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Paul McGann’s entrance into dramatic acting came in 1986 with his portrayal of Percy Toplis in the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer. Following his success in this role, he starred in the cult classic film Withnail and I alongside Richard E. Grant. Countless other film roles would follow. He starred in such films as Empire of the Sun, The Three Muskateers, and Alien 3. During the early to mid-90s, McGann also continued to feature in several TV shows and miniseries for the BBC.
In 1996, McGann made his debut in the Doctor Who universe as the Eighth Doctor in the Doctor Who TV movie. Originally intended as a “back door pilot” of sorts for a potential revival of the series, the TV ratings were too low in the United States to justify a relaunch of the popular sci-fi show.
Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, McGann again starred in several film and television roles. Two notable portrayals were David Talbot in 2002’s Queen of the Damned and William Bush in the ITV/A&E joint production of Hornblower.
McGann has gone on to star in other television shows throughout the 2010s such as Jonathan Creek, Luther, and - most recently - a central role in the long-running BBC series Holby City.
McGann has yet to give up his role as the Eighth Doctor. Not only does he continue to portray the Time Lord in countless audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, but he also reprised the role on screen in 2013’s Night of the Doctor. Fans got a never before seen glimpse at the regeneration of the Eighth Doctor into the War Doctor.
Beginning his career in 2010’s The Cut, Tosin Cole has gone on to star in many television shows and films - all culminating in his current role on Doctor Who as Ryan Sinclair - companion to the Thirteenth Doctor.
Receiving his first significant TV role as Sol Levi in EastEnders: E20 (a spin-off of the British soap opera EastEnders) in 2010, he quickly went on to be cast in other British drama favorite Hollyoaks.
In the years following, Cole went on to star in a 2013 episode of the BBC medical drama Holby City, played his first cinematic film role in Gone Too Far!, and had an additional film role in Second Coming.
In 2014, he was featured in miniseries The Secrets. In 2015, Cole had roles in ITV drama Lewis and in historical series Versailles. That year also brought an appearance from Cole in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens as X-Wing pilot Lt. Bastian.
The year 2017 was a particular busy one for Cole. He starred in short film Father of Man, had a featured role in film Unlocked, and was announced to have been cast in the 11 series of Doctor Who as a companion to the Thirteenth Doctor.
He currently stars as current companion Ryan Sinclair in Doctor Who. Cole is making his first U.S. convention appearance at Chicago TARDIS 2019.
Best known for roles in the TV shows The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Vikings, and the movie The Fifth Element, Richard Ashton is familiar to Doctor Who fans in his role as Friday in the Twelfth Doctor era episode "Empress of Mars".
He has also had many other roles on both the big and small screens - working on projects since 1990.
Prior to becoming an actor, Greg Austin was a dancer. Performing modern dance, ballet, tap and street dance; this lead him to the world of musical theatre.
From 2014 to 2016, Austin starred as the young Gordon Selfridge in ITV's Mr Selfridge. During this time, he also appeared as Rufus Barton in one episode of Law & Order: UK, and in short film Into the Surf.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Austin joined the world of Doctor Who when cast as Charlie Smith in spin-off, Class. Though the program only lasted one season, Big Finish Productions reunited the cast for two new sets of stories to wrap up the narrative.
In 2018, Austin appeared briefly as a "synth" in the BBC series Humans. He also filmed for a guest lead role on Stephen Poliakoff's Summer of Rockets, which is set to be released this spring.
He currently co-hosts a podcast called The Greatest Waste of Time with long-time friend Andy Jay. You can find him over on Twitter at @Gregory_Austin.
Fady Elsayed made his debut in the acting scene with 2012’s My Brother the Devil. His role as Mo in this film earned him a nomination for both Best Newcomer Award at the BFI London Film Festival and the ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year.
Following his success in this role, Elsayed appeared in several well-known television shows such as Casualty, Law and Order: UK, Silent Witness, and Penny Dreadful.
In 2016, Elsayed was cast in the Doctor Who spin-off Class as Ram Singh. He reprised his role as Ram in a series of Class audio adventures produced and released by Big Finish Productions.
Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of audio dramas in the world. They have worked regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.
For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE).
Theatre (tour): Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope, Tomorrow Morning, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Snoopy the Musical, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Steamie, Guess How much I love You?, The Wedding Singer, West End Men, Fame – the Musical (Eire), Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Never Forget and Footloose – the Musical.
Theatre (West End): Life Coach, Wolfboy, Footloose – the Musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol, Third Floor, Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre, Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall, The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards (since 2007), Never Forget –The Take That Musical, West End Men, Yes Prime Minister (Theatregoer Award – Best New Comedy), The Ladykillers (4 Olivier nominations) and the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.
Theatre (USA): Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and her White Night, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Los Angeles with Lythgoe Family Productions each Christmas.
More Info: bigfinish.com
Coming from a theatrical background prior to her being cast in Class, Sophie Hopkins was once a member of Fourth Monkey repertory theatre company.
In 2016, Hopkins was cast as April MacLean in BBC Three’s Doctor Who spin-off Class. Her character was advertised as the “British Buffy”. This was especially fitting since Hopkins was sold on the series by being told it had parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
After Class ended, Hopkins starred in several short films - including Since We Last and Breaking - as well as playing the lead in horror film Brackenmore.
Recently, she reprised her role from Class in stories for Big Finish Productions.
You can find Sophie on Instagram at @sophie.hopkins.
Vivian Oparah got her start as a young adult in the theatre world as a member of the National Youth Theatre.
In 2016, she was cast as Tanya Adeola in the Doctor Who spin-off Class. Oparah later said that Class was her first audition. When auditioning, she knew that the series was linked to the world of Doctor Who but had no idea it would turn out to be such a large production.
In 2017, she starred as the house slave Minnie in the theatre play An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. For this performance, she received a nomination for the 2017 Off West End Theatre Awards as Best Female In A Play. After this play, she starred in another (Fanny & Alexander) at The Old Vic and reprised her role as Minnie - this time at the Royal National Theatre.
Oparah reprised her role as Tanya in Class alongside her co-stars for a series of stories from Big Finish Productions.
Find her on Twitter at @vivianoparah, or on Instagram at @bunnyreloaded.