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– Season Two –
(Leonardo da Vinci)
Tom Riley plays Leonardo da Vinci in the STARZ Original series "Da Vinci's Demons." Previously, he gained
notoriety portraying Dr. Laurence Shepherd opposite James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish in ITV1’s critically acclaimed
drama series “Monroe.”
In 2010, Tom played the role of Gavin Sorenson in the ITV thriller “Bouquet of Barbed Wire,” and was also cast in the role of Mr. Wickham in the ITV four-part series “Lost in Austen,” alongside Hugh Bonneville and Gemma Arterton.
Other television appearances include his roles in “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Appointment with Death” as Raymond Boynton, as Philip Horton in “Inspector Lewis: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea” and as Dr. James Walton in an episode of the BBC series “Casualty 1906,” a role that he later reprised in “Casualty 1907.” In film, Tom played the leading roles of Freddie Butler in the Irish film Happy Ever Afters and Joe Clarke in Stephen Surjik’s British comedy, I Want Candy. Tom has also been seen as Romeo in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold alongside Colin Firth and Rupert Everett and a starring role in Santiago Amigorena’s A Few Days in September.
Tom’s significant theater experiences originate from numerous productions at the Royal Court Theatre, including “Paradise Regained,” “The Vertical Hour,” “Posh,” “Censorship,” “Victory,” “The Entertainer” and “The Woman Before.” Tom has also appeared on stage in the Donmar Warehouse Theatre’s production of “A House Not Meant to Stand” and in the Riverside Studios' 2010 production of “Hurts Given and Received” by Howard Barker, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for best performance in the new Off West End Theatre Awards. In 2011, Tom starred in Tom Stoppard’s celebrated “Arcadia,” directed by five-time Tony® Award nominee David Leveaux, in which Tom starred, alongside Billy Crudup, Margaret Colin and Raúl Esparza and opened on Broadway to much critical acclaim. Tom’s role as 19th century tutor, Septimus Hodge, earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor, with the play itself receiving a Tony® Award nomination. Tom most recently starred in the role of Richard Kenton in Stephen Poliakoff’s production of “My City” at the Almeida Theatre.
LAURA HADDOCK(Lucrezia Donati) Laura Haddock plays Lucrezia Donati in the STARZ Original series "Da Vinci's Demons." She made her film debut in the hugely successful The Inbetweeners Movie, and has recently filmed SuperBob, starring alongside Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena, Ruth Sheen and British comedian Catherine Tate. Her latest project is Marvel's hotly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy with Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.
Laura’s extensive television credits include playing Beryl Ballard in the hit BBC drama series “Upstairs Downstairs” in early 2012 and appearing in the ABC series “Missing.” Laura has recently starred in the second season of “Strike Back” on Cinemax/Sky 1, playing Dr. Claire Somersby and starred in a one off Christmas special, “How Not to Live Your Life” on BBC Three. Laura has also appeared in the award-winning BBC One comedy “My Family” and starred alongside Amanda Redman in ITV’s “Honest.” In 2008, Laura starred alongside David Jason and Christopher Lee in Sky 1’s BAFTA-nominated adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel of the same name, “The Colour of Magic.” Laura’s theater credits include Nancy in “When We Are Married,” which opened to rave reviews at the Garrick Theatre. She has also starred as Mrs. Holroyd in “The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd” and as Treena in “Famous Last.” Laura graduated from the Arts Educational School in London.
BLAKE RITSON(Count Girolamo Riario)
Blake Ritson portrays the ruthless Count Girolamo Riario in the STARZ Original series "Da Vinci's Demons." Blake's recent roles include playing King Edward III in the eight-part adaptation of Ken Follett’s best-selling novel “World Without End,” also starring Cynthia Nixon, Ben Chaplin and Miranda Richardson, plus two series playing the socialite playboy the Duke of Kent in “Upstairs Downstairs” for BBC One.
He has also appeared in the BBC and ENCORE’s critically acclaimed “The Crimson Petal and the White” as Bodley, alongside Romola Garai and Chris O’Dowd, and as Charles Fox in BBC’s courtroom drama “Garrow’s Law.” Blake is well known for portraying Mr. Elton in the BBC’s 2009 adaptation of “Emma.” Blake took the lead role of Edmund Bertram in the 2007 ITV adaptation of “Mansfield Park,” and played Giles Vicary in three seasons of “Red Cap” for the BBC. His additional TV appearances include “A Touch of Frost,” “The League of Gentlemen,” “God on Trial” and Stephen Poliakoff’s award-winning “Shooting the Past.” Blake’s films include the role of Johnson in Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray and directed by Roger Michell;
Jarvis in Dead Man Running; Johnny in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla; and Anthony Hopkins’ son in Titus. He recently finished shooting Serena, also starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
His most recent theater role was as the lead in the Almeida Theatre’s “Rope.” He also appeared as Augustus in Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed 1996 play, “Arcadia” directed by Trevor Nunn, and in “White Chameleon” and “Macbeth” at the National Theatre directed by Richard Eyre.
Blake has also co-directed and co-written four prize-winning short films with his brother Dylan, with cast including Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, Mark Gatiss, Jessica Hynes, Douglas Hodge, Joanna Page and his fiancée, Hattie Morahan. Blake attended Cambridge University, where he studied English and Medieval Italian.
ELLIOT COWAN(Lorenzo de Medici) Elliot Cowan plays the powerful Lorenzo de Medici in the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci's Demons.” Elliot’s recent credits include the BBC One series “Luther” alongside Idris Elba and the Mitchell and Webb comedy “Ambassadors” for BBC Two.
Winner of the MEN Theatre Award in 2007 for Best Actor, Elliot starred as Norwegian sailor Gunnar in Sky 1’s “Sinbad.” He appeared in ITV1’s supernatural drama “Marchlands” and “The Fixer,” as well as playing Mr. Darcy in the network’s much loved drama “Lost in Austen.” He has also starred in the primetime BBC dramas “Blood and Oil,” “Marple –They Do It with Mirrors” and the adapted Phillip Pullman novel “Ruby in the Smoke.” Elliot has been working on his own film, Narcopolis, in which he plays the lead. His other film credits include Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Luck, the part of young Ptolemy in Oliver Stone’s Alexander starring Angelina Jolie, the ITV movie “Doors Open” and the short film Gee Gee alongside David Morrissey.
Nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award, Elliot’s many theater credits include Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, directed by Lynsey Posner. Elliot played the title role of “Macbeth” in The Globe Theatre’s 2010 production and was cast as Stanley Kowalski opposite Rachel Weisz in the hit Donmar revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He also starred in the National Theatre’s “The Revenger’s Tragedy” with Rory Kinnear.
LARA PULVER (Clarice Orsini) Lara Pulver plays Clarice Orsini, the wife of the ruler of Florence, in the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” It was her role as Irene Adler in BBC One's “Sherlock” that made her a household name in the UK and a global celebrity.
Lara has recently finished filming “Fleming” opposite Dominic Cooper, slated to air on Sky Atlantic early 2014. She recently starred with Kaya Scodelario in “Skins: Fire” for Channel 4. For the BBC, Lara played Erin Watts in the final season of “Spooks” and Irene Adler opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's “Sherlock.” She made her television debut on BBC One's “Robin Hood” playing Isabella of Gisborne. She also played Claudine Crane in HBO's “True Blood.” Lara was nominated for Best Actress at The Critic's Circle Television Awards in 2012 for “Sherlock.” She also received an Oliver Award nomination for “Parade” at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Rob Ashford. “Parade” also ran at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Other theater work includes ”Uncle Vanya” at the Chichester Festival Theatre, “Beau Jest” at the Hackney Empire, “Everything Must Go!” at the Soho Theatre, “Into the Woods” at the Royal Opera House and “The Last Five Years” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Lara's film credits include Language of A Broken Heart, directed by Rock Powell; Legacy directed by Thomas Ikimi;
and the made for television movie “A Special Relationship,” directed by Richard Loncraine.
JAMES FAULKNER(Pope Sixtus IV and The Prisoner) James Faulkner plays the roles of both Pope Sixtus IV and The Prisoner in the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Born in London, James has enjoyed a prolific and varied career spanning more than 40 years.
Widely recognized for playing Uncle Geoffrey alongside Renee Zellwegger in Bridget Jones’s Diary, James is a veteran of television whose credits include many guest lead appearances in major UK series including “Spooks,” “Inspector Morse,” “Hamish Macbeth,” “Lovejoy,” “Minder,” “Wycliffe,” “Taggart” and “Agatha Christie’s Poirot:
Appointment with Death.” James has been seen in numerous U.S. television series including Baron Mullens in “Covington Cross,” “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Deceptions,” “Guinevere,” “Highlander,” “McKenna,” “La Femme Nikita,” “Relic Hunter,” “The Monkey King” and the part of Marcellus Agrippa in ABC’s epic remake of “Ben Hur.” James has appeared on international television with roles in Germany’s popular “Der Bibel Code,” France’s “Napoleon,” Italy’s “Genghis Khan” and title roles in New Zealand’s “The Shadow Trader” and Israel’s “Big Man, Small Country.” His film credits include Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 blockbuster X-Men: First Class, The Good Shepherd starring Robert De Niro, Disney’s The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle, and The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island as well as Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
His theater roles include the Player in “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead” for the English Touring Theatre, Casti-Piani in “Lulu” at the Almeida, Lenin in “Lenin in Love,” Kunz in the RSC’s “A Patriot for Me” and the Count in Simon Callow’s production of “Les Enfants du Paradis.” James has narrated over 40 documentaries and is currently the voice of ITN News.
GREGG CHILLIN(Zoroaster) Gregg Chillin portrays the charming jack of all underhanded trades, Zoroaster, in the STARZ Original series "Da Vinci's Demons." Gregg began acting professionally at the age of 14. His feature film debut was in A Good Year, directed by Ridley Scott. His numerous television credits include the role of bad boy, Owen, in the first season of BBC Three's award-winning show “Being Human.” Gregg recently starred opposite Katherine Kelly and Anne Reid in "The Last Witch" for Sky, which will transmit later this year. Other work on the small screen includes "Leaving" and “Kidnap and Ransom” for ITV, “Inside Men” and "Zen" opposite Rufus Sewell for the BBC. He has also been seen on the small screen in "Pulse" for BBC Three and "Nearly Famous" for E4.
On the big screen, Gregg starred opposite Parminda Nagra in Twenty8K, 220.127.116.11., directed by Noel Clark and costarring Emma Roberts and Huge, directed by Ben Miller.
Gregg made his theater debut in “DNA/ The Miracle” at the Royal National Theatre in 2008. He also worked at the Soho Theatre in London on “Invasion!,” directed by Lucy Kerbel.
EROS VLAHOS (Nico) Eros Vlahos plays da Vinci’s devoted apprentice, Nico, in the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Eros began writing and performing stand-up comedy at the tender age of eight, and in 2008 he performed a run of his own show entitled “Eros Vlahos – Problem Child” at the Edinburgh Festival, becoming the youngest comedian to have ever done so. His show was well received by audiences and critics alike.
In 2010, Eros received positive reviews for his role as Cyril in Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.
His television appearances include a role in “Game of Thrones,” playing the part of Lommy Greenhands. At the end of 2011, Eros played the young Herbert Pocket in the BBC TV adaption of “Great Expectations,” co-starring alongside Douglas Booth and Gillian Anderson. The same year, he appeared in the BBC One comedy series “Outnumbered” as Marcus and alongside Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes,” playing the part of Pucks Boy. In 2010, Eros starred as Jake Farley in Nickelodeon’s “Summer in Transylvania.” Eros recently appeared in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley. In 2010, Eros appeared in indie movie Third Star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville, playing Angel Boy. The film’s premiere closed the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.
HERA HILMAR (Vanessa) Hera Hilmar plays Vanessa in the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Born in Iceland, Hera Hilmar studied at the prestigious London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and has appeared in a broad spectrum of projects.
Her television credits includes ITV’s “Leaving,” directed by Gaby Dellal; “World Without End,” directed by Michael Caton-Jones; “The Cliff,” directed by Reynir Lyngdal; “Black Angels” (“Svartir Englar”), directed by Oskar Jonasson;
and “White Death,” directed by Einar Heimisson.
Amongst her film credits are Anna Karenina, directed by the highly acclaimed director Joe Wright; We Are The Freaks, directed by Justin Edgar; Undercurrent, directed by Árni Óli Ásgeirsson; The Quiet Storm, directed by Guðný Halldórsdóttir, for which she was nominated in the Best Actress category at the Iceland Edda Awards; and 2 Birds, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film.