- Bill Haskell
- Belinda Mulrooney
- Father Judge
- The Count
- Byron Epstein
- Jack London
- Joe Meeker
- Soapy Smith
Initially intent upon carving out a place in the world for himself, Bill Haskell is the consummate youthful ambitious idealist. He seeks experience and fortune beyond the horizon, yet in going to the Klondike he learns hard and fast lessons about the world, including the dog eat dog world of men.
Madden grew up in Elderslie, Scotland. At the age of 11, he joined Paisley Arts Centre's youth theatre program. He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks's "Complicity," followed by his being cast in a lead role as Sebastian in the television series "Barmy Aunt Boomerang," for which he filmed 6 episodes which aired from 1999 until 2000. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.
While at RSAMD he worked with the Arches and Glasgow Repertory Company, followed by Franz Xavier Kroetz's play "Tom Fool" at the Citizens' Theatre. It was so well received that it transferred to London, where Madden was spotted by a team from the Globe Theatre. In his final year with RSAMD he was cast as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre which, after a run in London, toured in open-air stages during the summer of 2007. He also played Callum McGregor in the stage production of Malorie Blackman's "Noughts and Crosses" in 2008.
He later gained the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC series "Hope Springs," followed by his roles as Ripley in the 2010 film "Chatroom," and as Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in the 2010 film "Worried About The Boy." Between 2011 and 2013, he starred as Robb Stark in the HBO series "Game of Thrones," the Channel 4 series "Sirens" and in the BBC series "Birdsong."
In May 2013, Madden was chosen to portray Prince Charming in the live action Disney film "Cinderella," to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Being a woman in Dawson City in the late 1800s is no easy feat. Being arguably the most powerful person in Dawson City is another thing entirely. She has achieved that status through cutthroat opportunism and by playing hardball. She has money and she knows people that will do what she needs done to further her agenda.
Abbie Cornish began modeling and acting at the age of 13. Native to Australia, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award for her role in the ABC's television show "Wildside" and was offered her first role in a feature film, "The Monkey's Mask."
In 2004, she appeared in the award-winning short film "Everything Goes" with Hugo Weaving. Cornish received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in "Somersault." Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in the 2006 feature "Candy," opposite Heath Ledger. She then starred in "A Good Year," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and Kimberly Peirce's "Stop-Loss." In 2011 Cornish starred in three features; opposite Bradley Cooper in "Limitless," the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields, as the lead role of Wally in Madonna's film "W.E.," about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and as Sweet Pea in Zack Snyder's critically acclaimed "Sucker Punch."
In 2012 she garnered rave reviews starring in the independent film "The Girl," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in Martin Donagh's "Seven Psychopaths." Soon Cornish will be seen as Clara Murphy - the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy - in the action sci-fi thriller, "Robocop."
Judge has arrived in Dawson City with a burning ambition equal to the rest of the miners, only his is not a quest for gold; it is a quest for souls. Knowing the greed and licentiousness that dwells in such places, he goes initially with the belief that it is in the Klondike where he will find men in the most need of salvation.
Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play "Buried Child." Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff." He received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
Shepard began his acting career in earnest when he was cast as the land baron in Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," opposite Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. This led to other film roles, most notably his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff," earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. By 1986, one of his plays, "Fool for Love," was being made into a film directed by Robert Altman; his play "A Lie of the Mind" was Off-Broadway with an all-star cast including Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page.
Throughout the years, Shepard has done a considerable amount of teaching on writing plays and other aspects of theatre. His classes and seminars have occurred at various theatre workshops, festivals, and universities.
Shepard was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.
In 2001, Shepard had a notable role of General William F. Garrison in the box office hit "Black Hawk Down," directed by Ridley Scott. Although he was cast in a supporting role, it reinvigorated interest in Shepard among the public and critics alike.
He performed Spalding Gray's final monologue "Life Interrupted" for its audio release in 2006.
Other notable films Shepard has appeared in recently include "The Notebook," Walker Payne," "Charlotte's Web" (as the narrator), "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Inhale," "Blackthorn" and "Safe House." More recently he appeared in Andrew Dominik's "Killing them Softly," as Matthew McConaughey's father in Jeff Nichol's "Mud," and alongside Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper in John Wells' "August: Osage County."
Morally bankrupt and driven solely by greed and a burning desire to be wealthy, the Count has little in the way of conscience. He employs those who can further his travels along the road towards wealth, but he has no allegiance to anyone other than himself. Dawson City is woefully low when it comes to law enforcement; the perfect atmosphere where someone like the Count can thrive.
London born Tim Roth made his acting debut playing a white power skinhead in the 1983 television movie, "Made in Britain." In contrast, Roth played a desperately shy and introverted character in the 1983 Mike Leigh film, "Meantime." In 1984, he played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' "The Hit," alongside Terence Stamp and John Hurt, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He appeared in several other films towards the end of the decade and in 1989 he had a supporting role in Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover." In 1990, he started to gain international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead."
Roth was cast as Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 ensemble piece "Reservoir Dogs," paving the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in the acclaimed "Pulp Fiction." They also collaborated in the 1995 film "Four Rooms." His role as Archibald Cunningham opposite Liam Neeson in "Rob Roy" garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination and also won him a BAFTA Award.
In 1996 he starred with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You." He made his debut as a director in 1999 with "The War Zone," a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes." He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" and Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," then starred opposite Edward Norton "The Incredible Hulk" as Emil Blonsky.
From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a FOX series called "Lie To Me." He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organizations in the investigations of crimes.
He was the President of the Un Certain Regard section Jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Recent films Roth has appeared in include "Arbitrage," alongside Richard Gere, "Broken," with Cillian Murphy and in Craig Viveiros' "The Liability."
Byron Epstein had an influence on his good friend Bill Haskell. With a cavalier, devil-may-care attitude, and a love of adventure, it is doubtful Bill would have gone to the Yukon without the prompting of his friend Byron.
Augustus Prew was born in Hammersmith, London, England, where he later attended Latymer Upper School. Since 2001, Prew has appeared in a wide array of television and film productions. He has a reputation for being somewhat of a chameleon as he completely transforms himself into the roles he tackles, most notably as Prince Alfonso in the television series, "The Borgias."
His screen début was in 2001 as a child actor appearing as Drew Jessup in episodes of the television series "24Seven." This was followed by his film début appearing as Ali in the Hugh Grant film "About a Boy."
Since then, he has appeared in the television series, "Spooks," "The Time of Your Life," "Silent Witness" and "The Village." Feature films Prew has appeared in include, "The Secret of Moonacre," "Charlie St. Cloud," "Sophie," "Hated," "Animals," "Copperhead" and as Todd the Ass Kicker in "Kick-Ass 2."
The author, journalist and social activist Jack London was a pioneer in commercial magazine fiction and obtained worldwide celebrity and a fortune from his fiction alone. His stay in Dawson City resulted in "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," but took a heavy toll on him.
Johnny Simmons was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and was raised in Dallas, Texas, where he attended Nathan Adams Elementary and T. C. Marsh Middle School. He is a 2005 graduate of W. T. White High School.
After moving to Los Angeles, Simmons landed his first role in the feature film "Evan Almighty," in which he plays Dylan Baxter, opposite Steve Carell and Lauren Graham. This led to a series of roles in films such as "Boogeyman 2," "The Greatest," "Jennifer's Body," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "21 Jump Street." In 2012, he co-starred with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller in the teen drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
He will be seen in the upcoming comedy feature, "Frank and Cindy," alongside Rene Russo and Oliver Platt.
Johnny is a relative of United States Founding Father Patrick Henry and a third cousin of Confederate General Robert Edward Lee.
Initially the barkeep at Belinda's saloon, Joe Meekor will become Haskell's partner before long. He is likeable, but not overly bright. However, he is steady and loyal, although it takes a while for Haskell to realize that Meekor's unflagging loyalty is genuine.
TIM BLAKE NELSON
Tim Blake Nelson is an American director, writer, and actor who has appeared in film and television as well as on stage. He had a featured role as Delmar in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?." According to directors Joel and Ethan Coen, he was the only one in the cast or crew who had read Homer's Odyssey, a work upon which the film is loosely based. He played Samuel Sterns in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.
He narrated the 2001 audiobook "At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr." He has appeared on stage extensively off Broadway in New York at various venues, including Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Soho Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and Central Park's Open Air Theater in the Shakespeare plays Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He has directed film versions of his plays "The Grey Zone" and "Eye of God," as well as writing and directing two original screenplays: 1998's "Kansas" and "Leaves of Grass." He is also the director of "O," based on William Shakespeare's play Othello and set in a modern-day high school.
Other notable films Nelson has appeared in include, "Donnie Brasco," "The Thin Red Line," "Cherish," "Minority Report," "Holes," "Meet the Fockers," "Syriana," "Fido," as Richard Schell in "Lincoln" and in James Franco's "As I lay Dying."
Nelson is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City, as well as the Soho Rep Theatre.
Strikingly beautiful, Sabine comes to Dawson City thinking she can make a quick killing as a courtesan. When that doesn't come to pass her world darkens quickly, until an unlikely player - Belinda - intercedes.
Conor Leslie's acting career began at the tender age of two when her mother spied her emulating everyone from family members to her favorite animated Disney characters. Raised in a small suburban town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she moved with her mother and two younger brother's to New Jersey where she began working in national commercials at 13 in New York City. She began acting professionally at the age of fifteen, landing her first pilot M.O.N.Y for ABC directed by Spike Lee.
Being a conscientious student and managing career and school simultaneously she decided to graduate high school a year early to pursue her acting career full time the age of eighteen. Conor has remained busy booking independent films and several guest spots on shows such as "Law & Order," "Revenge" and "Rizzoli and Isles," to name a few, and a series regular role in the pilot "Widow Detective" for CBS. Shortly after wrapping the independent film "Parts per Billion" opposite Rosario Dawson, Gena Rowlands, Frank Langella & Josh Hartnett, she landed the role of "Sabine" in "Klondike."
While acting is her first passion, her love of the arts is exhibited through her hobbies of writing and photography with the intention of one day delving further into all areas of filmmaking.
Not overly bright, but convinced that he can be a major player, Soapy Smith is always trying to work the latest scam. One can't help but like him, despite his huckster nature, but he is woefully incapable of trying to swindle people far smarter than him; unfortunately that would be most people.
Ian Hart was born in Liverpool, Merseyside. He attended the Cardinal Allen Grammar School and was in his teens a member of the Everyman Youth Theatre before studying drama at the nowdefunct Mabel Fletcher College of Music and Drama in Liverpool. He then moved on and started acting in 1980.
From 1988 to 1991, Hart studied video production at South Mersey College (now part of Liverpool Community College). He portrayed an International Brigade volunteer in the Spanish Civil War in "Land and Freedom," an unemployed Liverpool shipyard worker in "Liam" and he played Professor Quirrell in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." Hart has played John Lennon three times — in The Hours and Times (1991), in Backbeat (1994) and in Snodgrass (2013) — and has also played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in "Finding Neverland."
On television, he played Doyle's creation Dr. Watson in two Sherlock Holmes television movies, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking." He also played schizophrenic paparazzo Don Konkey in the FX series "Dirt" in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he played Tom Ripley in BBC Radio Four's adaptations of all five of Patricia Highsmith's "Ripliad" series.
Hart memorably played Adolf Hitler in the BBC television movie "The Man Who Crossed Hitler," and has recently appeared in high profile television series in the U.S., including "Luck," alongside Dustin Hoffman, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and as Buddy Wilson in "Rogue."