(Photo: left) Laura Harris, Danny Dyer and Andy Nyman in SEVERANCE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: The Performers
Danny Dyer (Steve) recently starred in The Business, marking his third working collaboration with director Nick Love following The Football Factory and Goodbye Charlie Bright. Danny also has upcoming roles in The Great Ectasy of Robert Carmichael, Straightheads and The All Together. Previous film credits include The Other Half, Mean Machine, High Heels and Low Lifes and Human Traffic. Born in East London, Danny began acting after being spotted by an agent at his local Sunday School, and landing the role of Martin Fletcher in the TV series Prime Suspect alongside Helen Mirren. He subsequently appeared in a variety of television productions including Cadfael, A Touch of Frost, Loved Up, Thief Takers, Soldier Soldier, Foyles War, Second Generation and most recently All In The Game. On stage he has appeared in both London and New York in a number of productions including Harold Pinter's ‘No Man's Land’ and Peter Gill's ‘Certain Young Men’.
Canadian born Laura Harris (Maggie) starred in The Faculty alongside Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett. Her other film credits include A Mighty Wind, Just The Ticket, The Highwayman, Suicide Kings, Kitchen Party, Habitat, The Manor, The Calling and Going Greek. Laura is well known for her roles as Daisy Adair in the US television series Dead Like Me, and as Marie Warner in the action/drama series 24. She owns production company Rocket Chicken International Pictures with writer/director Jeff Macpherson, and has recently produced her first feature Come Together. As well as Dead Like Me and 24, Laura’s numerous television credits include guesting on such series as The X-Files, Outer Limits and The Dead Zone. Laura recently played opposite Breckin Myer in Ted’s MBA, released in cinemas in 2006.
Tim McInnerny (Richard) made his feature film debut in Wetherby directed by David Hare. This was followed by roles in Erik The Viking, Richard III, 101 Dalmatians, Fairy Tale - A True Story, Notting Hill, Rogue Trader, 102 Dalmatians, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Lasse Hallstrom’s Casanova and Save Angel Hope, released in 2006. On stage he performed with numerous theatre groups before joining the Royal National Theatre for David Hare’s production of ‘Pravda,’ where he played opposite Anthony Hopkins, and starred in the title role in ‘Hamlet’. He subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore’. He last appeared on stage with Natasha Richardson in "The Lady From The Sea" directed by Trevor Nunn. Tim has also enjoyed huge success on television in three series of Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson for the BBC; the much admired Edge Of Darkness directed by Martin Campbell; the controversial A Very British Coup, and Gillies MacKinnon’s Gunpowder, Treason And Plot. Most recently he has appeared in The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle and filmed the role of Gerald Fedden in Line Of Beauty, both for BBC TV.
Toby Stephens (Harris) starred in the Bond film Die Another Day. He made his screen debut in Orlando in 1992 and has since appeared in Twelfth Night, Cousin Bette, Photographing Fairies, Sunset Heights, Eugene Onegin, The Great Gatsby, Possession and The Rising. Toby has been awarded several stage accolades including the Sir John Gielgud prize for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title role of ‘Coriolanus’ at the RSC. He recently appeared as ‘Hamlet’ in Michael Boyd’s production for the RSC. Other theatre credits include ‘The Royal Family’, ‘Japes’, the Broadway production of ‘Ring Around The Moon’, Jonathan Kent’s ‘Britannicus’ and ‘Phedre’, and numerous plays for the RSC including ‘Measure for Measure’, ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and ‘Wallenstein’. His television appearances include A View from the Bridge, The Camomile Lawn, Cambridge Spies, Perfect Strangers and The Best Man. He is currently working on Sharpe’s Challenge directed by Tom Clegg.
Claudie Blakley (Jill) recently starred in the feature film Pride and Prejudice, and previously appeared in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and Peter Bogdanovich’s The Cat’s Meow. Her extensive theatre credits include ‘The Seagull’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for which she received the Ian Charleson Award, Kathy Burke’s ‘Kosher Harry’, Trevor Nunn’s ‘The Lady From the Sea’ and Jonathan Kent’s ‘Lear’. On television Claudie has appeared in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Dirty Filthy Love, He Knew He Was Right, Ready When You Are Mr McGill, Ed Stone is Dead and Playing the Field.
Andy Nyman (Gordon) played the memorable role of Keith Whitehead in the controversial film of Martin Amis' Dead Babies in 2000. Since then he has appeared in the Emmy winning film Uprising alongside Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland and David Schwimmer, Coney Island Baby, Tame, Zemanovaload, and the upcoming films Played, Are You Ready for Love and Wild Romance - all due for release in 2006. Andy is the co-creator of all Derren Brown’s TV specials and series. he also directed both Derren's sell out West end shows and tours. Andy has written and directed performances for Secrets of Magic, Solomon The Escape Artist and Monkey Magic. His many theatre credits include Steve Martin's play 'Picasso' at the Lapin Agile, Prince of Arragon in 'The Merchant of Venice' and Simon in 'Call in the Night' all at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. On television he has been seen in The Woman in Black, Peak Practise, Baddiel's Syndrome, The Chamber, Eastenders, Health and Efficiency, Birds of a Feather, Quatermass and the Hat, Five Children and It, Archer's Goon, The Bill and The Spendaware Family. He is a lifelong horror fan and was delighted to be subjected to the traumas inflicted upon him in 'Severance'.
Severance marks Gambian born Babou Ceesay’s (Billy) feature film debut. Previously he appeared in the Out of Joint Theatre Company’s highly acclaimed stage version of ‘Macbeth’, for which he received rave reviews, as well as the National Theatre’s production of The Overwhelming. Other stage credits include ‘The Long Goodbye’, ‘Suddenly Last Summer’, ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Trojan Women’.
David Gilliam’s (George) previous feature film credits include The Last Seduction II, A Time of Destiny, Gunpowder, The Eagle Has Landed, Shark’s Treasure, Frogs, Dirty Harry and Zabriskie Point. He has appeared in numerous television productions including The Magnificent Ambersons, Doomwatch, Capital City, What Mad Pursuit, and First Modern Olympics-Athens 1896. David’s theatre credits include ‘Catch Me if You Can’ directed by Bill Kenwright, ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Liberty Oregon’, ‘Killing Jessica’ as well as numerous productions with the American Conservatory Theatre including ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘The Tempest’.
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