Legends Season 1 Cast Bios
A charismatic screen presence who proved equally effective in romantic leads and as a villain, actor Sean Bean carved his path through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as being a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before making a name for himself on British television and in American films.
In 2011, he starred in the first season of the successful series “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s adaptation of the A song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, in the part of Lord Eddard Stark.
In 2012 his role as a cross-dressing teacher in the opening episode of the second season of Accused earned him a Royal Televison Society Award as Best Actor.
After spending the latter half of the 1980’s making smaller films, he made his U.S. feature debut as a vengeance-minded IRA terrorist in the hit spy thriller, “Patriot Games” (’92), which opened the doors for the actor to play a wide range of bad guys. The following year, Bean was featured as a tough 19th century British officer, Richard Sharpe, in the long-running made-for-television movie series “Sharpe” (ITV, 1993) which aired several times a year through 1997. He also starred as a former 00 agent-turned-traitor in “Golden Eye” (1995) before playing an inexperienced spy in the John Frankenheimer thriller “Ronin” opposite Robert DeNiro (1998). But, it was his supporting turn as the proud warrior, Boromir, who falls prey to temptation in “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) that exposed Bean to his biggest audience and turned him into a widely-recognized figure. From there, he had supporting roles in the large scale features like “Troy” (‘04) and “The Island” (‘05), while offering compelling turns in smaller movies such as “North Country” (‘05) and “The Hitcher” (’07); displaying a versatility that stood Bean apart from his contemporaries.
Born on April 17, 1959 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, Bean was raised in Handsworth by his father, Brian, a welder and steel factory owner, his mother, Rita, a secretary. Having dropped out of school at age 16, Bean worked a variety of odd jobs before deciding to enroll at the Rotterham College of Arts and Technology. But he left to briefly attend the Granville College of Education in 1979, only to return to Rotterham where he eventually discovered acting, performing in such shows as “Cabaret” and “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Deciding to pursue acting as a career, he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on scholarship and further honed his craft.
After graduation RADA in 1983 with a Silver Medal for his performance in “Waiting for Godot,” Bean made his professional stage debut-then billed as Shaun Behan – as Tybalt in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Following his British television debut in “Winter Flight” (’84), he spent a season on stage with the Young Writers Festival before joining the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company ’86, where he acted in repertory, ‘playing Romeo to Niamh Cusack’s Juliet.
Bean made his feature debut in Derek Jarman’s film “Caravaggio” (1986), playing a man involved in a love triangle with the famed Baroque painter (Nigel Terry) and his other lover (Tilda Swinton). He reunited with the director on “War Requiem” (1988), a docudrama detailing the experiences of a soldier (Nathaniel Parker) fighting in World War I. Bean had his first notable film role as an Irishman who becomes involved with the shady characters in the moody, jazz-influenced “Stormy Monday” (1988), directed by Mike Figgis. He shone as Richard Harris’ repressed son in “The Field” (1990), while proving himself to be an effective villain in the Thames Television production “Lorna Doone” (1990), one of numerous adaptations of the popular 19th century romance novel by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. Turning to romantic leads, Bean delivered a fine portrayal of the vile Robert Lovelace in the adaptation of Samuel Richardson’s “Clarissa” (BBC, 91’) before managing to bed Joely Richardson in a steamy adaptation of D.H. Lawrence renamed “Lady Chatterly” (BBC, 92’).
Back on British television, Bean starred in the four-part series, “Extremely Dangerous” (ITV, ’99), playing a former MI5 agent who goes on the run to clear his name after being accused of brutally killing his wife and child. He next garnered praise for his portrayal of real-life British soldier Andy McNab who led a secret mission during the Persian Gulf War in the British television drama “Bravo Two Zero” (BBC, ’99). He returned to villainy as a wife-beating ex-con in “Essex Boys” (’00) and a malevolent kidnapper-jewel thief in “Don’t Say a Word” (’01).
After roles in the futuristic thriller “Equilibrium” (’02) and the off-kilter comedy “The Big Empty” (’03), Bean returned to epic-style filmmaking when he played the legendary Greek hero Odysseus in “Troy” (’04), the big screen adaptation of Homer’s tale of the Trojan War starring Brad Pitt as the hero Achilles. He followed it with a turn as Nicolas Cage’s villainous rival in the popular adventure film “National Treasure” (’04). Next he was playing yet another villain in the sci-fi thriller “The Island” (’05), Michael Bay’s 1970s television movie, “Parts: The Clonus Horror” (’79). He next had a supporting role as the captain of an airline flight who refuses to believe the missing daughter of a passenger (Jodie Foster) was ever aboard in the thriller “Flightplan” (’05). Shifting gears, Bean showed a rarely seen warmer side and a potent dose of charm in the drama “North Country” (’05), playing the protective and sympathetic husband of a female miner (Frances McDormand) whose friend (Charlize Theron) launched the first-ever sexual harassment lawsuit against a corporation.
In “Silent Hill” (’06), a supernatural horror feature based on the popular video game, Bean played the husband of a desperate mother (Radha Mitchell ). it touches. “Silent Hill” opened No. 1 at the box office with over $20 million in box office dollars. He followed this up with strong performances in thrillers like “Outlaw” (2007) and “The Hitcher” (2007). –In 2009 he appeared in the three-part British series “Red Riding” (Channel 4, 2009). In 2010 he played Zeus in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief” (2010), who accuses the titular Percy (Logan Lerman) of stealing his lightning bolt.
Bean also completed “Cleanskin”, in which he plays a secret service agent faced with the task of pursuing and elimination a suicide bomber and his terrorist cell. The film stars Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Abhin Galeya, Tuppence Middleton and Michelle Ryan. The film was written, produced and directed by Hadi Hajaig. Bean also reprised his role as Christopher Da SIlva in the upcoming “Silent Hill” film sequel “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.”
Ali Larter is an actress and year-round reveler. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Larter enjoys hosting her ritual dinner parties and legendary get-togethers. She shares her celebrations with her husband, Hayes MacArthur, and their son, Teddy.
Making her feature film debut in the blockbuster hit Varsity Blues, some of Larter’s additional feature film credits include Resident Evil: Afterlife, Obsessed, A Lot Like Love, American Outlaws, Legally Blonde, The House on Haunted Hill and Drive Me Crazy. Upcoming feature film releases include You’re Not You and the independent romantic comedy Lovesick.
In September 2013, St. Martin’s Press published Larter’s first entertaining cookbook Kitchen Revelry.
Morris Chestnut is in high demand for leading roles in major motion pictures, having starred in films such as “Think Like A Man” (Kevin Hart), “Not Easily Broken” (Taraji Henson), “The Game Plan” (Dwayne "The Rock” Johnson) and “Ladder 49” (with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix).
Born in Cerritos, California, the athletic actor grew up playing sports and attended college at Cal State Los Angeles before entering the film business in 1990 with a small role in “Freddy's Nightmares.” This led him to a memorable co-starring role as high school football player, Ricky Baker, in director John Singleton's acclaimed “Boyz n the Hood,” a part that brought the actor into mainstream Hollywood stardom.
Among his many credits are the films “The Cave,” “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid,” “Like Mike,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “G.I. Jane,” “The Best Man,” “The Brothers,” “Breaking All the Rules,” “Confidence,” “Two Can Play That Game,” “G.I. Jane,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” and “The Inkwell.”
Recent theatrical releases for Morris Chestnut include “Identity Thief” (Melissa McCarthy and Jason Batemen) and “The Call” (Halle Berry). His latest release was the highly anticipated sequel to his starring role in “The Best Man” entitled “The Best Man Holiday.” Television-wise he returns in the upcoming season of Showtime’s critically-acclaimed “Nurse Jackie” (Edie Falco) and this year launches the new TNT series “Legends” (Sean Bean).
He has also appeared on numerous television series such as “American Horror Story,” “V,” and “C-16: FBI.”
It’s hard to say what and who Tina Majorino is best known for. So fully has she embodied such a parade of veritable pop culture icons, that it’s both difficult to distinguish her from each standout role she portrays, and difficult to separate each new role from the memorable character you last saw her as.
An undeniable fan favorite has always been Majorino as sideways ponytail ‘Deb’ in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, where, in both the movie and FOX's animated series, she steals Napoleon’s and our heart as the shy, earnest, tetherball-playing companion in a world bred of wonderfully eccentric characters.
Recently, Majorino became the highlight of this past season of GREY’S ANATOMY, where, as intern ‘Dr. Heather Brooks’, she propelled a storyline full of fresh change, a shocking twist, and a heavyhearted ending that had fans gaspingly, and reluctantly, wishing her farewell.
Or, perhaps you were awed by Majorino in BIG LOVE as yet another ‘Heather’ -- this time opposite Douglas Smith as ‘Heather Tuttle’, bound as a wife in an intricate, and intimate, polygamous world which showcased the breadth and nuances of Majorino's capabilities.
Those with a long memory can even recount Majorino's earliest roles that were so impactful, they're still ingrained in our memories: as ‘Jess Green’ with Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan in WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN; with Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta in CORINNA, CORRINA as ‘Molly Singer’; even alongside America's favorite seal as the adorable ‘Toni’ in ANDRE. Fanboys and girls alike also point to her pivotal part opposite Kevin Costner in WATERWORLD as the young orphan ‘Enola’ while still others remember her from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, where at such a tender age, she played the titular heroine so naturally that it was as if we were taking the wondrous journey along with her.
You might also recognize Majorino lately as the ever-savvy ‘Mac’ Mackenzie on the cult hit TV show and original Kickstarter movie, VERONICA MARS, where fans rallied behind our plucky, tech savant with her cheeky one-liners as she helped take down the deceptively tainted underbelly of higher education.
But very soon, we will have yet another new iconic figure to add to her name when fans are introduced to the resourceful ‘Maggie’ in TNT’s upcoming LEGENDS. From there, it’s hard to say who Tina Majorino will be or who we’ll next recognize her as, but whoever she is, we know she’ll be unforgettable.
A writer, artist, and animal lover, Majorino calls Los Angeles home.
An accomplished actor who has amazed audiences on television, screen, and stage, Steve Harris has earned a well-deserved reputation for his versatility, charm and charisma.
Harris will next be seen in the new TNT series “Legends” starring opposite Sean Bean. He also recurs on the 5th season of the critically acclaimed FX drama series “Justified” playing the role of “Roscoe” alongside his brother Wood Harris, which is the first time the two of them have been on screen together.
Steve recently starred alongside Wilmer Valderrama and Jason Isaacs in the NBC thriller series “Awake” and recurred on the 4th season of NBC’s award winning series “Friday Night Lights.”
Steve is most well known for playing the role of “Eugene Young” in NBC’s “The Practice”. He received great praise for his performance which won him the 2004 Image Award for “Best Actor” and nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Additionally, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Harris' other television credits include: “Eli Stone”, “Heist”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, "Law & Order," "Murder One," "New York Undercover," and "Chicago Hope."
In 2005, Harris starred in Tyler Perry’s romantic-dramedy “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, which opened #1, grossing over $21 million opening weekend. Harris starred in Adam Shankman's comedy, "Bringing Down the House" alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. This film was #1 in the box office for three consecutive weeks and grossed over $132 million domestically. He also starred in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller, "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton. "Report" was another box office success that grossed $35 million opening weekend and $132 million domestically.
Harris' other film credits include: Screen Gems bank heist “Takers”, Fox Atomic’s “12 Rounds”, Sony/Screen Gems horror film “Quarentine”, Leon Ichaso's "Sugar Hill" with Wesley Snipes, Michael Bay's "The Rock" with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, and Rob Cohen's "The Skulls" with Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker.
Amber Valletta is a fashion icon, actress and humanitarian. Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amber’s rise to supermodel fame began as a teenager when she signed with a local modeling agency.
With her trend setting look, eighteen-year-old Amber graced the cover of American VOGUE. In addition to numerous VOGUE covers, she has also appeared on the covers of Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, allure, I-D, LOVE, POP and W magazine. She is one of the only models to have ever been featured on the cover of TIME.
Amber has worked with prestigious companies, photographers and designers in the industry. She has appeared in major advertising campaigns such as Versace, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, David Yurman and Elizabeth Arden.
Her long list of international fashion house runway appearances include: Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Prada, Versace, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Dior, Givenchy and John Galliano.
In addition to being a fashion icon, Amber is also known for her humanitarian efforts. The roots of her desire to give back were formed as a young girl growing up in Oklahoma. Amber’s mother, a single mom, instilled the value of giving back to the community.
In 1995, at the age of 21, Amber began to use her supermodel status to launch a series of philanthropic endeavors. She organized a charity called Supermodels Stepping Out Against Hunger. Amber, along with Shalom Harlow, Christy Turlington, Naomi Cambell, and Linda Evangelista, stepped onto the catwalk in Oklahoma for a fashion show in Amber’s hometown to benefit the Tulsa Community Food Bank.
In 1998, Amber participated in the international fashion event “Versace for Africa” that raised awareness and money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, which works to change the ways in which society treats its’ youth, in order to improve their lives.
Today, Amber continues to devote herself to giving back. She is on the Leadership Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Amber is at the forefront of a new initiative with the NRDC called “Clean by Design,” to clean up the fashion and textile industries in China. She has worked on other environmental causes with organizations such as Oceana and International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
While she is passionate about the environment, Amber also commits her time to humanist charities. Last year, she joined forces with Eva Longoria and Maria Bello to create Raise the Roof for Haiti, raising money to provide housing for Haitians after the devastating earthquake. She volunteers her time to Friendly House, one of the nation’s first residential homes for women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.
In September 2013 Amber launched Master & Muse, her new lifestyle brand offering stylish, cutting-edge fashion, created and produced by some of the most socially responsible designers working today. Over the last couple of years, Amber had sought out brands, artisans, designers and entrepreneurs who are courageously pushing the envelope in how fashion is designed, sourced, constructed and sold.
Amber is a talented actress with a successful career in television and film. She began her career co-hosting MTV’s “House of Style” with Shalom Harlow. Since then, she appeared as herself in Douglas Keeve’s documentary about the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, “Unzipped.” She recently appeared in ABC’s hit television show, Revenge and will next be seen starring on the new TNT show “Legends” set to premiere on August 20th.
Amber has co-starred opposite great actors such as Harrison Ford and Michelle Pheiffer in What Lies Beneath, Will Smith and Kevin James in Hitch, and Jason Statham in Transporter 2. In 2010, she starred opposite Gerard Butler in the sci-fi thriller Gamer and co-starred in The Spy Next Door with Jackie Chan. Her films have grossed over $1.1 billion in worldwide box office.
Amber resides in Los Angeles with her family.
At just 13 years old, Mason Cook has made quite an impact on film and television. Mason most recently joined the cast of the television series Legends.
In early 2014, Mason joined the ABC sitcom, THE GOLDBERGS, in the recurring role of "Tyler," filmed a memorable guest appearance on the FOX comedy hit NEW GIRL, and appeared as the guest lead in an episode of the Emmy-award winning children's series, THE HAUNTING HOUR.
Mason appeared in two of 2013's most talked about summer feature films. His standout performance as “Will” in the Walt Disney blockbuster film adaptation of THE LONE RANGER, starring Johnny Depp, helped the film go on to earn more than $255 million worldwide. In New Line Cinema’s, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, Cook starred alongside Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Olivia Wilde.
In 2012, Mason landed the coveted lead role of “Eddie Munster” in the re-imagining of cult television classic THE MUNSTERS, called MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Created by visionary writer/producer Bryan Fuller (PUSHING DAISIES, HANNIBAL), MOCKINGBIRD LANE aired as a critically acclaimed Halloween special. While promoting the special, Mason made a hilarious appearance as a guest on THE ELLEN SHOW.
Mason made his theatrical film debut in 2011 as “Cecil Wilson” in the highly popular family film, SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD with Jessica Alba, Joel McHale and Rowan Blanchard. With global box office receipts of more than $80 million, the film has continued to entertain On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD.
Mason made his television acting debut as “Casey,” a cardiac asthmatic patient on ABC’s hit series GREY’S ANATOMY at the age of nine. Mason's numerous television appearances include recurring roles on THE MIDDLE (ABC) and RAISING HOPE (FOX). He has also appeared on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC), CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS), HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV LAND), MONDAY MORNINGS (TNT) and VICTORIOUS (Nickelodeon.)
Aside from acting, Mason enjoys skateboarding, surfing, soccer and video games. Mason Cook is a member of the GenerationOn Celebrity Youth Council helping unite Hollywood youth in charitable service.