Meet the actors giving voice to The Odyssey

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:40

One of the oldest works of Western literature, Homer's timeless epic poem, The Odyssey, explores universal questions about what it means to have a home and what binds a family together.

On Sunday 21 October a cast of well known actors took to the stage at Southbank Centre to deliver a live reading of this ultimate oral poem, inspired by Emily Wilson's groundbreaking new translation of Homer's text. But who were those giving voice to this well-known story?

MyAnna Buring

Swedish born MyAnna gained international attention in the blockbuster films The Descent and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2. Her prolific resume includes starring roles in high-profile television series as Downton Abbey, Ripper Street, Banished and In The Dark, as well as several Scandinavian productions.  

Elliot Cowan

Elliott Cowan, actor, appearing at The Odyssey Live Readings

One of the stars of Da Vinci’s Demons, Elliot currently plays Daron-Vex in the series Krypton. On the big screen Elliot has had major roles in films such as The Golden Compass, Alexander, and Howl, and TV appearances in Beowulf, Cilla and Marchlands. His extensive theatre work includes the productions, An Ideal Husband, Frost/Nixon, MacBeth at The Globe and Les Blancs at The National.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne is perhaps best known for her roles as Hortense Cumberbatch in Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and as Vivian Johnson in the American television series Without a Trace. She also starred in the popular ITV series Broadchurch. Marianne’s extensive theatre work includes roles at the National Theatre and the Royal Court.

Joseph Marcell

Joseph has appeared in title roles in several acclaimed theatrical productions, including King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, and the premiere of Derek Walcott’s Omeros. His on screen credits include Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom, and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the upcoming directorial debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor, though he will perhaps be most familiar as Geoffrey, the Banks’ butler in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Luke Newberry

Actor Luke Newberry

Recognised as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2013, Luke is currently appearing at the Barbican Theatre in Macbeth. On screen his leading role in the drama television series In the Flesh earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination, whilst he has also been seen in a number of films of note including Anna Karenina, QuartetFrankenstein's Army and Hercules, The Legend Begins.

Ray Panthaki

The 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Ray is an actor, producer, writer and director. Among his most notable film roles are the upcoming Official Secrets and Colette; he has previously appeared in 28 Days Later and Convenience, and in the television detective series Marcella. He made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in The Empress directed by Emma Rice. 

Danny Sapani

Actor Danny Sapani

A familiar face to British television viewers, Danny has appeared in well-known shows such as The Bill and Holby City as well as series’ including Harlots, Misfits and Penny Dreadful. In recent years he has made a successful move to the big screen, with roles in Trance, Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. An accomplished theatre actor he has performed Shakespeare at both The National and The Globe.

Nina Sonsanya

A regular on British television screens since 2001, Nina will be familiar to many from her roles in Teachers, W1A, Marcella and Last Tango in Halifax. Her big screen credits include Love Actually, David Brent: Life on the Road, and the upcoming Red Joan with Judi Dench. On stage Nina has appeared in Privacy and The Vote and recently closed in the West End production of Frozen.

Bellamy Young

Bellamy is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as President Melody ‘Mellie’ Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal. She has made multiple appearances on Broadway, including Cy Coleman's The Life and the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Randy Newman's Faust and Lanford Wilson's Book of Days. Bellamy’s film credits include Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Mission Impossible III.

Cedering Fox (Director)

Voiceover artist and director, Cedering Fox

Cedering is the Founder and Artistic Director of WordTheatre, an innovative, internationally recognised non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring empathy, curiosity and conversation by giving voice to the world's best writing. Fox is also an esteemed voiceover artist known internationally from announcing The Oscars.

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