Captain of HMS Erebus and commander of the expedition, Sir John Franklin is an experienced leader with a blemished record in the Royal Navy, a man "everyone likes, but no one respects." He saw men die under his leadership on a previous polar expedition, and, nearing the end of his uneven career, would like to retire in full glory as the man who finally discovered the Northwest Passage. But despite his best efforts, his ambition puts his men in horrible danger and he must try to undo the damage caused by his Victorian hubris.
Ciarán Hinds began his career at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and was a member of the company for many years. In Ireland, he has worked at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, the Druid Theatre in Galway and the Project in Dublin. Hinds is currently appearing in Conor McPherson’s The Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic. Prior to this he appeared in Lyndsey Turner’s Hamlet at the Barbican and at the Abbey Theatre in Mark O’Rowe’s new play, Our Few and Evil Days. Extensive credits include appearing at the Donmar and in New York, in Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, on Broadway as “Big Daddy” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in a co-production with the Royal National Theatre of Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, directed by Howard Davies. He appeared in Conor McPherson’s The Birdsfor the Gate Theatre, the Field Day Company’s version of Antigone, The School for Wives and Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game.
He toured internationally with Peter Brook’s company in The Mahabharata and has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre, where he last appeared in Burnt by the Sun and played “Larry” in Patrick Marber’s Closer, which transferred to Broadway. He also performed on Broadway in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer.
On television he appeared in Shetland, as “Mance Rayder” in Game of Thrones, as “Bud Hammond” in Political Animals, as “DCI Langton” in Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion and as “Julius Caesar” in the BBC/HBO co-production of Rome. These appearances follow extensive television credits, including leading roles in The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre, Seaforth, Ivanhoe, Sherlock Holmes, Prime Suspect 3 and the award-winning film of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, in which he played “Captain Wentworth.”
Extensive film credits include The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, December Bride, Circle of Friends, Titanic Town, Some Mother’s Son, Oscar and Lucinda, The Lost Son, The Weight of Water, Mary Reilly, Road to Perdition, The Sum of All Fears, Mickybo & Me, Calendar Girls, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Statement, Veronica Guerin, The Phantom of the Opera, Miami Vice, Munich, Amazing Grace, The Nativity Story, Hallam Foe, The Tiger’s Tail, Excalibur, Margot at the Wedding, There Will Be Blood, Stop-Loss, In Bruges, The Tale of Despereaux, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Ca$h, Race to Witch Mountain, The Eclipse (for which he won Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival), Life During Wartime, The Debt, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, John Carter of Mars, Salvation Boulevard, The Rite, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Woman in Black, Closed Circuit, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, The Sea, Frozen, Last Days in the Desert, Hitman: Agent 47, The Driftless Area, Bleed for This, Silence, Woman Walks Ahead, Red Sparrow and Justice League.