ORLA BRADY left Ireland at 25 to study acting and mime in Paris, where she perfected her French and embraced Gallic culture. Beginning her career in theatre, she has since worked regularly and prominently in television and film on both sides of the Atlantic.
Familiar to American audiences for her work on Family Law (2001-2) & Fringe (2010-12), she is equally recognisable to Anglo/Irish audiences for series regular roles in Mistresses (2009-10), Proof (2004-5), Servants (2003) & Sinbad (2012). On film, she is best known for A Love Divided (1999) and The Luzhin Defence (2000). She is currently appearing as Lydia in the AMC martial arts drama series Into the Badlands (2015-present).
Brady has been nominated for six Irish Film & Television Academy awards in the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress categories, including for Sinbad, Mistresses, Proof, and Servants, and most recently for her turn as Eileen Gray in The Price of Desire. In 1999, she won Best Actress at the Monte-Carlo Film & Television Festival for her work in A Love Divided.
The 34th actor auditioned for the role of Eileen Gray, Brady was director McGuckian’s preferred choice from the beginning of the casting process.
VINCENT PÉREZ is a Swiss-born actor, writer and director with a lengthy and glittering list of important French and foreign language credits to his name, including leading roles in such internationally successful films as Indochine (1992), with Catherine Deneuve, Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) with Gerard Depardieu and Queen of the Damned (2002), with Aaliyah. His first starring role in an American production was in the 1996 sequel, The Crow: City of Angels.
European and art-house audiences will be familiar with Pérez from dozens of notable performances in scores of distinguished films, among them such favorites as A Butterfly Kiss (2012), Fanfan la Tulipe (2003), Ceux Qui M'aime Prendront Le Train (1998), Le Bossu (1997), and La Reine Margot (1994). On television, Pérez has appeared in TV movies and series, including Frankenstein (2004), Le Juge (2005), Jean Poisson: Marquise de Pompadour (2006), Law & Order: Paris (2007-8), Lo Scandalo Della Banco Romana (2010) and Trahie (2010).
As an actor, Pérez has been nominated for César Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category for Le Bossu (1998) and Ceux Qui M’aime Prendront le Train, (1999) and Most Promising Actor category for his breakthrough role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).
Named by People Magazine as one of The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1995, Pérez is as comfortable behind the camera as in front. He is the writer and director of two Palme d’Or-nominated short films. In 2002, his film Peau D’Ange was nominated for the Grand Prix des Ameriques at the Montreal World Film Festival. His latest directorial effort, Alone In Berlin (2016), starring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleason, and Daniel Brühl, competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
FRANCESCO SCIANNA is perhaps best known for his starring role in the successful international production Baaria (2009), which was selected as the Italian entry for the 2010 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe® that same year.
His other acclaimed screen work includes Come Il Vento (2013), Itaker - Ietato Agli Italiani (2012), The Entrepreneur (2011) and Angel of Evil (2010). On television, Scianna has appeared in La Luna e Il Lago (2006), Il Capo dei Capi (2007), and Le Cose Che Restano (2010).
A graduate of the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, Scianna gained a 2013 Best Actor nomination from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for his work in Itaker - Vietato Agli Italiani.
ALANIS MORISSETTE, the internationally renowned multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter, began her performing career as an actor on the venerable Canadian sketch comedy series, You Can’t Do That On Television (1986-7). Since her breakthrough as a global alternative music star, she has returned regularly – and always in interesting roles – to her early love.
After starring as God in the indie comedy Dogma (1999), Morissette appeared on such important American TV series as Sex and the City (2000), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2002), Nip/Tuck (2006), Weeds (for two seasons in 2009-10) and most recently, Up All Night (2012). Additionally, she has performed on the legitimate stage in such work The Vagina Monologues (1999), The Exonerated (2004) and An Oak Tree (2012).
Alanis was nominated for the 2006 Best Original Song at the Golden Globe® Awards for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. She received her first Golden Globe® Best Original Song nomination in 1999 for City of Angels. She is the owner of 7 Grammy® Awards, 12 Canadian Juno Awards and the recipient of 12 Grammy® nominations.
Alanis has been the Guardian Weekend’s advice columnist since January 2016.