Aardman's Arthur Christmas Lines Up All-Star British Cast
HUGH LAURIE currently stars in FOX's hit medical drama "House," for which he has won two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards and been nominated for five Emmy Awards. The seventh season of the hit show will debut this fall. Laurie previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie," which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of "Blackadder," written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of "Saturday Live." In addition, four seasons of "Jeeves and Wooster," based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre" from 1990-1995. On the big screen, Laurie was most recently seen in Flight of the Phoenix and Street Kings. His voice was heard in the animated hitMonsters vs. Aliens. Other film credits include Peter's Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Cousin Bette, The Man in the Iron Mask, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little, and Stuart Little 2.
On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows." He also appeared in "Tracy Takes On" and "Friends."
JIM BROADBENT’s touching performance as Iris Murdoch’s patient and long-suffering husband John Bayley in Iris earned him the Academy Award® and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His many other feature film credits include Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Gangs of New York, The Gathering Storm, Nicholas Nickleby, Bright Young Things, Vanity Fair, Vera Drake, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Hot Fuzz,Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Inkheart, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and theHalf-Blood Prince, and The Damned United. For television, he starred in “Longford,” which earned him the TV BAFTA for Best Actor. His extensive theatre and television work includes National Theatre productions of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” and the stage adaptation of “Theatre of Blood,” Jimmy McGovern's “The Street” for ITV, and the BBC's “Einstein and Eddington.”
BILL NIGHY’S many film credits include The Boat that Rocked, Glorious 39, Wild Target, G-Force,Valkyrie, Underworld, Love Actually, The Girl in the Cafe, Notes on a Scandal, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Constant Gardener, and Chalet Girl. Television credits include “Absolute Hell,” “The Men’s Room,” “State of Play,” “The lost Prince,” and “Gideon’s Daughter.” Theatre credits include “Map of the World,” “Pravda,” “King Lear,” “Skylight,” “Arcadia,” “Blue/Orange,” “Betrayal,” “A Kind of Alaska,” and “The Vertical Hour.”
IMELDA STAUNTON as an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in the title role of Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, which also earned her a BAFTA Award, among other honors. Her many film credits include Alice in Wonderland, Taking Woodstock, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shakespeare in Love, Nanny McPhee, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Twelfth Night, Freedom Writers, Crush, Bright Young Things, and Antonia and Jane. Her voice was heard in Chicken Run.
Her television credits include starring in the series “Up the Garden Path,” “Little Britain” (during the third season), and “Big and Small.” She was a member of the repertory cast of the television series “Thompson,” with Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, and Robbie Coltrane; and has starred in such notable miniseries and telefilms as “The Singing Detective” (written by Dennis Potter), “David Copperfield,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “Fingersmith,” and, most recently, “Cranford.” On stage, she has won two Olivier Awards, for Alan Ayckbourn’s National Theatre staging of his play “A Chorus of Disapproval,” and for Richard Jones’ staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.” Ms Staunton was also an Olivier Award nominee for her performance in Richard Eyre’s Royal National Theatre staging of “Guys and Dolls.”