.
Rickman was already an award-winning stage actor in his native England when he made his feature film debut in the 1988 action blockbuster “Die Hard.” He has since been repeatedly honored for his work in films and on television.
In 1992, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” Also that year, he garnered both the Evening Standard British Film Award and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his work in that film, as well as in Anthony Minghella’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and Stephen Poliakoff’s “Close My Eyes,” with the London Film Critics Circle adding his performance in “Quigley Down Under” for good measure. He later earned BAFTA Award nominations for his performances in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” and Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins.”
In 1997, Rickman won Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in the title role of the HBO movie “Rasputin.” He more recently received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in the acclaimed HBO movie “Something the Lord Made.”
Rickman’s additional film credits include “Nobel Son,” “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” “Snow Cake,” “Love Actually,” “Blow Dry,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Dogma,” “Judas Kiss” and “Mesmer,” for which he was named Best Actor at the 1994 Montreal Film Festival.
In 1997, Rickman made his feature film directorial debut with “The Winter Guest,” starring Emma Thompson, which he also scripted with Sharman Macdonald from Macdonald’s original play. An official selection at the Venice Film Festival, the film was nominated for a Golden Lion and won two other awards, and it was later named Best Film when it screened at the Chicago Film Festival. Rickman also directed the play for the stage at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. In addition, he directed the West End plays “Wax Acts” and “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the latter of which won Best New Play and Best Director at the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.
Rickman studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for two seasons. In 1985, he created the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and, in 1987, he earned a Tony Award nomination when he reprised the role on Broadway. Rickman more recently starred in the acclaimed West End production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” winning a Variety Club Award and earning Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations for Best Actor. The play then moved to Broadway, where Rickman received his second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.
FIONA SHAW once again portrays Harry’s aunt, Petunia Dursley, who lives to spoil her son, Dudley. She also played the role in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Shaw was seen earlier this year in the acclaimed crime thriller “Fracture,” with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Last year, she co-starred in the romantic comedy “Catch and Release” and Brian De Palma’s “The Black Dahlia.” Her next film is the comedy adventure “The Other Side.” Shaw’s additional film credits include “Close Your Eyes,” “The Triumph of Love,” “The Last September,” “The Avengers,” “The Butcher Boy,” “Anna Karenina,” “Jane Eyre,” “Persuasion,” “3 Men and a Little Lady,” “Mountains of the Moon” and “My Left Foot.”
A celebrated stage actress, Shaw recently won the Evening Standard Award for her performance in the London revival of “Medea.” When the production moved to New York, Shaw won an Obie Award and earned a Tony Award nomination for her role. She had previously been honored with an Olivier Award for the role of Rosalind in “As You Like It”; Olivier and London Critics Circle Awards for her performances in “The Good Person of Sichuan” and “Electra”; a London Critics Circle Award for the title role in “Hedda Gabler”; Olivier and Evening Standard Drama Awards for Stephen Daldry’s “Machinal”; and a New York Critics Award for her tour de force in T.S. Elliot’s “The Waste Land.”
Shaw has also performed at the Royal National Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as on the stages of her native Ireland. In addition, she embarked on a world tour in “The Waste Land.”
Shaw also reprised her roles in “The Waste Land,” “Hedda Gabler” and “Richard II” for the BBC. Her television work also includes the recent ABC miniseries “Empire,” as well as “The Seventh Stream,” “Mind Games,” “Gormenghast,” “RKO 281,” “Seascape” and Danny Boyle’s “For the Greater Good.”
In 2000, Shaw was named an Officier des Arts et des Lettres in France, and the following year received a CBE on the New Year’s Honours List.
MAGGIE SMITH reprises the role of Hogwarts professor Minerva McGonagall, which she has played in all of the Harry Potter films.
One of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed actresses, Smith has been honored numerous times for her work on the stage, screen and television. A two-time Academy Award winner, Smith won her first Oscar for her unforgettable performance in the title role of 1969’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” for which she also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. A decade later, she won her second Oscar, as well as Golden Globe and Evening Standard Awards and a BAFTA Award nomination, for her role in “California Suite.” More recently, Smith garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park,” also winning Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Awards as part of the ensemble cast.
Smith’s myriad film acting honors also include Oscar nominations for “Othello,” “Travels with My Aunt” and “A Room with a View,” for which she also won BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards; and BAFTA Awards for “A Private Function” and “The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne,” also winning an Evening Standard Film Award for the latter. She more recently won an Emmy Award for her performance in the HBO movie “My House in Umbria.”
Smith started acting on the stage in 1952 with the Oxford University Drama Society, and made her professional debut in New York in “The New Faces of 1956 Revue.” Three years later, she joined the Old Vic Company, where she won the 1962 Evening Standard’s Best Actress Award for her roles in “The Private Ear” and “The Public Eye.” Joining the National Theatre in 1963, Smith played Desdemona to Laurence Olivier’s “Othello.” Her other notable National Theatre productions include “Black Comedy,” “Miss Julie,” “The Country Wife,” “The Beaux Stratagem,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Hedda Gabler.”
But it was in 1969 that Smith was catapulted to screen stardom with her Oscar- winning performance in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Today’s film audiences know Smith best for her work in the “Harry Potter” movies, as well as her roles in such films as “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “The First Wives Club,” “Sister Act,” “The Secret Garden” and Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.” Her additional film credits include “Becoming Jane,” “Ladies in Lavender,” “The Last September,” “Washington Square,” “Richard III,” “The Missionary,” “Death on the Nile,” “Murder by Death” and “The Honey Pot.”
Throughout her career Smith has continued to appear on the stages of London and New York. She won a Tony Award for her performance in “Lettice and Lovage,” and had earlier received Tony Award nominations for “Night and Day” and “Private Lives.” She has also won Evening Standard Drama Awards for her performances in “Virginia” and “Three Tall Women.”
On television, Smith has earned Emmy nominations for her roles in the telefilms “Suddenly, Last Summer” and “David Copperfield,” for which she also received a BAFTA TV Award nomination. Additionally, she earned BAFTA TV Award nominations for the television movies “Memento Mori” and “Mrs. Silly,” as well as the miniseries “Talking Heads,” winning a Royal Television Society Award for the last.
She became a Dame in 1990 when she received the DBE, is a Fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded a Silver BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
IMELDA STAUNTON joins the cast as Hogwarts’ new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the ruthlessly ambitious Dolores Umbridge.
In 2004, Staunton portrayed the title role in Mike Leigh’s drama “Vera Drake,” delivering a searing performance that was heralded by both critics and audiences. For her work in the film, Staunton earned numerous Best Actress honors, including Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations. She also won a BAFTA Award, an Evening Standard British Film Award, a British Independent Film Award, a European Film Award and the 2004 Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actress. In addition, Staunton was named the Best Actress of the year by many top critics groups, including the New York Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics, London Critics Circle, Toronto Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics, among others.
Staunton more recently starred in Richard LaGravenese’s true-life drama “Freedom Writers,” with Hilary Swank, and Kirk Jones’ fantasy comedy “Nanny McPhee,” with Emma Thompson. Her additional film credits include Stephen Fry’s “Bright Young Things”; John McKay’s “Crush,” with Andie MacDowell; John Madden’s Oscar-winning “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she shared in a SAG Award for Outstanding Cast Performance; Trevor Nunn’s “Twelfth Night”; Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility”; the Kenneth Branagh films “Peter’s Friends” and “Much Ado About Nothing”; and Beeban Kidron’s “Antonia & Jane.” She has also lent her voice to several animated features, most notably the clay animation hit “Chicken Run.”
Honored for her work on the London stage, Staunton has won three Olivier Awards for her performances in “A Chorus of Disapproval,” “The Corn is Green” and “Into the Woods.” Additionally, she has earned three Olivier nominations for her roles in “Uncle Vanya,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Guys and Dolls.” Her extensive theatre repertoire also includes productions of “There Came a Gypsy Riding,” “Calico,” “The Beggar’s Opera,” “The Fair Maid of the West,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “Habeas Corpus,” “Travesties,” “Electra,” “A Little Night Music,” “Mack and Mabel” and “She Stoops to Conquer.”
Staunton is also well-known to British television audiences for her roles in such longform projects as “Cranford Chronicles,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “My Family and Other Animals,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Fingersmith,” “Cambridge Spies,” “David Copperfield,” “Citizen X” and “The Singing Detective.” She has also had recurring roles on several series, most recently including “Little Britain.”
In 2006, Staunton received an OBE on the New Year’s honours list.
DAVID THEWLIS rejoins the cast as former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin.
Thewlis gained international acclaim when he starred in Mike Leigh’s drama “Naked.” For his powerful performance in the film’s central role, he was named Best Actor at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, and also won Best Actor honors from the London and New York Film Critics and the Evening Standard Film Awards. He had previously worked with Leigh on the film “Life is Sweet” and the television project “The Short and Curlies.”
He has appeared in more than 30 films over the past 20 years, also including Beeban Kidron’s “Vroom,” Paul Greengrass’ “Resurrected,” Louis Malle’s “Damage,” David Jones’ “The Trial,” Caroline Thompson’s “Black Beauty,” Agnieszka Holland’s “Total Eclipse,” Mike Hoffman’s “Restoration,” Rob Cohen’s “Dragonheart,” John Frankenheimer’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Seven Years in Tibet,” the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Besieged,” Peter Hewitt’s “Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?,” Richard Donner’s “Timeline,” Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven,” Jordan Scott’s segment of “All the Invisible Children,” Terrence Malik’s “The New World,” Michael Caton-Jones’ “Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction” and John Moore’s recent remake of “The Omen.”
He recently completed work on the indie feature “The Inner Life of Martin Frost,” in which he plays the title role, and is currently filming “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,” being directed by Mark Herman and produced by David Heyman.
In addition to his acting, Thewlis made his directorial and writing debut on the short “Hello, Hello, Hello,” which earned a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Short Film. He recently wrote, directed and starred in the 2003 independent film “Cheeky.”
On television, Thewlis has been seen in such longform projects as “Dinotopia,” “Endgame,” “Dandelion Dead,” the award-winning “Prime Suspect 3,” “Black and Blue,” “Journey to Knock,” “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” “Skulduggery” and “The Singing Detective.” He also had a recurring role on the series “A Bit of Do.”
In addition to his film and television work, Thewlis has starred in a number of plays, including “The Sea,” directed by Sam Mendes at the Royal National Theatre; “Ice Cream” at the Royal Court; “Buddy Holly” at the Regal in Greenwich; “Ruffian on the Stairs/The Woolley” at Farnham; and “The Lady and the Clarinet” at the Kings Head.
EMMA THOMPSON returns to the Harry Potter films as Sybill Trelawney, the character she first played in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Thompson most recently starred in the widely praised comedy drama “Stranger than Fiction.” She was virtually unrecognizable in the title role of the hit family film “Nanny McPhee,” for which she also wrote the screenplay. She is currently working on a sequel to “Nanny McPhee.” Additionally, Thompson is presently filming “Brideshead Revisited,” in which she stars with Michael Gambon, and she then stars in the romantic drama “Last Chance Harvey,” opposite Dustin Hoffman.
Thompson is one of today’s most honored talents for her work as both an actress and a screenwriter. In 1993, she swept the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and Evening Standard Film Award, in addition to Best Actress Awards from the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics and National Board of Review, for her role in the Merchant Ivory drama “Howards End.” The following year, Thompson earned dual Oscar and Golden Globe nominations: for Best Actress in James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day,” for which she also received a BAFTA Award nomination; and for Best Supporting Actress in Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father.” She also won an Evening Standard Film Award for her work in both “The Remains of the Day” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing”
In 1996, Thompson again received dual Academy Award nominations, receiving a nod for her role in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” and winning the Oscar for her screenplay, adapted from the book by Jane Austen. The honor made her the only person ever to win Academy Awards in both acting and screenwriting categories. Additionally, she won Best Adapted Screenplay Awards from the Writers Guilds of America and Great Britain, as well as the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London and Broadcast Film Critics. She also took home Golden Globe and Evening Standard Film Awards and earned a BAFTA Award nomination. For her role in the film she won BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards, and earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Her more recent film honors include an Evening Standard Film Award, an Empire Award and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually,” for which she also gained another BAFTA Award nomination. On the small screen, Thompson earned Emmy and SAG Award nominations for her multiple roles in the 2003 HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” directed by Mike Nichols. She and Nichols had previously collaborated on the HBO movie “Wit,” in which she starred under his direction. In addition, they co-wrote the screenplay, based on the play by Margaret Edson, for which they won a Humanitis Prize and shared an Emmy nomination. Thompson also received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in the drama. She had earlier won an Emmy Award for her hilarious guest turn on the sitcom “Ellen.”
Thompson was literally born into show business, with her father, Eric Thompson, a theatre director and writer, and her mother, Phyllida Law, an actress. Studying English at Cambridge, she was invited to join the school’s Footlights comedy troupe. She also co-directed Cambridge’s first all-women revue, “Women’s Hour.” While still a student, she made her television debut on the BBC’s “Friday Night, Saturday Morning.”
Throughout the 1980s Thompson appeared frequently on British television, including the telefilm “The Crystal Cube” and a recurring role on the series “Alfresco,” both with Hugh Laurie. In 1985, Channel 4 offered Thompson her own TV special, “Up for Grabs,” and, in 1988, she wrote and performed in her own BBC series called “Thompson.”
Remaining active in the theatre, Thompson appeared in “A Sense of Nonsense,” in a tour of England; the self-penned “Short Vehicle” at the 1983 Edinburgh Festival; “Me and My Girl,” first at Leicester and then in London’s West End in 1985; and “Look Back in Anger” at the Lyric Theatre in 1989.
In 1989, she made her feature film debut in the comedy “The Tall Guy” and played Katherine in Kenneth Branagh’s film directing debut, “Henry V.” Her additional film credits include Branagh’s “Dead Again” and “Peter’s Friends”; Ivan Reitman’s “Junior”; Christopher Hampton’s “Carrington”; Alan Rickman’s “The Winter Guest”; and Mike Nichols’ “Primary Colors.”
JULIE WALTERS reprises her role as the maternal Mrs. Weasley, the role she has played in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Walters can also be seen this fall in the independent film “Becoming Jane.” She next co-stars with Meryl Streep in the film version of the musical “Mama Mia!”
A two-time Academy Award nominee, Walters gained her first nomination in 1984 for her feature film debut in the title role of “Educating Rita,” for which she also won BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards. She earned her second Oscar nod for her performance in Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot.” Her portrayal of Billy’s ballet teacher in that film also brought her BAFTA, Empire, Evening Standard Film and London Film Critics Circle Awards, in addition to Golden Globe and European Film Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for Supporting Actress and a second, shared with her castmates, for Outstanding Cast Performance. Walters has also earned BAFTA Award nominations for her roles in “Personal Services” and “Stepping Out,” winning a Variety Club Award for the latter.
Walters includes among her other film credits “Driving Lessons,” with her Harry Potter son Rupert Grint, “Wah-Wah,” “Calendar Girls,” “Before You Go,” Roger Michell’s “Titanic Town,” “Girls’ Night,” “Intimate Relations,” “Sister My Sister,” “Just Like a Woman,” “Buster” and Stephen Frears’ “Prick Up Your Ears.”
Walters has also worked extensively on television in the U.K. and recently won three consecutive BAFTA TV Awards in 2002, 2003 and 2004 for her roles in “Strange Relations”; “Murder,” for which she also won a Royal Television Society Award; and the series “The Canterbury Tales,” for which she also won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award. She previously earned four BAFTA TV Award nominations, in 1983 for the miniseries “Boys From the Blackstuff”; in 1987 for the series “Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV”; in 1994 for the telefilm “The Wedding Gift”; and in 1999 for the series “Dinnerladies.” Her television credits also include “The Ruby in the Smoke,” “Ahead of the Class,” “The Return,” “Oliver Twist,” “Jake’s Progress,” “Pat and Margaret,” “The Summer House,” “Julie Walters and Friends,” “Talking Heads” and “The Birthday Party,” to name only a portion.
An accomplished stage actress, Walters won an Olivier Award in 2001 for her performance in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” and was earlier nominated for an Olivier for her work in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love.” She had made her London stage debut in “Educating Rita,” creating the role that she would later bring to the screen. Her theatre credits also include productions of such plays as “Jumpers,” “Having a Ball,” “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “When I was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout,” Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” and the musical “Acorn Antiques.”
In addition to her acting work, Walters’ first novel, Maggie’s Tree, was published in 2006.
ROBERT HARDY reprises his role as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, whom he has also portrayed in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Hardy has been one of the U.K.’s most respected character actors, with a career spanning six decades and encompassing a wide range of film, television and stage roles. He most recently co-starred in the family film “Lassie,” and also includes among his many film credits “The Gathering,” David Yates’ “The Tichborne Claimant,” “An Ideal Husband,” “Mrs. Dalloway,” Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” Kenneth Branagh’s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” David Hare’s “Paris by Night,” “The Shooting Party,” “Yellow Dog,” Richard Attenborough’s “Young Winston,” Martin Ritt’s classic thriller “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” and several French films.
Hardy is perhaps best known for his television work, including his seven seasons on the series “All Creatures Great and Small,” for which he earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination. He also received a BAFTA TV Award nomination and won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the miniseries “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.” In 1988, he played Churchill twice, in the miniseries “War and Remembrance” and the telefilm “The Woman He Loved.” He most recently returned to the role of Churchill in the 2006 telefilm “Marple: The Sittaford Mystery.” His more than 80 television credits go on to include “Death in Holy Orders,” “Lucky Jim,” “The Falklands Play,” “Bertie and Elizabeth,” “Shackleton,” “The Lost World,” “The 10th Kingdom,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Jenny’s War,” “The Far Pavillions,” “Edward the King,” “The Gathering Storm,” “Elizabeth R,” and the series “Hot Metal” and “Mogul.”
Hardy began his acting career on the stage in 1949 with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. His distinguished stage career includes productions of such plays as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The River Line,” “Camino Real,” “The Rehearsal,” “A Severed Head,” “The Constant Couple,” “Habeas Corpus,” “Dear Liar,” “Body and Soul,” and the role of Winston Churchill in the French production of “The Man Who Said No” at the Palais des Congres in Paris.
Hardy also wrote and co-directed the TV film “The Picardy Affair,” the radio play “The Leopard and the Lilies,” and two documentaries for BBC’s “Chronicle.” In addition, he has published two books on medieval warfare entitled Longbow and The Great War-Bow.
DAVID BRADLEY returns in the role of Hogwarts’ caretaker, Argus Filch, the character he has played in all of the Harry Potter films.
One of the U.K.’s most distinguished stage actors, Bradley is a longstanding member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the National Theatre. In 1991, he won an Olivier Award for his performance as the Fool in “King Lear” at the National Theatre. In 1993, he won the Clarence Derwent Award for the roles of Polonius in “Hamlet” and Shallow in “Henry IV, Part II” at the RSC, also earning an Olivier Award nomination for the latter. He most recently received an Olivier Award nomination in 2006 for the title role in “Henry IV, Parts I and II,” at the National Theatre.
His numerous credits with the RSC also include “Titus Andronicus,” “The Tempest,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Alchemist,” “Dr. Faustus,” “Cymbeline,” “Three Sisters,” “Twelfth Night,” “Tartuffe,” and “The Merchant of Venice,” to name only a few. His appearances at the National are equally extensive, with a partial list including “The Night Season,” “The Mysteries,” “The Homecoming,” “Mother Courage,” “Richard III,” “Measure for Measure,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “`Tis Pity She’s a Whore” and “The Front Page.” West End audiences have also seen Bradley in such plays as “Uncle Vanya,” “Britannicus,” “Phedre” and “Funny Peculiar.”
On the big screen, Bradley includes among his film credits “Hot Fuzz,” “Red Mercury,” “Exorcist: The Beginning,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Intended,” “This is Not a Love Song,” “Gabriel & Me,” “Blow Dry,” “The King is Alive,” “Tom’s Midnight Garden” and “Left Luggage.”
A familiar face to British television audiences, Bradley previously worked with David Yates in the miniseries “The Way We Live Now.” He has also been seen in such longform productions as “Sweeney Todd,” “Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle,” “Blue Dove,” “The Last King,” “”The Mayor of Casterbridge,” “Murphy’s Law,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Vanity Fair,” “Our Mutual Friend,” “Reckless,” “Our Friends in the North” and “Martin Chuzzlewit.” He has also guest starred on numerous series and had a recurring role on the series “A Family at War.”
MARK WILLIAMS returns as Arthur Weasley, the Weasley family patriarch, the role he previously played in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Since graduating from Oxford University, Williams has become familiar in the U.K. for his work in films, television and theatre. His film credits include Michael Winterbottom’s “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,” Metin Huseyin’s “Anita and Me,” Peter Hewitt’s “The Borrowers,” Stephen Herek’s “101 Dalmatians,” Karen Adler’s “Fever,” Gabriel Axel’s “Prince of Jutland,” Clare Peploe’s “High Season, the British Film Institute’s “Out of Order” and Michael Hoffman’s “Privileged.” Williams is perhaps best known in the U.K. as a regular on the BBC TV series “The Fast Show,” on which he appeared for four seasons as well as a Christmas special. His most recent television work includes the series “Carrie & Barrie” and the telefilms “The Rotters’ Club” and “Viva Blackpool.” He next stars in the miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” He has also been seen in such projects as “Red Dwarf,” “Stuff,” “Bottom,” “Harry Enfield,” “Tumbledown,” “Making Out,” “Kinsey,” “Bad Company,” “Hunting Venus” and “Happy Birthday Shakespeare.” He was also a team host on the quiz show “Jumpers for Goalposts.”
In 2002, Williams presented a 10-part series for the Discovery Channel, entitled “Industrial Revelations with Mark Williams,” followed by 2004’s “On the Rails with Mark Williams” and 2005’s “More Industrial Revelations with Mark Williams.” His most recent documentary was “Mark Williams’ Big Bangs,” a four-part series for Sky One. In addition, Williams has directed for the Channel 4 sitcom “Festival” and coproduced the Channel 4 sitcom “In Exile.”
On stage, Williams spent three years touring by narrowboat with the Mikron Theatre Company. His credits also include the title role in “William” for the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Festival; “Fanshen” at the National Theatre; “Doctor of Honour,” for the Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company; “The City Wives Confederacy” at Greenwich Theatre; “Moscow Gold,” “Singer,” “A Dream of People” and “As You Like It,” for the Royal Shakespeare Company; “Art” in the West End; and “Toast” at the Royal Court Theatre. In 1988, he enjoyed a sold-out run in “The Fast Show Live on Stage.” In 2002, “The Fast Show Live on Tour” played to great success across the U.K.
TOM FELTON returns as Harry Potter’s arch-enemy and Slytherin schoolboy Draco Malfoy, a role he has made his own in all five of the “Harry Potter” films.
Felton was first seen on the big screen in 1996, when he played the role of Peagreen Clock in Peter Hewitt’s fantasy “The Borrowers.” In 1999, he portrayed Jodie Foster’s screen son, Louis, in “Anna & the King.”
On television, Felton has appeared in a number of series in the U.K., including “Bugs,” in which he played James, and “Second Sight,” opposite Clive Owen. He has also starred in two BBC Radio 4 plays, “The Wizard of Earthsea” and “Here’s to Everyone.”
Felton has been acting professionally since he was eight years old. He first came to attention in 1995 when he was featured in a number of top television commercials. When he is not acting, he is an avid carp fisherman.
MATTHEW LEWIS plays Harry Potter’s faithful friend Neville Longbottom, the character he has portrayed in all of the Harry Potter films.
Lewis began acting when he was just five years old after joining a performing arts club. He won the role of Neville when an open casting call was held in his hometown of Leeds. In addition to the Harry Potter films, Lewis has been featured in a number of television series in the U.K., including “Heart Beat,” “City Central,” “Where the Heart Is,” “Sharpe,” “Dalziel and Pascoe” and “Some Kind Of Life.”
When Lewis is not busy in front of the camera, he enjoys reading and writing short stories, and has developed an interest in filmmaking.
EVANNA LYNCH makes her acting debut in the role of Luna Lovegood, the free-spirited new friend to Harry Potter.
Lynch’s story is the kind of which fairytales are made. A dedicated Harry Potter fan, Lynch felt an immediate affinity with the character of Luna upon first reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She even took the bold step of sending an audition tape to the production in hopes of being able to read for the character. She then learned of an open casting call for the role, scheduled for January 2006 in London. Flying with her father from her Dublin-area home, she patiently lined up with 15,000 other young hopefuls, all vying for the part of Luna. Lynch, however, stood out for both the casting director and filmmakers and landed the coveted role.
At home in County Louth, Ireland, Lynch enjoys spending time with the family pets (which include a cat called Luna and a kitten named Dumbledore). She has never had any formal acting training but has been active in a local drama club, and also enjoys modern dance, ballet and contemporary dance. Her many hobbies include jewelry design, and she often makes rings and earrings for herself and friends.
KATIE LEUNG is appearing in her second Harry Potter film in the role of Cho Chang, a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts and the object of Harry Potter’s affections.
Prior to playing Cho in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Leung had had no prior acting experience. By chance, her father saw the open casting call advertisement on a Chinese television channel. Leung auditioned and, out of more than 5,000 contenders, won the much-coveted role of Harry Potter’s love interest.
Leung is an avid music fan and listens to all genres, including jazz, R&B, pop, indie rock and hip-hop. She also plays the piano.
HARRY MELLING rejoins the cast as Harry’s spoiled Muggle cousin, Dudley Dursley. He made his acting debut playing Dudley in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and reprised the role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
In addition, Melling is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has had roles in their productions of “The Master and Margarita,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “Watch Over Me Three.” He also portrayed Young Oliver in Stephen Poliakoff’s “Friends and Crocodiles” for the BBC.
Melling is in school studying drama, English and art. He has recently written a short play, which he is trying to get produced on the London Fringe.