BEN DANIELS -- Augustin
British actor Ben Daniels has had roles in numerous film, television and repertory theater productions. Recently, he portrayed Tony in Hettie Macdonalds award winning film Beautiful Thing, Leopold in Daisy Meyer's Madeline, Ben in John Madden's Truth or Dare, DJ Bob in Michael Winterbottoms I Want You and Norman Cubit in the BBCs television production of the "Inspector Alleyn Mysteries," also directed by Winterbottom.
Daniels breakthrough in television came as Roger Massi in "A Touch of Frost." He has portrayed Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet," Robin in the controversial "Lost Language of Cranes" and Alex in the award winning series "Outside Edge" - he turned down the follow-up series in order to play Augustin in Passion in the Desert.
A graduate of a three-year drama course at LAMDA, Daniels early theater credits include productions with many of Britain's leading repertory companies at Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Leicester.
In 1991 Daniels played Richard Loeb, the younger of the two Chicago "thrill killers" who murdered a nine-year-old boy in John Logan's factual play "Never the Sinner" at London's Playhouse theatre. His performance earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in that year's Olivier Awards and triggered offers of more work on the London stage. As a result of his portrayal of Lucky in Becketts "Waiting for Godot" at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1994, he was cast as Tiger in David Beaird's "900 Oneonta," at The Old Vic. His performance earned a Best Actor nomination in that years Evening Standard Awards. Most recently Ben has been starring opposite Juliette Binoche in Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of "Naked" at London's Almeida Theatre.
Master screen actor Michel Piccoli is perhaps best known for a succession of roles with the legendary director Luis Buñuel,
beginning with Buñuels La Mort en ce Jardin in 1956. Born in Paris to a pianist and a violinist who raised their son to
appreciate the arts, Piccoli first entered the theater after leaving school in 1948. He met considerable success as an actor but when Buñuel
offered Piccoli repeated opportunities, Piccolis agent told him he would never be a star if he continued playing small parts for the
maverick Spanish director. Piccoli stayed with the director and fired the agent.
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