The Boxer: About The Cast

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DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (Danny), from his earliest roles, impressed audiences and critics alike, moving easily from a flamboyant punk-rocker in My Beautiful Laundrette to a delightfully foppish Victorian suitor in Merchant/Ivory's A Room With A View. Together, these performances earned him 1986's New York Film Critic's Award for Best Supporting Actor. Before creating these memorable screen characters, he had supporting roles in both Gandhi and The Bounty. He made his film debut in 1971 with an uncredited role as a child vandal in John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Though Day-Lewis has continued to turn in one highly-praised performance after another, it was his role as writer, artist and cerebral-palsy sufferer "Christy Brown" in My Left Foot for director Jim Sheridan which won him an Academy Award® for Best Actor. He received his second Oscar® nomination for In The Name Of The Father, his second collaboration with Sheridan-the true story of a man unjustly imprisoned for 15 years. His other wide-ranging roles include the aristocratic "Newland Archer" in Martin Scorsese's The Age Of Innocence and the early American adventurer "Hawkeye" in The Last Of The Mohicans.

Day-Lewis ' additional film credits include Philip Kaufman's film version of The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, in which he won praise for his memorable lead role, and Arthur Miller's TheCrucible, in which he portrayed the repressed Puritan "John Proctor" opposite Winona Rider.

In theater, Day-Lewis trained at the Bristol Old Vic School, then devoted over a decade in the 1970's and early 1980's to acting with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company, turning in notable performances in Another Country, Dracula and Futurists. In 1989, he successfully took on the lead role in Richard Eyre's production of Hamlet at the National Theater.


EMILY WATSON (Maggie) burst on the motion picture screen last year in Lars Von Trier's Breaking The Waves, giving a compelling portrayal of obsessive love exalted by idealistic innocence. The performance won her both the New York Film Critics Award and the European Film Awards' Felix for Best Actress. She also garnered nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award®.

Watson recently received more kudos for her radiant, evocative interpretation of George Eliot's complex heroine "Maggie Tulliver" in the acclaimed BBC Masterpiece Theater television production of The Mill On The Floss. She will soon be seen opposite Christian Bale in Metroland. Her next role is one that every actress in Hollywood was clamoring for: the part of legendary cellist Jacqueline du Pre, whose career was cut short by the onslaught of multiple sclerosis.

A veteran of the London stage, Watson's theatre credits include The Three Sisters, The Children's Hour, The Taming Of The Shrew, All's Well That End's Well and The Changeling. She has worked frequently with the Royal Shakespearean Company and has also starred in the BBC's television production A Summer Day's Dream.


BRIAN COX (Joe Hamill) has amassed an impressive list of stage acting and directing credits. He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, among others. He has also directed productions at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, the Lyceum Edinburgh and the Hampstead Theatre.

Cox has appeared in numerous television and screen projects, including Barbet Schroeder's Desperate Measures, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Rob Roy, Braveheart and The Glimmer Man. His credits for television include Red Dwarf, Picasso and The Negotiator, all for BBC, as well as Sharpe's Rifles and Inspector Morse.


KEN STOTT (Ike Weir), as one of Britain's leading thespians, is best known to American audiences as the suspicious police investigator "Detective McCall" opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.

He has performed in repertory theatres throughout the United Kingdom, including productions with the Plymouth, the Lyric and the Royal Court Theatres, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company. He won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his performance as "Dr. Harry Hyman" in Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at the Royal National Theatre and then the Duke of York Theatre.

In addition to his numerous stage performances, Stott has appeared in BBC and BBC Scotland television productions, including episodes of The Singing Detective, All Good Things, Your Cheatin' Heart and Takin' Over The Asylum. Stott recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning short film, Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life. His feature films include Fever Pitch, Being Human and Saint Ex.


GERARD McSORLEY (Harry) is an experienced stage, film and television actor, whose most recent project is the feature film The Butcher Boy, Neil Jordan's follow-up to Michael Collins. Other film credits include the Academy Award® -winning Braveheart, An Awfully Big Adventure, Widow's Peak and an earlier Jim Sheridan project, In The Name Of The Father.

On television, McSorely has appeared in both independent productions and BBC programs ranging from The Hanging Gale to Who Bombed Birmingham?, and from Act Of Betrayal to Easter 2016. His numerous theatre credits include roles in Equus and A Doll's House as well as in The Abbey Theatre's productions of The Crucible and Dancing at Lughnasa.


ELEANOR METHVEN (Patsy) is the founder of the Charabanc Theatre Co. and has appeared on stage there and at London theaters in productions of October Song, How Many Miles To Babylon, Drive On and Pentecost, among others. Her extensive work on BBC Radio includes Blossom Before Essence and The Quiet Heroes. She has had featured roles in the television productions of The Life of Mary Ward and The Hen House, in the film The Disappearance of Finbar, and is currently filming Falling for a Dancer for the BBC.


Fourteen-year-old CIARAN FITZGERALD (Liam) has already had numerous prominent roles on stage, screen and television, including leads in Jim Sheridan's Into the West, directed by Mike Newell, and in the BBC TV production of All Things Bright and Beautiful. Other credits include the films Some Mother's Son and Seeing Things, American and British television movies The Informant and The Canterville Ghost, and plays ranging from Harold Pinter's One for the Road to a production for the Bray Drama Festival. He is currently shooting Jon Boorman's I Once had a Life.


KENNETH CRANHAM (Matt MaGuire), as bookie and fight arranger Matt MaGuire, has worked extensively on the London stage at the Royal Court, the National and other theatres. His recent credits include Cardiff East, An Inspector Calls, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and both The Iceman Cometh and Ivanov for the Royal Shakespeare Co. On television, he has appeared in dozens of BBC and other British productions, including Inspector Morse, Reilly and Lucasfilm UK's Young Indie. His films include On Dangerous Ground, In the West, Under Suspicion, Prospero's Book, Dead Man's Folly and Oliver.

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