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Willem Dafoe, born in 1955, is an actor with more than 80 titles to his name from a career spanning over three decades. In 1985 he starred in 'To Live and Die in L.A.' and the following year in Oliver Stone's 'Platoon' (1986), the latter earning him an Oscar nomination, which cemented his position as one of Hollywood's most talented character actors. He is known outside of the US for his collaborations with Lars von Trier.
Paul Dano was born in 1984 in New York. He began his career as a child actor on New York's Broadway. Dano received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance opposite Daniel-Day Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'There Will Be Blood' (2007). The film marked his second consecutive role in a Best Picture Academy Award nominee, following his performance in 'Little Miss Sunshine' (2006).
He was a henchman in the underrated Timothy Dalton Bond vehicle 'License to Kill' (1989) and became better known thanks to his hilarious portrayal of Fenster in 'The Usual Suspects' (1995). He had also impressed – opposite Kevin Spacey for the first time – as an ambitious film exec in 'Swimming with Sharks' (1994). His Dr. Gonzo in Terry Gilliam’s take on Hunter S. Thompson’s 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' (1998) somehow manages to outdo Johnny Depp’s most extreme excesses. But it is his sensitive portrayal of a Mexican cop staying afloat amidst the mire of police corruption and drug smuggling in Steven Soderbergh’s 'Traffic' (2000) that made him a star. It also won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He worked again with Soderbergh, playing the eponymous rebel and hero of the revolution in the filmmaker’s two-part epic 'Che' (2008). It is a stunning performance in a complex, intelligent and overlooked film. He is solid in '21 Grams' (2003), odd but amusing in 'Sin City' (2005), out of place in the big budget misfire 'The Wolfman' (2010) and amusing as The Collector in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014). As Alejandro in 'Sicario' (2015), he offers up one of his finest roles. A mystery who is revealed as a monster, Del Toro nevertheless imbues his character with enough sympathy for us to initially side with him. It’s a masterclass in understated acting and evidence of Del Toro’s unique screen persona.
By any standards, French actor Anaïs Demoustier’s work rate since 2000 has been nothing short of industrious. She has appeared in over 40 features. Her break came with Michael Haneke’s dystopian 'Time of the Wolf' (2002). Subsequent roles in 'Belle épine' (2010) and 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' (2011) increased her appeal. She broke through internationally with Malgorzata Szumowska’s 'Elles' (2011), playing one of two prostitutes studied by Juliette Binoche’s journalist. She also impressed in Claude Miller’s 'Thérèse' (2012). In François Ozon’s 'The New Girlfriend' (2014), she plays a young woman, best friend to a victim of cancer, whose attempts to console the woman’s widower find her discovering a surprising secret.
Robert De Niro, considered one of the greatest actors of his time, was born in New York in 1943. He gained recognition in 'Mean Streets' (1973) - the first of many collaborations with Martin Scorsese - followed by 'Taxi Driver' (1976), 'Raging Bull' (1980) for which he won an Oscar, and 'Goodfellas' (1990). He's starred in over 90 films over the course of his career. He also made his directorial debut with 'A Bronx Tale' (1993).
Born in France in 1948, Gérard Depardieu is one of the most prolific actors in film history, appearing in over 150 films since 1967. After his breakout film role came in ‘Going Places’ (1974), he appeared in a diverse mix of films, becoming a leading actor in the 80s and 90s. He is known for ‘Jean de Florette’ (1986), ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ (1990), ‘La Vie en Rose’ (2007), and 'Welcome to New York (2014).
Andrea Arnold's 'Red Road' (2004) firmly established Katie Dickie as one of the country's most striking actors. She plays a CCTV operator whose past collides with the present when she sees a man walking the streets. Dickie has continued to appear in television dramas most notably 'He Kills Coppers' (2008), 'The Pillars of the Earth' (2010) and as Lysa Arryn in 'Game of Thrones' (2011-14). She was one of the ill-fated crew members in 'Prometheus' and excelled as a emergency call responder in the BAFTA-winning short 'Operator' (2015). Two recent roles, in 'Couple in a Hole' and 'The Witch' (both 2015) highlight her versatility and daring.