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Cast Bios

Laurie Davidson
"Will Shakespeare"

A newcomer to television, Laurie Davidson was trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he appeared in several high-profile theatrical productions, including Design for Living, Agamemnon, The Virtuoso, Platonov and The Seagull. He was also featured in LAMDA's Shakespeare productions, playing Menenius in Coriolanus and Antigonus in The Winter's Tale. He was cast in TNT's Will while in his final year at LAMDA. Davidson currently lives in Southeast London.

 

Olivia DeJonge
"Alice Burbage"

Olivia DeJonge is most recognized for her starring role in M. Night Shyamalan's box office hit The Visit, which earned her a Young Artist Awards nomination. Her previous feature credits include Caryn Waechter's thriller The Sisterhood of Night, opposite Laura Fraser, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes' award-winning feature film Scare Campaign, which hit theaters in October. She will next be seen starring in TNT's new drama series Will.

DeJonge's on-screen debut in Maziar Lahooti's short film Good Pretender earned her the 24th Western Australian Screen Award for Best Actress. She was also nominated for the 2011 AACTA Most Outstanding Newcomer Award by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Her other short film credits include Steve Fleming's comedy Polarised and Rebecca Ciallella's Eleven Thirty

For television, DeJonge was previously featured in Playmaker's drama series Hiding, alongside James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson and Lincoln Younes which premiered in Australia in 2015.

 

Ewen Bremner
"Richard Topcliffe"

Scottish native Ewen Bremner is a unique talent and persona who has worked with some of the most respected directors in world cinema. After working in theatre, television and film for years, he scored his breakout role in Trainspotting, helmed by Oscar®-winning director Danny Boyle. Having originated the role in Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre production, Bremner made waves opposite Ewan McGregor and earned screen immortality with his character's infamous "speed fueled" job interview scene. He will soon be seen in TNT's new period drama Will.

Prior to Trainspotting, Bremner gave a striking performance in Mike Leigh's Naked, starring opposite David Thewlis. He followed Trainspotting with a number of memorable performances in such films as Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor and Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, Woody Allen's Match Point and Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral, along with such other Hollywood releases as The Rundown, Around the World in 80 Days, Alien vs. Predator and Fool's Gold.

This past year, Bremner joined the DC Universe when he was cast in the Zack Snyder-produced feature Wonder Woman, set for release by Warner Bros. in summer 2017. Bremner also reprised his unforgettable role as Spud in the eagerly anticipated sequel T2: Trainspotting, released from Sony in early 2017. He rounded out the year shooting the feature The Lake, produced by Luc Besson and set for release in January.

Bremner's other notable film credits include Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Perfect Sense, Mike Newell's Great Expectations, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer . Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Guy Ritchie's Snatch, as well as the movies Wide Open Spaces, Mediator, Faintheart, Hallam Foe, Sixteen Years of Alcohol, and Snatch.

Bremner's numerous television appearances include Strike Back for Sky TV; Dominic Savage's Dive; One Night in Emergency; and Jimmy McGovern's Moving On. He recently shot the miniseries Banished, the Dylan Thomas biopic A Poet In New York and the adaptation of Day of the Triffids for the BBC. Other noteworthy series appearances include portraying legendary surrealist Salvador Dali in the U.K. television drama Surrealissimo: The Trial of Salvador Dali and a guest spot on the successful NBC series My Name is Earl.

Bremner has worked extensively in theatre, with such recent credits as God of Hell (Donmar Warehouse), Damascus (Traverse), Trainspotting (Bush Theatre), The Present (Bush Theatre), Gormenghast (Lyric Hammersmith), Bright Light Shinning (Bush Theatre) and Conquest of the South Pole (Traverse/Royal Court), among others.

Bremner currently spends his time between Scotland and Los Angeles.

 

Colm Meaney
"James Burbage"

Dublin-born Colm Meaney is a familiar face to television viewers thanks to his long-running role as Chief Miles O'Brien in the hit series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also starred in AMC's western series Hell on Wheels.

Meaney's extensive film credits include roles in all three adaptations of Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy (The CommitmentsThe Snapper and The Van), as well as roles in Die Hard 2, Dick Tracy, The Last of the Mohicans, Far and Away, The Road to Wellville, Con Air, Layer Cake, The Damned United and Get Him to the Greek. More recently, he has appeared in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, with Steve Coogan, and the comedy-drama One Chance, the story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. He has also completed shooting The Journey, opposite Timothy Spall, directed by Nick Hamm. And he voiced the role of the Miles Standish in Free Birds and Grandpa in Norm of the North.

In 2007, Meaney returned to the stage to star with Kevin Spacey in the highly acclaimed production of Moon for the Misbegotten at London's Old Vic and on Broadway, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.

 

Mattias Inwood
"Richard Burbage"

Originally from New Zealand, Mattias Inwood studied at the Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. After graduating in 2015, he immediately booked a large recurring role on the MTV series The Shannara Chronicles, which premiered in January 2016. After wrapping production on that series, Mattias traveled to Los Angeles and after a handful of auditions and meetings, he landed a series regular role on the new TNT series Will, which chronicles the early years of William Shakespeare.

 

Jamie Campbell Bower
"Christopher Marlowe"

Jamie Campbell Bower is widely considered as one of Britain's brightest young stars. In 2017, he is slated to appear in the TNT drama Will, the story of a young William Shakespeare in 16th century London.

Bower's recent credits include voicing the character of Skiff in the popular animated film Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, alongside Eddie Redmayne and Olivia Colman; playing the lead role of Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare's New York Times bestselling book series The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, alongside Lily Collins, directed by Harald Zwart; playing Caius in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and Breaking Dawn, Part 2, with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart; playing King Arthur in Cannel 4's epic television adaptation of Camelot, seen in the U.S. on Starz; and starring as Young Oxford in Anonymous, a political thriller about the real author of William Shakespeare's plays, from the award-winning director Roland Emmerich and featuring Rhys Ifans, Rafe Spall, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.

Bower was also seen in a new adaptation for ITV of the cult 1960s television series The Prisoner, with Jim Caviezel, Hayley Atwell and Sir Ian McKellen, which aired in the U.S. on AMC. And in 2007, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Douglas in the BBC's The Dinner Party.

Despite a short career to date, Bower can already add a number of critically acclaimed and hugely successful films to his repertoire. He made his film debut in Tim Burton's gothic musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring as the young sailor Anthony opposite Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. He was also seen opposite Kiera Knightley, Colin Farrell and Ray Winston in London Boulevard, based on the novels of the same name by Ken Bruen. And he played the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the hugely successful penultimate installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I. His other film credits include Guy Richie's RocknRolla, with Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton, and Martin Koolhoven's Winter in Wartime.

 

William Houston
"Kemp"

William Houston was born in Sussex, grew up in Northern Ireland and trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. His many appearances in theatre include Laertes in Hamlet, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1&2 and the title roles in Henry V (Evening Standard Best Actor nominee), Coriolanus and Ben Johnson's Sejanus His Fall, all for The Royal Shakespeare Company. He also played the roles of Pentheus and Agave in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Bacchae at the National Theatre, Astrov in Uncle Vanya at The Print Room (Offie Best Actor nomination), Vershinin in The Three Sisters at The Young Vic, Kuzovkin in Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic and, most recently, Titus in Titus Andronicus at The Globe.

On television, Houston has appeared in The Indian Doctor, Endeavour, Robin Hood, Lewis and Henry VIII. He also played the character of John Boucher in the BBC's adaptation of North and South, Dr Millais Culpin in the BBC's Casualty 1906-1909 and Moses in the 2013 miniseries The Bible. Houston's film appearances include Dracula Untold, Age of Heroes, Clash of the Titans, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Hamlet. He was also Constable "Clarky" Clark alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie.

Houston's most recent roles include TNT's new drama series Will, as well as the theatrical films Brimstone, Level Up and The Dancer.

 

Lukas Rolfe
"Presto"

Lukas Rolfe is 14 years old and from West London. He has been acting since the age of 8. Among Rolfe's previous credits are Grantchester for ITV; Medea and Richard III, both directed by Rupert Goold at the Almeida Theatre; and A Doll's House at the Duke of York Theatre. His feature films include Fury and Miss You Already.

 

Max Bennett
"Robert Southwell"

British actor Max Bennett has appeared in West End theatrical productions for such companies as The Royal Court Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse and The National Theatre. He recently made his American stage debut playing Edmund in King Lear, opposite Frank Langella. And he will next be seen playing Shakespeare's cousin Robert Southwell in the TNT drama series Will.

Bennett's other notable stage performances include roles in A Time to Reap, Relatively Speaking, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Measure for Measure.

Bennett made his film debut in the 2007 French comedy 99 Francs. He has since appeared in The Duchess with with Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes, as well as Anna Karenina, also with Knightly. For television, Bennett has appeared in such series as The Hollow Crown, Endeavour and Midsummer Murders.

 

Jasmin Savoy Brown
"Emilia Bassano"

Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown is best known as the recurring character Evie in the hit HBO drama series The Leftovers, which returns for its third season in spring 2017. Up next, Brown will be seen starring as a regular in TNT's Will, which tells the story of a young William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) in 16th century London. She will play Emilia Bassano, the "Dark Lady" of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Brown was recently seen recurring on the Freeform series Stitchers as Nina, Cameron's (Kyle Harris) girlfriend and a member of the Stitchers team. Additional credits include FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ABC Family's The Fosters, NBC's Grimm and TV movie Before You Say I Do. She also played a supporting role in the Sundance hit film Laggies and recently finished filming the indies Lane 1974, alongside Katherine Moennig; Newly Single; and Ten Dollar Bill.

Raised in Springfield, Oregon, Brown is a multitalented performer; a tinkerer of instruments, including the guitar, piano and violin; and a student of ASL. She is a proud alum of New York's CAP21 Conservatory for their prestigious summer musical theatre intensive, as well as the Los Angeles ABC Diversity Showcase. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she studies acting at Lonsdale Smith Studios and voice with Bob Garrett. In addition to acting, Brown is passionate about supporting the charity Peace Over Violence and is a monthly contributor to classical KUSC.