Hans is an acclaimed British actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.
Hans' stage credits include the role of Silver Johnnie in the critically acclaimed MOJO, directed by Ian Rickson at the Royal Court.
His television career includes playing Alex D'uberville in TESS OF THE D'UBERVILLES, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in THE TUDORS and the Earl of Essex in THE VIRGIN QUEEN. He played the title role in Giacomo Campiotti's DR ZHIVAGO mini-series opposite Kiera Knightley, and featured in MISTS OF AVALON directed by Uli Edel.
Hans' work in film includes lead roles in STELLA DOES TRICKS directed by Coky Giedroyc, MOJO, directed by Jez Butterworth, STILL CRAZY directed by Brian Gibson and LES MISERABLES, directed by Bille August. Hans has also starred in independent films such as DEATHWATCH and COMFORTABLY NUMB. More recently he has appeared in 300: THE BATTLE OF ARTESIUM, directed by Noam Munro, CLASH OF THE TITANS directed by Louis Leterrier and Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES
Samantha Barks is emerging as one of Hollywood's most engaging, vivacious and talented young actresses. Barks is best known for playing the coveted role of 'Eponine' in the 2012 Oscar nominated film Les Miserables, co-starring opposite Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Eddie Redmayne, and directed by Tom Hooper. Samantha also received a "Spotlight" HOLLYWOOD Award for the role and won "Best Newcomer" for the UK Empire Awards.
Barks will next be seen starring alongside Hans Matheson in The Christmas Candle. Based off the novel by bestselling author Max Lucado, the film takes place in the small village of Gladbury and follows the legend that leads to the miraculous and the human colliding in the most astonishing Christmas the town has ever seen.
Barks is currently filming Dracula Untold, a film that integrates the true history of Prince Vlad and vampire mythologies to tell the story of Dracula. Barks will play the role of a "baba yaga," a character from Eastern European folktales about a woman who is turned into a witch.
Also an experienced stage actress in the UK, Samantha has starred in Oliver! The Musical in London, Aladdin (Theatre Royal Windsor/Bill Kenwright) and Cabaret (Rufus Norris Birmingham Rep Theatre/Bill Kenwright).
Additionally, she originally played 'Eponine' in Les Miserables In Concert: The 25th Anniversary opposite Nick Jonas.
Lesley Manville is known for her work on stage, film and television. She frequently collaborates with director Mike Leigh, twice being named British Actress of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performances in his films, ALL OR NOTHING and ANOTHER YEAR. She is also BAFTA and Olivier award nominee.
Mike Leigh's most frequent actor collaborator, Lesley has worked with the director on SECRETS AND LIES, 'HIGH HOPES, 'TOPSY-TURVY', ALL OR NOTHING, 'VERA DRAKE', the BBC film GROWN-UPS and GRIEF at the National Theatre.
She will next be seen on the big screen in MALEFICENT, MOLLY MOON: THE INCREDIBLE HYPNOTIST and as the nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET. Her other screen credits include Robert Zemeckis's 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ASHES and SPIKE ISLAND.
On stage she appeared in the original productions of the modern classics TOP GIRLS, SERIOUS MONEY and 'LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES', as well as the highly acclaimed revivals of Edward Bond's SAVED and THE POPE'S WEDDING amd Chekhov's THREE SISTERS. In the last few years, Lesley has worked extensively at the National Theatre appearing in HIS DARK MATERIALS, PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY, THE ALCHEMIST and 'HER NAKED SKIN and recently at the Old Vic Theatre in ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. Her West End credits include THE CHERRY ORCHARD and SOME GIRLS.
Her frequent television work includes Alan Clarke's much acclaimed THE FIRM , the BAFTA-winning series HOLDING ON , OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, BODILY HARM, REAl WOMEN, THE CAZALETS, NORTH AND SOUTH, CRANFORD and most recently MAYDAY. She will next be seen on television in AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and Sky Atlantic's FLEMING.
Sylvester spent part of last year and this in New Zealand playing the part of 'Radagast The Brown' in Peter Jackson's movie versions of THE HOBBIT, Parts 2 & 3 are due for release respectively in December 2013, and December 2014.
Born in Dunoon, Scotland (where he was made honorary High Chieftain in 2010), Sylvester is best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the hugely popular TV series DOCTOR WHO between 1987 – 1989 and later revived the role in a 1993 charity special 'Dimensions in Time' and again in 1996, appearing in the DOCTOR WHO television movie with Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor.
Since playing The Doctor Sylvester has appeared in many TV and Theatre roles as well as TV presenting and recording Audio Books. Presenting credits include the classic shows. TISWAS, VISION ON and JIGSAW.
Film credits include; BACK 2 HELL, EL DORADO and PUNK STRUT.
Scottish actor James Cosmo has been in the TV and film industry for over five decades. His extensive list of credits spans over a hundred movies and TV shows.
On the big screen he is best known for his roles as Angus MacLeod in HIGHLANDER, Campbell in BRAVEHEART and as Father Christmas in the adaptation of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
He has also notably appeared in TRAINSPOTTING, BABE: PIG IN THE CITY, ONE MORE KISS, TO END ALL WARS, THE RECKONING, TROY, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS and THE FOUR FEATHERS.
On the small screen he has recently been see in MERLIN and CASE HISTORIES. His other credits include SOLDIER, SOLDIER, THE LAST OF THE BLONDE BOMBSHELLS, ROUGHNECKS and IVANHOE. In 2011, he joined the cast of the hugely successful HBO television series GAME OF THRONES playing Jeor Mormont.
James is once again nominated for the Scottish BAFTA award for Best Actor or Actress in a Film for his role as The Priest in CITADEL, having won the award in 2011 for his portrayal of Alfred in DONKEYS, directed by Morag McKinnon, which also won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film.
2009, the year synonymous with Susan Boyle. The year she stepped onto the Britain's Got Talent stage and surprised the world. Little did she realise the global phenomenon that she was to become.
In the blink of an eye Susan went from unknown to worldwide fame. News crews from around the globe were camped on the small narrow street in provincial Blackburn Scotland, outside her childhood home. Everyone wanted Susan Boyle.
Her debut acting role will be seen globally in November 2013 in the Christmas Candle. Playing Eleanor Hopewell, the Church Wardens wife- the film, another first for Susan Boyle cements her versatility within the world of entertainment. Susan shows no sign of slowing down.
The remarkable story of Susan Boyle, proves time and time again that there is more to this woman than being a symbol for a moment of reflection. She entered our consciousness in a moment of surprise and continues to reignite that element of surprise with everything she does. The over riding determination to change her life for the better and make her mother proud is still the driving force behind everything that Susan does. She is not a fleeting icon, she has embedded herself in the history books with the raw combination of strength and fragility, beauty and solitude that is her singing voice with which she captured the world's imagination.
Barbara Flynn first became known for her role in the ITV drama A FAMILY AT WAR, which followed the fortunes of a family living in Liverpool during World War II.
During the 1980's Flynn's acting skills led to her being cast in several successful comedy drama television series - including the BEIDERBECE TRILOGY and A VERY PECULIAR PRACTISE. In the 1990's she played the role of Judith Fitzgerald, the long-suffering wife of Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald, the protagonist of British Television series CRACKER and she was the milk delivery lady, Granville's unrequited love interest, in the BBC's OPEN ALL HOURS.
She subsequently appeared in an array of adaptations of classic novels including: Mrs Gaskell's WIVES AND DAUGHERS as well as LORNA DOONE, John Galsworthy's THE FORSYTHE SAGA and the BBC adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
Most recently she featured in Tom Hooper's ELIZABETH I, THE LINE OF BEAUTY, directed by Saul Dibb and the popular adaptation of Mrs Gaskell's CRANFORD , co-starring with Judy Dench, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville.
She will next be seen on screen in the series PAT AND CABBAGE co-starring with Cherie Lunghi.
John Hannah made his feature debut with a small role in HARBOUR BEAT in 1990. Hannah went on to play opposite Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in the British hit FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL directed by Mike Newell and in 1994 the actor received a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role.
In MADAGASCAR SKIN Hannah landed his first leading role in which he portrayed a dark and reclusive gay man. In the 1990's Hannah also played recurring roles on two BBC television series MCCALLUM, in which he played a forensic pathologist, and OUT OF THE BLUE which featured the actor as a police detective.
In 1998 Hannah was offered his next significant role in Peter Howitt's romantic comedy SLIDING DOORS opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. He subsequently starred in his first American film THE MUMMY followed by two other films in the same series, directed by Steve Sommers. Hannah also portrayed a Canadian activist in Norman Jewison's THE HURRICANE.
His other film credits include PANDAMONIUM, MEMORY OF WATER, LAST LEGION and THE WEE MAN. Television credits include ALIAS, DAMAGES, REBUS and NEW STREET LAW.