RISEN: About the Cast & Crew

Most recently, Tom was seen in Ridley Scott's adaptation of Kate Mosse's bestselling novel Labyrinth in which he played 'Raymond-Roger de Trencavel, Viscount of Carcassonne'. The cast also featured John Hurt and Sebastian Stan.

PETER FIRTH (Pontius Pilate) BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award nominated Peter Firth is perhaps best known for his role as 'Sir Harry Pearce' in the BBC One show "Spooks" (2002-2011), in which he is the only actor to have starred in every episode of the show's ten-series lifespan.

Peter made his film debut at the age of 18 in Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Son, Sister Moon (1972). In 1973 he received his big break by winning the leading role of disturbed adolescent Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's play Equus, which was performed by the National Theatre at the Old Vic in London. In 1974 the play opened on Broadway to sensational reviews, with Peter playing opposite Anthony Hopkins as the middle-aged Dr. Martin Dysart. Peter returned to the play at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway with Richard Burton as Dysart, and then starred in several other plays by the National Theatre including versions of Romeo and Juliet (as Romeo) and Spring Awakening.

After taking leading roles in feature films such as Aces High (1976) and Joseph Andrews (1977), Peter reprised the role of Alan Starng in the movie version of Equus (1977), directed by Sidney Lumet and again co-starring with Burton. Receiving a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award® nomination, Peter next played Angel Clare in Roman Polanski's Tess (1979).

In 1981 he replaced Simon Callow as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus on Broadway, co-starring with Sir Ian McKellen. He gave other notable performances as a Russian sailor in the kitchen sink drama Letter to Brezhnev (1985), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Shadowlands (1993) and as a sinister theater manager in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) with Hugh Grant.

In 1994 he returned to British television with a major role in the hugely popular series Heartbeat (1992). Peter also appeared in major movies such as Amistad (1997) and Pearl Harbor (2001).

Peter has recently been seen on the big screen in Spooks: The Greater Good, a theatrical spin-off of the BBC One's series "Spooks." Peter reprises his role as 'Harry Pearce', alongside Kit Harington and Jennifer Ehle. During a handover to the head of counter-terrorism of MI5 Harry Pearce, terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody. When Harry disappears soon after, his protégé Will Holloway (Harington) is tasked with finding out what happened as an impending attack on London looms. The film is due for release on 8th May.

CLIFF CURTIS (Yeshua) Cliff Curtis is a successful film and television actor with a varied body of work encompassing a wide range of compelling performances spanning more than two decades.

He currently stars in AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" alongside Kim Dickens. The show premiered on August 23, 2015, and was the most watched series premiere in cable TV history. Set in Los Angeles, Curtis plays English teacher Travis Manawa, who struggles to keep his family together during the onset of a zombie apocalypse.

This December, he will star in Broad Green's inspirational true story, The Dark Horse, which he also executive produced. Directed by James Napier Robertson, Curtis plays Maori chess prodigy Genesis Pontini, who coached underprivileged at-risk youth while suffering from bipolar disorder. The film won the Audience Best Picture Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival, as well as, Best Actor for Curtis at the Seattle Film Festival. 

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand and is of Maori descent. He attended the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland. After returning to New Zealand from Europe, his first ever role was in the Academy Award-winning film, The Piano. Subsequent roles in New Zealand include: the camp melodrama Desperate Remedies; the grueling urban drama Once Were Warriors; and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee.

In Hollywood, Curtis has played an array of diverse roles and ethnicities ranging from a Colombian in Blow opposite Johnny Depp, an Arab in Three Kings opposite George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and a Latino in Training Day opposite Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Other film credits include: The Insider alongside Al Pacino and Russell Crowe; Runaway Juryalongside John Cusack; Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead; and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. Curtis also played the role of Paikea's father, Porourangi, in Whale Rider.

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