Florence Foster Jenkins
St. Clair Bayfield
Florence Foster Jenkins
St. Clair Bayfield
For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television.
Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated cum laude from Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on the New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy (for Holocaust) and received her first Oscar® nomination (for The Deer Hunter). She has won three Academy Awards® and in 2015, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 19th Academy Award® nomination for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. Her performance also earned her Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations. Ms. Streep was most recently seen in the Diablo Cody–scripted Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme.
Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers and Others, a consumer advocacy group that she co‑founded in 1989. M&O worked for 10 years to promote sustainable agriculture, establish new pesticide regulations, and ensure the availability of organic and sustainably grown local foods.
Streep also lends her efforts to Women for Women International, Equality Now, Women in the World Foundation, and Partners in Health.
She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been accorded a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and an honorary César. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In 2011, Ms. Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor, and, in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She holds honorary doctorates from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth Indiana universities, the University of New Hampshire, Lafayette, Middlebury, and Barnard Colleges.
Her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three daughters.
Hugh Grant (St. Clair Bayfield) is an award‑winning actor who has received acclaim for his work in a wide range of films, which have grossed more than $2.5 billion combined worldwide.
Most recently, Grant starred in Guy Ritchie’s The Man from Uncle and Marc Lawrence’s romantic comedy The Rewrite. Grant had multiple roles in the ambitious drama Cloud Atlas, from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. He also lent his voice to the lead role of The Pirate Captain in the animated film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and starred in Did You Hear About the Morgans?
His other credits include Music and Lyrics; American Dreamz; Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; the ensemble comedy hit Love Actually; and Two Weeks Notice. He won a Golden Globe® Award and a BAFTA for his performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and was nominated for Golden Globes® for his performances in Notting Hill and About a Boy. Among his many feature film credits are An Awfully Big Adventure, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Sense and Sensibility, Mickey Blue Eyes, Small Time Crooks, and Extreme Measures, which he also produced.
In addition to his Golden Globe® and BAFTA honors, Grant has been awarded the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy, Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and an honorary César Award.
Grant is on the board of the Hacked Off campaign.
Simon Helberg (Cosmé McMoon) currently stars on the hit Emmy® and Golden Globe®–nominated television series, The Big Bang Theory, for which he won the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and has been nominated five times for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
As a filmmaker, Helberg made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with We’ll Never Have Paris, which had its world premiere at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, went on to play the Newport Beach International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and was the closing night film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Helberg wrote the script, stars as the lead, and co‑directed the film with his wife — writer/director Jocelyn Towne.
Helberg’s acting credits include the Academy Award®–nominated films A Serious Man, from Ethan and Joel Coen; George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck; Todd Phillips’ Old School, Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration; and Joss Whedon’s Emmy‑winning Dr. Horrible’s Sing‑Along Blog.
Helberg is an accomplished pianist who attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Golden Globe®–nominated European actress Rebecca Ferguson (Kathleen Weatherley) first caught the attention of international audiences playing the iconic Queen Elizabeth in the hit BBC/STARZ series The White Queen, and the next few months promise to firmly establish her as someone to watch.
Ferguson is currently filming The Snowman alongside Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film, directed by Tomas Alfredson, follows the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous‑looking snowman and is set for release in October 2017.
Ferguson has recently finished filming The Girl on the Train, in which she plays the role of Anna opposite Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Justin Theroux. The plot follows the story of a woman named Rachel, who goes on a train to London. She witnesses the “perfect” couple. Scott and Megan. But one day, havoc ensues this couple, and Rachel becomes involved in their drama/murder mystery of Megan Hipwell. The film was released in October in the U.S.
She was last seen starring in the latest installment of the hugely successful Mission Impossible franchise Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, for which she received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. She took on the role of Ilsa Faust opposite Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner and will reprise her role in the next installment.
In December 2014, Ferguson was seen in the role of Dinah in Lifetime’s television miniseries The Red Tent, based on Anita Diama’s bestselling novel of the same name. The two‑part drama tells the story of the 12 tribes of Israel as seen through Dinah’s eyes. Ferguson starred opposite Minnie Driver, Iain Glen and Morena Baccarin. Also in 2014, she filmed the dual lead roles of Katya and Lauren in Shamim Sarif’s Despite The Falling Snow with Charles Dance and Sam Reid. Set against the backdrop of Cold War Moscow, the story is of a female spy who steals secrets from an idealistic politician — and falls in love with him.
In 2013, Ferguson took on the role of Erigenia in Bret Ratner’s Hercules starring alongside John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson and Ian McShane. She also completed filming Ridley Scott’s The Vatican for Showtime, in which she starred alongside Matthew Goode, Kyle Chandler and Sebastian Koch. Earlier in 2013, Ferguson starred in the lead role of Elizabeth Woodville in the hit BBC drama series The White Queen. The 10‑hour epic was an adaptation of Philippa Gregory‘s vivid bestselling historical novel series The Cousin’s War, in which her co‑stars include Max Irons and Janet McTeer. For her portrayal of Elizabeth Woodville Rebecca was nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film.
Ferguson was born in Stockholm to a Swedish father and British mother. She grew up in Stockholm and attended Sweden’s famous music school — Adolf Frederick. Ferguson started her career at the age of 15 when she was offered the lead in a daytime drama series called Nya Tider. Other credits include the lead in Richard Hoberts’ One Way To Antibes, which won the audience award at the European Union Film Festival 2012 in Toronto. That same year, she was also nominated as a Rising Star in Sweden. 2013 also saw the release of the highly anticipated Swedish indie VI, which is directed by Mani Masserat.
Ferguson is fluent in both English and Swedish. She lives in Simrishamn, Sweden.
Nina Arianda (Agnes Stark) is a versatile actress, commanding both the stage and screen in a number of mutlifaceted roles. A Tony Award® winner for Venus in Fur, a role which she originated Off‑Broadway, she is the youngest actress ever to be nominated for back‑to‑back Tony Awards® in consecutive years — Born Yesterday (2011), Venus in Fur (2012). More recently, Arianda starred in Broadway’s Fool for Love, the critically acclaimed Sam Shepard play.
On the film side, Arianda has played memorable roles in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy’s film Win Win, Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, and Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist. Nina can also be seen starring in Rob the Mob opposite Michael Pitt, Lucky Them with Toni Collette, Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, opposite James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, and Barry Levinson’s The Humbling, opposite Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig.
This year she can be seen in The Adventures of Drunky. In television, she has guest starred on Horace and Pete, Master of None, Hannibal, The Good Wife, Hostages and 30 Rock.
Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears (Director) has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He made his name in TV drama, working almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career. In the mid‑1980s, he turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit (1984), starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year, he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big‑screen audiences and altered the course of his career. After directing its companion piece Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears, he began working in Hollywood, with Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters (for which he was Oscar®–nominated), among his most notable titles.
Returning closer to home, he directed The Snapper and The Van, two Irish films based on Roddy Doyle stories, and after a second spell of making American films (The Hi‑Lo Country and High Fidelity), based himself largely in Britain. Frears showed his versatility with two vastly different movies: Dirty Pretty Things, a realistic account of immigrant life in London, and Mrs. Henderson Presents, a nostalgic backstage comedy‑drama. For his 2006 film The Queen, he was again nominated for an Oscar®. His subsequent films include Chéri, Tamara Drewe and Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, produced by HBO and Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which won one BAFTA, and was nominated for three others, along with three Golden Globe® and four Oscar® nominations. Frears most recently directed The Program, with Ben Foster playing the role of Lance Armstrong.
Danny Cohen (Cinematographer) has worked with a variety of directors, including Richard Ayoade, Richard Curtis, Rupert Goold, Annie Griffin, Tom Hooper, Shane Meadows, Stephen Poliakoff and Dominic Savage on a number of feature films and television dramas.
Film and TV credits include This Is England ’88, This is England ’86, This is England and Dead Man’s Shoes, directed by Shane Meadows; X+Y, directed by Morgan Matthews; Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Les Miserables, The Danish Girl and John Adams; Oliver Parker’s Johnny English Reborn; Richard II, directed by Rupert Goold for the BBC; Dominic Savage’s Dive; Adrian Shergold’s Pierrepoint; Steven Poliakoff’s Glorious 39 and A Real Summer; and Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked. Danny was nominated for a Best Cinematography BAFTA for lighting Les Miserables, an Oscar® and a BAFTA for his work on the feature film The King’s Speech, and was also nominated for the BAFTA for Best Photography and Lighting: Fiction/Entertainment for his work on Longford. His most recent work includes Rufus Norris’ London Road and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.
Alan MacDonald (Production Designer) is known as a regular key member of Stephen Frears’ British‑based team, having worked with him on The Queen, Chéri, Tamara Drewe and Philomena before the most recent The Program. His other films include Love is the Devil, The Edge of Love, Kinky Boots, the worldwide hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street.
In 2013, Valerio Bonelli (Editor) started his collaboration with Stephen Frears with the Oscar®–nominated Philomena; he subsequently cut Frears’ The Program. Bonelli’s feature-film editing debut was in 2007 with Hannibal Rising, directed by Peter Webber and produced by the legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. Since then, Bonelli has worked on a range of feature films, including Incendiary, directed by Sharon Maguire; Cracks, directed by Jordan Scott, Cemetery Junction directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant; The Cold Light of Day, directed by Mabrouk el Mechri; and Steven Knight’s feature debut Hummingbird.
In 1999, Bonelli started a long‑term collaboration with the Oscar®-winning film editor Pietro Scalia, working closely as his assistant on several Ridley Scott films, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down and The Martian, and as an associate editor on Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha as well as an assistant editor on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers.
Bonelli has also edited several award‑winning theatrical and television documentary films, such as Odessa…Odessa! for director Michale Boganim. Other documentary credits include The Importance of Being Elegant, Without Gorky, directed by Cosima Spender, and he recently cut Cosima Spender’s critically acclaimed documentary Palio, about the oldest horse race in the world.
Consolata Boyle (Costume Designer) trained as a set and costume designer at the Abbey in Dublin, Ireland’s national theatre. She has worked on eight films for Stephen Frears: The Snapper, Mary Reilly, The Van, The Queen (for which she received Oscar® and BAFTA nominations and a Costume Designers Guild Award), Chéri, Tamara Drewe, Philomena (CDG nomination), and, now, Florence Foster Jenkins.
Her other credits include: Testament of Youth (with Alicia Vikander), Miss Julie (with Jessica Chastain), Byzantium, The Iron Lady (also starring Meryl Streep), Angela’s Ashes, The Winslow Boy, The Secret Rapture, Into the West, and December Bride. US television includes: The Special Relationship, Into the Storm (Primetime Emmy nomination), and The Lion in Winter, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a CDG nomination.
One of the most sought‑after composers in the film industry, Paris‑born Alexandre Desplat (Composer) is astonishingly prolific, with almost 150 titles to his credit. He has been Oscar®-nominated eight times in the past nine years, for Argo, The King’s Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Queen. Philomena and The Imitation Game before winning in 2015 for his score for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
His most recent credits include the upcoming Rogue Nation: A Star Wars Story and The Light Between Oceans as well as The Danish Girl, Tale of Tales, Everything Will Be Fine and Suffragette.
Other recent credits include Unbroken, The Monuments Men, Suite Francaise, Venus in Fur, Godzilla, Zero Dark Thirty, Renoir, Rust and Bone, Moonrise Kingdom, A Prophet and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His previous collaborations with Stephen Frears include The Queen, Tamara Drewe, Cheri and Philomena.