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HILARY SWANK (Katherine) is a two-time Academy Award winner in the category of Best Actress. She won her first Oscar for the role of Brandon Teena in the 1999 drama “Boys Don’t Cry.” She also won the Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award, as well as the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics Awards in the same category. Additionally, The National Board of Review recognized Swank’s work with the Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award, and she earned BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations.
In 2005, Swank won her second Academy Award for her starring role in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, “Million Dollar Baby,” opposite Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. In addition, she won her second Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, as well as the National Society of Film Critics and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress. That same year, she earned Golden Globe Award and SAG Award nominations for her portrayal of suffragette Alice Paul in the HBO movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”
Swank most recently starred in Richard LaGravenese’s true-life drama “Freedom Writers,” playing inspirational schoolteacher Erin Gruwell. Earlier this year, she costarred with Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett in Brian De Palma’s “The Black Dahlia.” She next stars in the romantic drama “P.S. I Love You,” which reunited her with LaGravenese.
Swank’s other film credits include Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia,” opposite Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and Sam Raimi’s “The Gift,” with Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves.
DAVID MORRISSEY (Doug) next stars opposite Emily Watson in “The WaterHorse,” a fantasy adventure directed by Jay Russell and written by Terry George, and he will also be seen in the historical drama “The Other Boleyn Girl,” with Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. His other film credits include Anand Tucker’s “Hilary and Jackie”; “Some Voices”; “Born Romantic”; John Madden’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz; Stephen Woolley’s “Stoned”; “Derailed,” with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston; and “Basic Instinct 2.” Morrissey also founded his own production company, Tubedale Films, which coproduced the award-winning Patrice Leconte film “The Man on the Train.”
Well known to British television audiences, Morrissey earned a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in the BBC drama “State of Play.” He most recently starred in the Channel 4 miniseries “Cape Wrath,” which is also set to air on Showtime under the title “Meadowlands,” and the television movie “Viva Blackpool,” in which he reprised his role from the popular BBC series “Blackpool.” His many other television credits include Stephen Frears’s controversial drama “The Deal,” for which he won a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Best Actor; and “Holding On,” which brought him another RTS Award nomination. Behind the camera, he was BAFTA- nominated for Best New Director for the 2001 telefilm “Sweet Revenge,” and later directed the BBC drama “Passer By.”
A graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Morrissey has played a wide variety of roles on the stage, including the title role in “Peer Gynt,” for director Declan Donnellan. He has also appeared in productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
IDRIS ELBA (Ben) is perhaps best known for his role as the calculating de facto leader of a Baltimore drug empire in HBO’s critically acclaimed original series “The Wire.” In 2005, he received an Image Award nomination for his work on the series. Also for HBO, Elba starred in the movie “Sometimes In April,” from director Raoul Peck. Set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the movie marked his first film starring role. Elba played a Hutu soldier who tries to save his Tutsi wife and family, earning another Image Award nomination for his performance.
Elba most recently starred in the “Daddy’s Little Girls,” with Gabrielle Union under the direction of Tyler Perry. He next stars in the horror thriller “28 Weeks Later,” the much-anticipated sequel to the zombie hit “28 Days Later,” which is due out in May 2007. Additionally, he recently completed production on Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster,” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is currently filming the holiday comedy “This Christmas.”
Elba’s other film credits include “The Gospel,” for director Rob Hardy; “Buffalo Soldiers,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris; and “Beautiful Mother,” with Catherine Deneuve.
On television, Elba has guest starred on such series as “Law & Order” and “CSI: Miami,” and starred in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries “Ultraviolet.” In his native England, he starred in the recent Channel 4 telefilm “All in the Game,” and earlier guest starred on a number of series, including the BBC’s “Silent Witness” and “Dangerfield.”
Elba has also worked on the stage, including leading roles in “Coming Home,” an original play written by Oscar Watson and performed at London’s Red Lion Pub Theater, and Sir Peter Hall’s off-Broadway production of “Troilus and Cressida,” receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles.
ANNASOPHIA ROBB (Loren McConnell), one of today’s busiest young actresses, is currently starring in the critically acclaimed fantasy adventure “Bridge to Terabithia.” Robb made her feature film debut in 2005 in the Wayne Wang-directed family film “Because of Winn-Dixie,” with Jeff Daniels. Robb was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress for her performance as Opal, a young girl whose life is changed when she befriends a stray dog. Later that year, she starred as champion gum chewer Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Johnny Depp.
Robb also stars in a wide range of upcoming films, including “A West Texas Children’s Story,” with Val Kilmer, Matthew Modine and Lara Flynn Boyle; the indie drama “Ferris Wheel,” with Charlize Theron; the indie adventure “Doubting Thomas”; and the sci-fi adventure “Jumper,” in which she stars with Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson under the direction of Doug Liman.
On television, Robb played the title role in the telefilm “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday,” executive produced by Julia Roberts and directed by Nadia Tass. Robb’s other television credits include guest appearances on the Nickelodeon comedy series “Drake & Josh” and “Danny Phantom.”
STEPHEN REA (Father Costigan) achieved international recognition when he was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his performance in Neil Jordan’s controversial drama “The Crying Game.” Rea first worked with Jordan on the film “Angel,” and the two have since collaborated on “The Company of Wolves,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “Michael Collins,” “The Butcher Boy,” “In Dreams,” “The End of the Affair” and “Breakfast on Pluto.”
Rea more recently starred in the 2006 hit action thriller “V for Vendetta,” with Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. He counts among his other film credits Mike Leigh’s “Life is Sweet,” Robert Altman’s “Prêt à Porter,” Bruce Beresford’s “Evelyn” and Gillies MacKinnon’s “Tara Road” and “Trojan Eddie,” as well as “Still Crazy,” “Guinevere,” “Ulysses” and “River Queen.”
In addition, Rea starred in the Mark Rydell-directed HBO movie “Crime of the Century,” earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the man convicted of the notorious Lindbergh baby kidnapping. He has also appeared in several British television productions for the BBC and Channel 4.
An accomplished stage actor, Rea was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for his work in the 1993 Broadway production of Frank McGuinness’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.” He is currently starring in Sam Shepard’s new play, “Kicking a Dead Horse,” at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, where Rea previously trained. Additionally, Rea formed the Field Day Theatre with playwright Brian Friel in 1980, and has starred in numerous theatre productions in Dublin and London’s West End.
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