SHEILA HANCOCK CBE : Edie

Sheila’s extensive career spans theatre, radio, television and film, and she is also now enjoying a career as a writer and features presenter. She has been honoured with two Lifetime Achievement Awards: Women in Film and Television, and The Lady Ratlings as well as an OBE for services to drama in 1974, with a CBE following in 2011.  Her Theatre roles include Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret winning an Olivier Award, and the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance; Mother Superior in Sister Act (Olivier nomination), Big Edie in the UK premiere of Grey Gardens, Emmie Packer in Barking in Essex and ‘Mum’ in The Anniversary, a role played by Bette Davis while Sheila played the daughter-in-law, in the film version.  She was in the original London productions of Annie and Sweeney Todd (Olivier nomination), and Rose in Gypsy at West Yorkshire Playhouse (TMA Best Actress Award). Her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in Play. As well as performing extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, Sheila was the first woman Artistic Director of the RSC tour, and the first woman to direct in the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre.  She was also associate Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company. 

Sheila's previous work in films ranges from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,  Love and Death on Long Island and Yes, to Carry on Cleo and 3 Men and a Little Lady. The More You Ignore Me and The Dark Mile will come out later this year. Sheila was nominated for a BAFTA for her performances in The Russian Bride, and the BBC series Bedtime. She has just finished filming on the Sky comedy drama The Dali and the Cooper and other Television work includes Before I Call You In, a monologue for television written especially for her by Hugo Blick; Delicious, Endeavour, New Tricks, Hustle, The Catherine Tate Show, Nellie and Melba, Moving On, Just Henry and After Thomas, as well as presenting a number of documentary features. She was a judge on Over The Rainbow, the search for Dorothy in the West End’s Wizard of Oz, and a contestant in the Christmas Special of Strictly Come Dancing.  

Sheila's work as an author includes The Two of Us, (Author of the Year Award); its follow up Just Me; Ramblings of an Actress, and most recently her debut novel Miss Carter’s War. For more information about Sheila please visit her website HERE.

KEVIN GUTHRIE : Jonny

Kevin is a Scottish actor. His best known roles are Ally in Sunshine on Leith (2013) and Ewan in Terence Davies's 2015 film Sunset Song. He also performed the lead role in Peter Pan at King's Theater, Glasgow, in 2011.

Kevin attended the PACE Youth Theatre in Paisley and appeared in small roles in television and film. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). He left after receiving the title role in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Peter Pan in 2010, graduating later in 2011 with a BA in Acting.

Alongside theatre work, including a role in 2013's Macbeth starring James McAvoy at Trafalgar Studios, Kevin had a starring role in 2013's musical drama Sunshine on Leith. He appeared in the pilots of the British sitcoms Two Doors Down(2013) and Miller's Mountain (2014), although did not participate in the shows when they went to series in 2015-2016. In 2015 he acted in Robert Carlyle's directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson and in the role of Ewan Tavendale in Terence Davies's adaptation of the novel Sunset Song, opposite Agyness Deyn.

In 2016 Kevin starred in Gillies MacKinnon's remake of the 1949 Ealing Studios classic Whisky Galore! In 2017 he will appear in Christopher Nolan's World War two epic Dunkirk

AMY MANSON : Fiona

Amy is a Scottish actress, known for portraying Alice Guppy in Torchwood, Abby Evans in Casualty, Lizzie Siddal in Desperate Romantics, Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri in Being Human, Medea in Atlantis, and Merida in the fifth season of the ABC fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time.Manson made her film debut in Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, and has also appeared in the horror film Blood Monkey and the short film Smile Emily.

Amy has lent her voice to the radio dramas Lost in Plain Sight, The Summer Walking and The Dead Hour.

On television, she played Alice Guppy in two episodes of Torchwood, and appeared as Abby Evans in nine episodes of Casualty. She has guest-starred in episodes of Doctors, The Bill and My Family.

Amy played Lizzie Siddal, muse, wife and lover of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in the BBC Two period drama Desperate Romantics. She appeared as the vampiressDaisy Hannigan-Spiteri in series two of Being Human, alongside Desperate Romantics co-star Aidan Turner.

Amy played Ginger Corrigan in the 2010 adaptation of Agatha Christie's Marple: The Pale Horse and also played Fleur Morgan in Outcasts, an eight-part series by Kudos for BBC One. In 2011, Amy portrayed Leah in the third series of Misfits and Emma "Whirly" Tyson in the BBC drama Young James Herriot.

Amy will also appear in the forthcoming fifth series of Irish drama Raw.

PAUL BRANNIGAN : McLaughlin

Paul began his film career as Robbie in the 2012 Ken Loach dark comedy film, The Angels' Share, which is set largely in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands. He was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Actor for this role. Paul was originally cast in a one-off appearance in the BBC Scotland soap operaRiver City, but in spring 2013 returned for a recurring role as Gareth O'Connor. He left the programme in September 2013.

Paul had parts in the movies Under the Skin and Sunshine on Leith, and in 2014 appeared as Scotty in the fifth series of Irish crime drama Love/Hate, as Michael in the UK thriller Beyond and as Kevin in the 2017 thriller The Dark Mile.

WENDY MORGAN : Nancy

Wendy appeared at the National Theatre as Tamar in Peter Shaffer's Yonadab and in the title role in Martine by Jean-Jacques Bernard,  for which she received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations.  Other NT productions featuring Wendy have included A Streetcar Named Desire, Bacchai, Carrington, You Can't Take It With You, As I Lay Dying, The Pied Piper, Coriolanus, and Animal Farm.

Other work in theatre includes: The Invisible Woman/Like Mother, Marilyn and Ella, Pack Up Your Troubles, The Winslow Boy, The Merchant of Venice, A Christmas Carol, My Mother Said I Never Should, Road to Nirvana, Romeo and Juliet, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Oh, What a Lovely War!, Othello, As You Like It, Stars in the Morning, The Passing Out Parade and Crimes of the Heart. In London's West End she appeared in Piaf.

Wendy appeared again at the NT in Phèdre at the Royal National Theatre, as Panope in 2009 and in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2 at the Theatre Royal, Bath as Lady Mortimer/Doll Tearsheat in 2011.