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  • ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
  • ABBIE CORNISH
  • JAMES D'ARCY
  • OSCAR ISAAC
  • DAVID HARBOUR
  • JAMES FOX
  • LAURENCE FOX
  • NATALIE DORMER

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH

Wallis Simpson

Andrea is an alumnus of the highly prestigious drama school RADA. She was signed with a top agent at the beginning of her third year and started taking external roles. Upon leaving RADA Andrea landed the role of compulsive-liar Charlotte in the Oppenheimer Award winning new play A Brief History of Helen of Troy at the Soho Theatre and was nominated as Best Newcomer for her performance at the 2005 ‘Theatre Goers’ Choice Awards.

Her first feature film experience was a cameo role in Rodger Michell’s Venus with good friend Jodie Whittaker at the end of 2005. Andrea’s first lead role was in the BBC 2 TV series, Party Animals, alongside Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy and Andrew Buchan. She then went on to film Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky before playing Margaret Thatcher in the critically acclaimed BBC film The Long Walk To Finchley, for which she was BAFTA nominated in 2008.

Also that year Andrea starred in the Channel 4 drama The Devil’s Whore, a four-part serial filmed in South Africa. It tells the story of the English Civil War through the eyes of Andrea’s character Angelica Fanshawe, a fictitious young aristocratic woman who is drawn to the anti-monarchist cause.

Andrea returned to the stage in 2008 in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Ivanov opposite Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston as well as starring in the 2010 New York production of The Pride.

Also in 2010 Andrea had a number of feature film releases including Made in Dagenham, Rowan Joffé's retelling of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock and Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel.

In addition to W.E, Andrea recently finished filming Resistance, alongside Michael Sheen, and has just completed filming Shadow Dancer opposite Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson. In 2012 Andrea will begin filming Welcome to the Punch opposite James McAvoy after which she will commence work on Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.

ABBIE CORNISH

Wally Winthrop

Abbie Cornish, a native Australian, is an acclaimed young actress best known for her starring roles in the independent films Candy (2006) opposite Heath Ledger and Somersault (2004) with Sam Worthington, both Australian productions that garnered her “Best Lead Actress” awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She was also awarded “Best Lead Actress” from the Australian Film Institute for Somersault and received a nomination for Candy. It was these two roles that earned her great notice in the U.S.

Most recently, following W.E., Cornish wrapped production on the indie drama film, The Girl. The film features a mother, played by Cornish, forced into running illegal immigrants across the border in order to protect her son from Child Protective Services.

In March of 2011, Cornish starred in Warner Brothers’ 3D sci-fi and action film Sucker Punch, helmed by Zack Snyder and just prior, Cornish was the female lead with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Limitless. Relativity Media released the film nationwide on March 18, 2011. In 2010, Cornish lent her voice to the animated film Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder.

In fall 2009, Cornish starred in Jane Campion’s period drama Bright Star, which was a true life adaptation of famous poet John Keats’ love affair with a young woman named ‘Fanny Brawne’. Cornish received a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actress and received accolades from some of the most established critics in the US, UK and Australia. Bright Star premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the Festival.

Cornish’s acting debut came at the age of fifteen on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s television series Children’s Hospital. Shortly thereafter, she co-starred on the ABC series Wildside, which garnered Cornish her first AFI honor in 1999. In 2003, Cornish earned her second AFI nomination for her guest role on the ABC mini-series Marking Time. She also appeared in Ridley Scott’s, A Good Year opposite Russell Crowe. In 2007, she starred opposite Cate Blanchett as the Queen’s favourite “lady-in- waiting” in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age for Universal Pictures. In 2008 Cornish starred as the female lead in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop Loss directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry).

JAMES D'ARCY

Edward

James D’Arcy graduated from LAMDA in 1995 and quickly became a popular face on British screens with lead roles in Ruth Rendell’s Bribery and Corruption, The Canterville Ghost and The Ice House. In 1997, James was cast in the BBC hit mini-series The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. Following this, in 1999, he played the co-lead in the World War 1 drama, The Trench, with Daniel Craig. In 2002, James played a young Sherlock Holmes in the television movie, Sherlock Holmes: Case of Evil. Other television credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2009-2010), where he played Duncan alongside Billie Piper, and Mansfield Park (2007).

James's feature film credits include the recent release Screwed (2011), opposite Noel Clarke, An American Haunting (2005), the multi award-winning Master and Commander (2003), alongside Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, and Dot the I (2003) with Gael Garcia Bernal and Tom Hardy. James is currently filming the lead role in the drama The Philosophers.

OSCAR ISAAC

Evgeni

Oscar Isaac is classically trained with an internationally diverse heritage, and is poised to take Hollywood by storm. He previously worked with co-star Abbie Cornish on Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. His other upcoming films include Drive starring opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Ten Year directed by Jamie Linden and co-starring Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long, Cristiada opposite Andy Garcia, and Still I Rise opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. In Agora, directed by Academy Award® Winner Alejandro Amenabar, Oscar co-starred opposite Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella. In 2009, Isaac won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Balibo playing Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jose Ramos Horta. Issac co-starred in Robin Hood and Body of Lies both directed by Ridley Scott and was also seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, with Benicio del Toro.

His first starring role was as Shiv opposite Paddy Considine and Radha Mitchell in the critically lauded PU-239 . The film was directed by Scott Z. Burns and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006 and aired on HBO in 2007. Isaac wowed audiences with his performance as Joseph in New Line Cinema’s Christmas drama, The Nativity Story, which chronicled the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. It was the first film ever to premiere at the Vatican. Isaac has also garnered superb reviews for his stage work, his credits include the title role in Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona both for The Public Theatre's revered Shakespeare in the Park, Beauty of the Father by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz at Manhattan Theatre Club and Grace with Lynn Redgrave at the MCC Theater. Isaac also writes and performs music with his band. He was raised in Miami and currently resides in New York.

DAVID HARBOUR

Ernest

David Harbour was nominated for a Tony Award in 2005 as Best Actor in a Featured Role (Play) for the revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. David’s long list of film credits include War of the Worlds (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Quantum of Solace (2008), Revolutionary Road (2008), State of Play (2009) and most recently The Green Hornet (2011). His television credits include appearances in various episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (between 2002 and 2009) and Lie to Me (2009). David has completed production on End of Watch and Thin Ice (which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), Between Us and is currently in production on Knife Fight. He will recur on ABC’s new series, Pan Am, this fall and has recently completed production on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO pilot, More As This Story Develops.

JAMES FOX

King George V

James Fox is the brother of actor Edward Fox and producer Robert Fox with an incredible acting career dating back to 1950. In 1964, he won a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer in The Servant and he was also BAFTA-nominated in 1986 for Best Supporting Actor in A Passage to India. His long list of feature film credits include most recently Sherlock Holmes (2009), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sexy Beast (2000), The Golden Bowl (2000), A Passage to India (1984), The Servant (1963) and many more. James’s many television credits include appearances in Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004), Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2004), The Choir (1995) and Lewis, where he appeared in the same episode as his son Laurence Fox, although they did not appear on screen together. James recently completed filming Cleanskin alongside Charlotte Rampling and Sean Bean. W.E is the first time James Fox appears on screen with his son Laurence Fox playing his on screen father King George V.

LAURENCE FOX

Bertie

RADA trained Laurence Fox is a member of the revered Fox acting dynasty. James Fox is his father and Edward Fox is his uncle. Laurence’s feature film credits include Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Becoming Jane (2007), The Hole (2001) and Robert Altman’s Oscar winning Gosford Park (2001). He had a long-standing leading role in the popular TV series Lewis from 2007-2011 as DS James Hathaway and in the TV series Wired as Phillip Manningham (2008). Laurence will soon be seen as the lead in the forthcoming ITV drama Fast Freddie, The Widow & Me, alongside Sarah Smart. W.E is the first feature film where Laurence appears on screen with his father James Fox.

NATALIE DORMER

Elizabeth

Rising English actress Natalie Dormer first came to the attention of Hollywood starring as Victoria in Lasse Hallstom’s Casanova, opposite Sienna Miller and Heath Ledger. Since then she has gained worldwide recognition playing Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s hit TV series The Tudors, where her unconventional beauty and scheming character garnered her positive reviews. She appeared for two series, before returning in a guest spot in the fourth and final season.

A star of stage and screen, Natalie has recently made her stage debut at London’s Young Vic theatre as Mizi in the play Sweet Nothings and has also appeared as Pat in .45 at the Hampstead Theatre in London.

Recent roles include Private Lorraine in Marvel’s superhero release Captain America alongside Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson and Hayley Atwell and Niamh Cranitch in BBC hit courtroom drama Silk.

She will next be seen in the hit HBO drama Game of Thrones playing Margaery Tyrell.