THE PLAYERS

The Cast

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JESSICA HYNES

Jessica Hynes first appeared on our screens as Cheryl in the hit sitcom The Royle Family for the BBC.  In 1999, she co-wrote and starred in Spaced for two series. She has since starred in television shows such as, Doctor Who, The Hour, Up The Women (which she created and wrote), Lizzie and Sarah (which she co-wrote with Julia Davis), One Night, which she was critically acclaimed for her dramatic performance, and W1A.

Her film credits include; Shaun of the Dead, Paddington 2, Swallows And Amazons, Son Of Rambow and Tomorrow La Scala.

For theatre she starred in The Norman Conquests at The Young Vic and was nominated for an Olivier for Best Actress for The Night Heron at the Royal Court.

Other awards include winning two British Comedy Awards, both for her performances in Spaced, the RTS award for Best Comedy Performance for her role in Twenty Twelve, going on to win a BAFTA for Female performance in W1A.

Most recently she worked with writer/director Jamie Adams, starring alongside Cobie Smulders and Richard Elis, for Alright Now.

Shaun Parkes is an English actor who began with drama at Seltec College, then going on to RADA. In his early career, he appeared in British television staples such as Crown Prosecutor, The Bill and Casualty. It was in 1999 that Shaun won worldwide recognition, with his role as Koop in Justin Kerrigan’s electric Human Traffic.

From that, he went on to a starring role in Lock, Stock – the TV adaptation of the hit film – and found further fame with his character Izzy, in The Mummy Returns, starring alongside Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Jonathan Hannah.

In the 2000s, Shaun worked across film and television regularly, appearing in works such as Notes On A Scandal with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, Doctor Who, and Things To Do Before You’re 30 with Dougray Scott, Billie Piper and Emilia Fox.

Since 2010, Shaun has been seen regularly in television series The River, Identity, The Aliens and Silent Witness. In the last 8 years, he has acted opposite Bruce Greenwood, Aidan Gillen, Michaela Coel, and Michael Socha. Last year he wrapped on Trick Or Treat, and is currently in pre-production on a new feature, JC: The Missng Years

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SHAUN PARKES

Frank

CHRISTOPHER FAIRBANKS

Christopher Fairbanks is an English film, stage and television actor. With over 130 screen performances, Christopher is one of England’s most diverse and prolific actors. Most recently, he has appeared in BAFTA-nominated Lady Macbeth, the BBC series Taboo and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Christopher is perhaps best known for his role as Moxy in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, but has multiple television appearances to his name. Early in his career, Christopher appeared in The Old Curiosity Shop, Noah’s Castle and Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn. He went on to star in some of the most popular British series such as The Bill, Casualty, and Lovejoy.

Through his film work, Christopher has worked with some of the biggest actors and directors around, including Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, and Mike Newell, David Fincher and Tim Burton. Film credits include: Jack the Giant Slayer, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Flushed Away, The Fifth Element, Aliens3, and Hamlet.

He has also worked extensively on the stage, playing Horatio in Hamlet at Riverside Studios, Azdac in Caucasian Chalk Circle, Scrooge in Christmas Carol and Weston in Curse Of The Starving Classes at the Royal Lyceum.

West End credits include: Kvetch, Charley’s Aunt, Pyjama Game, Vagina Monologues, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hamlet and Calendar Girls. Other theatre highlights include: Frozen (National Theatre) Oliver Award, Evening Standard and London Critics Nominee, ‘Mistress Quickly’ in Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Berkoff’s Oedipus (Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Silver Lake (Wexford Festival), ‘Dolly’ in Hello Dolly (UK Tour), Betty and Joan (Arts), Follies the Concert (Royal Albert Hall), ‘Mrs Hardcastle’ in She Stoops To Conquer (Theare Royal Bath),  ‘Madame Morrible’ in Wicked (Apollo Theatre) and most recently ‘Lady Cooper/Ma’ in The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton Theatres).

Her extensive television credits include: Angie in EastEnders (Pye Award Winner) New Tricks, Little Crackers, Coming Up, Moving On, Pompidou, Strictly Come Dancing, ‘Queen Elizabeth I’ in Armada and The Rebel opposite Simon Callow.

Film includes: Beyond Bedlam, Seaview Knights, The Titchborne Clairmont, The Revengers Comedies, Obsession, Charlie, Solitary, The Rise and Fall of the Krays and London Road, from the acclaimed National Theatre production.

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ANITA DOBSON

Amanda

RHONA MITRA

Rhona Mitra’s first main role came as Scott Wolf’s illicit love interest on Party of Five (1994). In 2000, Mitra had a small, key role in the film Hollow Man (2000), as the rape victim of Kevin Bacon, an incident that drives his character insane. She had a main role in the medical drama Gideon’s Crossing (2000), as “Dr. Alejandra Ollie Klein”. Mitra then had roles in Ali G Indahouse (2002); Sweet Home Alabama (2002); Stuck On You (2003), and leading roles in Highwaymen (2004) and Spartacus (2004). Mitra appeared in the final season of The Practice (1997) as “Tara Wilson”, and continued that role into its spin-off Boston Legal (2004), but left not long into the second season. In 2005, Mitra played the role of “Kit McGraw” during Season 3 of Nip/Tuck (2003).

Rhona is best known for her roles as Major Rachel Dalton in award-winning series Strike Back for Left Bank Pictures. More recently she played the lead role of Dr. Rachel Scott in TNT’s action sci-fi series The Last Ship. Rhona’s other film credits include The Number 23 opposite Jim Carey and Virginia Madsen, Shooter with Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover, Doomsday with Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell, and Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, co-starring Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy. Her latest performance in Scott Rudin’s feature, Game Over, Man! for Netflix’s Originals has recently gone up on the streaming service.

Cathy Tyson is a British actress. She won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of Simone in Mona Lisa, opposite Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine. She was also nominated for the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the same role.

She is probably best known for her acclaimed work as Carol Johnson in the BAFTA-nominated TV series Band Of Gold, by Kay Mellor. She has been a strong presence on TV screens since then, appearing in Rules Of Engagement (BBC), Bonkers (ITV), Emmerdale, Grange Hill (Mersey TV), Coming Up: Hooked, and Always & Everyone.

Cathy has also worked in all the major theatres across the country including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bolton Octogan, Curve Leicester, RSC, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Theatr Clywd, Liverpool Everyman and in London’s West End.

In addition to The Fight, recent film roles include Two Graves, a Gary Young film, and Together, starring Sylvia Syms and Peter Bowles.

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CATHY TYSON

Guru

RUSSELL BRAND

Russell Brand is an award-winning comedian, writer, actor and presenter.

Russell initially rose to fame in 2003 for his work as a presenter on MTV and on Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Since then he has become one of the most recognisable and best-loved comedy performers in the world, with a series of sold-out tours, bestselling DVDs and a number of major film roles to his name.

His first nationwide stand-up tour, 2006’s Shame, was a huge success, eventually being filmed at London’s iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire and released as a bestselling DVD, entitled Russell Brand: Live. He followed that tour with 2007’s Only Joking (released on DVD as Doin’ Life) and in 2009 embarked on his debut series of US dates with Scandalous. His most recent stand-up show, 2013’s critically–acclaimed Messiah Complex, was also a major hit and again a bestselling DVD.

Russell has enjoyed a wide-ranging and incredibly successful career in UK television. After concluding his stint on Big Brother’s Big Mouth in 2007, he went on to host his own chat shows, MTV’s 1 Leicester Square and Channel 4’s The Russell Brand Show, as well as the Bafta-nominated Ponderland, also for Channel 4. He has presented the NME Awards, Brit Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards (in 2008, 2009 and 2012) and in 2013 hosted a special stand-up show for Comic Relief, entitled Give It Up For Comic Relief. He has also appeared on UK TV institutions such as BBC2’s Have I Got News For You, Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year, BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show and ITV1’s The Jonathan Ross Show.

As well as his impressive UK career, Russell is a major star in the US where he has acted in a string of Hollywood films. He starred as Aldous Snow in the hit 2008 Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a role he reprised in 2010’s equally successful spin-off Get Him To The Greek. Other film roles have included voicing Dr Nerfario in the Despicable Me series and Creek in 2016’s animated box office smash-hit Trolls. He’s appeared multiple times on late night shows including The Tonight Show (with both Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon), Conan, Late Night With Seth Myers and The Late Late Show, as well as guest hosting the legendary Saturday Night Live.

Award winning writer and actress Sally Phillips is well known for her roles in Smack the PonyMiranda and The Green Wing, and for her performance as “Shazzer” in the British rom-com trilogy of Bridget Jones.

Now an established face in British comedy and film, Sally kicked off her career in live comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when she was just eighteen. Sally got her big break in 1997 as the “Travel Tavern” receptionist in I’m Alan Partridge, for which she was nominated Best Female Newcomer at the British Comedy Award. She then went on to co-create the Emmy award-winning sketch comedy show Smack the Pony.

More recently, Sally has played Tilly in BBC’s Miranda, the former Prime Minister of Finland in the HBO’s comedy series VEEP, Mrs. Bennet in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and the eponymous role in R4’s Clare in the Community. In 2017 Sally was a contestant on outrageously-funny Taskmaster, a guest on Channel 4’s Travel Man and in early 2018 she had a recurring role on Sky’s Trollied. Most recently, Sally has taken the role of ‘curator’ for Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity and starred in Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry. She starred in the 2018 film releases, You, Me & Him and The More You Ignore Me

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SALLY PHILLIPS

Emma

SENNIA NANUA

Sennia Nanua is a 15 year-old actress who hails from Nottingham, having trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop. After an open casting call, Sennia secured the title role in the Warner Bros feature The Girl With All The Gifts, which was released in 2016, receiving countless critical acclaim.

In the film, Sennia plays Melanie, a young girl under the stewardship of Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close. Since the film’s release, she has won the Best Actress Award from the Sitges Film Festival and was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the British Independent Film Awards in 2016, the Critic Circle Awards in 2017 and The EMPIRE Awards in 2017.

Alice Lowe is an English actress, writer, and director. She began in comedy, in the cult smash, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, playing Madeleine Wool and Liz Asher. Her turn in the series led her to further television work, with regular parts in My Life In FilmHorrible Histories, and Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry And Paul.

Together with her prolific television career, Alice has appeared in some of the most successful British comedy films of the last decade, appearing in The World’s EndHot Fuzz, and co-starring in Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, and Ben Wheatley’s blackly comic road movie, Sightseers, which she co-wrote with Steve Oram.

In 2016, Alice wrote, directed and starred in Prevenge, a subversive comedy about a pregnant woman who starts to become guided into a murderous rampage by her unborn baby. The film opened the year’s Venice Critic’s Week and went on to get rave reviews, securing Alice as one of the most interesting voices in modern British independent film.

Additional credits include worldwide hit, Paddington, BIFA-winner Adult Life Skills, and BAFTA-nominated The Ghoul. In the coming months, In 2019, Alice will be seen in Wild Honey Pie!, with Jemima Kirke and Sometimes Always Never, alongside Bill Nighy and Sam Riley.
 

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ALICE LOWE