Elle Fanning began her career at the age of two when she starred as “Young Lucy” in New Line Cinema’s I Am Sam. She has since gone on to make a name for herself as a talented, sophisticated young actress, starring in numerous episodes of television (Criminal Minds, Dirty Sexy Money and The Lost Room), and over ten feature films. Her credits include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere, and Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Fanning was named Female Actress of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards, and has received nominations for a Young Artist Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Teen Choice Award and an MTV Movie award.
Alessandro Nivola stared acting as an undergraduate studying English at Yale and began his career onstage opposite Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country. Since then, he has made over 20 films, including Mansfield Park, Jurassic Park III, Laurel Canyon, Junebug and the first two movies of the GOAL! Trilogy. He recently starred in Rob Epstein’s Howl, opposite James Franco, John Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels, in Coco Before Chanel opposite Audrey Tatou, and in David Rosenthal’s drama A Life of the Mind with Abigail Breslin.
Christina Hendricks began her career in theatre and television and rose to international fame on AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men. Her portrayal of office manager Joan Harris earned her Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and the 2011 and 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Hendricks has also stared in Drive alongside Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, I Don’t Know How She Does it opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, and in Greg Berlanti’s Life as We Know It.
Timothy Spall has starred as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films as well as in Tim Burton’s films Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland. His film credits include Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing, Secrets and Lies, and Life is Sweet, Gillian Armstrong’s Death Defying Acts, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky and Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labours Lost and Hamlet. For his role as Winston Churchill in the academy award-winning film The Kings Speech, Spall accepted a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Spall has also been nominated for five BAFTAs, a British Independent Film Award and a London Film Critic’s Circle award.
Oliver Platt is has been not only been nominated for a Tony for his stage work, but has also received Golden Globe, Sag and Emmy nominations for his roles on the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning and the critically acclaimed television programs Huff, The West Wing and Nip/Tuck. In film, Platt has stared in Matthew Vaughn’s X-men: First Class, Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give, Roland Emmerich’s 2012, Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, and most recently Marc Turtletaub’s Gods Behaving Badly. Platt currently stars in the Showtime Original Series The Big C.
Jodhi May was one of the youngest actors to receive a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award for her role in A World Apart at age twelve. Since her debut, she has had many notable roles in British theatre and television, including The Turn of the Screw, Tipping the Velvet, Tom Hopper’s Daniel Deronda and Steven Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles. Her film credits include roles in Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Terrence Davies' The House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson, and Edward Zwick’s Defiance with Daniel Craig. Recently, she appeared opposite Charlotte Rampling in Barnaby Southcombe’s I, Anna, which screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Annette Bening has been nominated for four Oscars for her roles in American Beauty, Being Julia, and The Kids Are Alright. She received Golden Globes for her performances in the latter two films, and her role as Nic in The Kids Are Alright also earned her a New York Film Critics Circle award, and Oscar, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit nominations in the “Best Actress” category. Most recently, Annette was honored with the “Actress of the Year” award at the Hollywood Film Festival and the American Riviera Award at this year’s Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Alice Englert the daughter of Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, made her debut in Campion’s 2006 film The Water Diary. She has played leading roles in the feature films Singularity opposite Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell, and In Fear, both due for theatrical release in 2012, and is set to star in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Beautiful Creatures alongside Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis.