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Who at Gosford Park
Sir William McCordle Michael Gambon
Baronet; owner of Gosford Park; new money
McCordle Kristin Scott Thomas
Married to Sir William; from old but impoverished family;
McCordle Camilla Rutherford
Daughter of Sir William and Lady Sylvia
Countess of Trentham Maggie Smith
Lady Sylvia's aunt; contemptuous of and dependent on
Lord Stockbridge Charles Dance
Lady Sylvia's brother-in-law; married to Louisa; he is a snob
Lady Stockbridge Geraldine Somerville
Lady Sylvia's younger sister; fond of Sir William; unlike her
husband Raymond, she is not a snob
Commander Anthony Meredith Tom Hollander
Ex-officer; broke and desperate; married to Lavinia
Meredith Natasha Wightman
Lady Sylvia's youngest sister; supportive wife of Anthony
Freddie Nesbitt James Wilby
Blackmailing Isobel; married to Mabel; has lost his job
Nesbitt Claudie Blakley
Married to Freddie; daughter of a factory owner; Freddie
married her believing her to be wealthy; they cannot
Standish Laurence Fox
Penniless younger son of a marquess; courting Isobel
Blond Trent Ford
Friend of Lord Rupert
British matinee idol and film star; Sir William's cousin
Weissman Bob Balaban
American film producer; makes Charlie Chan movies;
friend of Ivor Novello
At Gosford Park
Jennings Alan Bates
The McCordles' butler; head manservant of the house;
oversees Gosford Park with Mrs. Wilson
The housekeeper; presides over the house with Jennings
The cook; she runs the kitchen and is jealous of Mrs. Wilson
Sir William's valet
Head housemaid; having an affair with Sir William
Richard E. Grant
First footman; full of himself; lascivious
Meg Wynn Owen
Lady Sylvia's maid
Still room maid; in love with Jennings
Head kitchen maid
Junior kitchen maid
Junior kitchen maid
Maud Tilly Gerrard
Servants hall footman
Odd (job) man
loader Adrian Preater
Mary Maceachran Kelly Macdonald
Constance's maid; new to service
Parks Clive Owen
Denton Ryan Phillippe
Morris Weissman's valet; a bit odd
Burkett Frank Thornton
Inspector Thompson Stephen Fry
Bumbling; has pretensions of grandeur
Dexter Ron Webster
Junior officer; more intelligent than his bos
Atkins (Mrs. Croft)
Atkins was born in London and attended the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama. Her initial London stage appearance was in Robert Atkins'
staging of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, at the Open Air Theatre
in Regents Park. Seasons in repertory followed, including two years
with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon. She went
on to star at the Old Vic in many Shakespeare roles, among them Miranda
into contemporary plays, Dame Eileen starred opposite Laurence Olivier
and Alec Guinness, among others. She won the 1965 (London) Evening Standard
Award for Best Actress for her performance as Childie in Frank Marcus'
play The Killing of Sister George, and then made her New York stage
debut in the play. Her wealth of U.K. stage credits also includes portraying
Saint Joan and Medea; and presenting an evening of T.S. Eliot's poetry
at the Lyric Theatre. She won a Variety Club Award for her role as Elizabeth
in Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat! Regina.; won the London Critics Circle
Award., and was nominated for an Olivier Award, for Best Supporting
Actress for her performance in Richard Eyre's staging of Tennessee Williams'
The Night of the Iguana; and received an Olivier Award for her performance
in Peter Hall's staging of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale.
Dame Eileen garnered unanimous acclaim for her one-woman show, A Room
of One's Own, in which she portrayed Virginia Woolf. The off-Broadway
production brought her a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance;
and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle. She then
toured the U.S. in the show, later taping the project for U.K. television
on location at Girton College, Cambridge (the venue of Mrs. Woolf's
original lecture). She would return to the role in 1992 with Vita and
Virginia, which she wrote and starred in (opposite Penelope Wilton as
Vita Sackville-West) for the U.K. stage as well as in the U.S. (opposite
Vanessa Redgrave). The latter production earned Dame Eileen a second
Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle, for both her
playwriting and her performance.
her recent stage credits are, in the U.K., Anthony Page's staging of
Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (with her fellow Gosford Park star
Maggie Smith), which brought her a (London) Evening Standard Award;
and, in the U.K. and New York, Matthew Warchus' staging of Yasmina Reza's
The Unexpected Man (opposite her fellow Gosford Park star Michael Gambon,
and then her fellow Gosford Park star Alan Bates, respectively). Her
performance earned her an Olivier Award for Best Actress.
many television appearances include Simon Langton's miniseries Smiley's
People (with Alec Guinness), Norman Stone's telefilm The Vision (with
Dirk Bogarde and Lee Remick), and Nigel Finch's telefilm The Lost Language
of Cranes. Recently, she played opposite Emma Thompson in Mike Nichols'
she co-created, with Jean Marsh, the classic television series Upstairs
Downstairs. For her screenplay adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
(which starred Vanessa Redgrave and was directed by Marleen Gorris),
she won the (London) Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay.
other film acting roles include ones in Sidney Lumet's Equus, Peter
Yates' The Dresser, Peter Medak's Let Him Have It, Mike Nichols' Wolf,
and Stephen Daldry's upcomingThe Hours.
was one of the first actors to appear with the English Stage Company
at the Royal Court, where he created the role of Cliff in John Osborne's
Look Back in Anger, which he later also performed in New York and Moscow.
stage credits include O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night; Chekhov's
The Seagull; Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the
Shrew, and Hamlet; John Osborne's A Patriot for Me (in the U.K. and
in Los Angeles); his own one-man show, A Muse of Fire; and, more recently,
opposite fellow Gosford Park star Eileen Atkins, Yasmina Reza's The
Unexpected Man (in New York).
has starred onstage in numerous plays by Simon Gray, including Otherwise
Engaged, Simply Disconnected, Life Support, and, in London and New York,
Butley, directed by Harold Pinter, for which he won the Evening Standard
Award and the Tony Award for Best Actor. Among the plays by David Storey
that he has performed in are Stages, Life Class, and In Celebration.
The latter two were both directed by Lindsay Anderson, who also directed
him in the film version of In Celebration. Bates also starred in Harold
Pinter's The Caretaker in both London and New York, and in Clive Donner's
film version (titled The Guest in the U.S.).
credits also include these notable features: Tony Richardson's The Entertainer,
Bryan Forbes' Whistle Down the Wind, John Schlesinger's A Kind of Loving
(for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination) and Far From the Madding
Crowd (for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination) Michael
Cacoyannis' Zorba the Greek, Silvio Narizzano's Georgy Girl (which brought
him a Golden Globe Award nomination), Philippe De Broca's King of Hearts,
John Frankenheimer's The Fixer (which earned him Academy Award and Golden
Globe Award nominations), Ken Russell's Women in Love (for which he
received a BAFTA Award nomination), Joseph Losey's The Go-Between, Peter
Medak's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Laurence Olivier's Three Sisters
(1970), Paul Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman, Mark Rydell's The Rose,
Herbert Ross' Nijinsky, Merchant Ivory's Quartet (which he starred in
with Maggie Smith of Gosford Park), Alan Bridges' The Return of the
Soldier, Colin Gregg's We Think the World of You, Franco Zeffirelli's
Hamlet ( for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award), Dennis
Potter's Secret Friends, and Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue.
has recently completed filming Mark Pellington's The Mothman Prophecies
(with Richard Gere and Laura Linney) as well as Phil Alden Robinson's
The Sum of All Fears (from the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, and
starring Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan).
starred in a number of U.K. television productions, including Alvin
Rakoff's telefilm version of John Mortimer's A Voyage Round My Father
(opposite Laurence Olivier), John Schlesinger's telefilm An Englishman
Abroad (written by Alan Bennett, and for which Bates won a BAFTA Award),
and Christopher Morahan's telefilm Unnatural Pursuits (written by Simon
Gray, and for which Bates was nominated for a BAFTA Award). His U.S.
telefilm credits include Anthony Page's Pack of Lies, Robert Markowitz'
Nicholas' Gift, Steve Barron's miniseries Arabian Nights, and Joseph
Sargent's upcoming CBS miniseries Salem Witch Trials (starring Shirley
Claudie Blakley (Mabel Nesbitt)
Park is Claudie Blakley's second feature film, following her screen
debut in Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, she was honored with the London Critics Circle's
Ian Charleson Award for her portrayal of Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull
(directed by Jude Kelly). In that same season at the Playhouse, she
also portrayed Miranda in Shakespeare's The Tempest (again directed
by Jude Kelly) and Daphne in Noel Coward's Present Laughter (directed
by Malcolm Sutherland). With the Royal National Theatre, she played
Wendy in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (directed by John Caird) and Ophelia
in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (directed by
Matthew Francis). Among her many other stage credits are The Hampstead
Theatre production of David Haig'sThe Good Samaritan (directed by John
Dove) and, at the Soho Theatre, Holly Phillips' Billy and the Crab Lady
(directed by Mark Brickman).
U.K. television credits include four seasons as a series regular on
Playing the Field; and such telefilms as An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
(directed by David Evans) and the recently filmed Mr. Charity (directed
by Nick Wood).
Dance (Raymond, Lord Stockbridge)
Dance joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1975, appearing in Terry
Hands' acclaimed productions of the Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI
history plays as well as Trevor Nunn's staging of As You Like It. In
1976, he took over the title role in Henry V at New York's Brooklyn
Academy of Music. He left the RSC in 1979, returning in 1990 to play
the title role in Terry Hands' production of Coriolanus.
U.K. stage credits include productions of John Gay'sThe Beggar's Opera,
Alexandre Breffort's Irma La Douce, Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Ruth
and Augustus Goetz' The Heiress, C.P. Taylor's Good, and, most recently,
Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night (opposite Jessica Lange
in the production directed by Robin Phillips).
attained worldwide recognition, including a BAFTA Award nomination,
for his performance as Guy Perron in the miniseries The Jewel in the
Crown, directed by Christopher Morahan and Jim O'Brien. Among his other
television credits are the miniseries Edward the King (directed by John
Gorrie), Out on a Limb (opposite Shirley MacLaine, directed by Robert
Butler), The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Tony Richardson), and
Rebecca (again directed by Jim O'Brien).
credits include Fred Schepisi's film of David Hare's Plenty (opposite
Meryl Streep), Michael Ritchie's The Golden Child, the Taviani brothers'
Good Morning Babylon (in which he portrayed D.W. Griffith), Hidden City
and Century (both directed by Stephen Poliakoff), Michael Radford's
White Mischief, James Dearden's Pascali's Island, David Fincher's Alien3,
Claude Massot's Kabloonak (for which he won the Best Actor award at
the Paris Film Festival), John McTiernan's Last Action Hero, Neil Jordan's
Michael Collins, Philip and Belinda Haas' The Blood Oranges, Anand Tucker's
Hilary and Jackie, Jan Sverak's soon-to-be-released Dark Blue World,
and Mark Mylod's recently completed Ali G is in Da House.
Fry (Inspector Thompson)
portrayal of the celebrated wit Oscar Wilde in Wilde (directed by Brian
Gilbert), Stephen Fry was nominated for Golden Globe and Golden Satellite
Awards, and won a Golden Space Needle at the Seattle International Film
other films include Jeroen Krabbé's upcoming The Discovery of
Heaven, Pete Hewitt's Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, Steven Zaillian's
A Civil Action, Bob Spiers' Spice World, Fred Schepisi's I.Q., Charles
Crichton's A Fish Called Wanda, and Kenneth Branagh's Peter's Friends
(in the title role).
with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, he took part in the famed Footlights
revues and appeared in over 40 plays. During this time, he also wrote
his first play, Latin, which won a Scotsman Fringe First Prize at the
Edinburgh Film Festival in 1980 and was subsequently performed at Oxford,
the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, and the New End Theatre Hampstead.
best known to U.K. television viewers for his role as Jeeves in the
three Jeeves and Wooster series based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse,
starring alongside Hugh Laurie. He has also written and performed comedy
programs with Hugh Laurie; and starred in the comedy series Blackadder.
His recent television credits include the miniseries Gormenghast (directed
by Andy Wilson).
first novel, The Liar, was published in 1991, and remained on the bestseller
list for several months. His other books include Paperweight, a collection
of writings; Moab is My Washpot, an autobiography; and three other novels,
The Hippopotamus, Making History, and The Stars' Tennis Balls.
the book for the musical Me and My Girl, which ran for several years
in London's West End (where it originally starred Emma Thompson). When
the show transferred to Broadway, Fry was nominated for a Tony Award.
Gambon (Sir William McCordle)
Gambon started his career with the Edwards/MacLiammor Gate Theatre in
Dublin. In 1963, he became one of the original members of the National
Theatre Company at the Old Vic, under Laurence Olivier. Gambon appeared
there in many plays before leaving to join Birmingham Rep, where he
played Othello. Also in repertory, he played the title roles in Shakespeare's
Macbeth, Coriolanus, and Othello (the latter this time at the Stephen
Joseph Theatre in Scarborough).
End stage work includes Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged; the London premieres
of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn: The Norman Conquests, Just Between
Ourselves, and Man of the Moment; Alice's Boys (with Ralph Richardson);
Harold Pinter's Old Times; and the title role in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
With the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gambon played leading roles in premieres
of Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Mountain Language; Simon Gray's Close
of Play; Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood; and three more
plays by Alan Ayckbourn: Sisterly Feelings, A Chorus of Disapproval
(for which Gambon won an Olivier Award), and A Small Family Business.
He has also starred in Shakespeare's Richard III and Arthur Miller's
A View from the Bridge (which transferred to the Aldwych, and for which
he won all the major drama awards in 1987).
opened in David Hare's Skylight at the Royal National Theatre in 1995,
before transferring to Wyndham's Theatre, and then, in 1997, to New
York's Royale Theatre (marking his Broadway debut). His recent U.K.
stage appearances include Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man and Nicholas
Wright's Cressida (directed by Nicholas Hytner).
on U.K. television includes the title role in Dennis Potter's miniseries
The Singing Detective (directed by Jon Amiel), for which he won awards
from BAFTA, the Broadcasting Press Guild, and the Royal Television Society;
and, more recently, the miniseries Wives and Daughters (adapted from
Elizabeth Gaskell's novel and directed by Nicholas Renton), which also
starred Tom Hollander of Gosford Park.
include David Hare's Paris by Night, Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the
Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (starring opposite Helen Mirren of Gosford
Park), Mike Figgis' The Browning Version (1994), Suri Krishnamma's A
Man of No Importance, Nicolas Roeg's Two Deaths, Stephen Frears' Mary
Reilly, Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove, Pat O'Connor's Dancing
at Lughnasa, Karoly Makk's The Gambler, Michael Mann's The Insider,
Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Deborah Warner's The Last September (starring
with Maggie Smith of Gosford Park), Conor McPherson's filmization of
Samuel Beckett's Endgame, Mel Smith's High Heels and Low Lifes, Gillian
Armstrong's forthcoming Charlotte Gray, and Jimmy T. Murakami's (animated)
Christmas Carol: The Movie. He is currently at work on John Frankenheimer's
HBO telefilm Path to War, in which he portrays U.S. President Lyndon
E. Grant (George)
Park is Richard E. Grant's third film for Robert Altman, following The
Player and Pret-a-Porter/Ready to Wear.
native received international recognition and acclaim for his film debut
in Bruce Robinson's cult film classic Withnail & I. He subsequently
has been seen in, among other films, Bruce Robinson's How to Get Ahead
in Advertising, Philip Kaufman's Henry & June, Steve Miner's Warlock,
Mick Jackson's L.A. Story, Bob Rafelson's Mountains of the Moon, Michael
Lehmann's Hudson Hawk, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula,
Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Peter Capaldi's Academy Award-winning
short film Franz Kafka's 'It's A Wonderful Life,' Tim Sullivan's Jack
& Sarah, Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night, Jane Campion's The Portrait
of a Lady, Bob Spiers' Spice World, Robert Bierman's A Merry War, and
Ulrich Edel's The Little Vampire.
theater credits include Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
(staged by Nicholas Hytner) and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
(staged by David Conville).
work includes the BBC productions of Dennis Potter's Karaoke and Cold
Lazarus (directed by Renny Rye), Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer
(directed by Richard Eyre), and David Jones' Hallmark Entertainment
adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (opposite Patrick Stewart
and Saskia Reeves). He was most recently seen in a telefilm series of
The Scarlet Pimpernel adventures, starring in the title role of the
has published his film-location diaries from the late 1980s and early
1990s in a collection entitled With Nails. More recently, he has published
a novel entitled By Design.
Hollander (Lieutenant Commander Anthony Meredith)
at Cambridge, Tom Hollander was in the university's Cambridge Footlights
revue; and played a much-celebrated Cyrano de Bergerac (directed by
Sam Mendes). His honors include a Best Actor nod from Time Out; and
four Ian Charleson Awards from the London Critics Circle.
and radio credits include productions of The Judas Kiss, The Government
Inspector, Tartuffe, Mojo, and The Threepenny Opera. On U.K. television,
he has appeared on Absolutely Fabulous, among other series; and with
fellow Gosford Park star Michael Gambon in the miniseries Wives and
Daughters (adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's novel and directed by Nicholas
film credits include two more USA Films releases (Neil LaBute's upcoming
Possession and Ben Elton's Maybe Baby), as well as Tom Hunsinger and
Neil Hunter's recently completed The Lawless Heart, Michael Apted's
Enigma (the first of three films that both he and Jeremy Northam have
appeared in, the others being Possession and Gosford Park), Rose Troche's
Bedrooms and Hallways, Nick Hamm's Martha., Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence
(a.k.a. The Very Thought of You), and Terry George's Some Mother's Son.
Jacobi is one of the U.K.'s best and busiest actors, with successful
careers in television, theater, and cinema.
Park is his third feature with Kristin Scott Thomas: the two have previously
costarred in Philip and Belinda Haas' Up at the Villa and Jack Gold's
telefilm adaptation of The Tenth Man (for which Jacobi earned an Emmy
performance as the Roman emperor Claudius in the classic BBC miniseries
I, Claudius made him a household name in Britain and entranced international
audiences. His other television credits range from the title role in
the popular U.K. mystery drama series Cadfael to a recent guest appearance
on NBC's Frasier (for which he won a second Emmy Award).
as real-life scientist Alan Turing in Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the
Code, for both theater (in London's West End and on Broadway) and on
television; and more recently starred in the U.K. world premiere of
Whitemore's latest play, God Only Knows.
Jacobi has also given critically acclaimed performances as, among others,
Benedick (receiving a Tony Award for his performance), Hamlet, Macbeth,
Peer Gynt, Prospero, Cyrano de Bergerac, Becket, and Uncle Vanya.
credits include Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator, John
Maybury's Love is the Devil (as Francis Bacon), and three films for
Kenneth Branagh: Henry V, Dead Again, and Hamlet (in which he played
Claudius, opposite Julie Christie as Gertrude).
Macdonald (Mary Maceachran)
Macdonald arrived on the international film scene with a memorable screen
debut as Diane, the beautiful and precocious schoolgirl in Danny Boyle's
Trainspotting. The native Glaswegian was cast in the film version of
Irvine Welsh's novel from an open audition.
since gone on to star in a number of films. These include Coky Giedroyc's
Stella Does Tricks (in which she played the title role), Des McAnuff's
Cousin Bette, Shekhar Kapur's award-winning Elizabeth (as the ill-fated
lady-in-waiting Isobel Knollys), Phil Joanou's Entropy, Mike Figgis'
The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Gregg Araki's Splendor, Amy Jenkins' "Mr.
Cool" segment of the U.K. omnibus telefilm Tube Tales, Simon Cellan
Jones' Some Voices, Julian Kemp's House!, Peter Capaldi's Strictly Sinatra,
and Raymond De Felitta's Two Family House (for which she received an
IFP/West Independent Spirit Award nomination).
starred onstage as Donna in David Rabe's Hurlyburly, directed by Wilson
Milam, at the Old Vic. On BBC Radio, she played Mary in Life House.
2000, she was selected for the Berlin Film Festival's Shooting Stars
European Film Promotion, the Festival's annual showcase of rising European
Mirren (Mrs. Wilson)
Mirren is probably best known for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in the
multi-award-winning Prime Suspect miniseries. For her work as Tennison,
she has earned three BAFTA Awards and an Emmy Award. Mirren received
a second Emmy Award for her portrayal of Ayn Rand in Christopher Menaul's
telefilm The Passion of Ayn Rand.
credits include Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man!, Ken Russell's Savage
Messiah, Piers Haggard's The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (starring
opposite Peter Sellers), John Boorman's Excalibur, John Mackenzie's
The Long Good Friday, Pat O'Connor's Cal, Peter Weir's The Mosquito
Coast, Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
(starring opposite Michael Gambon of Gosford Park), Nicholas Hytner's
The Madness of King George (for which she received an Academy Award
nomination), Terry George's Some Mother's Son, Kevin Williamson's Teaching
Mrs. Tingle, Sean Penn's The Pledge, Joel Hershman's Greenfingers (starring
with Clive Owen of Gosford Park), Hal Hartley's soon-to-be-released
No Such Thing, and, most recently, Fred Schepisi's Last Orders.
distinguished stage career began at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where
she played such Shakespearean characters as (among others) Lady Macbeth,
Ophelia, Cressida, and Julia (of Two Gentlemen of Verona). More recently,
she starred in New York and London in A Month in the Country; in London
as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra; and at London's Donmar Warehouse
in Nicholas Hytner's production of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending.
She will return to the Broadway stage, from September 2001 until January
2002, starring opposite Sir Ian McKellen in August Strindberg's Dance
of Death, adapted by Richard Greenberg and directed by Sean Mathias.
Northam (Ivor Novello)
Northam will soon be seen starring in another USA Films release, Possession,
directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart,
and Jennifer Ehle; and in Vincenzo Natali's The Company Man, opposite
in Oliver Parker and David Mamet's adaptations of An Ideal Husband and
The Winslow Boy, together with his work in Mark Illsley's Happy, Texas,
garnered him these honors: the London Evening Standard Award for Actor
of the Year, the Variety Club Film Award for Actor of the Year, and
the London Critics Circle Award for Best British Actor. His other film
credits include Christopher Hampton's Carrington, Irwin Winkler's The
Net, Douglas McGrath's Emma, Brian Skeet's The Misadventures of Margaret,
Guillermo del Toro's Mimic, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Sidney Lumet's
Gloria, the Merchant Ivory production of The Golden Bowl, and Michael
Apted's Enigma (which costarred Tom Hollander, who has since also appeared
in Gosford Park and Possession).
television credits include the telefilms Journey's End (directed by
Michael Simpson), A Fatal Inversion (directed by Tim Fywell), and The
Tribe (directed by Stephen Poliakoff), as well as the miniseries Piece
of Cake (directed by Ian Toynton).
at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1984-1986), Northam won the 1990
Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance as Edward
Voysey in Richard Eyre's National Theatre production of The Voysey Inheritance.
His many other stage credits include Royal Shakespeare Company productions
of Love's Labour's Lost, The Country Wife, and The Gift of the Gorgon;
National Theatre productions of Hamlet, The Shaughraun, and School for
Scandal; and stagings of Certain Young Men, Way of the World, Three
Sisters, and La Bete.
Owen (Robert Parks)
Owen's performance in the title role of Mike Hodges' sleeper hit Croupier
had critics comparing him to the likes of Bogart, Mitchum, and Connery.
first came to the U.K. public's attention as the star of the television
series Chancer. U.S. television audiences later saw him starring opposite
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Jack Gold's telefilm adaptation of The Return
of the Native, which aired on CBS. More recently, the BBC's Second Sight
police dramas, in which he stars as DCI Ross Tanner, aired on PBS' Mystery!
U.K. telefilm credits also include Andrew Grieve's Lorna Doone, Andy
Wilson's An Evening with Gary Lineker, Diarmuid Lawrence's The Echo,
and David Blair's Split Second.
feature films also include Beeban Kidron's Vroom, Stephen Poliakoff's
Close My Eyes and Century, Sean Mathias' Bent, and Joel Hershman's Greenfingers
(his first teaming with Helen Mirren of Gosford Park). He will be reuniting
with Croupier director Mike Hodges for a new film.
acclaimed stage work includes portraying Romeo at the Young Vic; starring
in Sean Mathias' staging of Noel Coward's Design for Living; and playing
the lead role in Patrick Marber's original production of Closer at the
Royal National Theatre. In the fall of 2001, he will be starring in
London in Laurence Boswell's staging of Peter Nichols' A Day in the
Death of Joe Egg.
most recently starred in "The Hire" series of BMW Internet
short features, in which he was directed by (respectively) John Frankenheimer,
Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Phillippe (Henry Denton)
producer, and writer, Ryan Phillippe has established himself as an in-demand
talent in Hollywood. The diversity of his projects has enabled him to
explore a variety of different characters.
major feature film role was in Ridley Scott's White Squall (as part
of the young ensemble cast captained by Jeff Bridges). Next came the
independent features Little Boy Blue (directed by Antonio Tibaldi) and
Nowhere (directed by Gregg Araki).
then starred in the boxoffice smash I Know What You Did Last Summer
(directed by Jim Gillespie and written by Kevin Williamson, and for
which he received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination). In
quick succession, he filmed starring roles in Stephen Gyllenhaal's Homegrown,
Mark Christopher's 54, Willard Carroll's Playing by Heart (in which,
as a member of the ensemble cast, he acted opposite Angelina Jolie,
Gena Rowlands, and Sean Connery), and Roger Kumble's hit Cruel Intentions
(opposite Reese Witherspoon and his I Know What You Did Last Summer
costar Sarah Michelle Gellar). The latter film earned him an MTV Movie
Award nomination for Best Male Performance.
he played a cameo role in Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath's Company
Man; and starred in Christopher McQuarrie's The Way of the Gun (opposite
Benicio Del Toro) and Peter Howitt's Antitrust. He will next be seen
starring in Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down, as part of an ensemble cast
that includes Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris,
Amanda Peet, Bill Pullman, and Susan Sarandon.
has formed a production company, Lucid Films. The company produces projects
for all mediums, and is headquartered with Intermedia Films.
Rutherford (Isobel McCordle)
Rutherford is at the start of a promising film career. Before acting
with Robert Altman's Gosford Park ensemble, the U.K. native starred
in movies for Bruce McDonald (Picturing Claire, with Juliette Lewis
and Gina Gershon, which world-premiered at the 2001 Toronto International
Film Festival) and Denys Arcand (the film festival favorite Stardom,
with Jessica Paré and Dan Aykroyd). She also starred in Toby
MacDonald's short film Je t'aime John Wayne [I Love You John Wayne].
Maggie Smith (Constance, Countess of Trentham)
Smith's acting career, which spans five decades, has encompassed indelible
comedic roles and memorable dramatic performances in all mediums.
stage appearance was in 1952, with the Oxford University Drama Society
(OUDS). Four years later, she made her professional stage debut, in
New York City in the New Faces of 1956 revue. Returning to the U.K.,
she joined the Old Vic Company in 1959 and began working extensively
on the stage. For her performances in The Private Ear and The Public
Eye at the Globe Theatre, she received the (London) Evening Standard
Award for Best Actress of 1962.
year, Dame Maggie joined The National Theatre and also starred at Chitchester
as Desdemona in Othello, opposite Laurence Olivier in the title role.
Among her other notable stage performances over the next few years were
portrayals of Miss Julie and Hedda Gabler. She continued to perform
onstage in not only the U.K., but also in the U.S. and Canada. Among
the honors that she has earned for her stage performances are two Variety
Club Awards for Best Actress (for Mary Mary and Private Lives); three
more (London) Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress (for Virginia,
The Way of the World, and, most recently, Three Tall Women); and a Tony
Award for Lettice and Lovage.
performances include the Alan Bennett Talking Heads monologue Bed Among
the Lentils (for which she received the Royal Television Society Award,
and a BAFTA Award nomination, for Best Actress); the title role in the
teleplay Mrs. Silly ; Richard Eyre's 1992 telefilm version of Suddenly,
Last Summer (for which she received an Emmy Award nomination); Jack
Clayton and Jim Hubbard's Memento Mori; and Simon Curtis' 1999 miniseries
version of David Copperfield (for which she earned Emmy and BAFTA Award
notable initial films include Seth Holt's Nowhere to Go (her film debut,
which brought her a BAFTA Award nomination); Jack Cardiff's Young Cassidy
(for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination); the 1965 Stuart Burge/Laurence
Olivier film version of Othello (for which she earned her first Academy
Award nomination); Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War; and
Ronald Neame's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. For her portrayal of the
title character in the latter, she was honored with the Academy Award
and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award
nomination for Best Actress.
over the next two decades included George Cukor's Travels with My Aunt
(for which she received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations
for Best Actress); John Guillermin's Death on the Nile (for which she
a BAFTA Award nomination); Herbert Ross' film version of Neil Simon's
California Suite (for which she was honored with her second Academy
Award, this time for Best Supporting Actress, and for which she was
also honored with a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and
a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress); Merchant Ivory's Quartet
(which she starred in with Alan Bates of Gosford Park, and which earned
her a BAFTA Award nomination); Alan Bennett's A Private Function (for
which she received BAFTA and Variety Club Awards for Best Actress);
Merchant Ivory's A Room with a View; (for which she received a second
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best
Actress, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress);
and Jack Clayton's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (for which she
earned a third consecutive, and fourth overall, BAFTA Award for Best
Dame Maggie's films have included Steven Spielberg's Hook; Emile Ardolino's
Sister Act; Agnieszka Holland's The Secret Garden ( for which
she received a BAFTA Award nomination) and Washington Square (1997);
Richard Loncraine's Richard III (1995); Hugh Wilson's The First Wives
Club; Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini (for which she received
a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress); Deborah Warner's The Last
September (starring with Michael Gambon of Gosford Park); Chris Columbus'
globally anticipated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; and Callie
Khouri's just-wrapped Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
1970 New Year's Honours List, she received the CBE. In 1990, she received
the DBS and became Dame Maggie Smith. She was awarded the Hamburg Shakespeare
Prize in 1991 and a Silver BAFTA Award in 1993. She is a fellow of the
British Film Institute, a patron of the Jane Austen Society, and honorary
degrees from Cambridge University and St. Andrews.
Somerville (Louisa, Lady Stockbridge)
Somerville will be soon be seen, along with fellow Gosford Park star
Maggie Smith, in Chris Columbus' eagerly awaited Harry Potter and the
Sorceror's Stone (in which she plays Lily Potter).
film credits include Ferdinand Fairfax' True Blue, Lewis Gilbert's Haunted,
Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes (which marked her screen debut, and
which toplined fellow Gosford Park star Clive Owen), and Coral Houtman's
Augustine (in which she played the title role, and which was the winner
of the Grand Jury Prize at the Houston International Film and Video
U.K. television credits include adaptations of Terence Rattigan's The
Deep Blue Sea and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (in which she played
Juliet); and David Caffrey's miniseries Aristocrats. In addition, she
starred for three seasons as Penhaligon on the popular Cracker series
(for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination).
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has performed onstage
several times at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court. She
has essayed such roles as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, Juliet in
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (at the [Bristol] Old Vic), and Laura
in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (for which she received a
[Manchester] Evening News Award nomination).
Scott Thomas (Lady Sylvia McCordle)
to audiences in her native Britain and around the world, Kristin Scott
Thomas will soon be seen starring opposite Kevin Kline in Irwin Winkler's
Life as a House.
Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her starring role,
opposite Ralph Fiennes, in Anthony Minghella's multi-Academy Award-winningThe
Park marks Scott Thomas' third feature with Derek Jacobi: the two have
previously costarred in Philip and Belinda Haas' Up at the Villa and
Jack Gold's telefilm adaptation of The Tenth Man.
screen credits include Sydney Pollack's Random Hearts, The Horse Whisperer
(starring opposite the film's director, Robert Redford), Brian De Palma's
Mission: Impossible, Philip and Belinda Haas' Angels and Insects (for
which she received the [London] Evening Standard Award for Best Actress),
Richard Loncraine's Richard III, Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral
(for which she received honors including the BAFTA Award for Best Actress),
Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon, and Charles Sturridge's A Handful of Dust
(for which she received the [London] Evening Standard Award for Best
Thomas speaks several languages, and has appeared in a number of foreign-language
films, including Pierre Jolivet's Force Majeure, Marie-France Pisier's
Le Bal du Gouverneur, Eric Rochant's Aux Yeux du Monde, Lucien Pintille's
Un Ete Inoubliable (filmed in Romania), and Carlo Cotti's Bille en Tete
(which brought her awards from the Europacinema Festival and France's
Carbourg Festival). She recently toured France, and is currently working
in Paris, in a stage production of Racine's Berenice.
credits include the U.K. miniseries Body and Soul (which earned her
an award at the Chicago Film Festival), Gavin Millar's La Belle Epoque
(from a screenplay by Francois Truffaut), and Charles Sturridge's epic
miniseries Gulliver's Travels.
Thompson began her career with some initial U.K. stage and television
work (including Don Taylor's telefilm version of Arthur Miller's The
Crucible) before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
she joined the Bristol Old Vic for two seasons. Her wealth of subsequent
stage appearances includes Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (staged by
Peter Wood); the Renaissance Theater Company productions of Shakespeare's
Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Judi Dench), As You Like It (as
Celia, directed by Geraldine McEwan), and Hamlet (directed by fellow
Gosford Park star Derek Jacobi); the Royal Shakespeare Company productions
of As You Like It (this time as Rosalind, directed by John Caird) and
All's Well That Ends Well (directed by Peter Hall); Alan Ayckbourn's
Wildest Dreams (for which she received an Olivier Award nomination);
Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company (as Amy, directed by Sam
Mendes, and for which she won the Clarence Derwent Award and received
her second Olivier Award nomination); and, at the Donmar Warehouse,
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods (as the Baker's Wife,
directed by John Crowley, for which she earned the Olivier Award for
Best Actress in a Musical).
Thompson has had stints as a series regular on Thompson, The Phil Cool
Show, Nelson's Column, Blind Men, and, most recently, Lee Evans: So
What Now? Among her telefilms are Dennis Potter's Message for Posterity
(directed by David Jones) and Catherine Morshead's The Railway Children.
include Richard Loncraine's The Missionary, Don Boyd's Twenty-one, Mike
Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral, Roger Michell's Persuasion, Douglas
McGrath's Emma (with fellow Gosford Park star Jeremy Northam), Pat O'Connor's
Dancing at Lughnasa, and Eric Styles' Relative Values (for which she
received a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination).
last several years, Emily Watson has become one of the entertainment
world's most acclaimed actresses.
native came to international prominence at the 1996 Cannes International
Film Festival, where Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves had its world
premiere. The film marked Watson's screen debut, and her performance
as Bess earned her Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award
nominations for Best Actress. In addition, she was named Best Actress
by the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics,
and the European Film (Felix) Awards; was given the New Generation Award
by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; and earned the (London)
Evening Standard Award as Most Promising Newcomer.
received her second Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award
nominations for Best Actress for portraying real-life cellist Jacqueline
du Pré (opposite Rachel Griffiths as Hilary du Pré), in
Anand Tucker's Hilary and Jackie. Her performance also brought Watson
Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actress;
and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.
her other film credits are Philip Saville's Metroland (starring opposite
Christian Bale); Graham Theakston's BBC/PBS "Masterpiece Theatre"
telefilm adaptation of The Mill on the Floss (from the George Eliot
novel); Jim Sheridan's The Boxer (starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis);
Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock (starring with an ensemble cast that included
John Turturro); Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (in which she starred as
the title character, author Frank McCourt's mother; for which she received
her third BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress); Alan Rudolph's Trixie
(her first collaboration with Gosford Park director/producer Robert
Altman, who produced the film); and Marleen Gorris' The Luzhin Defence
(again starring with John Turturro; for which she was nominated for
a British Independent Film Award). She has completed filming two movies:
Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled film, in which she stars opposite Adam
Sandler; and Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium, which reteams her with Christian
extensive U.K. stage experience includes productions of Chekhov's Three
Sisters, Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour (at the Royal National
Theatre), and Royal Shakespeare Company stagings of Shakespeare's The
Taming of the Shrew and All's Well That Ends Well.
Wightman (Lady Lavinia Meredith)
to filming Gosford Park, Natasha Wightman was part of another ensemble
cast, appearing in the CBS telefilm remake of Agatha Christie's Murder
on the Orient Express, playing opposite Alfred Molina as Hercule Poirot
(directed by Carl Schenkel).
films include Stuart Urban's Revelation and Eric Magnans' just-wrapped
Rendezvous in Paris.
took courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and trained
at Elmhurst Ballet and Theatre School. At the latter, she was in productions
of Shakespeare's Richard III and Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. Her subsequent
stage work includes starring roles in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and
a European tour of Shakespeare's As You Like It (in the Soho Theatre
Wilby (The Hon. Freddie Nesbitt)
Wilby's first lead film role was in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of
Maurice, playing the title part. He later reunited with the filmmakers
to star in Howards End and, more recently, Cotton Mary.
screen credits include Joel Hopkins' Jump Tomorrow, Willard Carroll's
Tom's Midnight Garden, Gillies Mackinnon's Regeneration (in which he
portrayed Siegfried Sassoon), and Charles Sturridge's A Handful of Dust.
extensive U.K. television work includes adaptations of D.H. Lawrence's
Lady Chatterley's Lover (starring as Sir Clifford Chatterley for director
Ken Russell) and Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (starring as Sydney Carton
for director Philippe Monniere); the popular miniseries Mother Love
(directed by Simon Langton); and an appearance on The Storyteller (in
an episode directed by Steve Barron).
he has starred in several plays at the Chitchester Festival Theatre;
Nicholas Hytner's staging of Shakespeare's As You Like It (at the Royal
Exchange); and Peter Gill's staging of John Osborne's A Patriot for
Me (with the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Robert Altman (Director/idea for story/Producer)
Altman's extraordinary career has surprised, entertained and challenged
audiences with vibrant, freewheeling films that stretch the boundaries
of the medium.
1950s in his native Kansas City, he began making industrial and documentary
films at the Calvin Company. His feature directorial debut, made in
Kansas City, was the teenage gang drama The Delinquents (1957). He next
co-directed the documentary feature The James Dean Story (1957).
then spent several years directing episodes of top television series,
including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Millionaire, Bonanza, and Kraft
Suspense Theatre. His 1964 episode of the latter anthology series, about
a serial killer, was expanded to the feature-length Nightmare in Chicago.
his focus to feature films, he directed the taut space drama Countdown
(1968) and the enigmatic thriller That Cold Day in the Park (1969).
His next film, M*A*S*H (1970), was an irreverent black comedy about
surgeons in a Korean War medical unit. It won the coveted Palme d'Or
at the Cannes International Film Festival; was a global boxoffice smash;
and firmly established Altman as a major American director.
helmed the quirky fantasy Brewster McCloud (1970), followed by a ground-breaking
reinvention of the American Western, McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971).
The story hinged on the building of a frontier bordello, while Altman's
filmmaking boldly synthesized overlapping dialogue, distinctive cinematography,
and a soundtrack of Leonard Cohen songs.
years that followed, his films successfully explored such diverse themes
as pulp noir (by inventively reworking Raymond Chandler in The Long
Goodbye ); The Depression (Thieves Like Us ); the communion
of two male gamblers on a spree (California Split ); and haunting
explorations of the interior lives of women (Images  and 3 Women
unforgettable Nashville (1975), Altman first displayed his unique talent
for braiding the stories of a large ensemble cast, set in and around
the burgeoning country-music scene in Nashville. This approach has also
characterized a number of his other films, including the nuptials-themed
A Wedding (1978); Short Cuts (1993), the biting vision of love and death
in L.A.; the Paris-based haute-couture farce Pret-a-Porter/Ready to
Wear (1994); and now the U.K. period mystery Gosford Park.
and versatile, his other films include biopics of Buffalo Bill (Buffalo
Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson ) and the
brothers Van Gogh (Vincent and Theo ); a fictionalized private
history of Richard M. Nixon (in Secret Honor ); a romantic comedy
(A Perfect Couple ); a social satire (HEALTH ); a comic-book
adaptation (Popeye ); the popular film-industry odyssey The Player
(1992); cinematic homages to music (the gangster-themed Kansas City
 and its documentary companion piece, Robert Altman's Jazz '34:
Remembrances of Kansas City Swing ); and, most recently, contemporary
comedies of Southern manners (Cookie's Fortune  and Dr. T and
the Women ).
has also successfully adapted several stage works into different mediums.
Among these are film versions of David Rabe's Streamers (1983), Sam
Shepard's Fool for Love (1985), and Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy
(1987); telefilm versions of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and The
Room (both 1987); and, from Herman Wouk's original play, a television
staging of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988).
an Emmy Award for directing the bold HBO series Tanner '88, which placed
a fictional candidate (played by Michael Murphy) among actual politicians
in the real-life 1988 elections.
to most of his own films, Altman's producing credits include five films
directed by Alan Rudolph: Welcome to L.A. (1977), Remember My Name (1978),
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Afterglow (1997), and Trixie
(2000); Robert Benton's The Late Show (1977); and Robert M. Young's
Rich Kids (1979).
continually experimenting with music in his filmmaking, he has also
staged successful productions of Stravinsky's opera The Rake's Progress
(at the University of Michigan and the Opéra du Nord at Lille,
France) and William Bolcom's opera McTeague for Chicago's Lyric Opera;
and filmed Black and Blue for PBS' Great Performances series. He also
co-authored the 1970s country music hit song "Black Sheep of the
Julian Fellowes (Writer)
Fellowes was recently named one of Variety's "10 Screenwriters
to Watch." Gosford Park is his first feature film screenplay to
have been produced.
Egypt and later raised in England , Fellowes attended Cambridge University
as well as the Webber Douglas School of Drama. After graduation, he
performed in stage repertory. He soon began acting in movies. His films
include B.W.L. Norton's Baby…Secret of the Lost Legend, Philip Saville's
Fellow Traveler, Louis Malle's Damage, Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands,
Gillies Mackinnon's Regeneration (with Gosford Park star James Wilby),
Roger Spottiswoode's Tomorrow Never Dies, and Nicole Garcia's Place
television credits include Don Boyd's telefilm Goldeneye: The Secret
Life of Ian Fleming (in which he portrayed Noel Coward, and which toplined
Gosford Park star Charles Dance in the title role); Mike Vardy's miniseries
The Final Cut (with Ian Richardson); Danny Boyle's telefilm For the
Greater Good; David Caffrey's miniseries Aristocrats (with Gosford Park
star Geraldine Somerville); and, most recently, a recurring role on
the BBC series Monarch of the Glen.
began writing while in Hollywood in the mid-1980s, but his screenwriting
career began in earnest in 1990 once he was back in England, resulting
in his successful adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy (from Frances
Hodgson Burnett's classic novel of the same name). The 1994 BBC miniseries,
directed by Andrew Morgan, was honored with an International Emmy Award
as well as a Banff Festival Award. Fellowes subsequently adapted and
produced for the BBC The Prince and the Pauper (from Mark Twain's classic
story), which was directed by Andrew Morgan and nominated for a BAFTA
working on, among other projects, two screenplay adaptations: of Kate
O'Riordan's novel The Angel in the House, the film version of which
will be produced by Tiger Aspect Films; and of P.G. Wodehouse's Piccadilly
Jim, the film version of which will be produced by Mission Pictures.
Balaban ([role of] Morris Weissman/idea for story/Producer)
acting career of over 30 years has continued to surprise critics and
audiences alike. He has also established second and third careers behind
the camera, as film director and producer (through his production company,
native's roots are in the entertainment world: his uncle was a longtime
president of Paramount Pictures, and his grandfather headed production
at MGM for many years. While attending NYU, Balaban originated the role
of Linus in the off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie
Brown. He went on to appear in such Broadway productions as The Inspector
General (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award) and Speed-the-Plow.
his film debut in John Schlesinger's Academy Award-winning Midnight
Cowboy, and has since appeared in such features as Mike Nichols' Catch-22,
Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ken Russell's
Altered States, Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City, Sydney Pollack's
Absence of Malice, John Badham's Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Peter Hyams'
2010, Woody Allen's Alice and Deconstructing Harry , Christopher Guest's
Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock,
Gore Verbinski's The Mexican, Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World, and Frank
Darabont's soon-to-be-released The Majestic.
television acting work includes Betty Thomas' HBO telefilm The Late
Shift; and a memorable recurring role on NBC's Seinfeld. In addition,
he has directed episodes of HBO's Oz; NBC's Amazing Stories, Lateline,
and Deadline; CBS' Now and Again; and a segment of the HBO omnibus telefilm
work as director includes The Last Good Time, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl
and Olivia d''Abo (which earned the Best Film and Best Director awards
at the Hamptons International Film Festival); and Parents, starring
Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Sandy Dennis.
to Gosford Park, Balaban is working with USA Films as producer and director
of the film version of the Tony Horwitz novel Confederates in the Attic.
Chicagofilms is also developing the romantic comedy Kiss the Bride with
Jonathan Demme; and a half-hour TV series for Imagine Entertainment.
be directing The Exonerated in the spring of 2002, off-Broadway.