Aardman's Pirates Sets Sail with All-Star Cast
MARTIN FREEMAN has worked extensively in theatre, television, and film. He will soon begin production in the title role of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. His many film credits include Swinging with the Finkels, Wild Target, Nativity!, Nightwatching, Hot Fuzz, Dedication, The Good Night, Breaking and Entering, The All Together, Confetti, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, and Ali G Indahouse. Theatre includes "The Exonerated," "Blue Eyes," "Kosher Harry," and "The Comedians"; Freeman's last stage performance was late 2010 in the smash hit "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris at the Royal Court. Television includes "The Office" (BBC – Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais & Nick Jones), "Micros Men" (BBC – Saul Metzstein), "Boy Meets Girl" (ITV – Alrick Riley), "The Robinsons" (BBC – Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni), "Hardwear" (ITV – Ben Kellet), "Charles II" (BBC – Joe Wright). Last year Martin starred in "Sherlock" playing Dr Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, produced by Sue Vertue for BBC.
DAVID TENNANT is best known for his three seasons starring in the BBC's "Doctor Who" – and was voted by the fans as the Best Doctor in the long history of the show. Tennant's many film roles include the forthcoming Fright Night and The Decoy Bride, as well as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, Glorious 39, Bright Young Things, LA Without a Map, and Jude, among others. He also voiced a role in How to Train Your Dragon. His television work includes the BBC's forthcoming "United" as well as "Hamlet," "Einstein and Eddington," "Learners," "Recovery," "Secret Smile," "Casanova," and "Blackpool," among many others. In June, he will star in "Much Ado About Nothing" in the West End. Other theatre includes "Hamlet," "Love's Labour's Lost," for the Royal Shakespeare Company, "Look Back in Anger," and "The Pillowman" at the Royal National Theatre.
IMELDA STAUNTON is 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, and she is currently voicing a role in Aardman's/Sony Pictures Animation's Arthur Christmas, set for release this fall.
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."