ROBERT PUGH - Mr Samsa
Robert Pugh trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and has worked extensively across theatre, television and film. Plays have included One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Streetcar named Desire, Macbeth and The Iceman Cometh. His television work has included Game of Thrones, Inspector Morse, Silent Witness, Drovers' Gold and Dance to the Music of Time. He co-starred in the BBC drama series The Lakes, played Goering in the war-criminal drama Nuremberg and featured in last year's The Shadow Line. His many films include Polanski's The Ghost, Master and Commander, Kinky Boots, Enigma, Priest, Superman III and The Tichborne Claimant, where he played opposite Sir John Gielgud.
MAUREEN LIPMAN - Mrs Samsa
Maureen Lipman trained at LAMDA and learned her trade in Laurence Olivier's Company at the Old Vic from 1970. Since then she has become one of Britain's most prolific and best-loved actresses. Her many West End stage appearances include Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Trevor Nunn's A Little Night Music and J B Priestley's When We Are Married. Her feature films include Up The Junction, Gumshoe, Educating Rita and Roman Polanski's The Pianist. She was married to the screen writer, the late Jack Rosenthal, for 31 years and starred in several of his award-winning television films, amongst them The Evacuees, The Knowledge and Eskimo Days. She is well-known for playing Joyce Grenfell in the biographical show Re: Joyce!, which she co-wrote, and for Beattie, a series of award-winning television commercials for British Telecom.
LAURA REES - Grete Samsa
Laura Rees trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her stage work includes Ophelia in Hamlet at London's Barbican, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest and Jean Rice in John Osborne's The Entertainer at Manchester's Royal Exchange; Viola in Twelfth Night at Chichester Festival Theatre, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for The English Touring Theatre, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe and the title role in Iphigenia at Bath's Theatre Royal. In 2010 she was part of the ensemble that performed The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, directed by Christopher Morahan, at Liverpool and Chichester. On television she has appeared in Holby City, Where the Heart Is and Lewis. Her previous feature film role was in Richard Curtis' Love Actually. Laura received an Ian Charleson award nomination for her role as Lavinia in Titus Andronicus at The Globe.
CHLOE HOWMAN - Anna
Chloe Howman trained at LAMDA and has been a regular on numerous television series including Life Begins, Mutual Friends, Making Waves, Casualty, Holby Blue, New Tricks, Doctors, Ghost Squad and The Bill. She played the role of Iris Marle in the Agatha Christie TV film Sparkling Cyanide, Cassie Page in Double Time and Heather in Me & Mrs Jones with Robson Green. She was seen as Tara in Moving On, Jane in A Christmas Carol and Julie-Ann for two years in Channel 5's Family Affairs. She played the lead role opposite Ray Winstone in the independent feature film Fathers of Girls.
AIDAN McARDLE - The First Lodger
Aidan McArdle made his professional debut at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin playing Don Parritt in The Iceman Cometh, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Donal Davoren in Sean O'Casey's The Shadow of a Gunman for the Tricycle Theatre. He was the youngest actor ever to play the role of Richard III in the history of The Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in many other RSC productions. His television credits include both series of the BBC's Garrow's Law, Jane Eyre, The Reckoning and Footprints in the Snow. He played Dudley Moore to Rhys Ifans' Peter Cook in the highly acclaimed Not Only But Always. His film credits include Killing Bono, Me and Orson Welles, E=MC2 Einstein's Big Idea, and as Richard Brinsley Sheridan in The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley.
PAUL THORNLEY - The Second Lodger
His numerous television roles have been in Holby City, Above Suspicion, Silk, Just William, Poirot, No-one Can Hear You Scream, Murderland, Mutual Friends, The Bill, Ashes to Ashes, Foyle's War, Rapunzel, Love Soup, Life Begins, Death Becomes Him, Green Wing and Midsomer Murders. His theatre work has included the West End hit Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Paul appeared at The National Theatre in the critically acclaimed London Road. His film work has included Les Misérables and The Dinosaur Project. His voice work has been on Coppers, The Family and Stephen Leather's Jack Nightingale Trilogy.
ALISTAIR PETRIE- The Supervisor
Alistair Petrie trained at LAMDA. His stage work includes many productions at The National Theatre including His Dark Materials and Rupert Goold's production of Time and The Conways as well as Brand for the RSC at The Haymarket and The Importance of Being Earnest at The Savoy Theatre. Television roles include Major Rod Gilchrist in The Mark of Cain, Major Gordon in the multi-award winning Cranford, George Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga and Basil Dean in the BBC's biopic of Gracie Fields with Jane Horrocks. He was recently seen in the last two episodes of ITV's Whitechapel. His feature film work includes The Bank Job directed by Roger Donaldson, A Bunch of Amateurs alongside Burt Reynolds, Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon , The Duchess with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, and he is currently filming the role of Stirling Moss in the Niki Lauda biopic Rush directed by Ron Howard.
LIAM McKENNA -The Third Lodger
Liam McKenna trained at LAMDA. His varied theatre work has included The People Downstairs at the Young Vic, The Count of Monte Cristo at the Manchester Royal Exchange, and Peter Pan, The Villains' Opera, Money, The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk at the National Theatre, both the latter productions being directed by Trevor Nunn. On television he has appeared in Hustle, Spooks, Holby Blue, Judge John Deed, The Bill, Minder, Hollyoaks, The Greatest Heist and Ultimate Force. His films have included The Libertine, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Venus, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows ( part 2).
JANET HENFREY - The Cleaning Lady
Janet Henfrey trained at RADA. Some of the most notable amongst her long list of credits are Denis Potter's BBC TV drama series The Singing Detective, seven years in the popular comedy As Time Goes By as well as roles in Tipping the Velvet and Doctors. Her stage work has included The House of Bernarda Alba, Lettice and Lovage, Orpheus Descending at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Nicholas Hytner and The Black Rider at London's Barbican, San Francisco and Sydney. She played Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre directed by Peter Gill and the Widow in All's Well that Ends Well at the National Theatre. She was named best supporting actress by the Manchester Evening News for her performance as Mrs Railton Bell in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables at the Manchester Royal.