After finishing his theatrical training, Ben Chaplin moved to London full time, where he joined a repertory company. Between work as a statistician for the London Transport Authority and various clerical jobs, he began landing pivotal roles in BBC dramas and British films including the award-winning Merchant Ivory production of The Remains of the Day
with Sir Anthony Hopkins. Chaplin first came to public attention for his performance as Matthew Malone in the first series of the sitcom GAME ON. After departing the series, he co-starred in several feature films including The Truth About Cats and Dogs
, The Thin Red Line
, Murder By Numbers
, The Touch
, Birthday Girl
, and Dorian Gray
(as society artist Basil Hallward). His work on the stage includes Neil LaBute's "This Is How It Goes". Chaplin received an Olivier Award Nomination (London theatre) for Best Supporting Performer in "The Glass Menagerie" and a Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actor for "The Retreat from Moscow". His next project, Little Boy
with Sean Astin, Kevin James, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson, is currently in post-production.
Award-winning actress Greta Scacchi began her career on the Australian stage in the 1970s. She later moved to her mother's native Great Britain where she studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with Miranda Richardson. She is best known for her roles in Presumed Innocent
with Harrison Ford, The Player
with Tim Robbins, Jefferson in Paris
with Nick Nolte, Emma
with Gwenyth Paltrow, Beyond the Sea
with Kevin Spacey, and Flightplan
with Jodi Foster. In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny
. In 2006, she was nominated for both an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award for her performance in the 2006 TV movie, Broken Trail
with Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. She went on to make the 2008 feature film version of Brideshead Revisited
, the 2011 German TV movie, Hindenburg
, and is currently in pre-production on the feature film Drylands, co-starring Sam Neil. Returning to the London stage in 2011, Scacci was hailed for her portrayal of screen legend Bette Davis in Bette and Joan
(opposite Anita Dobson).
Fox first appeared as Georgiana, the sister of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. This was followed by her role as the second Mrs. de Winter in the 1997 television adaptation of REBECCA opposite Charles Dance. In 1998 she starred with Ben Miles in the adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Round Tower
as the young Vanessa Radcliffe, a wealthy girl from an affluent family who is forced to leave her home after becoming pregnant. In 2004, she was cast as Lynne Frederick in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
(starring Geoffrey Rush). In 2005, she played Rosie Jones in the film Keeping Mum
, and in 2008 she played Sister Jean in Baillie Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool
with Daniel Craig. Fox debuted as Morgause in the second season of BBC's MERLIN in 2009, and has continued in the role through the current fourth season. Also in 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the UK Channel 4 documentary, THE QUEEN. For the very popular series DOCTOR WHO she narrated the character, Lady Winters, in the Doctor Who Adventure Game, “The Gunpowder Plot” (2011), and she previously played Berenice in the Eigth Doctor audio drama, NEVERMORE.
When Robbie Kay's family moved to the Czech Republic, he saw a school notice board posting for English-speaking children to be extras in a feature film. Despite a lack of previous acting experience, he earned a speaking part in the award-winning The Illusionist
, starring Ed Norton. After roles in Hannibal Rising
with Sir Anthony Hopkins and My Boy Jack
with Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall, a then 10-year-old Kay was cast as the lead in the 2007 Canadian picture, Fugitive Pieces
. Kay spent a year studying, acting, singing and dancing at one of England's Stagecoach theatre schools before being cast as the title character in the 2008 miniseries adaptation of Pinocchio
. In 2011, he played the cabin boy in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
. Although nothing has been confirmed, fans are hopeful that Robbie will be seen in the next installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Alex Etel was born in Manchester, England. His film debut was the starring role of Damian Cunningham in Millions
, a 2004 film directed by Danny Boyle. In 2007, Etel starred alongside Ways to Live Forever
co-star Ben Chaplin as a boy who adopts a sea monster in Jay Russell's The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
. Etel also played alongside such prominent names as Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville in the British adventure film From Time to Time
. In the six-part, 2007 adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's CRANFORD for the BBC and WGBH, which co-starred Philip Glenister, Dame Judi Dench, and Imelda Staunton, Etel was featured as the bright-eyed ragamuffin Harry Gregson. Praised for his performance, he later reprised his role in RETURN TO CRANFORD. Etel is currently scheduled to appear in Easter Rising
, a film starring Guy Pierce and set in Dublin during the tumultuous uprising of 1916.
In 2008, Purnell beat hundreds of other girls for a role in "Oliver!" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children's ensemble and remained with the show for a year. Next, she was cast in the leading role of Young Ruth in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go
, a feature film based on the acclaimed book by Kazuo Ishiguro and starring Keira Knightly and Andrew Mulligan. Purnell played the younger version of Knightley's character for the first half of the film, which was set in an idyllic English boarding school. In 2010, the young actress played the daughter of Clive Owen’s character in Juan Carlos Fresnadillos’ Intruders
. She was also recently named by Screen International as one of the top 10 UK stars of tomorrow. Her latest film, Bruce Greenwood's thriller WildLike
, is set to hit theaters in 2013.
Law has worked extensively in British television, including appearances in DIXON OF DOCK GREEN, RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY and the 1972 adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey tale THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB. She has appeared in films such as Peter's Friends
(1992), Much Ado About Nothing
(1993), and The Winter Guest
(1997). On stage, she originated the role of Jacqueline in La Cage aux Folles
at the London Palladium in 1986. More recently, Law guest-starred in the 2004 ROSEMARY & THYME episode titled “Orpheus in the Undergrowth” as May Beauchamp and in 2007 guest-starred in two DOCTOR WHO spin-off adventures: as Bea Nelson-Stanley in THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES story "Eye of the Gorgon" and as Beldonia in the audio drama DOCTOR WHO: THE BRIDE OF PELADON. Also in 2007, she played Aunt Auriel in the drama KINGDOM starring Stephen Fry. The following year, she made a guest appearance in FOYLE'S WAR. Law was married to Eric Thompson from 1957 until his death in 1982. Their daughters, Academy Award-winner Emma and SAG Award-winner Sophie Thompson, are currently working in Hollywood. Law recently published her first book. Notes to my Mother-In-Law
, which includes the 17 years Thompson's mother-in-law lived with the family from the mid-1960s until her death.
Tena made her professional debut as Ellie in About a Boy
(2002), and began acting full time in 2003. She has played lead roles in stage adaptations of Gone to Earth
in 2004, and Nights at the Circus
in 2006. She appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
as Nymphadora Tonks, a role she reprised in its sequels Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and 2
. Natalia claims that attending the audition was a spur-of the-moment decision, which she thought was for an extra rather than a relatively big part. She tripped over a table and chair on arrival giving the impression that she is clumsy (which she admits to being), a prominent character trait of Tonks. Additionally, she hosted a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Trailing Tonks" for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release, in which she also performs an original Christmas-themed blues song on guitar, which she composed while working as a busker on the London Underground. In 2011 she played one of the leading roles in the independent Scottish film You Instead
. She also plays Osha in the HBO series GAME OF THRONES. Most recently, she made an appearance on a September 2012 episode of the UK TV show, SHAMELESS as Brenda, a Spanish illegal-immigrant maid.
Eloise Barnes is relatively new to American audiences compared to her fellow Ways to Live Forever
castmates. While she has done theater, commercials and voice over work this motion picture marks her feature film debut. Previous to that, Barnes had a small recurring role as Hannah in the BBC television series EASTENDERS, a long running soap about life in the East end of London. Since her role as Ella in Ways to Live Forever
, Barnes has been involved in a variety of other film and television projects. She had a role in the short film, The Swarm
, which was filmed entirely on smart phones as part of Sony's Xperia Studio. Barnes was then reunited with Emilia Fox in another feature film entitled A Thousand Kisses Deep
in which she played a young Jodie Whittaker. She also made a return to the small screen in an episode of SILENT WITNESS, a BBC crime thriller series.
Gustavo Ron - Director
Ron started his professional career as a production assistant in films like El Efecto Mariposa
(The Butterfly Effect) (Dir: Fernando Colomo) and Why Not Me
(Dir. Stephane Giuste). He began directing short films like Mi Tipo de Chica (My Kind of Girl)
(1997) and Por un Beso (For One Kiss)
(1998) He later did work for various international documentaries until 2005 when he produced his first feature film Americano
(directed by Kevin Noland). Gustavo directed his first feature film, Mia Sarah
in 2006, a story of fantasy about a man who creates his own world in his mind. The film earned him the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. In 2010, made his debut internationally as a director with his feature Ways to Live Forever (Vivir Para Siempre)
, adapted from the book by Sally Nicholls. Gustavo again brings a fantastic world to the screen, this time through the imagination and adventures of Sam, a young boy who wants to find ways to live forever.
Martyn Auty - Producer
Martyn Auty is a British film and television producer. He began his career as a film critic for Time Out
and the Monthly Film Bulletin
. Auty is most famous for his series producing, having worked on HEARTBEAT and A TOUCH OF FROST during the 1990s; however, he has also worked on a variety of other styles of programs including LENNY LIVE AND UNLEASHED, SOUL SURVIVORS and A GENTLEMAN'S RELISH. The latter, which starred Billy Connolly, was made for the BBC in 2001. Auty returned to shooting a new series of A TOUCH OF FROST in 2009 and also ventured into making motion pictures by producing A Foreign Field
(2005) and most recently, Ways to Live Forever
Miguel P. Gilaberte - Cinematographer
Miguel P. Gilaberte has been working in films since 1999 when he got his first job as a cinematographer/color timer for the short film, Me Encantan las Confusiones en los Aeropuertos
. He went on to work as a colorist in nearly 100 pictures, including The Sea Inside
(2010), and Academy Award winner The Secret In Her Eyes
(2009). Additionally, he served as the cinematographer for Ways to Live Forever
, earning him a nomination for a CEC Award at the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain. Gilaberte recently worked on Intruders
(2011), which stars Ella Purnell from Ways to Live Forever
. He is currently working on a segment of an upcoming picture, Words With Gods
Juan Sánchez - Editor
Juan Sánchez got his start in editing with the 2005 TV movie LA ATLÁNTIDA. His first theatrical release was Gustavo Ron's own Mia Sarah
(2006) which, in addition to sharing the Ways to Live Forever
director, also featured a role by Phyllida Law, playing the eponymous Sarah. Sánchez again worked with Gustavo in Ways to Live Forever
for which he was nominated CEC's Best Editing Award at the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain. Sánchez recently worked on two more TV movies, VOLVER A CASA (2010) and A SÍNDROME CACARECO (2011).
Jason Carlin - Production Designer
Jason Carlin began his career serving as the art department assistant for Gabriel Byrne’s The Last of the High Kings (1996). The following year, he went on to lead as art director for the action film, Downtime (1997), a role he would continue in television with CI5: THE NEW PROFESSIONALS (1998), DARK REALM (2001) (a vampire series starring Eric Roberts), and the crime drama WAKING THE DEAD (2000-2011). Carlin then transitioned to production design, working with television shows like FEATHER BOY (2004), FAT FRIENDS (2000-2005), short films like The Early Days (2003) and Dutch Bird (2004) with David Kelly, as well as features like One for the Road (2003), Yasmin (2004), and Ways to Live Forever (2010). He is currently providing production design for the British unsolved crime drama, NEW TRICKS (2003-2012).
César Benito - Composer
César Benito began composing for short films in 2005. One of his first theatrical ventures was Gustavo Ron's Mia Sarah
(2006) for which he received a nomination for CEC's Best Score Award by the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain. In 2009, contributed to LA CHICA DE AYER (2009) (the Spanish version of British show LIFE ON MARS) before re-teaming with Ron on Ways To Live Forever
(2010), for which he was again nominated for the CEC Award for Best Score. Benito has done additional television work with LOS PROTEGIDOS (2010-) and EL TIEMPO ENTRE COSTURAS (2012-), and is currently working on the upcoming theatrical release, Savaged
Susannah Buxton - Costume Designer
A costume designer nearly 30 years, Susannah Buxton got her start in television with movies like The Disputation
(1986) and Jane Eyre
(1997). In 1994, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Costume Design for the miniseries MR. WROE'S VIRGINS, starring Minnie Driver. She went on to win the RTS Television Award for her work in the TV movie Shooting the Past
(1999). In 2004, she dressed Alex Etel in Millions
, only to pair with him again for Ways To Live Forever
(2010). Some of her more recent notable work includes Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It
(2006) and Death Defying Acts
(2007) starring Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones. She received an Emmy Award for her costume design work on the popular British TV series DOWNTON ABBEY (2010-2011).