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The Luminaries starts this Sunday (June 21) at 9pm on BBC One. The New Zeland based mystery series is based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Catton but who is in the cast? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who is in the cast of The Luminaries?
Lydia Wells – Eva Green
French actress Eva Green stars as brothel madam Lydia Wells in The Luminaries.
Green is best known for playing Bond girl Vesper Lynd in James Bond Casino Royale and Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful.
She is also well known for her portrayal of Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Green is also well known for her collaborations with director Tim Burton, appearing in his films Dark Shadows, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dumbo.
She described The Luminaries as “an epic story of love, murder, and revenge in New Zealand during the gold rush in the 1860s”.
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Anna Wetherell – Eve Hewson
Irish actress Eve Hewson portrays Anna Wetherell, a young English woman who embarks on a lone journey to New Zeland.
Hewson described her character as “mysterious”.
She added: “You don’t really know anything about her, and you never really find out her history or why she chose to travel to New Zealand or what she’s possibly running from.
“She meets Emery, gets off the ship and then all hell breaks loose.”
Hewson is best known for her role as Nurse Lucy Elkins in The Knick.
She is also recognised for portraying Maid Marian in Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood and Adele in Behind Her Eyes.
Eve is the daughter of activist Ali Hewson and U2 frontman, Bono.
Emery Staines – Himesh Patel
Himesh Patel stars as Emery Staines, a young English adventurer who Eve meets on her journey.
Patel is best known for playing Tamwar Masood in EastEnders from 2007 until 2016.
He is also well known for his role as Jack Malik in the musical comedy Yesterday.
Most recently, Patel played Jordan Hatwal in the comedy series Avenue 5, opposite Hugh Laurie.
Patel revealed what drew him to The Luminaries was the “breadth of the story”.
He said: “The breadth of the story in terms of the characters that hail from all over the world.
“In telling a story of New Zealand, and the history of New Zealand, it tells a story of other parts of the world, because people came to New Zealand from across the globe.
“There is also a slight element of fantasy. It’s a very interesting mix of things.”
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Crosbie Wells – Ewen Leslie
Ewen Leslie stars as Crosbie Wells in The Luminaries.
He said: “Crosbie Wells is a really fun character to play. He is a mass of contradictions. He longs to find his place in the world and has always wanted to meet his father.
“He has an enormous heart and there is this child-like innocence to him.
“He is someone that you can feel very safe with, but in an instant, be very scared of. He is very sensitive but can be ferocious.”
Leslie is an Australian stage, film and television actor from Fremantle, Western Australia.
He is best known internationally for his role as Alistair Robertson in The Cry.
Other notable credits include The Gloaming, Fighting Season, Safe Harbour and Wild Kat.
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Francis Carver – Marton Csokas
Marton Csokas is a New Zealand actor, who portrays Francis Carver in The Luminaries.
Csokas is best known for playing Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven and Nicolai Itchenko in The Equalizer.
Viewers may also recognise Csokas from his role as Baron Quinn in Into the Badlands.
Describing The Luminaries, Csokas said: “I think it’s a metaphor for existence.
“Everyone has arrived from somewhere else, they’re trying to leave their pasts behind and to build their futures with great dreams and expectations.
“From the moment they set foot on the shore of this new land they are met with things that they probably hadn’t imagined and their metal is tested, their ethics are tested, their morality is tested.
“Some of them strike gold and they wrestle with it. You see some of the worst aspects of humanity, and some of the best.
They are joined by an ensemble of actors including Erik Thomson, Benedict Hardie, Yoson An and New Zealand newcomer, Richard Te Are.
The Luminaries premieres Sunday, June 21 on BBC One at 9pm.
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