Hailed by the critics for redefining the femme fatale, Archie’s Emmy Award winning performance of the provocative Kalinda Sharma on CBS’S hit show The Good Wife has become iconic. The New York Times named Archie “One of the Eight Master Performers Who Turn Television into Art”. Archie was nominated for an Emmy 3 times in a row and a Golden Globe Nomination.
Archie made her film debut as tomboy, football-mad Meenah Khan opposite the late Om Puri in the critically acclaimed and hugely popular East Is East which won a BAFTA for Best Film. She then went onto star in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international hit Bend It Like Beckham for which she won a BBC Mega Mela Award for her performance as the vivacious Pinky Bhamra. She has also stared in John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, which was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar, worked alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut wrenching A Mighty Heart, a role that won her The Chopard Revelation Award at The Cannes Film Festival, appeared in the spy-thriller Traitor opposite Don Cheadle, and also charming audiences as Russell Crowe’s scene stealing and mischievous assistant in A Good Year, Ridley Scott then went on to cast Archie as Kalinda Sharma in the Good Wife.
Since The Good Wife, she starred opposite Gillian Anderson in the BAFTA winning Netflix/BBC series The Fall and the BAFTA winning BBC/Netflix series Shetland. Recently starred on the American tv hit Blindspot and in the International blockbuster earthquake movie San Andreas opposite Dwayne Johnson and was the lead in a 6 part ITV drama Next of Kin which she also Executive Produced.
Tony, Emmy and Oscar winner, Christopher Plummer, is a Canadian who has enjoyed at least 70 years as a force in the theatre and as a veteran of well over 100 motion pictures. Raised in Montreal, his professional career began on stage and radio in both French and English. At age 18 he played the leading role in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline directed by the great Komisarjevsky who ran both Moscow’s Imperial Theatre and the Old Vic. After Eva de Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954-1955) he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London’s West End.
A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, and the Royal Shakespeare Co. under Sir Peter Hall, he won London’s Evening Standard Best Actor Award. He also led Canada’s Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie, his mentor Michael Langham and more recently under Des MccAnuff’s tenure. He has won England’s BAFTA Award (the British Oscar), many Lifetime Achievement awards, including last year’s Canadian Screen Award.
In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He is a member of the theatre’s Hall of Fame as well as Canada’s Walk of Fame. His most recent films are The Exception, Boundaries, “Remember, and All the Money in the World, for which he won his third Oscar nomination. His performance in Beginners (2011) won him the Oscar. His autobiography “In Spite of Myself” has been well received by both critics and public alike.
Kris Holden-Ried trained with Uta Hagen and Janine Manatis at the Actor’s Studio in New York. At his first audition, he landed the leading role in the 12th century drama, Young Ivanhoe.
He was a champion competitor in riding and fencing, is a former member of the Canadian National Pentathlon Team, and has a silver medal from both the Pan American and Pan Pacific Pentathlon Championships.
Holden-Ried’s career to date spans two decades and he has had the privilege of working with many of the industry’s greats in countless projects. He portrayed William Compton in the first season of Showtime’s immensely popular series, The Tudors. He also played the male lead, Dyson in the hit series Lost Girl, which ran for six seasons on Showcase and Syfy. He is often recognized for his big screen portrayal of Quint Lane, the lead lycan, in the film Underworld: Awakening. Additionally, Holden-Ried has voiced the title character in the animated webseries, Captain Canuck and the character of Crawford Starrick in the hit video game Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
Holden-Ried can currently be seen playing Eyvind in the award-winning TV series Vikings. He also starred in the second season of the critically acclaimed series Cardinal on CTV and Hulu; and has recurred on Syfy’s Dark Matter; CBC’s period drama Frankie Drake; NBC’s Taken; and Arrow for The CW.
On the big screen, Holden-Ried recently starred in Another You for writer/director Chris Roberts, and just wrapped Cicada 3301for writer/director/star, Alan Ritchson.
Currently, Holden-Ried is shooting a key recurring role in Amazon’s The Expanse; and is shooting a lead role, alongside Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi, in the hotly anticipated miniseries Departure.
Rebecca Liddiard is a Toronto-based Canadian actress active in film, television and theatre. She is most widely known for her lead roles as Morality Officer Mary Shaw on CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries, as Constable Adelaide Stratton on the FOX/Global TV/ITV series Houdini & Doyle, and as Ella on the web series Mslabelled. Other select credits include playing Mary Whitney on the CBC/Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, and a role in the upcoming feature film Run This Town.
In the theatre Rebecca’s work has earned her a Dora award nomination and recognition for her work in new plays including the critically acclaimed production and remount of Mustard by Kat Sandler at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and Electra in Bosnia by Judith Thompson, which premiered in Greece.
Rebecca has studied performance for film and theatre at home and abroad, she is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.
Tamara Duarte was born in Toronto Canada and is perhaps best known for her recurring role on Netflix’s Longmire as Mandy Plite. Rosita in the hit television series on SYFY Wynonna Earp, and Charlie on Degrassi: The Next Gen.
She caught the performing and producing bug at a very young age by starring, and working behind the stage, in Folklore plays at the Vitoria Setubal Community Club of Toronto. Tamara started to work in film and TV professionally at 18 While obtaining a Business-Marketing degree at Guelph Humber University.
Tamara has loomed into the Indie world with her thought provoking and gritty portrayals in upcoming films like Bottom of The World, starring in Badsvillle, and having her debut at TIFF in The F-Word.
She was Associate Producer of her first film Verona directed by Laurie Lynd. The short film ran the festival circuit in the US and won “Viewers Choice Award”.
Toronto native Mark Rendall began his career at the age of 10 when he landed the role of Spider in Cameron Macintosh’s Touring Musical Production of Oliver, as well as understudy for the character Oliver.
Since his theatrical debut, he has gone on to perform in a long list of lead and supporting roles in both film and television.
Titles include: 30 Days of Night, My One and Only, Charlie Bartlett, The Exploding Girl, Hannibal, Transporter: The Series, History of Love, Versailles, and many more.
Mark is also known in the voiceover world for his performance as Arthur the aardvark in the animated series of the same name.
Peter Mensah is a world traveler who has lived in Ghana, the UK and Canada, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Peter has played leading roles in number of feature films including Hidalgo, 300, and Avatar. His television credits include Series Regular roles on Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Starz), True Blood (HBO), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) and Midnight Texas (NBC).
Claire Forlani was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in London. Educated at Arts Educational School, she moved to the United States with her parents Pier Luigi and Barbara Forlani when she was 19 and began starring in films.
Claire has had leading roles in such films as Meet Joe Black, Basquiat, The Rock, Mystery Men, Mallrats, Antitrust, Boys and Girls, The Medallion, Hallam Foe, Flashbacks of a Fool and Green Street Hooligans. Some of her television appearances include STARZ original series Camelot playing Queen Igraine, The Pentagon Papers, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, and she has had recurring roles on NCIS: Los Angeles and CSI: NY. She will next be seen in the Warner Bros Pictures feature film Head Full of Honey for director Til Schweiger and the CBS Films feature Five Feet Apart for director Justin Baldoni.
Claire has also appeared in campaigns for Dewars, L’Oréal, Banana Republic, Shiesido and Dior.
She was married to actor Dougray Scott in 2007 they have a son Milo Thomas Forlani Scott who turns three years old this December.