Below are the listed CONFIRMED cast thus far for The Hobbit movies. There still remains to be many whom are “rumored”, however, cast members will not be added to this list unless they have been officially confirmed by the studios.
Martin John C. Freeman (born 8 September 1971) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Tim Canterbury in the BBC’s Golden Globe-winning comedy The Office and as Arthur Dent in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Freeman has appeared in many TV shows, as well as a variety of theatre productions. He is most known for his character of Tim Canterbury in The Office. Freeman has appeared in several films, including Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ali G Indahouse and Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. Freeman has also put his dramatic acting skills on display. His most well known dramatic role has been as Lord Shaftesbury in the 2003 BBC historical drama Charles II: The Power and The Passion. He can also be seen making a brief appearance in the first episode of the second series of This Life, helping himself to £30 from Milly and Egg’s bedside table before unknowingly swigging a mouthful of Egg’s urine from a lager can. Freeman also starred in the BBC’s television series The Robinsons. Freeman also had a cameo performance in episode 1 of Black Books.
In 2007, he had a cameo in the popular movie Hot Fuzz, a film written by Shaun of the Dead writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and also made a brief appearance in Shaun of the Dead as Yvonne’s boyfriend, Declan. He is in the 2007 film The All Together written & directed by Gavin Claxton. He also appeared along side Roger Lloyd Pack, Jamie Hogarth and Christopher Mellows in the 2007 Bill Kenwright theatre production of The Last Laugh.
Freeman plays Dr. John Watson in Sherlock, the BBC contemporary adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The first episode, “A Study in Pink”, was broadcast on 25 July 2010 to critical acclaim.
Richard Armitage (born 22 August 1971) is an English actor. At 17 he joined a circus in Budapest for 6 weeks to gain his Equity Card. Armitage then returned to Britain to pursue his interest in musical theater. He appeared on stage in various musicals, including Cats as Admetus and Macavity.
In time, Armitage drew weary of musical theatre and returned to school to study acting, where he did so at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). “I had started on a certain road in musical theatre and I was about 21 when I suddenly thought this is not quite the right path I am taking. I needed to do something a bit more truthful than musical theatre. For me it was a bit too theatrical and all about standing on stage and showing off. I was looking for something else, so that’s why I went back to drama school.”
After graduating from LAMDA, he returned to stage to appear as a supporting player with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Macbeth and The Duchess of Malfi, as well as Hamlet and Four Alice Bakers with the Birmingham Repertory Theater while taking a series of small roles in television and films.
His first major television role was in the BBC drama Sparkhouse (2002) as the shy but noble John Standring. “It was the first time I went to an audition in character. It was a minor role but it was something I really got my teeth into…I couldn’t go back. I knew I had to approach everything the same way.” After this he took a variety supporting roles in the TV productions of Between the Sheets, Cold Feet (series 5), and Ultimate Force (Series 2).
In 2004, Armitage appeared in his first leading role as John Thornton, in the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Armitage felt personally drawn to the role due to his northern working-class family background. “My father’s family were weavers and spinners. It was where I came from and it was exciting to think I could be a part of it.” He also cited Thorton’s dualism as drawing him to the character. “The dichotomy between the powerful, almost monstrous, entrepreneur and this kind of vulnerable boy is exciting for me to look at.”
Then in 2006, Armitage took on another major role of Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC series Robin Hood. “In order to sustain the character of Guy, you have to find the conflict within him. He’s constantly pulled between good and evil, between who he wants to be and who he actually is. He could have been a good man, but he is forever dragged down by his fatal flaw – that he wants glory at all costs.”
In March 2009, Armitage began filming for Series 8 of Spooks, which began airing in November 2009. In July 2010 he finished filming series 9, due to be broadcast in late September. On 20 May 2009, he also appeared in the BBC1 drama Moving On as John Mulligan.
In May of 2010, he starred as John Porter in “Strike Back” for Sky 1. On playing John Porter Armitage stated, “On paper it is pretty obvious what kind of drama “Strike Back” is, but the driving challenge for me and the scriptwriters and directors was to find the emotional centre of John Porter. How does a man become a trained killer and then go home and put his arms around his wife and rock his baby daughter to sleep? How can a soldier not have a conscience about what he is being asked to do?”
Sky1 has been signed on for a second series of “Strike Back”, due to be broadcast late in 2011.
Ian Murray McKellen was born on 25 May 1939, in Burnley, England. Prior to World War II, his family moved to Wigan, a coal-mining town in south Lancashire. As a child, Ian slept under the iron bomb-proof table in the dining-room. He had an early fascination with theatre was encouraged by Ian’s parents, who took him on a family outing to Peter Pan at Manchester Opera House when he was three. His sister took him to his first Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, by the amateurs of Wigan’s Little Theatre, shortly followed by their Macbeth and Wigan High School for Girls’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Mckellen enjoyed acting at all his schools, most crucially for Frank Greene, the senior English master at Bolton School. Bolton School, where McKellen was a scholar, further encouraged the tyro actor at the Hopefield Miniature Theatre. While at Cambridge, McKellen was a member of the Marlowe Society, appearing in Henry IV (as Shallow). His first professional appearance was in 1961 at the Nottingham Playhouse, as Roper in A Man for All Seasons. In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to rôles at the Chichester Festival. In the 1970s and 1980s McKellen became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing frequently at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater where he played several leading Shakespearean rôles, including the titular part in Macbeth, and Iago in Othello.
In 2007 he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company in sell-out productions of King Lear and The Seagull. In 2009 he appeared in a very popular revival of Waiting for Godot at London’s Haymarket Theater, directed by Sean Mathias and playing opposite Patrick Stewart. Sir Ian is President and Patron of the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain, an association of amateur theater organizations throughout the UK.
Robert Kazinsky (born Robert John Appleby; 18 November 1983) is an English model and actor. He is best known for his appearance as Casper Rose in Sky One drama Dream Team in 2005/2006 and Sean Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 2006 to 2009.
Kazinsky was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England. He was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995-2000. As a student, Kazinsky was expelled from both Hove Park School and later, his college. He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He achieved a grade B in his drama GCSE in 2000.
Kazinsky was schooled as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. During this time, he took his grandfather’s middle name as his stage name. He has appeared in several Israeli television commercials and made his acting debut in 2005 when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children’s show The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. He then got a role in Sky One’s football drama Dream Team where he played Casper Rose from late 2005 until 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series after Kazinsky announced his intention to leave.
In 2008, Kazinsky announced that he would not be pursuing a career in Hollywood but would instead begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic when he left the popular soap opera, “EastEnders”, saying: ‘With the writers’ strike and the newly confirmed actors’ strike, it’s not the best time to go (to the US ).
Kazinsky has also been writing a new television series inspired by Sex and the City which is set to air sometime in 2010. George Lucas liked Kazinsky so much, he offered him a part in his new Second World War fighter film, “Red Tails”. Kazinsky plays a “pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades.”
Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video since they had launched their new video channel on Youtube.
Andy Serkis was born on April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, an ethnic Armenian, named Serkissian, was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq, and the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East.
Instead of going to an acting college, in 1985 Serkis began his professional acting career at the Duke’s Playhouse in Lancaster, where he was given an Equity card and performed in fourteen plays one after another, as an apprentice of Jonathan Petherbridge. After that he worked in touring theatre companies, doing it for no money, fueled by a sense of enthusiasm, moving to a new town every week. He has thus appeared in a host of popular plays and on almost every renowned British stage.
In 1999, Andy Serkis landed the prize role of Gollum in Peter Jackson‘s epic film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga ‘The Lord of the Rings’. He spent four years on the part and received awards and nominations for his performance as Gollum, a computer generated character in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) which won 11 Oscars. Gollum was the collaborative team’s effort around Serkis’s work in performance capture – an art form based on CGI-assisted acting. Serkis’s work was an interactive performance in a skin-tight CGI suit with markers allowing cameras to track and register 3D position for each marker. Serkis’ every nuance was picked up by several cameras positioned at precisely calculated angles to allow for the software to see enough information to process the image. The images of Serkis’ performances were translated into the digital format by animators at Weta Digital studio in New Zealand. There his image was key-frame animated and then edited into the movie, Serkis did have one scene in the Return of the King showing how he originally had the ring, killing another hobbit to posses it after they found it during a fishing trip. He drew from his three cats clearing fur balls out of their throats to develop the constricted voice he produced for Gollum and Smeagol, and it was also enhanced by sound editing in post-production
Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983) is an Irish television and film actor. He is most known for playing a vampire, John Mitchell, in Being Human (since 2009), which is a dramatic comedy television series that first aired on BBC Three, a United Kingdom television network.
He also briefly appeared as Bedoli in the first episode of “The Tudors”, an Irish/Canadian produced historical fiction television series first aired on Showtime.
Turner also appeared as Ruairí McGowanre in two seasons of The Clinic (2008–2009; 18 episodes), which is a medical-drama television series first aired on RTÉ One, an Irish television channel. He also appeared as Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics (2009; six episodes), a costume-drama television series first aired on BBC Two, a U.K. television network.
Since 2009, he has been known as John Mitchell in “Being Human.”
Turner has also appeared in several films, including two short films as well as appearing as Mal in the feature film “Alarm.”
Cate is nothing new to the Tolkien Film franchise. We all know her as the Elvish Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings, where she resists the strong temptations of the ring. Cate is glad to be back in Middle Earth to yet again help the forces of good conquer evil.
Cate Blanchett graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”, then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly’s “Kafka Dances”, winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet’s searing polemic “Oleanna”, also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year.
She then co-starred in the ABC Television’s prime time drama “Heartland” (1994), again winning critical acclaim. In 1995, she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ophelia in the Belvoir Street Theatre Company’s production of “Hamlet”. Other theatre credits include Helen in the Sydney Theatre Company’s “Sweet Phoebe”, Miranda in “The Tempest” and Rose in “The Blind Giant is Dancing”, both for the Belvoir Street Theatre Company.
In other television roles, Blanchett starred as Bianca in ABC’s “Bordertown” (1995), as Janie Morris in “G.P.” (1989) and in ABC’s popular series Police Rescue (1994). She made her feature film debut in Paradise Road (1997), and, in 1998, she played the title character in Elizabeth (1998), winning numerous awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Cate was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow. 2001 was a particularly busy year, with starring roles in Bandits (2001), The Shipping News (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001) and playing Elf Queen Galadriel in the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy.
John Callen has been a voiceover artist for more than 35 years. He has performed in hundreds of radio plays and narrated more than 120 documentaries as well as a variety of commercial work, straight and character, for New Zealand and around the world. A true professional and a pleasure to work with.
Over Callen’s extensive career, he has appeared in a variety of different films and TV series, including Love Birds, Seekers, and Pictures. Callen has also directed two TV series shows, including Jackson’s Wharf and The Tribe.
Graham McTavish (born 1961) is a British television actor.
He has played the character Warden Ackerman in the 8th Season Red Dwarf in five episode. McTavish has also had many supporting roles, mostly in British Dramas, including such films as Casualty, Jekyll, The Bill, Taggart and Sisterhood. He also is known as playing the ill-tempered Mercenary Commander Lewis in Rambo, had a role as Desmond’s drill sergeant in the fourth season of Lost, starred in Ali G Indahouse as a Customs Officer and played a Russian pirate in NCIS.
He played the role of Ferguson in 4 episodes of Prison Break. He has also starred in the film Green Street 2, which was released in 2009. McTavish provided the voice and motion capture work for the evil psychopath war criminal Zoran Lazarevic in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the voice of the main protagonist Dante Alighieri in Dante’s Inferno, Restoration leader Commander Lucius in the Shadow Complex video game, and the Decepticon Thundercracker in Transformers: War for Cybertron. He also played Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Novakovich in the 8th season of 24. McTavish has also been cast in upcoming film The Wicker Tree, Robin Hardy’s very anticipated sequel to 1973′s The Wicker Man.
Mark Hadlow (born 1957) is a New Zealand born actor and comedian. Hadlow is best known for the role of Harry in Peter Jackson’s King Kong.
Hadlow’s early film appearances were mostly serious, dramatic roles, such as in Beyond Reasonable Doubt, but is probably better known for his comedic work in New Zealand, particularly in the television sitcom Willy Nilly, and some of the voices for the 1989 Peter Jackson puppet film, Meet the Feebles.
Hadlow also starred alongside New Zealand Maori comedian, Billy T James in “The Billy T James Show”. Hadlow has also released an audio CD called “Tall Tales”. It consists of classic children’s stories narrated and performed with a Kiwi twist.
Between films and television, Hadlow works in Christchurch’s Court Theatre, where he has directed, produced, and acted in several plays. Hadlow is known for spontaneously engaging with his audience whenever possible. This is made easy in the theatre’s intimate, 200-seat setting, where the audience is literally next to the stage.
While appearing in a one-man play, he met his wife. They met in the audience before the start of the play because Hadlow always started off in the audience. In his wife’s words, “this nice man who I didn’t recognize sat next to me and we started chatting. Within minutes he knew a lot about me. Suddenly he got up and started acting in the play.” They still remain married today.
McCoy was born with the name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith on 20 August 1943, the son of Molly Sheridan and Percy James Kent-Smith, an Irish couple living in Dunoon, Scotland. His father was killed in World War II, a couple of months before he was born, and he was brought up by his mother and grandmother (Mary Sheridan) and aunts. He attended St. Mun’s, a local Dunoon school. The headmistress, Rosie O’Grady, was keen that her young charges obtain decent jobs upon leaving the school and so organized regular talks from people in all manner of professions.
McCoy expressed an interest in every job he had, and as a result eventually found himself given an afternoon off school to go to see a local priest about entering the priesthood. He left school, joined Blair’s College, a seminary in Aberdeen, and between the ages of twelve and sixteen trained to be a priest. It was while at Blair’s College that he realized that there was more to life than could be found in Dunoon and discovered classical music and history, which fascinated him. He eventually decided to become a monk and applied to join a Dominican order, but his application was rejected as he was too young. He went instead to Dunoon grammar school, where he discovered the delights of his female fellow pupils and quickly decided that he didn’t want to be a priest or a monk after all.
On finishing his education he took a holiday down to London, from which he never returned. McCoy approached a youth employment center looking for a job and impressed by the fact that he had attended a grammar school, they instantly found him a job in the City working for an insurance company. He trained in this job and stayed there until he was twenty-seven before deciding that it wasn’t really for him. With the help of a cook at London’s Roundhouse Theatre, McCoy gained a job there selling tickets and keeping the books in the box office.
Sylvester McCoy joined the Ken Campbell Roadshow. McCoy, along with Bob Hoskins, Jane Wood, and Dave Hill would start performing a range of plays with the umbrella theme of “modern myths.” McCoy found himself in a double-act with Hoskins. After Hoskins left, and being booked at a circus, director Ken Campbell improvised a circus-based act about a fictitious stuntman called Sylvester McCoy and thought it would be amusing if the program stated that this character was played by “Sylvester McCoy.” While at the Royal Court Theatre, one of the critics missed the joke and assumed that Sylvester McCoy was a real person.
McCoy liked the irony of this, and adopted the name of his stage identity. During one of their UK engagements, the Roadshow team was invited up by Joan Littlewood, who was directing a production of “The Hostage,” before the performance of her play. This led McCoy to bona fide theater, and he was subsequently invited to appear in numerous plays and musicals.
He was starring at the National Theatre in “The Pied Piper”, a play written especially for him, that McCoy learned that the BBC was looking for a new lead actor to replace Colin Baker in “Doctor Who” (1963). He later won the role as the seventh Doctor. Sylvester McCoy’s costume for “Doctor Who” was changed from a fawn jacket and paisley scarf to a dark brown jacket and an altogether more muted and subdued image in his final season on the show.
No doubt, Stephen Hunter has been considered “the class clown” and jokester from an early age. Stephen thrives at comedic roles, and has developed a great sense of comic timing from his many years on stage. This has resulted in him being cast in dozens of comedic roles in TVC’s, and Television Comedy.
In previous projects, Hunter has also showed his impressive ability to be a dramatic actor, scoring leading guest roles in many TV dramas. And he keeps himself sharp for the next role with regular “Meisner” training at The Actors Pulse in Redfern.
Kircher’s acting career was launched on his graduation from the New Zealand Drama School at the young age of 18. After two years work as an apprentice, he worked extensively throughout New Zealand and, over the next 20 years, went on to appear in more than one hundred professional theatre productions. This was in parallel to a successful film & television career that saw William holding a reputation as one of the most respected actors in New Zealand.
In the late 1990′s, William shifted his focus away from acting toward production. He was engaged as a producer by UK television company Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment to assist developing projects for New Zealand audiences. He was invited to head up Cloud 9′s commercial division in 1999. This role saw William produce an award-winning short film, as well as a range of other corporate projects. He became a member of the Cloud 9 executive team with responsibility for managing public relations, media and communications.
In 2003 William went into a partnership to form ScreenAdventures. The objective was to develop, finance and produce feature films for international audiences. ScreenAdventures is currently co-producing horror flick ‘Damnation Island’, along with LA-based Enderby Entertainment.
In 2006 the film ‘Out Of The Blue’ saw a return of William Kircher to the big screen. The film, directed by Robert Sarkies, was based on a true story of a massacre in the small seaside village of Aramoana.
2009 – 2010 William returned back into the production side of the business and he recently completed a fourteen-month contract line-producing ‘The Investigator’, a high rating television docudrama for Red Sky Film & Television.
James Nesbitt (born 15 January 1965) is a Northern Irish actor and has one of the most extensive acting experience of the Hobbit cast to date. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, County Londonderry. Like his father was, he too wanted to be a teacher and began a degree in French at the University of Ulster. He dropped out after a year when he decided to become an actor, and transferred to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 1987, he spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof (1987, 1989) to the political drama Paddywack (1994). He made his feature film debut playing talent agent Fintan O’Donnell in Hear My Song (1991).
Nesbitt got his breakthrough role when he played Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet (1998–2003), which won him a British Comedy Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a National Television Award. His first well known film role came when he appeared as pig farmer “Pig” Finn in Waking Ned (1998). With the rest of the starring cast, Nesbitt was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In Lucky Break (2001), he made his debut as a film lead playing prisoner Jimmy Hands. For his role as Ivan Cooper in the television film Bloody Sunday, Nesbitt won a British Independent Film Award and was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.
Nesbitt has also starred in Murphy’s Law as undercover detective Tommy Murphy, which was a role that was created specifically for him by writer Colin Bateman. The role twice gained Nesbitt Best Actor nominations at the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). In 2004, he starred in the fact-based drama Wall of Silence as the father of a murdered boy, a role that gained him another IFTA nomination. In 2007, he starred in the dual role of Tom Jackman and Mr Hyde in Steven Moffat’s Jekyll, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. Nesbitt has since appeared in several more dramatic roles; he starred alongside Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), and was one of three lead actors in the television miniseries Occupation (2009) and The Deep (2010). He also has roles in the movies Outcast (2010) and Emilio Estevez’s The Way (2010).
Peter Hambleton joined the Council in 1996 and graduated from New Zealand Drama School. A well-known actor and theatre director, Peter has worked in stage, radio, television and film. His many performances at Circa include A Doll’s House, I Hate Hamlet, Angels in America, Arcadia, The Herbal Bed, The Bach, Copenhagen (for which he won a Chapmann Tripp Theatre Award for Actor of the Year), Democracy, Home Land, and Who wants to be 100?. He has also directed several projects, including Marathon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wait Until Dark and All the World’s a Stage. Recipient of the SGCNZ Artistic Fellowship to Shakespeare’s Globe 2002, and Winston Churchill Fellowship 2007. Hambleton is also a member of the Programming Committee. One of the capital’s most well known actors, Peter has appeared in over 70 professional productions, most recently at Circa in Blood Wedding, and in Four Flat Whites in Italy. Earlier this year he starred in The Letter Writer during the NZ International Arts Festival, and he takes the stage next in The Birthday Boy. As a director his work includes Marathon and All The World’s A Stagein Circa Two, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wait Until Dark, and last year’s comedy hit The 39 Steps. Peter is a Circa Council Member, a winner of several Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, and was awarded a S.G.C.N.Z. International Artistic Fellowship to Shakespeare’s Globe in London (2002), and a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Shakespeare productions in the U.K.
Brophy has probably the most experience working with Peter Jackson compared to anyone else on the cast list. A well-established actor from New Zealand who is also an extremely capable horse rider, Brophy started his professional acting career playing the character of Dr. Jack Galloway on soap Shortland Street before appearing in Peter Jackson’s comedy-horror Braindead. Shortly after Brophy was featured in another Peter Jackson film, which was the critically-acclaimed Heavenly Creatures.
Seven years later, he appeared once again as several parts in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Jed Brophy is currently working on adapting a screenplay based on a book and spending time with his two children and the Rohan horse he purchased after riding it in The Return of the King.
Adam Brown is the youngest of the cast and definitely has the smallest resume of the bunch. Brown did have a role in and episode of the TV series ChuckleVison as well as had a small role in the Hollywood film, Monster.
Stott was born of a Scottish father who was a teacher and educational administrator, and Antonia Sansica, a Sicilian lecturer. For three years in his youth he was a member of a band called Keyhole, members of which later went on to form the Bay City Rollers. After attending Montview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Stott began working in the theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company, but for some years his earnings from acting were minimal and he was forced to support himself by also working as a double glazing salesman.
Stott appeared in many small roles in BBC series such as Secret Army (1977), The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakesp (King Lear, 1982), and Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986). He eventually began to earn a variety starring roles on television in the 1990s.
Some of his best known television roles have included the leading character, DCI Red Metcalfe, in the BBC crime drama series Messiah (BBC One, 2001–05); DI Chappell in ITV police drama The Vice (1999–2003); as a drunk who fantasises about finding redemption by joining the Salvation Army in Promoted to Glory (ITV, 2003); as Adolf Hitler in Uncle Adolf (ITV, 2005) and as a fictional Chancellor of the Exchequer in Richard Curtis’s The Girl in the Cafe (BBC One, 2005).
In film, he has tended to play mostly supporting parts, such as DI McCall in Shallow Grave (1994), Ted in Fever Pitch (1997) and Marius Honorius in King Arthur (2004). However, he has had occasional starring roles on the big screen, most notably opposite Billy Connolly and Iain Robertson in The Debt Collector (1999), and Plunkett and Macleane of the same year. Stott has continued to act in the theatre, and in 1997 was nominated in the best actor category at the Laurence Olivier Awards for his role in the play Art in 1996.
In 2006 he starred in the detective series Rebus, a television adaptation of the Ian Rankin novels. In 2007, Ken starred in the third episode of ITV’s You Don’t Know You’re Born. In 2008, he provided the voice for Trufflehunter, a badger loyal to Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Mikael Persbrandt is a prominent Swedish actor. He was born on September 25, 1963 in Jakobsberg, Stokholms Ian, Sweden. As a young boy, he enjoyed playing soccer and boxing. Although hanging around with his “tough” mates, he later started applied to the Academy of Ballet in 1983. He Made his stage debut at the Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern in Stockholm (1984). In 1991 he played the role of Ola Simonssen in two seasons of “Rederiet,” one of Sweden’s most popular soap operas.
Persbrandt has played in many sets at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm and has been in numerous film and TV roles. He is, perhaps, is best known for his role as the tough police officer Gunvald Larsson in the “Beck” police films.
Gage is another younger actor in the crowd. Though is experience in acting may not be as extensive as others in the film, he has produced several great acting performances. The young actor started out with small roles in Judge Dred, Outlaw and Hustle.
Recently Gage has been busy doing Television series, with his latest work being Hamlet and Doctors. He is excited to be in such a great project as a Hobbit, which should be a nice role for his resume.
Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Warren and Debbie Wood. At an early age, Elijah showed a knack for entertaining and wowing audiences, and his mother decided to take him to Los Angeles for an Annual International Modeling and Talent Association convention. It wasn’t long after that, that he landed his first acting job.
He started doing commercials and then moved into small parts on television, but he got his first major part appearing in Avalon (1990) in 1990. His acting career took off from there, and he began appearing in films such as Paradise (1991), Radio Flyer (1992) and Forever Young (1992), with Mel Gibson. After The Good Son (1993) with Macaulay Culkin, Wood appeared in North (1994). Although the film was deemed a flop at the box office, Elijah was praised for his incredible performance in the film. In 1996 Elijah starred in a movie remake of an old TV show, Flipper (1996), and immediately regained his old strength.
He appeared in countless films after that. Many critics wondered if his ability as a child actor to capture an audience was wearing thin, as had many child actors’, but Elijah has proved that it has only made him stronger. Deep Impact (1998) and The Faculty (1998) were produced after that, and were quite successful. In 1999 Elijah was in three movies that never made it into wide release: The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999) (released on satellite TV), Black and White (1999/I) (released on home video) and Chain of Fools (2000). Elijah next went to work on what has been called the biggest project ever to hit the movies, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Christopher Lee was born in 1922 in London, England, where he and his older sister Xandra were raised by Estelle Marie and Geoffrey Trollope, a professional soldier, until their divorce in 1926. Later, while Lee was still a child, his mother married (and later divorced) Harcourt George St.-Croix.
Lee worked as an office clerk in a couple of London shipping companies until 1941 when he enlisted in the RAF during World War II. Following his release from military service, Lee joined the Rank Organisation in 1947, training as an actor in their “Charm School” and playing a number of bit parts in such films as Corridor of Mirrors (1948). He made a brief appearance in Laurence Olivier‘s Hamlet (1948), in which his future partner-in-horror Peter Cushing also appeared. Both actors also appeared later in Moulin Rouge (1952) but did not meet until their horror films together.
Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s but didn’t achieve stardom until his association with Hammer Film Productions, which started with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), all co-starring Peter Cushing. By the mid-1970s, Lee was tiring of his horror image and tried to widen his appeal by participating in several mainstream films, such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), The Three Musketeers: The Queen’s Diamonds (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974), and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). The success of these films prompted him in the late 1970s to move to Hollywood, where he remained a busy actor. Lee’s career was revitalized in the early 2000s by his appearances in two blockbuster film franchises: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (as Saruman the White) and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) (as Count Dooku). In 2001, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the film and television industries.
RUMORED ACTORS BUT NOT YET CONFIRMED
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Aragorn
HUGO WEAVING – Elrond
BRIAN BLESSED – ??