Cast Biographies and Photos
JOHNNY DEPP, Sweeney Todd
(Photo left) Johnny Depp stars in the title role of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Originally Staged by Harold Prince from an adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The film’s producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. This film has been rated R for graphic bloody violence. Photo Credit: Leah Gallo © 2007 by DreamWorks LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Depp recently reprised his Academy Award(R) nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the summer blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." The previous effort, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" earned more than $1 billion, making it the third largest grossing movie of all time. He received a Golden Globe nomination, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Captain Jack in the first film of the trilogy "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Depp has earned both critical and popular acclaim for his unique work in a variety of memorable feature films. Most recently, he collaborated with director Tim Burton for the fourth and fifth times on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," for which Depp received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," which received a 2005 Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Animated Film.
Depp portrayed eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka in "Charlie," which was based on the beloved Roald Dahl classic and opened to impressive critical and box office success worldwide. For "Corpse Bride," Depp voiced the lead character of Victor Van Dort in the wildly imaginative film, which was one of the year's most celebrated releases. Depp also starred opposite John Malkovich and Samantha Morton in Laurence Dunmore's "The Libertine" as 17th century womanizing poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester.
Depp received another Academy Award(R) nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and a BAFTA nomination for his role as J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster's "Finding Neverland," in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore.
Depp's other screen credits include David Koepp's "Secret Window," Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," Albert and Allen Hughes' "From Hell," Ted Demme's "Blow," Lasse Hallstrom's romantic comedy "Chocolat," Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls," Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried," Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow," Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate" and Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
Hailed as the "Best Actor" of his generation for his performance in Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco" with Al Pacino, Depp has also starred in Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" and in Jeremy Leven's "Don Juan DeMarco," in which he starred as a man convinced he is the world's greatest lover, opposite legendary actors Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.
It was his compelling performance in the title role of Burton's "Edward Scissorhands" that established Depp as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and earned him his first Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. He was honored with a second Golden Globe nomination for his work in the offbeat love story "Benny & Joon" directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Depp reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed "Ed Wood," for which he received his third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.
Other films include Lasse Hallstrom's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dream" and John Badham's "Nick of Time."
Depp began his career as a musician, joining a rock group The Kids, which eventually took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, he turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in "Nightmare on Elm Street." He went on to earn roles in several films, including Oliver Stone's Academy Award(R)-winning "Platoon." Depp then won the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular Fox television show "21 Jump Street." He starred on the series for four seasons before segueing to the big screen in the lead role of John Waters' "Cry-Baby."
Depp made his feature directorial debut starring opposite Marlon Brando in "The Brave," a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Depp co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Depp.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER, Mrs. Lovett
(Photo left) The pie-maker Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) is in love with Sweeney Todd in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Originally Staged by Harold Prince from an adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The film’s producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. This film has been rated R for graphic bloody violence. Photo Credit: Peter Mountain
British actress Helena Bonham Carter has lent her talents to a wide array of diverse feature films such as David Fincher's provocative "Fight Club," Tim Burton's new version of "Planet of the Apes" and the dark comedy "Novocaine" directed by David Atkins.
Her most recent film was David Yates' summer blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in which she played Bellatrix Lestrange.
In 2005, Bonham Carter provided the voice for Lady Tottington in Nick Parker's animated feature film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and the voice of the title role in Tim Burton's stop-motion animation feature "Corpse Bride."
Other feature film credits include Hans Canosa's "Conversations with Other Women," Burton's "Big Fish" (in which she played two roles, Jenny and The Witch), Michael Petroni's "Till Human Voices Wake Us" and the HBO film "Live from Baghdad" directed by Mick Jackson, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. Other recent films include Paul Weiland's "Sixty Six" and Thaddeus O'Sullivan's "The Heart of Me."
For her performance in Ian Softley's "Wings of the Dove," she received a Best Actress nomination for an Academy Award(R), as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She received a Canadian Genie Award for Best Actress for Mort Ransen's "Margaret's Museum" and was also Emmy-nominated for her role in Steve Barron's miniseries "Merlin."
On the last day of filming her screen debut in Trevor Nunn's "Lady Jane," director James Ivory offered her the ingenue lead in "A Room with a View." It was the first of a series of roles in E.M. Forster adaptations that would bring her international acclaim, and was followed by Charles Sturridge's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Ivory's "Howard's End." She played Ophelia in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" opposite Mel Gibson, and portrayed Elizabeth in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" directed by Kenneth Branagh. She subsequently appeared as Woody Allen's wife in "Mighty Aphrodite."
Bonham Carter's television appearances include "Magnificent 7," which was inspired by the life of Jacqui Jackson, a mother with seven children, three normal daughters and four sons who are each in one form or another autistic; "Dancing Queen"; "Fatal Deception"; "A Dark Adapted Eye"; "Merlin"; and "Henry VIII." Her stage credits include "Woman in White"; "The Chalk Garden"; "House of Bernarda Alba"; and "Trelawny of the Wells."
ALAN RICKMAN, Judge Turpin
Alan Rickman's most recent film appearances have been in "Perfume," "Snow Cake," "Nobel Son" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
For "Sense and Sensibility" and "Michael Collins" he received BAFTA nominations and for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. For "Truly Madly Deeply," "Close My Eyes" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," he was named Evening Standard Film Actor of the Year.
He also starred in "Mesmer," for which he was named Best Actor at the Montreal Film Festival.
Other film roles include "Die Hard," "Bob Roberts," "An Awfully Big Adventure," "Dogma," "Galaxy Quest" and the popular "Harry Potter" series of films.
For his role as the enigmatic Russian monk in HBO's "Rasputin," Rickman won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He was also nominated for an Emmy for HBO's "Something the Lord Made."
For the Royal Shakespeare Company he starred in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" both in the West End and on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. For the Royal Court Theatre he appeared in "The Grass Widow," "The Lucky Chance" and "The Seagull." For the National Theatre Rickman starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Antony and Cleopatra" and played the title role in "Hamlet" at Riverside Studios, directed by Robert Sturua, the celebrated director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia.
Rickman has also appeared three times at the Edinburgh Festival: a double bill of "The Devil Is an Ass" and "Measure for Measure"; "The Brothers Karamazov"; and Yukio Ninagawa's "Tango at the End of Winter," which later transferred to the West End and won Rickman the Time Out Award for Best Actor.
Most recently in the theatre, Rickman starred in the highly acclaimed production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," both in London and New York. He won both the Variety Club and Theatre Goers Awards for Best Actor and was nominated for an Olivier, an Evening Standard and a Tony Award.
As a director, Rickman's work includes "The Winter Guest" by Sharman MacDonald at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. He also directed the feature film version of "The Winter Guest," which won three awards and was an Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival, and later won Best Feature at the Chicago Film Festival. Most recently, he directed "My Name is Rachel Corrie" at the Royal Court Theatre. It later transferred to the West End, the Galway and Edinburgh Festivals and New York.
TIMOTHY SPALL, Beadle
Timothy Spall is one of Britain's most respected actors with a career spanning over film, television and theatre.
Most recently, Spall appeared in Adrian Shergold's "Pierrepoint," Kevin Lima's "Enchanted," Gillian Armstrong's "Death Defying Acts," Alfonso Cuaron's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and Mike Newell's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Other credits include Brad Silberling's "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," Ed Zwick's "The Last Samurai," Richard Loncraine's "My House In Umbria," Doug McGrath's "Nicholas Nickleby," Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky," Peter Catttaneo's "Lucky Break," Stephen Herek's "Rock Star" and Kenneth Branagh's "Love's Labour's Lost" and "Hamlet," to name a few. Spall has collaborated with director Mike Leigh four times appearing in "All or Nothing," "Life is Sweet," "Secret & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy." Spall earned BAFTA nominations for both "Secret & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."
Spall's television credits include Danny Boyle's "Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise," Stephen Poliakoff's "Shooting the Past" and the miniseries "Our Mutual Friend." All three earned him BAFTA nominations.
On stage, Spall started his career with two years at the RSC and has starred in a number of productions including Stephan Daldry's "This is a Chair" at the Royal Court, Robert LePage's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" at the National Theatre, Matthew Francis' "The Government Inspector" and Mike Leigh's "Smelling A Rat" at the Hampstead Theatre, to name a few.
SACHA BARON COHEN, Pirelli
(Photo left) The braggart barber Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen) is challenged by Sweeney Todd in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Originally Staged by Harold Prince from an adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The film’s producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. This film has been rated R for graphic bloody violence. Photo Credit: Leah Gallo © 2007 by DreamWorks LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sacha Baron Cohen was, until recently, best known to the public as his alter ego Ali G, the in-your-face host of HBO's popular multiple Emmy Award- nominated comedy variety/talk show "Da Ali G Show." The show was already the #1 comedy phenomenon in Baron Cohen's native England when he brought it to the United States, where it became an instant sensation on HBO. After completing two seasons, Baron Cohen set out to conquer the world with "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazahkstan," a feature film starring his second alter ego "Borat Sagdiyev,' a Kazahkstani news reporter. Baron Cohen is now known world wide for creating "one of the greatest comedies of the last decade and perhaps even a whole new genre of film," according to Neil Strauss of Rolling Stone Magazine. After opening #1 in 24 countries, grossing over $250 million worldwide and taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, as well as an Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, it's safe to say that we have yet to see the best of Sacha Baron Cohen.
Since its release in November 2006, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazahkstan," has garnered numerous other awards and nominations including being named one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year by AFI and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture Comedy/Musical. Individually, Sacha Baron Cohen won the Los Angeles Films Critics Association Award for Best Actor, the San Francisco Films Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.
"Da Ali G Show" received six Emmy Award nominations, including two in 2003 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program and Outstanding Writing, Non-Fiction Program and three in 2005 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series. The show also received many accolades in the U.K. prior to its stateside debut, with Baron Cohen garnering two BAFTA Awards (Best Comedy Performance and Best Comedy Program).
Baron Cohen originated the character of Ali G in 1998 on the British television comedy "The 11 O'Clock Show." Two years later, Channel 4 Television launched "Da Ali G. Show," which quickly gained a cult following that grew as word of mouth spread all the way to Buckingham Palace since the Queen of England is an acknowledged devotee of the series. Baron Cohen serves as an executive producer on the series, in addition to acting and writing for it. In 2003, HBO began airing "Da Ali G. Show" in the United States.
Baron Cohen's past film projects include the hit feature comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" with co-starred Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and voicing "King Julien" the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar," which grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Baron Cohen has twice hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards, first as the character of Ali G in November 2001 in Frankfurt, Germany, and then as Borat in November 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.