Meet the 15 cast members from Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series

Amazon Prime Video is exploring the earlier age of Middle-earth with its original series, The Lord of the Rings. So far we know that  J.A. Bayona, who helmed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, will be directing the first two episodes of the show. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be the showrunners and executive producers. Today, Amazon Studios has announced the first group of series regulars for the upcoming show, which is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. With the cast revealed, production is underway beginning in February.

The announced cast are Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.

Joining Payne, McKay, and Bayona as executive producers are Belén Atienza, Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).

Synopsis: Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Robert Aramayo

Robert Aramayo is a British actor and Juilliard graduate. He can be seen in Netflix’s upcoming limited series Behind Her Eyes. Audiences can see him this year in Lionsgate’s Antebellum and The King’s Man directed by Matthew Vaughn. Aramyao can currently be seen in Suicide Tourist, opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Mindhunter, directed by David Fincher. Game of Thrones fans may recognize him as young Ned Stark.

Owain Arthur

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Owain Arthur has worked with Francis Henshall in The National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, having understudied James Corden at the Adelphi Theatre. Other theatre credits include Nicholas Hytner’s The History Boys (NT), Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange) and Birdsong (Comedy Theatre). Television credits include A Confession, London Kills, Hard Sun, Hinterland, Babylon, Casualty, Ddoe Am Ddeg, Cei Bach, New Tricks and The Palace. As for films, he was in White Island, The Patrol, Mr. Nice, Eldra, Higher Grounds and Disney’s upcoming The One and Only Ivan.

Nazanin Boniadi

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Nazanin Boniadi is a British-Iranian actress who can be seen as former Fox News reporter Rudi Bakhtiar in Lionsgate’s Bombshell. Boniadi starred as Zahra in Bleecker Street’s feature Hotel Mumbai. On television, Boniadi starred as Clare opposite J.K. Simmons in Starz’s Counterpart. Boniadi co-starred as Fara Sherazi in seasons three and four of Homeland. She also played Nora in seasons six and seven of How I Met Your Mother. She also appeared in Ben-Hur, Passengers, The Next Three Days, and Iron Man.

Tom Budge

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Tom Budge is an Australian actor, musician, and writer. He appeared as Pickles in Paul Goldman’s Australian Rules. He also appeared as Samuel Stote in Nick Cave and John Hillcoat’s The Proposition, Alister Grierson’s Kokoda, Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae, Neil Armfield’s Candy, Julius Avery’s Son Of A Gun, and Jeremy Sims’ Last Train To Freo. He can be seen as Mr. Frankly in Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch. Budge has also appeared in the tele-movie Mabo, the HBO mini-series The Pacific, and the WWI Australian mini-series epic Gallipoli.

Morfydd Clark

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Morfydd Clark can be seen in Netflix and BBC’s Dracula as Mina, Sister Clara in Jack Thorne’s His Dark Materials, and the upcoming The Personal History of David Copperfield film as Dora.

Ismael Cruz Cordova

Ismael Cruz Cordova can be seen in the upcoming HBO miniseries The Undoing from David E. Kelley in Spring 2020. He’s currently in production for Wyatt Rockefeller’s Settlers. He has appeared in Mary Queen of Scots, Miss Bala, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Ema Horvath

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Ema Horvath is a Slovak American actress who can be seen in Blumhouse’s Like.Share.Follow. She came to LA to study screenwriting and worked as a script coverage internet for Blumhouse Productions. She was offered the chance to audition for the role. Since then, she has appeared The Gallows 2, The Mortuary Collection, and Viscous.

 

Markella Kavenagh

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Markella Kavenagh has appeared in Romper Stomper, Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, and BBC’s The Cry. She will be in the upcoming The Gloaming on Stan.

Joseph Mawle

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Joseph Mawle is known as playing Benjen Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He also starred in MotherFatherSon, BBC’s Women in Love, Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, Kill Your Friends, Half of a Yellow Sun, and The Hallow. He can be seen next in Terrence Malick’s The Last Planet with Mark Rylance.

Tyroe Muhafidin

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Tyroe Muhafidin is an Australian actor who has appeared in short films like Two Sands and online series Caravan. The upcoming Amazon Original will be his first major series.

Sophia Nomvete

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Sophia Nomvete was born in the UK with African/Iranian heritage and speaks fluent Farsi. Her theater credits include Vice Versa (RSC), Miss Littlewood (RSC), England People Very Nice (Royal National Theatre). She also played Miss Sofia in the European premiere of “The Color Purple” (Menier Chocolate Factory). Sophia has also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Megan Richards

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20-year-old Megan Richards trained at West London Drama Training and The Brit School. She can be seen in Netflix’s Wanderlust, BBC1’s Doctors. She has also appeared on stage in a National Theatre Connections play, “Extremism,” at the Soho Theatre. She is a singer and musician who can play the piano, saxophone and guitar.

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith appeared in Patty Jenkins’ I Am The Night for TNT and can be seen in the upcoming Kelly Reichardt’s film, First Cow. Dylan began in Canada on stage with the renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company. He studied acting at Webber Douglas in London, England, where he took leading roles on films including, Murder On The Orient Express, with Alfred Molina, and on television in the British classic, EastEnders. Dylan also appeared in 300, The Immortals, Total Recall, Forsaken, and The Englishman’s Boy, Spectral, The Mummy, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Hulu’s Dawn, The Tunnel, Ripper Street, and Into The Badlands.

Charlie Vickers

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Charlie Vickers graduated from the drama school, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2017 and has appeared in Netflix’s Medici: Masters of Florenc and Palm Beach.

Daniel Weyman

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Daniel Weyman is a British actor who has appeared in films such as Where Hands Touch, The Happy Prince, and Great Expectations, Silent Witness, Gentleman Jack, Foyle’s War, Dunkirk, The North Water, Treadstone and A Very English Scandal. His theater work includes “The Mentor,” “Sideways,” “4000 Days,” “The Crucible,” “King Lear,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “The Glass Room,” and more.

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