Colin Firth – ERIC LOMAX
A classically trained British theatre actor, Academy Award winner Colin Firth is a veteran of film, television and theatre, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades. He has appeared in three films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: The King’s Speech, Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient.
Firth earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award, Critics’ Choice Award and his second consecutive BAFTA Award in 2011 for his performance as King George VI in The King’s Speech. The film also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.’ Firth also won the BAFTA Award in 2010 and the Volpi Cup for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for his performance in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
Upcoming Firth will also be seen in Devil’s Knot which is directed by Atom Egoyan and also stars Reese Witherspoon. The film chronicles the infamous “West Memphis Three” case involving the savage murders of three young children which sparked a controversial trial of three teenagers. He is currently in production on an untitled comedy opposite Emma Stone which is written and directed by Woody Allen. He will next begin shooting The Secret Service directed by Matthew Vaughn as well as the literary drama Genius directed by Michael Grandage. The film is based on the book which surrounds the relationship between Thomas Wolfe and his editor Max Perkins.
He previously worked with Railway Man producer Andy Paterson on the Oscar-nominated film Girl with a Pearl Earring opposite Scarlett Johansson.
His film credits include Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opposite Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy, Mamma Mia! (the highest grossing film of all time in the UK), Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Love Actually written and directed by Richard Curtis, Helen Hunt’s Then She Found Me, Anand Tucker’s When Did You Last See Your Father?, Stephan Elliott’s Easy Virtue, Michael Winterbottom’s Genova, A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest, Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies, Marc Evans’ thriller Trauma, Nanny McPhee, What a Girl Wants, A Thousand Acres, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, Apartment Zero, My Life So Far, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, Circle of Friends, Playmaker, and the title role in Milos Forman’s Valmont opposite Annette Bening.
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in as “Mr. Darcy” in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and the National Television Award for Most Popular Actor.
Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. He was honored with the ‘Humanitarian Award’ by BAFTA/LA at their 2009 Britannia Awards. In 2008 he was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2006, Firth was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the EU.
Nicole Kidman – PATTI LOMAX
Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 psychological thriller Dead Calm. She has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
Kidman was awarded her first Golden Globe for a pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with becoming a TV personality at all costs in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For. In 2002, she received dual Golden Globe nominations for her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller The Others as well as her work as Satine in Moulin Rouge! Her performance in Moulin Rouge! earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as her first Oscar nomination. In the following years, Kidman was nominated three additional times for her performances in Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, and Robert Benton’s Billy Bathgate.
In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films. Kidman’s additional film credits include Margot at the Wedding, The Golden Compass, Academy Award winning animated musical Happy Feet; Just Go with It, Nine with Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, Australia, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus The Interpreter, Bewitched, The Human Stain, Dogville, Eyes Wide Shut, Birthday Girl, The Peacemaker, The Portrait of a Lady, Batman Forever, Malice and Far and Away. She also narrated the documentary release (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Audience Award-winner), God Grew Tired of Us, and also narrated the film biography of Simon Wiesenthal, I Have Never Forgotten You.
In October 2012, Kidman was seen starring in Lee Daniel’s The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nomination.
Kidman was most recently seen in Chan-wook Park’s Stoker with Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Dermot Mulroney. She will next be seen in Grace of Monaco, portraying the role of Grace Kelly. Kidman most recently finished filming Before I Go To Sleep alongside her Railway Man co-star, Colin Firth.
In the fall of 1998, Kidman made her London stage debut, starring with Iain Glenn in The Blue Room. For her performance Kidman was awarded London’s Evening Standard Award and received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2012, Kidman was seen in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen. Her portrayal as Martha Gellhorn earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Kidman has also lent her voice in support of the Women’s Cancer Program at Stanford with Dr. Jonathan Berek. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.
Jeremy Irvine – YOUNG ERIC
Jeremy Irvine made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, in which he starred as Albert, a young man who travels to France to find his horse, Joey, who has been sent to fight in World War II. The film received a Best Picture nomination for the 2012 Academy Awards and Best Picture – Drama Golden Globe nomination. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 25, 2011.
He was most recently seen in BBC Films’ Great Expectations, in which he starred as Pip. The film, adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, is directed by Mike Newell. The cast included Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11, 2012 and was selected to be the closing film at the 56th BFI London Film Festival. Irvine was also seen in Now is Good opposite Dakota Fanning, who plays a teenage girl with a terminal illness who resolves to live her life on fast forward. The film, based on Jenny Downham’s novel Before I Die, is directed by Ol Parker and was released in the UK by Sony Pictures on September 21, 2012. Irvine recently wrapped production on also recently wrapped production on The World Made Straight, which is directed by David Burris. Also starring Adelaide Clemens and Minka Kelly, the film chronicles a rebellious young man in a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre. Next he will begin shooting The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, directed by Tom Harper.
Irvine spent a year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has appeared in stage productions including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Dunsinane, an update to Macbeth. He also appeared in the Disney Channel UK’s sketch series “Life Bites.”
Stellan Skarsgård - FINLAY
One of the busiest and most versatile actors working today, Skarsgård moves effortlessly between independent cinema and Hollywood blockbusters. His work with Lars von Trier includes Breaking The Waves, Dogville (with his Railway Man co-star, Nicole Kidman), Melancholia and the forthcoming Nymphomania. He played Dr Erik Selvig in Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers, Bootstrap Bill Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and starred in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
His last collaboration with Colin Firth was in a very different key, as two of three potential fathers in the wildly succesful Mamma Mia!
A teenage star on Swedish television, he spent 16 years with the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre and has appeared in more than 80 films.
Hiroyuki Sanada - NAGASE
As one of Japan’s most talented and highest regarded actors of his generation, Hiroyuki Sanada has garnered the attention of American and foreign audiences with over fifty films and a Japanese Oscar® to his name.
Sanada will next be seen in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming action feature, X-MEN: The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold and starring opposite Hugh Jackman. In the film, Sanada stars as Shingen, a crime boss and major enemy of Wolverine (Jackman). The film is set to release on July 25, 2013.
Currently, Sanada is in post-production on Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin, where he stars opposite Keanu Reeves as Oishi, the chief samurai of the Asano clan. Based on one of Japanese history’s most celebrated true stories, the film follows forty-seven disbanded samurai or “ronin” as they take on a mythical army in order to avenge their master’s wrongful death in 18th century Japan. The film is scheduled to release on December 25th.
Sanada started his career in film when he was 5 years old and later won the Japanese Academy Award for his role in The Twilight Samurai where he played a mid-19th century low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. On the heels of this success, Sanada made his mark with American audiences when he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Ed Zwick’s The Last Samurai.
Since then, Sanada has been seen in a number of notable features including James Ivory’s The City of Your Final Destination alongside Anthony Hopkins; The White Countess opposite Ralph Fiennes; Danny Boyle’s sci-fi thriller Sunshine also starring Chris Evans and Rose Byrne; the action thriller Speed Racer alongside Susan Sarandon and Emile Hirsch; Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3; Chen Kaige’s The Promise, a Chinese epic fantasy romance; and the terrifying Ringu films.
On television, Sanada did an arc on the first season of the ABC series, Revenge, where he played Kiyoshi Takeda, Emily’s (Emily Van Camp) mentor and spiritual advisor who offers her the manual to life and the cautions that come with it. He also starred in multiple episodes of the hit series and award winning show, Lost, where he played the role of Dogen in the final season. Beyond television, Sanada became one of the few foreign actors to tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in a production of King Lear with Nigel Hawthorne.
Sanada has a Black belt in karate, is trained in Japanese traditional dance and Japanese Swordplay “Tate” and he currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sam Reid – YOUNG FINLAY
Born and raised in Australia, Sam trained in New York before joining the 3 year course at London’s prestigious drama school LAMDA.
He left early to film Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous and went on to appear in Kevin Costner and Kevin Reynold’s award-winning drama Hatfield & Mccoys.
Sam has 5 films coming out in 2014 - The Railway Man, Susanne Bier’s Serena, Yann Demanges’ 71, Belle in which he plays the lead role opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson and Lone Scherfig’s Posh.
Tanroh Ishida - YOUNG NAGASE
Tanroh Ishida is a London based Japanese actor.
Tanroh started training in Japanese Traditional Noh/Kyogen Theatre at the age of three. His father and his father’s master were his own masters in Japan, during this period. With his theatre company he performed at a number of theatres nationally and internationally; including the Carnegie Hall and Shakespeare's Globe.
At the age of 15 Tanroh became interested in learning about the western style of theatre. He moved to England to study and audition for drama schools. He was accepted at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating from Guildhall, Tanroh formed his own theatre company to explore his rare experiences as an actor, having had the unique privilege of classical training in both the East and West.
This "Tea Leaf Theatre" company is based on his life time ambition of marrying Japanese and Western theatre and has received critical acclaim, including 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh festival. His recent film credits include the role of Akihira Kontaro, in the new Coen brothers film Gambit with Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth.
He’ll also soon be appearing in the film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves and his Railway Man partner, Hiroyuki Sanada. That film is set for release in December this year. Tanroh’s other recent work includes; regular appearances with London's most exciting new improvisation company, the Improsarios: www.theimprosarios.com and he is also the voice of the hit computer game Shogun 2.