British actor George MacKay's best-known role before 1917 was as the protagonist in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful. He was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award in 2014, and three years later received the Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival.
MacKay has also worked in the theater, taking the lead role of Richard Miller in the Eugene O'Neill play Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic theater, receiving universal acclaim from critics. His other films include The Thief Lord, The Boys Are Back, How I Live Now, Sunshine on Leith, For Those in Peril, Pride, Captain Fantastic, Where Hands Touch, and Ophelia.
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Dean-Charles Chapman is a British actor who originated the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical in the West End. Aside from that, his bestknown role was in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones, in which he played Tommen Baratheon. His other films include Before I Go to Sleep, Breathe, The Commuter, and The King.
Frequently cast as a member of special forces, or at the very least, the secret service, Mark Strong is best known to movie audiences for his portrayal of Prince Septimus in the 2007 film Stardust, and for his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the 2011 adaptation of John le Carré's classic spy novel.
Strong became prominent in television in his native London playing Inspector Larry Hall in the Helen Mirren detective drama Prime Suspect 3, later reprising the role after his character had been given a promotion to Detective Chief Superintendant. In 1997 he worked opposite 1917 cast-mate Colin Firth in Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch.
Making the move to the theater in the 2000s, Strong was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2003 for his performance in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. He won the coveted award in 2015 for his performance in Arthur Miller's A View From A Bridge, reprising the role on Broadway to similar success and acclaim, with a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a British theater, television, and film actor. His films include Amazing Grace, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, and The Imitation Game. His television work includes Silent Witness, Fortysomething, Hawking, and Sherlock.
Colin Firth is known for movies such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Bridget Jones's Diary, and The King's Speech. He has won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, two BAFTA awards, and three Screen Actors Guild awards. He is also well known for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the PBS miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Andrew Scott is best known for his role as the priest on the acclaimed series Fleabag, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other films include Saving Private Ryan, Nora, Legacy, Pride, Spectre, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The Delinquent Season.
1917 (Film) Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for 1917 (Film) is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Sam Mendes, director and co-writer of 1917, dedicated his film to his grandfather Alfred Mendes, who fought in World War I. In fact, the younger Mendes based the story of the film off the stories his grandfather used to tell him when he was young...
1917 tells the story of two British soldiers (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) who are tasked by their General to deliver a message to an isolated unit who is planning to attack the German line.