Educated at a boarding school in the UK, and at 33 years old the CEO and manager of a hedge fund that bears his name, Alex Godman would be the first to admit he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Yet to dismiss him as another privileged, first-generation Russian making his fortune in London would be a mistake – behind his implacable façade, Alex is intelligent, determined, loyal and preternaturally talented at anything he turns his hand to. Though he comes from a wealthy, loving family and has been afforded many opportunities, his success is entirely personal, as he has always sought to forge his own path.
As an inhabitant of the UK and the US but with roots in Russia, Alex is proud of his heritage yet simultaneously holds it at arm’s length – he is from everywhere and nowhere, caught between worlds.
James Norton is a graduate of Cambridge University and RADA. He is an acclaimed stage, film and television actor and currently stars in the Amy Herzog’s stage play Belleville.
In 2016, he starred in Tracy Lett’s play Bug at Found 111, taking the lead role opposite Kate Fleetwood. Norton was also seen in the eagerly anticipated second series of Sally Wainright’s Happy Valley, for which he received a BAFTA TV nomination and caught the attention of both critics and the nation. That same year, he played the role of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky alongside Lily James and Paul Dano in the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries War and Peace. The series, directed by Tom Harper, also features performances by Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea. Norton also appeared in Black Mirror,starring opposite Bryce Dallas Howard.
Additional credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Turner,Death Comes to Pemberley, Restless and An Education.
Norton has excelled on the stage. His first role following drama school was in Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed Posh at the Royal Court Theatre; from there, he went on to star opposite Frances Barber in That Face, directed by Richard Wilson, at the Sheffield Crucible. Norton’s West-End debut was playing the lead role of Stanhope in David Grindley’s epic production of Journey’s End.