The Kalisher Players

The Trust is most grateful to the pool of talented professional actors who so generously give their time to perform in Kalisher productions, led by Artistic Director Joe Harmston. With apologies for the woefully inadequate resume of their acting careers, the Kalisher Players comprise, in alphabetical order:

Joe Harmston, Artistic Director

Joe is an internationally known theatre director and producer who has created over 100 productions in a 30 year career in the West End, across the UK as well as in Europe, the USA and South East Asia. Under his direction, the Kalisher theatre events attempt to use drama not only to entertain but also to raise questions and awareness of the issues the Trust focuses on.

Simon Russell Beale, CBE

Simon is an award winning actor, author and music historian. He is an associate of the National Theatre and the Almeda Theatre in London and an associate artist at the RSC.

Lauren Coe

Lauren Coe is known for her appearances in Three Wise Women (2010), The Importance of Being Whatever (2011) and the recent war-time television series The Halcyon (2017).

Benedict Cumberbatch, CBE

Benedict has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. His television work includes appearances in Silent Witness, Sherlock, Parade’s End and The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. In film he has starred in The Imitation Game (as Alan Turing), 12 Years a Slave and Amazing Grace.

Sinead Cusack

Sinead Cusack is an Irish stage, television and film actress. Her first acting roles were at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to London in 1975 to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. One of her best known stage roles was Our Lady of Sligo in 1998, in which she played the principal role. In 2006, she starred in the BBC sitcom Home Again.

Phil Davis

An actor, writer, and director, Phil Davis appeared in the film Quadrophenia where he played a mod knocked off his scooter by a rocker. He has made numerous television appearances including a money lender in the BBC adaption of Bleak House; a solicitor in Silk, a cab driver in Sherlock and a servant in Poldark.

Hugh Dennis

Hugh Dennis is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and Dennis  with comedy partner Steve Punt  and playing Pete Brockman, the father in the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.  Since 2005, he has been a regular panellist on the BBC Two satirical comedy show Mock the Week.

Mark Farrelly

Mark Farrelly is an actor and writer. He has acted in the West End and internationally, and is the author of two hit solo plays, The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton, and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. He is writer and co-star of the forthcoming play Howerd’s End, celebrating the impending centenary (2017) of comedy legend Frankie Howerd.

Ray Fearon

Ray is a British actor of stage, theatre and film. He is an associate artist at the RSC and has worked extensively with the Donmar, Almeida, National, Young Vic, Globe and Royal Exchange theatres. His many film appearances include: Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet, The Hooligan Factory, The Foreigner, Lulu and Jimi, and The Yellowbirds.

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is an actor known for his extensive work in television, theatre and film. He played the avaricious Harvey Bains, manager of the retirement home in Waiting for God and appeared with Martin Clunes and Willam Gaunt in the sitcom No Place Like Home.   He has also made appearances in several cult television programmes.

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy has appeared in many West End theatre productions including The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Godspell and Richard II. His first of many major film roles was The French Lieutenant’s Woman for which he received a BAFTA nomination. He has made several notable appearances on TV including the series Brideshead Revisited.

Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE

Sir Derek is an actor and stage director. He has appeared in numerous acclaimed films including The Day of the Jackal, The King’s Speech, My Week with Marilyn, Gosford Park and Gladiator. He is a founder member of the Royal National Theatre. He has also enjoyed a successful television career starring in I, Claudius for which he won a BAFTA, Vicious and Last Tango in Halifax.

Toby Jones

Toby Jones has appeared in more than 20 films since his first acting role in the 1992 film Orlando. In 2011, he played the role of the British spy master in the adaptation of John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He appeared in the television production of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel, The Secret Agent and more recently in the acclaimed police drama, Line of Duty.

Felicity Kendal

Probably best known for her role as Barbara Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life, Felicity is an actor of television and theatre. She made her London stage debut in Minor Murder and went on to star in a number of well regarded plays. She is currently starring with Maureen Lipman in a revival of Lettice and Lovage.

Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew Macfadyen is a BAFTA  award-winning English actor, known for his roles in the BBC television drama series Spooks and Ripper Street. He played Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film of Pride & Prejudice  and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral.

Laura Main

Laura Main is a native of Aberdeen who began performing as a child in local productions of The Sound of Music and Annie. She has performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2011 became an original cast member of the BBC drama series, Call the Midwife.

Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd is a Scottish-American television and film actor and director who starred in the medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. After appearing in Trainspotting he was cast as Father Deegan in the 1996 Christmas episode of Father Ted. He subsequently appeared in television productions including Small Faces, Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, and in the film, Hannibal Rising.

Peter Moffat

Peter Moffat, a former barrister, is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. One of his early commissions was for an episode of Kavanagh, QC and since then he has created three British television legal dramas: North Square, Criminal Justice and Silk. He took inspiration for his 2016 drama series Undercover from real-life revelations about British police officers.

Maxine Peake

Maxine is an actor of stage, radio, film and television who made her name in Victoria Wood’s sitcom Dinner Ladies. She played a barrister in the BBC legal drama Silk opposite Rupert Penry-Jones (another Kalisher player). She portrayed the Moors murderer Myra Hindley in See No Evil: The Moors Murders. She has recently appeared in the television production of Three Girls based on events surrounding the Rochdale child sex abuse.

Rupert Penry-Jones

Best known for his roles as Adam Carter in the BBC One spy drama series Spooks, and DI Joseph Chandler in the murder mystery series Whitechapel, he also appeared opposite Maxine Peake (another Kalisher player) in the Television legal drama, Silk.

Jessica Raine

Jessica Raine has had a successful stage, film and television career. She has appeared in Garrow’s Law and Robin Hood. She starred as the lead character in the first three series of the BBC drama, Call the Midwife.  In 2014 she joined the cast of the BBC police drama, Line of Duty for series 2.

Eddie Redmayne, OBE

Eddie Redmayne is an actor of stage and screen. He has starred in the stage productions of Red and Richard II. His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in the biographical drama My Week with Marilyn and Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper’s musical Les Miserables. He portrayed Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, winning an Academy Award, a Gold Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Jenny Seagrove

Jenny Seagrove first came to attention playing the lead in a television dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance. She starred in the films Local Hero and The Guardian. She is known for her role in the television drama series Judge John Deed when she played opposite Martin Shaw, a Patron and Vice President of the Kalisher Trust.

Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw is well known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. He has acted on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators.   His most recent stage production was Hobson’s Choice.

Maggie Steed

Maggie Steed is an actor and comedian. She has worked on stage and performed with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first major television role was playing Rita Moon in the series Shine on Harvey Moon. She has also appeared in Pie in the Sky and Born and Bred.

Toby Stevens

Toby Stevens is a stage, television and film actor who has appeared in numerous productions, which include many for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played a Bond villain in Die Another Day. He also narrates audiobooks and performs in radio dramas.

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci is an award winning American actor, writer, producer and film director. He has appeared in numerous films including The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia. He was recently to be seen in the television production Fortitude.