An expert in the field of Divination, Professor Trelawney rarely descends into the hustle and bustle of the main school as the commotion tends to cloud her Inner Eye. While she believes that there is very little she can teach those without the Sight, she does plan to cover palmistry, how to read tea leaves, and crystal ball gazing with the third year students.
EMMA THOMPSON (Professor Trelawney) was born in London. Her father was theatre director Eric Thompson, also the creator of the successful children's series, The Magic Roundabout. Her mother is actress Phyllida Law.
Thompson studied English at Cambridge. While there, she made her debut as Aladdin in the Footlights pantomime, toured in the Footlights Revue and became Vice-President of Footlights, appearing on BBC-TV's Friday Night, Saturday Morning. In February 1980, she co-produced, directed and performed in Cambridge's first all-women revue, Woman's Hour. In the summer of 1981, she performed in the Footlights revue, The Cellar Tapes, which won the Perrier Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, and was later broadcast by BBC-TV. She also made four series of the comedy show Injury Time for BBC Radio with Griff Rhys Jones.
1982 was spent filming a new series for Granada, interspersed with stage appearances in A Sense of Nonsense, which played at the Edinburgh Festival and toured England.
During 1983, Thompson received wide acclaim for her performances in the Granada TV series, Alfresco; Jasper Carrott's Election Night Special for BBC TV; The Crystal Cube, written by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for BBC TV; and Celebration for Channel 4. She also appeared in her own show, Short Vehicle, at the Edinburgh Festival, directed by Humphrey Barclay. In 1984, there was the broadcast of the second season of Alfresco and a series for HBO.
Thompson played opposite Robert Lindsay in the original cast of the musical Me and My Girl at Leicester, and then London's West End, in February of 1985. In December of that year, her own TV special, Up For Grabs, aired on Channel 4. She left the cast of Me and My Girl in January 1986 and appeared in two episodes of Saturday Live for Channel 4. Following this, she went to Scotland, where she played Suzi Kettles in the John Byrne series Tutti Frutti for BBC TV. She then played Harriet Pringle opposite Kenneth Branagh in The Fortunes of War. For these performances, she won her first BAFTA for Best Actress.
Thompson wrote and recorded her own series, Thompson, for the BBC, which was broadcast at the end of 1988. She then went on to film Knuckle, directed by Moira Armstrong, also for BBC. She followed with the filming of the comedy feature, The Tall Guy, directed by Mel Smith, co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson for Working Title. She returned to the BBC to film The Winslow Boy, directed by Michael Darlow.
In December 1988, she filmed Henry V, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, for Renaissance Film. The following year she played Alison Porter in Look Back in Anger, filmed for Thames TV at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. In the autumn of 1989, she filmed the part of the Duchess in Impromptu, a feature directed by James Lapine, co-starring Judy Davis, Julian Sands and Mandy Patinkin.
Thompson then joined the Renaissance Theatre Company to play Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Fool in King Lear. A world tour of both productions finished in August 1990 at the Dominion Theatre in London.
At the end of 1990, Thompson filmed Dead Again, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, in Los Angeles. She went on to film the part of Margaret Schlegel in Merchant Ivory's Howard's End, directed by James Ivory, and in December filmed an episode of Cheers for NBC.
In 1992, she filmed the part of Maggie in Peter's Friends, directed by Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing in Italy, also for Renaissance. On her return to England, she immediately started work on the Merchant Ivory film The Remains of the Day with Anthony Hopkins, in which she plays Miss Kenton. For this performance she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Academy. She then moved on to film Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day Lewis, in which she played defense attorney Gareth Peirce, for which she was also nominated for Best Actress by the Academy.
Thompson won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the Golden Globe Award, the New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics Awards, and the BAFTA Award, all for her role in Howard's End.
For her performances in The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father, Emma was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. For her work in Much Ado About Nothing, Emma was nominated for Best Female Lead by the Independent Feature Project West (the Spirit Awards) and Best Actress by the American Comedy Awards. She won the London Film Critics Circle Award as Best Actress for her performances in both The Remains of the Day and Much Ado About Nothing.
In 1994, she appeared in The Blue Boy, an independent feature shot on location in Scotland for America's PBS, and Junior, a comedy co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito for director Ivan Reitman.
In 1995, she starred in the title role in Carrington, Christopher Hampton's story of the strange love affair between artist Dora Carrington (Thompson) and Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce) from Hampton's own screenplay, shot on location in England.
She also starred in and wrote the screenplay adaptation (based on Jane Austen's novel) of Sense and Sensibility for director Ang Lee. For her writing accomplishments on that film, she received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published, as well as a Golden Globe Award, the USC Scripter Award and Best Screenplay awards from the Writers Guild, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Broadcast Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics and the New York Film Critics. She also received a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television. For her performance in Sense and Sensibility, she received her third BAFTA and National Board of Review awards for Best Actress, along with an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Thompson followed that with starring roles in a succession of films including The Winter Guest, shot on location in Scotland and co-starring her mother Phyllida Law for director Alan Rickman (in his feature directorial debut); Primary Colors, with John Travolta, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates for director Mike Nichols, and the independent feature Judas Kiss with Alan Rickman, this time as co-star.
In 2001, Thompson garnered enormous praise for her collaboration with Mike Nichols on the HBO telefilm Wit. As actress she received a Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nomination. As the film's co-screenwriter, she received the Humanitas Award, and nominations for an Emmy and Golden Globe.
Last year, Thompson starred in several diverse projects: director Mike Nichols' critically-acclaimed, award-winning screen adaptation of Angels in America, co-starring Meryl Streep and Al Pacino for HBO, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award; in writer/director Christopher Hampton's film adaptation of Imagining Argentina, opposite Antonio Banderas; and in Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis, for which Thompson won both the prestigious London Evening Standard and Empire Award as Best Actress, as well as the London Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress.
Thompson can next be seen in the title role in Nanny McPhee, for which she also wrote the screenplay. Co-starring Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury, the film is an adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand, and is currently in production in England.
The amiable, dumpy, Herbology professor teaches Hogwarts students about everything from Mandrakes and Puffapods to Bubotubers. When not working or teaching in one of the Hogwarts greenhouses, Professor Sprout performs her duties as Head of Hufflepuff house.
MIRIAM MARGOLYES easily moves from throwing Arnold Schwarzenegger into a wall in End of Days to playing 23 characters from the works of Charles Dickens in her award-winning one woman show (Dickens' Women), Miriam Margolyes is one of the UK's most prolific and versatile actresses equally at home on stage or screen. She went to the US following an award-winning performance in Christine Edzard's film Little Dorrit appearing four times on the Tonight Show, before being given her own situation comedy Frannie's Turn.
In 1984 Margolyes won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence prompting an invitation to join the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Other films include: Pacific Heights; Dead Again; I Love You to Death; Cold Comfort Farm; Immortal Beloved; Little Shop of Horrors and James and the Giant Peach; Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; Sunshine and Cats & Dogs.
Her television career is equally as varied with highlights including: The Girls of Slender Means; Glittering Prizes; Blackadder; Old Flames; The History Man; Oliver Twist; The Lost Tribe; Life and Loves of a She Devil; Vanity Fair; and Lynda La Plante's Supply and Demand.
Her greatest love is the theatre, including most recently the Vagina Monologues. Her first appearance at the Arts Theatre was in the 1976 hit Kennedy's Children with other appearances including: The Threepenny Opera; Orpheus Descending both with Vanessa Redgrave and She Stoops to Conquer with Sir Donald Sinden. Her production of Gertrude Stein and a Companion won a Fringe First at the 1986 Edinburgh Festival, transferring to a sellout season at the Hampstead Theatre and a US and Australian tour. Her last West End appearance was as George in The Killing of Sister George and the Ambassador Theatre and in 2000 in Los Angeles, she appeared in Sir Peter Hall's production of Romeo and Juliet.
Margolyes's career began in radio with parts ranging from voicing small boys to old ladies. She has voiced thousands of TV and radio commercials, recorded stories for children including Matilda; The Worst Witch; Pinocchio; The First Snows of Winter; Mulan and the voice of Babe's mother, Fly, in Babe. Her radio career was crowned in 1993 when she recorded The Queen & I for the BBC, playing every member of the royal family. This was released on cassette and became the most popular audio book ever issued, for which she won the Sony Best Radio Actress Award. In 1997 Margolyes' recording of Oliver Twist won awards in both England and the US and she was named Best Audio Performer by the Spoken Word Publishers Association.
PROFESSOR MINERVA MCGONAGALL
Hogwarts' Deputy Headmistress and head of Gryffindor house, strict but fair Professor McGonagall teaches Transfiguration and has the ability to turn herself into a cat. She can be quite stern, has little patience for rule-breakers, and is a die-hard Quidditch fan.
DAME MAGGIE SMITH (Professor McGonagall) is quite simply one of the world's greatest stage and screen actresses, revered both by her peers and the public alike and the recipient of countless awards, including two Academy Awards, the CBE and the DBE. Most recently she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her role in Robert Altman's highly acclaimed Gosford Park.
Smith first appeared on stage with the Oxford University Drama Society in 1952 and then made her professional debut in New York in The New Faces 1956 Revue. She joined the Old Vic Company in 1959 and began gathering awards including the 1962 Evening Standard's Best Actress Award for her roles as Doreen in The Private Ear and Belinda in The Public Eye.
Smith joined The National Theatre in 1963 playing Desdemona opposite Laurence Olivier's Othello and went on to further success in Black Comedy, Miss Julie, The Country Wife, The Beaux Strategm and Much Ado About Nothing.
But, it was in 1969 and her portrayal in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie which catapulted her into the public eye and won her an Academy Award and the Society of Film and TV Arts Best Actress Award. Further film roles followed including: Travels with my Aunt (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress) and Death on the Nile. Then, in 1977 Smith won her second Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role in Neil Simon's California Suite.
The accolades continued to flow with Alan Bennett's A Private Function (co-starring Michael Palin) for which she won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, a Variety Club Award and her fifth Academy Award nomination. Further film success followed with Merchant Ivory's A Room with a View; The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress); Steven Spielberg's Hook; Sister Act; The Secret Garden; Richard III, The First Wives Club; Washington Square; Tea with Mussolini (for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress); The Last September and Callie Khouri's The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with Sandra Bullock. She was also recently seen with Chris Cooper in My House in Umbria.
Smith has remained faithful to her stage career throughout her illustrious film and television career. She played the title role of Hedda Gabler in 1970 and won her second Variety Club Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Mrs Millamant in the Way of the World. Further stage productions include Night and Day and Edna O'Brien's Virginia for which she received the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actress. Other notable productions include The Interpreters; Infernal Machine; Coming in to Land; Lettice and Lovage (for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress); The Importance of Being Earnest; Three Tall Women (for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress); A Delicate Balance, Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van and most recently opposite Judi Dench in David Hare's The Breath of Life.
Major television credits include Granada's Mrs. Silly for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress; the BBC's Momento Mori; Suddenly Last Summer and Talking Heads: Bed Among the Lentils for which she won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress and most recently The BBC's All the King's Men and David Copperfield.
In 1970 Smith received a CBE and in 1990 she became Dame Maggie Smith when she received the DBS. She was awarded the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize in 1991, is a Fellow of the British Film Institute; was awarded a Silver BAFTA in 1993, is an Hon. DLitt of Cambridge University and St. Andrews and is a patron of the Jane Austen Society.
This year, Rubeus Hagrid adds to his duties as the Hogwarts gamekeeper by agreeing to teach Care of Magical Creatures class. Hagrid's friendship with giant spiders, his purchase of vicious, three-headed dogs from men in pubs and his love of baby dragons suggest that this year's coursework should prove exciting and challenging to all students...
ROBBIE COLTRANE reprises his role as loyal Keeper of the Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts and most importantly, friend to Harry Potter.
Robbie Coltrane is one of the UK's most prolific and respected film and television actors with a multi-award winning career spanning 20 years. His illustrious film career to date boasts 26 films including most recently: Allen and Albert Hughes' From Hell; the James Bond films The World is Not Enough and Goldeneye in which he played Valentin Zukovsky; Warner Bros.' Message in a Bottle; Buddy; The Pope Must Die; Henry V; Let it Ride; Absolute Beginners; Defense of the Realm; Mona Lisa and Nuns on the Run for which he was awarded The Peter Sellers Award For Comedy at the 1991 Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Perhaps Coltrane is best known as Fitz in the internationally acclaimed and hugely popular television series Cracker. The three series of the phenomenally successful drama amassed an impressive array of awards including two BAFTA Best Drama Series Awards in 1995 and 1996; the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama; the 1993 Broadcasting Press Guilds Award for Best Series and the US Cable Ace Awards Best Movie or Mini Series. Coltrane himself was bestowed with a staggering array of awards for his portrayal of the tough, wise cracking police psychologist, Fitz. Incredibly, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor three years in a row (1994, 1995 and 1996); Best Television Actor at the 1993 Broadcasting Press Guilds Awards; a Silver Nymph Award for Best Actor at the 1994 Monte Carlo Television Festival; Best Male Performer at the 1994 Royal Television Society Awards; FIPA's Best Actor Award and a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Mini Series.
Coltrane first came to our attention in Slab Boys in 1978 at the Traverse Theatre and at Hampstead Theatre, before in the early 1980s launching himself on an unsuspecting comedy scene with appearances on Alfresco, Kick up the Eighties, Laugh I nearly Paid my License Fee and Saturday Night Live.
He went onto make star appearances in 13 Comic Strip productions and numerous television shows including Blackadders III; Blackadder Christmas Special as well as being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Danny McGlone in Tony Smith's Tutti Frutti.
PROFESSOR REMUS LUPIN
During Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Lupin replaces Gilderoy Lockhart as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Once a student at Hogwarts himself (with Harry's parents, James and Lily Potter, as well as fellow Professor Severus Snape), Lupin is happy to return to the school. The reason for his ill and exhausted-looking appearance, however, will be quite a surprise to Harry and his friends.
DAVID THEWLIS (Professor Lupin) is undoubtedly one of the most versatile of British actors, first shooting to critical and public acclaim for his powerful performance in Mike Leigh's Naked. His other most recent main credits include Nick Love's Goodbye Charlie Bright, Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1, Peter Hewitt's Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? , Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged, the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski, David Caffrey's Divorcing Jack, Jean Jaques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet and John Frankenheimer's The Island of Dr Moreau.
Other film credits include Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse, Rob Cohen's Dragonheart, Mike Hoffman's Restoration, Caroline Thompson's Black Beauty, David Jones' The Trial, Paul Greengrass' Resurrected, Beeban Kidron's Vroom and Short and Curlies and Life is Sweet, both for Mike Leigh.
Thewlis' many television credits include Dinotopia, Endgame, Dandelion Dead, the award-winning Prime Suspect III, Frank Stubbs, Journey to Knock, Filipino Dreamgirls, Skulduggery, A Bit of a Do, Road and The Singing Detective opposite Michael Gambon.
In addition to his film and television work, Thewlis has also starred in Sam Mendes' The Sea at the Royal National Theatre, Max Stafford-Clark's Ice Cream at the Royal Court, Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich, Ruffian on the Stairs/The Woolley at Farnham and Lady and the Clarinet at the Kings Head.
Argus Filch, the Hogwarts caretaker, is a bad-tempered, failed wizard. He wanders the halls of Hogwarts with his feline companion, Mrs. Norris, trying to catch students in the act of breaking school rules. Harry and Ron believe he despises the students so much because he is a Squib - someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn't got any magic powers.
DAVID BRADLEY again plays Hogwarts' ill-natured caretaker who prowls the corridors of the school with his cat Mrs. Norris.
David Bradley is an actor of unparalleled standing. He is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected actors and a long-standing member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.
In 1990 Bradley won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as the Fool in King Lear at the National Theatre. In 1993 he won the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actor for the roles of Polonius in Hamlet and Shallow in Henry IV PT II at the RSC (a role for which he was also nominated for a further Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role).
In addition, Bradley's many other RSC theatre credits include: The Tempest;Julius Caesar; The Alchemist; Dr. Faustus; Epicoene; Cymbeline; Three Sisters; Temptation; Twelfth Night; Merry Wives of Windsor; Il Candelaio; Tartuffe; Custom of the Country; The Winter's Tale; Moliere; The Roaring Girl; Arden of Faversham; Lear; Captain Swing; The Swan Down Gloves and The Merchant of Venice.
Bradley's most recent theatre role was as God in The Mysteries at the Royal National Theatre. Other productions at the National include: The Homecoming; Mother Courage; Richard III; Measure for Measure; The Cherry Orchard; Twelfth Night; Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Front Page. West End credits include: Britannicus; Phedre and Funny Peculiar.
In addition to his outstanding theatre career, Bradley 's film credits include most recently the role of the Priest in Kristian Levring's Innocence, Mr. Bellamy in Billie Eltringham's This is Not a Love Song; Udayan Prasad's Gabriel and Me; Rodney Butcher's Pas de Trois; Paddy Breathnack's Blow Dry; Kristian Levring's The King is Alive; Willard Carroll's Tom's Midnight Garden; Jeroen Krabbe's Left Luggage; Rob Marchant's Kangaroo Palace and Stephen Frear's Prick Up Your Ears.
Bradley is also a familiar face to television audiences throughout Britain with many starring roles and appearances in productions such as: The Way We Live Now; Station Jim; The Mayor of Casterbridge; The Wilsons; Vanity Fair; Where the Heart is; Our Mutual Friend; Bramwell; Reckless; Cracker; Band of Gold; Our Friends in the North; Martin Chuzzlewit; Fair Game; Full Stretch; Buddha of Surburbia; Between the Lines; Shadow of the Noose; Fergus' Wedding; Blue Dove; Sweet Dreams and Murphy's Law.
Madame Pince is the irritable, vulture-like librarian at Hogwarts. She is responsible for maintaining the books needed regularly by Hogwarts students, and strictly monitors access to the library's Restricted Section - to which Harry and his friends quite often seem to need access.
SALLY MORTEMORE who plays Madame Pince is a highly gifted actress who has worked for many of the country's foremost theatre companies playing numerous leading roles.
In a distinguished acting career she has played both 'Lady Macbeth' and 'Titania' for The English Shakespeare Company. Other leading classical roles include 'Portia' in "Julius Caesar" and Hippolita in "Tis Pity She's A Whore, and 'Arkadina' in "The Seagull". Sally has worked with the ground breaking Red Shift Company on several productions; most notably 'Gertrude' in "Hamlet" and Julianna' in "The Aspen Papers" She is equally at home in other forms of theatre and excelled as The Snow Queen in a recent production of the show, and has also worked with the highly respected Clean break Theatre Company.
Her film and television work includes "Serial Killers", "Daphne and Apollo" "Give Us A Break", "Freud ","The Brief" and "The Seagull".
Madam Pomfrey is the stalwart, and very capable, Hogwarts matron. Whether re-growing bones in a student's arm, reviving a student who has been mysteriously Petrified or aiding in someone's recovery from a run-in with a Dementor, she seems to take it all in her stride.
GEMMA JONES is perhaps best known for her recent portrayal of Bridget's mother in Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones' Diary. Other notable film credits and roles include: Merchant Ivory's Cotton Mary; BBC Films The Theory of Flight; in David Mamet's The Winslow Boy; An Inch Over the Horizon; with Stephen Fry in Wilde; Valley Girls; with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility; in Merchant Ivory's Feast of July and On the Black Hill. She will next be seen in a Spanish film with Penelope Cruz entitled No News from God.
Gemma Jones first trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Gold Medal. She has gone on to become an extremely respected stage actress with West End credits including: Brecht's Baal with Peter O'Toole; Bill Naughton's Alfie with John Neville; Jean Anouilh's The Cavern for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award; E.M Forster's Howard's End; Alan Bennett's Getting On with Kenneth More; Harold Pinter's The Homecoming; And a Nightingale Sang by C.P Taylor; Arthur Miller's Ride Down Mount Morgan and Ibsen's The Master Builder with Alan Bates.
She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as: The Merry Wives of Windsor; A Winter's Tale; Twelfth Night: Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; Volpone and the world tour of Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. For the Royal National Theatre Jones she has appeared in John Hopkins' Next of Fire, Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro and Battle Royal by Nick Stafford. At the Old Vic she played Goneril in King Lear and was in Adrian Mitchell's After Aida. And at the Young Vic she starred in David Rudkin's Ashes with Ian McKellen. She played Ophelia to Richard Chamberlain's Hamlet; Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire; Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Lady Macbeth on a tour of England and India. She was in Stephen Poliakoff's Breaking the Silence; in Manuel Puig's Mystery of the Rose Bouquet at the Donmar Warehouse and co-starred with John Neville in Strindberg's Dance of Death at the Almeida Theatre.
Equally at home on the small screen, Gemma Jones' many notable television roles include: her highly acclaimed performance at the Duchess of Duke Street; as well as Nina in The Seagull; Queen Elizabeth I in Kenilworth; Varia in The Cherry Orchard; Ingmar Bergman's The Lie; The Importance of Being Ernest; The Merchant of Venice; Inspector Morse; The Story Teller; Wycliffe; Faith; Devices and Desires; After the Dance and the BAFTA award winning Longitude directed by Charles Sturridge.
Charms Professor at Hogwarts and head of Ravenclaw house, Professor Flitwick is remarkably tiny, having to stand on a stack of books just to see over his desk.
WARWICK DAVIS is also back at Hogwarts as the Levitation expert.
Davis's career as an actor came about purely by chance. Back in 1981 his Grandmother heard a radio announcement calling for people under four feet tall to appear in the new Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. He played the tiny Ewok, Wicket, who became one of the film's lead creature characters.
In 1984, after the success of Return of the Jedi, Lucas went on to make two Ewok movies for ABC television Caravan of Courage and in 1985, Battle for Endor. Davis reprised his performances as Wicket in both. Also in 1985, Davis appeared alongside David Bowie in the fantasy film Labyrinth.
In 1987 Davis was called to Elstree Studios in London for a meeting with Ron Howard and George Lucas. They discussed a new project Willow, written specifically with Davis in mind. This epic fantasy has since become a favorite with family audiences throughout the world.
After the success of Willow, Davis was immediately back in front of the camera, this time for the small screen. He was cast in two series of the BBC television classic, The Chronicles of Narnia. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Davis portrayed the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep and in The Silver Chair he played Glimfeather the owl.
Up until this point in his career, Davis had always been cast as a 'goodie'. On reading the script for Leprechaun, he was thrilled to learn that this Leprechaun was in fact a 'baddie'. The film achieved cult status with movie fans in America, which prompted no less than four sequels to be made.
In 1995, Davis appeared as Gildrig in Gulliver's Travels. The series set new American television audience records by attracting a staggering 56 million viewers. In 1997, George Lucas invited Davis to return to that famous galaxy far, far away for Star Wars - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Davis played no less than four roles in the film, with character names Wald and Weazel.
Later in 1997, a script arrived entitled A Very Unlucky Leprechaun. No, not another horror movie, this time the Leprechaun, known as Lucky, was friendly, if a little eccentric. The success of this children's film meant a sequel The White Pony was made the following year.
In 1999, he was seen as Acorn in The 10th Kingdom, as Pepe in The New Adventures of Pinocchio and as Basil Lodge in the BBC sit-com, The Fitz. He also spent six weeks in Canada filming a new version of the Snow White story for ABC television. Later that year he shot a British film called Al's Lads.
As well as he many roles on the big and small screens, Davis has trodden the boards of theatres throughout the United Kingdom. As well as numerous productions of Snow White, he has also appeared in Peter Pan and Aladdin.
During 2001, Davis has worked on two series for the BBC. An episode of the mystery series Murder Rooms and Steve Coogan's Hammer House homage Dr Terrible's House of Horrible. Davis has also just completed a pilot for Hidden Hollywood, a new series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at feature films.
PROFESSOR SEVERUS SNAPE
Harry Potter's least favorite teacher, Professor Severus Snape is the Potions master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is commonly known that he would much rather teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, and as head of Slytherin house, he unfairly favors the Slytherin students - both in his classes and on the Quidditch pitch.
ALAN RICKMAN (Professor Snape) is one of the UK's most respected film, television and theatre actors and famed throughout the world for his performances in films as diverse as: Die Hard; An Awfully Big Adventure; Bob Roberts; Truly Madly Deeply; Close My Eyes; The January Man and Galaxy Quest.
For his role as the enigmatic Russian monk in HBO's Rasputin, Rickman won the 1996 Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. Other television credits include Benefactors; Revolutionary Witness; Spirit of Man; Pity in History; Barchester Chronicles; Busted; Therese Raquin and Romeo & Juliet.
As a director Rickman's work includes Wax Acts with Ruby Wax in the West End and The Winter Guest by Sharman MacDonald at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. He then went on to direct (and co-write with Macdonald) the feature film version of The Winter Guest starring Emma Thompson. It was an Official Selection for the Venice Film Festival, winning three awards and later won Best Feature at the Chicago Film Festival.
Rickman is equally famed for his theatre work. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company he starred in Les Liaisons Dangereuses both in the West End and on Broadway where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Other productions for the RSC include: Mephisto; Troilus and Cressida; As You Like It; Love's Labour's Lost; Antony and Cleopatra; Captain Swing and The Tempest. Most of his stage work however has been in contemporary theatre and includes: Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich at the Glasgow Citizens; The Carnation Game and The Summer Party at the Crucible Sheffield; Commitments and The Last Elephant at the Bush Theatre; Bad Language at the Hampstead Theatre Club; The Grass Widow; The Lucky Chance and The Seagull at the Royal Court.
Rickman recently starred in the highly acclaimed West End production of Noel Coward's Private Lives. He won both the Variety Club and Theatre Goers Awards for Best Actor and was nominated for Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The play enjoyed a sell out run at the Albery Theatre before transferring to Broadway where Rickman was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor.
Returning to London, he filmed Love Actually for Richard Curtis.
SIR NICHOLAS DE MIMSY-PORPINGTON
Otherwise known as "Nearly Headless Nick", the ghost of Gryffindor Tower is a constant presence at Hogwarts and friend to Harry. He cannot at all understand why he continues to be prohibited from joining the Headless Hunt, when he is only half an inch of flesh from being a completely headless ghost - having been hit forty-five times in the neck with a blunt axe.
JOHN CLEESE once again plays the ghost with a flip-top head.
Cleese needs little or no introduction having entertained the world for 40 years as a comedian, actor, writer, author, director, producer and generally very funny person.
It was perhaps in 1969 and the first series of Monty Python's Flying Circus that Cleese first shot to fame. The Pythons' unique brand of humor was to spawn three hit series, a UK and Canadian stage tour, a stage show at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and at City Center, New York as well as a show at the Hollywood Bowl. The team made their first film in 1971 And Now For Something Completely Different, followed two years later by Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in 1978 Life of Brian and in 1982 The Meaning of Life.
In 1975 he created what was to similarly become a worldwide phenomenon, the television series Fawlty Towers. This was followed with a second series in 1979. Cleese wrote, produced and starred in A Fish Called Wanda, co-starring Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin, which was released in 1988. The film received an Academy Award nomination, an Italian Oscar and a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Screenplay and Cleese received a BAFTA Award for Best Actor with the film being further nominated for Best Screenplay.
Other film credits include: Clockwise; Romance With a Double Bass; Time Bandits; The Great Muppet Caper; Privates on Parade; Silverado; Splitting Heirs; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; The Jungle Book; Fierce Creatures (co-writer and co-producer); Out of Towners; Isn't She Great; The World is not Enough; The Quantum Project and Rat Race.
In addition, Cleese organized the first Amnesty Concert A Poke in the Eye (directed by Jonathan Miller) in 1975 and directed The Secret Policeman's Ball again for Amnesty on stage in 1979. He then co-directed The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in 1981.
Other career highlights include BBC television's The Frost Report, The Frost Programme and At Last the 1948 Show which in 1966 and 1967 first introduced him to UK audiences; the role of Petruchio in the BBC's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew; LWT's Whoops Apocalypse and most recently the BBC's The Human Face.
Cleese was also the founder of the highly successful management training films company Video Arts (awarded the Queen's Award to Industry for Exports) and has written two self-help books Families & How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive it (both with Dr. Robin Skynner), the first of which was made into a BBC Radio 4 series. He is a Cambridge graduate (MA), was Rector of St. Andrew's University for three years (Honorary LL.D) and in 1999 he has appointed an Andrew D White Professor-at-large to Cornell University.
CRABBE & GOYLE
Slytherins Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle are Draco Malfoy's enormous, thuggish cronies. With more brawn than brains, they seem to exist to do Malfoy's bidding. Though they frequently laugh at the expense of other students, Harry and his friends sometimes get the last laugh – as when an invisible Harry accosted them with snowballs near the Shrieking Shack.
Draco Malfoy's father Lucius - a known supporter of Lord Voldemort - prides himself on being a pureblooded wizard, and despises all things Muggle related. He almost caused Ginny Weasley's death during her first year at Hogwarts by slipping Tom Riddle's diary into her schoolbooks, and once tried to have Buckbeak, the Hippogriff, executed.
Sixteen year old TOM FELTON (Draco Malfoy) is back as Harry Potter's arch-enemy and Slytherin school boy Draco Malfoy.
Tom has been acting professionally for eight years and was first seen on the big screen in 1996 when he played the role of Peagreen in Peter Hewitt's The Borrowers. In 1999, he played the part of Jodie Foster's screen son Louis in Anna & the King.
He has also appeared in two top UK television series: Bugs in which he played the role of James and Second Sight starring opposite Clive Owen as Thomas Ingham. He has also starred in two BBC Radio 4 plays, playing the role of Ioeth in The Wizard of Earthsea and Hercule in Here's to Everyone.
Tom first came to attention in 1995 when he was featured in a number of top television commercials. As well as displaying an early talent for acting, he is an avid carp fisherman and loves to fish at any opportunity.
The patriarch of the esteemed Malfoy family is now a Governor of Hogwarts, and emerges as a dangerous adversary of both Mr. Weasley and Professor Dumbledore.
JASON ISAACS takes on the role of the Machiavellian father to Draco.
Isaacs is fast becoming one of the most sought after actors of his generation whose recent credits include Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, the recently released Jackie Chan film The Tuxedo and Dan Ireland's romantic comedy Passionada. Also due for release in 2002 are John Woo's Windtalkers opposite Nicolas Cage and Mike Figgis' Hotel.
After finishing shooting Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets he will travel straight to Australia to star as both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in the Disney/Sony/Revolution production of Peter Pan to be directed by P.J. Hogan.
He has been working non-stop since appearing as Colonel William Tavington opposite Mel Gibson in The Patriot, a scene stealing performance which garnered him a nomination from the London Film Critic's Circle. He was also seen in drag in Sweet November with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron and as a priest in Neil Jordan's End of the Affair. He was Professor Quincy, the 'smartest man on the planet' in box office giant Armageddon, Cow Pat Keegan, an IRA chief, in Divorcing Jack and the slimy Lord Felton opposite Denis Quaid in Dragonheart. In addition he has made three movies with director Paul Anderson; the sci-fi thriller Event Horizon,Soldier with Kurt Russell and the cult film Shopping. The eagle-eyed will spot him in an uncredited cameo in Anderson's recent Resident Evil. Isaacs made his feature film debut with Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson in The Tall Guy.
On television he starred as the sweet-natured Chas for two seasons in the hit series Capital City, in the headline grabbing Civvies from Lynda La Plante, as a real life disgraced footballer in Paul Greengrass' The Fix and as, variously, a gay crime lord, identical twins - one evil, one good, an amnesiac and two separate drug dealers called Des. For CBS he was in the mini-series The Last Don, as another priest, this time testing the limits of his vows.
On stage he created the role of Louis in the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize winning Angels in America - parts 1 & 2, and has appeared at the Royal Court in Gary Mitchell's The Force of Change and as Mussolini in Craig Raine's 1953 at the Almeida. He has also performed at the King's Head and five times at the Edinburgh festival.
Born in Liverpool, England, Isaacs attended Bristol University where, while studying law, he directed and/or starred in over twenty plays. On graduating he went straight to London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama for another three years and has been working ever since to clear his debts.
A friend of James and Lily Potter at Hogwarts, Peter Pettigrew was supposedly murdered by Azkaban escapee Sirius Black when he confronted Black about betraying the Potters to Voldemort. After Black caused a massive explosion that killed Pettigrew and twelve others, all that was found of Pettigrew was his finger.
TIMOTHY SPALL (Peter Pettigrew) has been a familiar face to TV and film audiences across the globe for over 20 years since he first shot to fame as the hapless Barry in BBC TV's Auf Wiedersehen Pet. He has gone on to star feature in over 30 films including Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies and Topsy Turvy both of which received BAFTA and London Film Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. He received further nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the London Film Critics Circle as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break and again Best Actor nominations by the British Industry Film Awards and Europe Film Awards for Leigh's All or Nothing.
Other notable film credits include Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Kenneth Branagh's Love Labour's Lost and Hamlet; Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet; Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky; Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart; Richard Longcrane's My House in Umbria; Doug McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby; Tony Jaffe's Rock Star; Christopher Miles' The Clandestine Marriage; Brian Gibson's Still Crazy and Simon Wincer's Young Indie.
Spall is also highly respected in the world of television drama. He received a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor for Julian Farino's Our Mutual Friend and also won the Broacasting Press Guild TV Award again for Best Actor. He also won Best Actor Awards from both the Cinema Tout Ecran and Prix d'Italie Awards for his role in Stephen Poliakoff's Shooting the Past as well as further Bafta nominations both for Shooting the Past and Danny Boyle's Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise.
In addition to his film and television career, Spall is a revered stage actor with many performances including Stephen Daldry's This is a Chair at the Royal Court, Robert LePage's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the National Theatre, Mike Leigh's Smelling a Rat, Trevor Nunn's The Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby and Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company and David Jones' Baal again for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Myrtle, with her thick, pearly glasses, is the overly-sensitive ghost who sobs morosely in the girls' second-floor bathroom at Hogwarts. Killed by the Basilisk when she was a student at Hogwarts years ago, she continues to haunt the bathroom in which she died. Myrtle comes to Harry's aid more than once during his years at Hogwarts.
SHIRLEY HENDERSON plays the role of the student ghost who spends her days haunting the girls' bathroom.
Henderson is proving to be one of the most popular young actresses of today with a varied list of notable roles in film, television and theatre. Most recently she can be seen portraying the character of Alice in the Zentropa Production Vilbur Wants to Kill Himself (Lone Scherfig); playing Alice in American Cousins (Don Coutts); Shirley in Shane Meadows' Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, as Detective Losey in Dr. Sleep (Nick Willing); in Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People; The Claim and Wonderland; Eve in Villa Des Roses (Frank van Passel); Jude in Bridget Jones' Diary (Sharon Maguire); Leonora in Topsy Turvy (Mike Leigh) for which she received the Film Critics Circle nomination for Best Actress; and as Gail in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting.
Henderson's many television credits include most recently, Marie Melmotte in The Way We Live Now (BBC) for which she received the Royal Television Society Nomination for Best Actress; Hamish Macbeth for BBC Scotland and In a Land of Plenty.
Henderson is equally at home in the theatre. Most recently she played Lynn in Anna Weiss at the Whitehall Theatre, directed by Michael Attenborough. Other notable credits include: Shining Souls at the Young Vic; The Maiden Stone and Lion in the Streets at the Hampstead Theatre (Michael Lloyd); Romeo and Juliet at the Citizens' Theatre; Simon Donald's The Life of Stuff at the Traverse; My Mother Said I Never Should at the Royal Court and Peter Hall's productions of Entertaining Strangers; The Winter's Tale and The Tempest at the Royal National Theatre.
TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
A former Hogwarts student who materializes from within the pages of an old diary discovered by Harry during his second year, Tom Riddle eventually leads Harry to the Chamber of Secrets. However, Tom Riddle's true identity is much more ominous than it initially appeared.
One of the UK's fastest rising young stars, CHRISTIAN COULSON, joins the cast as a mysterious and ghostly ex-Hogwarts student.
A recent graduate from Cambridge University, this is Coulson's third feature film, having featured in the role of Ralph in Stephen Daldry's The Hours and the role of the Drummer boy in Shekah Kapur's Four Feathers.
He is also currently starring as Jolly in ITV's epic drama The Forsyte Saga and played the role of Matt in BBC TV's Love is a Cold Climate.
Coulson's talents first came to light while studying at Cambridge University with memorable performances including: the role of Emcee in Cabaret; the role of Arturo Ui in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and curiously the role of 'Claire' in The Maids.
Imprisoned for the murder of thirteen people, and believed to have betrayed Harry Potter's parents to Voldemort, Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison. Anyone seeing this wizard is advised to approach with extreme caution and to alert the Ministry of Magic immediately. Considered to be of great danger to Harry, Black is believed to be on his way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to find him.
GARY OLDMAN (Sirius Black) began his career in 1979 working extensively in the London theatre. Between 1985 and 1989 he worked exclusively at London's Royal Court theatre. In 1985 he was awarded Best Newcomer by London's Time Out Magazine for his performance in The Pope's Wedding. That same year he shared the London Critic's Circle Best Actor Award with Sir Anthony Hopkins.
He has since gone on to become one of the most respected and talented film actors working today with credits including Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Oliver Stone's JFK, Tony Scott's True Romance, Luc Besson's The Professional, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and the starring role of Beethoven in Immortal Beloved.
In 1997 and 1998 Oldman starred in The Fifth Element, Air Force One and Lost in Space. These films and Coppola's Dracula place him in the rarified league of actors who have opened four movies in the number one position at the box office.
In 1995 Oldman and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed the production company The SE8 Group, which produced Oldman's directorial debut Nil By Mouth (which he also wrote). The film was invited to open the 1997 50th Cannes Film Festival in the main competition and Kathy Burke won Best Actress for her role. The film also won Oldman the prestigious Channel 4 director's prize in the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival.
In 1998 Nil by Mouth won Oldman a BAFTA for Best British Film and Best Screenplay and further nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress.
Fans of the television series Friends will also remember Oldman for his guest appearance as an alcoholic actor, a role which garnered him an Emmy nomination. Other television performances include Mike Leigh's Meantime and The Firm directed by the late Alan Clark.
Vernon Dursley, his wife Petunia and their son Dudley (all Muggles) are Harry Potter's only living relatives. Uncle Vernon and his family all have a very medieval attitude toward magic, and try to squash the magic out of Harry whenever possible. In fact, they never speak about Harry's late witch and wizard parents (Petunia's sister Lily and her husband James) and Harry is forbidden to ask questions. Harry is forced to spend his summer holidays with the Dursleys, and counts the days until he can return to Hogwarts.
RICHARD GRIFFITHS returns to play Harry's bullying Uncle Vernon, married to Petunia and the father of Dudley.
Richard Griffiths is one of the UK's most well-known and loved actors, a regular face on television and in film. He has been featured in a number of films over the last 20 years and is perhaps best remembered in Withnail & I and most recently in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. Other major film credits include; Chariots of Fire; The French Lieutenant's Woman; Ghandi; Greystoke;Gorky Park; A Private Function; Shanghai Surprise; King Ralph; Blame it on the Bellboy; Naked Gun 2; Funny Bones; Superman II and in Don Boyd's Goldeneye.
In the UK, Griffiths is a much loved character actor most famed for his BBC television series Pie in the Sky and Hope &Glory (having just completed the second series). His other main television performances in the BBC's Gormenghast; Inspector Morse; In the Red; Ted and Ralph; Amnesty; Bird of Prey; The Cleopatras; Merry Wives of Windsor; The Marksman; Mr. Wakefield's Crusade; LWT's Nobody's Perfect and Whoops Apocalypse; Thames TV's Ffizz; Central's A Kind of Living and Granada's El Cid.
Griffiths is also an established theatre actor having performed with the RSC in The White Guard; Once in a Lifetime; Henry VIII; Volpone and Red Star. Other major stage productions include: Heartbreak House; Galileo and Rules of the Game all at the Almeida Theatre; Art; Katherine Howard; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Verdi's Messiah and most recently Luther at the Royal National Theatre.
Petunia and Vernon Dursley are Harry Potter's Muggle aunt and uncle, with whom he has lived since the death of his parents when he was a baby. Petunia, the sister of Harry's late mother, dotes on her enormous and obnoxious son Dudley. Along with her husband, she forbids Harry to mention Hogwarts or the wizarding world and is only too happy to see him go back to school each September.
FIONA SHAW (Petunia Dursley) is one of the UK's most celebrated and respected stage actresses, this year receiving the Obie Award and a Tony nomination for her transfer of Medea to New York from London, where she won the Evening Standard Award.
In 1990 she received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Rosalind in As You Like it, followed by a further Olivier Award for Best Actress and London Critics Award for her performance in The Good Person of Sechuan. She received a further Laurence Olivier Award and London Critics Award for her portrayal of Electra, again in 1990. This was followed in 1992 by the London Critics Award for her eponymous portrayal of Hedda Gabler and in 1993 she again received the Laurence Olivier Award and Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Actress for Stephen Daldry's Machinal.
Other major stage productions include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; The Way of the World and Richard II for the Royal National Theatre; a world tour of The Waste Land; The Rivals; Bloody Poetry and Philistines; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Mephisto; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice; Hyde Park and The Taming of the Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In addition to her performances on stage, Shaw has also directed The Widowers Houses for the National Theatre Education Tour and Hamlet for the National Theatre of Ireland.
Shaw's memorable film credits include Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot; Bob Rafelson's Mountains of the Moon; Hanif Kureishi's London Kills Me; Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre; Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy; Deborah Warner's The Last September and recently Clare Peploe's The Triumph of Love.
For television Shaw has reprised her roles in Hedda Gabler, The Waste Land and Richard II for the BBC, as well as starring in Danny Boyle's For the Greater Good; Roger Michell's Persuasian; Andy Wilson's Gormenghast and as the star of Lynda La Plante's Mind Games.
In 1997 Shaw was awarded a doctorate at the National University of Ireland and made an Honorary Professor of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. In 2001 she was awarded a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin and the French Government has awarded her an Officer des Artes et des Lettres. She also received a CBE in last year's New Year's Honours List. At present Shaw is rehearsing The Seagull for the Edinburgh Festival, directed by Peter Stein.
Harry's enormous, piggy-faced cousin, Dudley Dursley, has five chins that wobble when he eats - which is frequently. Spoiled rotten by his parents, Harry's Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, he becomes increasingly obnoxious each year. Dudley is one of the many reasons Harry dreads going back to Privet Drive for the summer.
13 year-old HARRY MELLING rejoins the cast as Harry's spoiled cousin. Playing Dudley in the first Harry Potter film was Harry's first professional role, although his love and talent for acting was clearly evident at just four years old when he started putting on shows for his family. By five years old, he had enrolled for Saturday morning dance, singing and drama classes at The Sue Nieto Theatre School. At nine he became a member of the Millfield Theatre Youth Drama Group and appeared in Robert Hyman's original musicals House and Y3K.
It comes as no surprise that acting is Harry's main love; it is most definitely in the genes. His grandfather was Patrick Troughton famed for his role as Dr. Who, his uncle is David Troughton a lead actor with the RSC, his cousin Sam is an actor with the National Theatre and his other uncle is Michael Troughton famed for his portrayal as Piers Fletcher Dervish in The New Statesman. His mother is a children's book illustrator and his father (also an illustrator) has worked on animated films.
Aside from his love of theatre and films, Harry enjoys playing the drums and making his own films.
Hermione Granger returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for her third year. After yet another summer full of studying and reading, Hermione is intent on increasing her workload – although how she will successfully manage her very ambitious timetable is unclear. As usual, however, her extensive knowledge of spells and charms will once again prove invaluable to friends Ron and Harry, as a new danger descends on the school.
Fourteen year old EMMA WATSON (Hermione Granger) reprises her superb portrayal of the bookish, but kind hearted Hermione Granger.
Playing Hermione in the first film saw Emma's debut into the world of professional acting, although her natural ability has been evident since an early age with highly praised performances in several school productions.
Her brilliant performance in the role of Hermione has won Emma a huge following throughout the world and the highly prestigious AOL award for Best Supporting Actress for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Emma continues to balance her love of filming with her studies and school activities and is a keen hockey, netball, tennis and rounders player as well as a budding athlete. She is also an art scholar and boasts the most colorful and creative dressing room at the studio!
Her other hobbies include: Brad Pitt; socializing with her friends; Brad Pitt; music with favorites including Alanis Morrisette and Justin Timberlake; Brad Pitt; modern dance, ballet and tap..and Brad Pitt!
MR. & MRS. WEASLEY
Despite having seven children of their own, Arthur Weasley (Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office at the Ministry of Magic) and his wife Molly have practically become surrogate parents to Harry Potter since he came to Hogwarts. Their ramshackle house, the Burrow, feels more like a home to Harry than any other place - besides Hogwarts.
JULIE WALTERS again plays mother to Ron, Percy, Fred, George and Ginny.
Julie Walters is a multi-talented and award-winning actress famed for both her film and television work. Most recently she has starred in the forthcoming film Lewis Gilbert's Before You Go and of course starred as Billy's ballet teacher in Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot, a role that garnered her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, and a BAFTA and Variety Club Award. Although it was perhaps her feature film debut opposite Michael Caine in Educating Rita which brought her worldwide fame. The role won her a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Variety Club Award for Best Actress and an Academy Award nomination.
Walters also received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress for Personal Services and a BAFTA Award nomination and a Variety Club Award for Best Supporting Actress for Stepping Out.
Walters' other main film credits include: Titanic Town; Intimate Relations; Sister, My Sister; Just Like a Woman; Prick Up Your Ears; Buster (opposite Phil Collins); She'll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas and Killing Dad.
In the UK Walters first came to prominence with her television coupling with fellow comedienne Victoria Wood. She has since starred in both comic and dramatic programs including Julie Walters & Friends for which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment Programme; Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened and Alan Bleasdale's The Boys from the Black Stuff both of which garnered her further BAFTA Award nominations.
Other main television credits include: the forthcoming Murder; My Beautiful Son for which she has just won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress; Dinner Ladies I & II; Oliver Twist; Jack and the Beanstalk; Green Card; the BBC's Melissa; Brazen Hussies; Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood; Bambino Mio; Wide Eyed and Legless for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress; Clothes in the Wardrobe; Getaway; Alan Bennett's Talking Heads and Intensive Care; Channel 4's Jake's Progress and GBH; Victoria Wood as Seen on TV for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and the BBC's The Birthday Party and The All Day Breakfast Show (Christmas Special) .
Walters is also an accomplished theatre actress and nominated for an Olivier for Best Actress for Sam Shepherd's Fool for Love. Other stage productions include Willy Russell's Educating Rita; Tom Stoppard's Jumpers; Alan Bleasdale's Having a Ball; Terrance McNally Frankie & Johnnie; Sharman Macdonald's When I was a Girl I used to Scream and Shout; Tennessee William's The Rose Tattoo directed by Peter Hall and the award winning production of All My Sons directed by Howard Davies for which Walters won an Olivier Award in 2001 for Best Actress.
MARK WILLIAMS plays father to Ron, Ginny, Percy, Fred and George and husband to Mrs. Weasley, as played by Julie Walters.
Since graduating in English from Oxford University, Mark Williams has become a familiar and much loved figure in film, TV and theatre. His many film credits include most recently: Metin Hseyin's Anita & Me; Mel Smith's High Heels & Low Lifes; Peter Hewitt's Whatever Happened to Harold Smith; John Madden's Shakespeare in Love and Peter Hewitt's The Borrowers. Prior to this Williams starred opposite Hugh Laurie as Horace in Stephen Herek's live action adaptation of Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians. He has also appeared in Karen Adler's Fever; Gabriel Axel's Prince of Jutland; Clare Peploe's High Season; the BFI's Out of Order and Michael Hoffman's Privileged.
Williams is perhaps best known in the UK as a regular in BBC TV's The Fast Show, having to date appeared in four series and a Christmas Special. Other notable small screen credits include: Red Dwarf; Stuff; Bottom; Harry Enfield; Tumbledown; Making Out; Kinsey; Bad Company; Hunting Venus; Happy Birthday Shakespeare; Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) and the co-leader in Rob Grant's The Strangers. He was also team host in the Sky TV quiz show Jumper for Goalposts.
He has directed for the Channel 4 sit-com Festival at The Riverside Studios and co-produced In Exile, a sit-com series for Channel 4.
Since spending three years touring by narrow boat with the Mikron Theatre Company, his theatre credits have included: The title role in William for the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Festival; Fanshen at the National Theatre; Coquin in Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company; The City Wives Confederacy at Greenwich Theatre; Moscow Gold, Singer, a Dream of People and Touchstone in As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1997 he played the role of Ivan in Art in the West End and in 1988 he enjoyed a sell out season at Labatt's Apollo of The Fast Show Live on Stage. Most recently in 1999 he played the role of Blakey in Richard Wilson's production of Toast at the Royal Court Theatre.
Percy Weasley, just older than Fred and George, became even more pompous than he already was, when he was named Head Boy during Harry's third year. Percy's self-importance eventually develops into something more than a mere annoyance, having serious repercussions within his family.
FRED & GEORGE WEASLEY
Ron's elder twin brothers, Fred and George, are notorious pranksters. When not creating "novelty" sweets and playing tricks on people, they play as Beaters on the talented Gryffindor Quidditch team. Always up to something, Fred and George help Harry sneak in to Hogsmeade using the very unusual Marauder's Map.
Ginny, the youngest member of the Weasley family - and the only girl - has been very taken with Harry Potter since his first visit to the Burrow. Rescued by Harry from the Chamber of Secrets during her first year at Hogwarts, it does not take long for Ginny to come into her own.
11 year-old BONNIE WRIGHT plays Ron's younger sister as she embarks on her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Bonnie was also featured in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Ginny and the rest of the Weasley family wave goodbye to Ron on Platform 9 . However, her role in the second film is absolutely central to the plot as her screen character battles with a crush on Harry, the powers of a secret diary and her tormented conscience.
Bonnie also appeared in Hallmark Television's production Stranded, which aired in the United States this year and will appear on UK screens in 2003.
In addition to being a gifted actress, Bonnie also plays the piano, recorder and saxophone. She is a talented footballer and enjoys a variety of sports including swimming, tennis, riding, ice-skating, cycling and surfing
Hogwarts' beloved and respected Headmaster has his hands full this year. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison, and may be after a certain third year Hogwarts student. Professor Dumbledore must deal not only with the prospect of Black arriving at Hogwarts, but with the presence of the Azkaban guards - the Dementors - who have been sent to the school to capture Black if he appears.
MICHAEL GAMBON plays Hogwarts' wise headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
Gambon started his career with the Edwards/MacLiammoir Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1963. He was one of the original members of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic under Lawrence Olivier and appeared in many plays before leaving to join Birmingham rep where he played Othello.
Film fans will know him for his starring role in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, as well as more recently The Gambler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Plunket and McLeane, The Last September, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, The Insider, High Heels Low Lifes, Charlotte Gray, Robert Altman's Gosford Park, John Frankenheimer's Path to War, Conor McPherson's The Actors, Mike Nichol's Angels in America and Kevin Costner's Open Range.
Perhaps Gambon's most memorable role was in the television series of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective which won him Best Actor awards from BAFTA, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Royal Television Society. He also starred in the BBC's Wives and Daughters and Charles Sturridge's acclaimed Longitude and most recently Stephen Poliakoff's A Family Tree.
Gambon's many theatre credits are almost too numerous to mention but include: the title roles in Macbeth, Coriolanus and Othello, Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged, Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, Just Between Ourselves and Man of the Moment, opposite Ralph Richardson in Alice's Boys, Harold Pinter's Old Times, the title role in Uncle Vanya and Veteran's Day with Jack Lemmon.
Starting the 25th of February 2004 for a limited 10 week run, Gambon will be performing live in a new West End production of Samuel Beckett's classic comedy Endgame. This will be at the Albery Theatre in London.
Ron Weasley returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his third year. After holidaying with his family in Egypt over the summer, Ron is keen to catch up with his friends Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. Little does Ron know that his pet rat Scabbers will have quite a time of it when Hermione becomes the proud owner of an enormous new cat at the beginning of the year.
RUPERT GRINT (Ron Weasley) again plays the youngest Weasley brother and best friend to Harry Potter. Although Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was Rupert's first foray into the world of professional acting, his natural talent has earned him worldwide critical and public acclaim and a British Critic's Circle nomination for Best Newcomer.
Since filming the first Harry Potter film, he has gone onto to star alongside Simon Callow and Stephen Fry as a young madcap professor in Peter Howitt's Thunderpants. He of course most recently starred again as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Rupert is 15 years old and is the eldest of five children. Prior to winning the role of Ron Weasley, he performed in school productions and with the local theatre drama group. Productions included the role of the gangster Rooster in Annie and a production of Peter Pan and Rumplestiltskin in the Grimm Tales.
Harry Potter, "the boy who lived," returns for his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This year begins on an ominous note when Harry learns that the man who betrayed his parents to Voldemort, convicted murderer Sirius Black, has escaped from Azkaban prison and is very likely after him.
Fourteen year old DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Harry Potter) once again reprises the role of young Harry Potter, a role he so uniquely made his own in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Playing the role of young Harry Potter has won Daniel worldwide acclaim and the Variety Club of Great Britain's Best Newcomer Award, presented in February 2002. In April 2002 he was also honored with the prestigious David Di Donatello Award presented by Italy's Ente David Di Donatello - for his superb portrayal of Harry and for his contribution to the future of cinema.
Daniel first appeared on British television in December 1999 when he played the young David Copperfield in BBC television's highly acclaimed production of David Copperfield. The drama, which was directed by Simon Curtis, also starred Dame Maggie Smith,who appears alongside him now as Professor McGonagall. Prior to filming the first Harry Potter feature, he made his feature film debut as Jamie Lee Curtis' and Geoffrey Rush's screen son in John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama.
During November and December of 2002 he was the "surprise guest" at several performances of the Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh at Wyndhams Theatre in London's West End.
Edited by misha - 08 December 2004 at 3:54am