(updated 3/25/01)
Heat magazine article
Other Cast in Order of Appearance
 
Tell him to bugger off from me.  Emotional fuckwit.
Sally Phillips (Sharon or "Shazzer")

Has appeared in many television programs, such as Fist of Fun, occasionally in Comedy Nation, the giggling receptionist in I'm Alan Partridge, Holding the Baby, and In The Red, and more recently in Smack the Pony and Hippies.

I'm co-dependent.  I asked for too much to satisfy my own neediness rather than need.
Shirley Henderson (Jude)

Most recently played lead soprano, Leonora Braham, in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy and appeared in Wonderland, Trainspotting and Rob Roy.  The Scottish actress is more widely known for the popular BBC1 series Hamish Macbeth (1995), in which she played Isobel Sutherland, the dark-haired journalist whose frequent run-ins with the only other sane member of the tiny community, Hamish Macbeth (Robert Carlyle), took a romantic turn at the end of the last series.

Having decided ages ago to go as 'Miss Global Warming', he was having a crisis of confidence.
James Callis (Tom)

Television credits include: Jason and the Argonauts; Arabian Nights; Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll; Heat of the Sun; The Scarlet Pimpernel; A Dance to the Music of Time; and Soldier Soldier.

A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Callis' West End debut in Old Wicket Songs alongside Bob Hoskins earned him the 1996 Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Oh, hello, darling, guess what? Gemma Jones (Pam Jones or Mum)

Made her first major appearance in the US starring in The Duchess of Duke Street. Trained at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, where she won the Gold Medal in 1962, Jones has had a remarkable career on the stage, in very diverse roles, and has been a member of both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gemma Jones' film work includes The Devils with Vanessa Redgrave, Feast of July with Ben Chaplin,  Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant and Wilde with Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Fry.

Have you noticed anything odd about your mother?
Jim Broadbent (Colin Jones or Dad)

One of England's most versatile actors, whose bumbling comic skills, laid over an essentially decent character, have proved useful in Hollywood. Broadbent has starred in Bullets Over Broadway, The Avengers, Little Voice, The Borrowers, Enchanted April, The Crying Game, Brazil, and Smilla's Sense of Snow. He won a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 for his performance as the librettist WS Gilbert in Mike Leigh's film, Topsy Turvy.

You career girls! Can't put it off forever you know: tick-tock-tick-tock
Celia Imrie (Una Alconbury)

Popular comedienne on British television, in particular through her work in several series with writer/performer Victoria Wood.  Has also appeared on television in straight drama including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Darling Buds of May, A Dark Adapted Eye and The Return of the Native.

Her stage roles have included Jessica Tilehouse in Sam Mendes' production of The Sea at the Royal National Theatre for which she won the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress. Films include The Borrowers and Hilary and Jackie.

Embeth Davidtz (Natasha)

Caught the attention of critics and audiences alike as the Jewish maid who survives both the abuse and the attraction of Ralph Fiennesí sadistic Commander Goeth in Steven Spielbergís Schindlerís List.

Davidtz then portrayed a seductive but fragile caterer opposite Kenneth Branagh in Robert Altmanís critically acclaimed thriller The Gingerbread Man. Her other work includes Miramaxís Mansfield Park, Murder in the First opposite Kevin Bacon Feast of July, Matilda, and the supernatural thriller Fallen opposite Denzel Washington.

Honor Blackman (Penny Husbands-Bosworth)

"My name is Pussy Galore," growled a leather-clad Blackman in 1964's Goldfinger. "I must be dreaming," says Bond. "Don't flatter yourself," she replies. "I'm immune to your charms." Blackman's stint as the husky-voiced stunt pilot made her an instant Hollywood icon, though in Britain she was already renowned as karate queen Cathy Gale on TV's The Avengers (1962), preceding Diana Rigg's Emma Peel.

Blackman has a one-woman show about history's femmes fatales, "Dishonourable Ladies" and recently appeared as Joy Adamson in To Walk with Lions in 1999.
 

James Faulkner (Geoffrey Alconbury)

A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, Faulkner, 52, has numerous film and TV credits in his portfolio, including leading guest appearances in Taggart and A Touch of Frost. He recently played the lead role in David Pinnerís play, Lenin in Love, at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, North London.
 

I'm thinking dirty vicars. Neil Pearson (Richard Finch)

After attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Pearson, 41, got his big break in television with Drop The Dead Donkey and then the award winning Between The Lines. He has appeared in numerous comedies and dramas on the small screen. His stage works includes a London production of Closer; while in film, he appeared as Colin Firth's father (in flashback) in Fever Pitch in 1997.


 
Other Cast in Order of Appearance
Mrs Darcy Charmian May
Mr Fitzherbert Paul Brooke
Perpetua Felicity Montague
Handsome stranger Charlie Caine
Simon in Marketing Gareth Marks
Elderly man John Clegg
Salman Rushdie as himself
Kafka author Matthew Bates
Jeffrey Archer as himself
Julian Patrick Barlow
Receptionist Rebecca Charles
Bernard Dominic McHale
Shirley Joan Blackman
Lara Lisa Barbuscia
Interviewer 1 Joseph Alessi
Interviewer 2 Rhydian Jai-Persad
Mr Sit Up Britain Paul Ross
Stage Manager Stewart Wright
Magda Claire Skinner
Woney Dolly Wells
Cosmo Mark Lingwood
Alastair Toby Whithouse
Cameraman David Cann
Eleanor Ross Heaney Lisa Kay
Kafir Aghani Sulayman Al-Bassam
Mr Darcy Donald Douglas
Mr Ramdas Renu Setna
Pauline Emma Amos
Melinda Sarah Stockbridge

 
 
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