Anne: Cast discuss why they agreed to roles in new drama
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Four-part series Anne is going to be arriving on screens in the New Year. The ITV series follows the tireless work of late campaigner Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin died at the Hillsborough disaster. Williams’ tenacity helped to bring justice to the victims’ families and appeal the initial verdict of accidental death. Express.co.uk looks at the cast of the drama.
Who is the cast of Anne?
Anne Williams – Maxine Peake
Taking on the title role of Anne Williams is Maxine Peake, who is best known for her work in legal drama Silk, Channel 4’s Shameless, and The Village.
She has worked across stage, screen, and radio with some of her other credits including Black Mirror, Hamlet, and Funny Cow.
Speaking recently on ITV’s This Morning about the cast, Peake said: “We had a fabulous cast of local actors.
“When it was announced I was playing Anne, people got in touch, actors I knew saying, ‘Can you get me in?’
“It doesn’t normally happen like that. But there are certain stories, especially based on fact. It is part of our sporting history, but it’s part of our wider history.”
Steve Williams – Stephen Walters
Portraying Williams’ husband and step-father to Kevin is Stephen Walters as Steve Williams.
Viewers may recognise the Merseyside actor from the likes of Outlander, Shetland, Silent Witness, and Little Boy Blue.
The actor met with Steve Williams and the pair connected with Walters saying: “It’s always a gift to meet someone you’re going to play, but you don’t want to impersonate them, really. You always feel a responsibility whenever you play someone.
“But when you’re playing someone biographically, you want to try and do justice to that.”
He added: “One of the gifts I got from Steve is how people deal differently with grief.
“He was a very introspective, private guy and he internalised that… whereas Anne was like Inspector Columbo… Steve, I think, was in awe of that, he loved her for that.”
Andy Burnham – Mathew McNulty
Manchester actor Mathew McNulty plays politician Andy Burnham, who was the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport at the time.
While giving a speech at the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, he was interrupted by attendees shouting “justice for the 96”.
The moving moment led Burnham to ask a question in Parliament about the disaster and in turn saw a second inquiry into Hillsborough.
McNulty has featured in The Terror, Deadwater Fell, The Bay, Domina, Misfits and will next be appearing in The Rising.
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Sheila Coleman – Clare Calbraith
Clare Calbraith is legal researcher Sheila Coleman, who helped Williams gather evidence from the Hillsborough disaster including finding witnesses who attempted to save Kevin.
Coleman and Williams worked with several other families to piece together the events from the day as part of their appeal against the initial verdict.
Actress Calbraith’s credits include Downton Abbey, Home Fires, Little Boy Blue and Vera.
More recently, she featured in Unforgotten, Baptiste, and Strike Back.
John Glover – Rob Jarvis
Rob Jarvis plays bereaved parent John Glover with audiences likely to recognise him from Emmerdale, Sanditon, Marcella, Guerilla, Hustle and Luther.
Steve Hart – Raymond Waring
Portraying Hillsborough survivor Steve Hart in Liverpool-born actor Raymond Waring, who has appeared in Knightfall, Silent Witness, and James Bond film No Time To Die.
Professor Phil Scraton – Ian Puleston-Davies
Actor, writer and director Ian Puleston-Davies plays academic and criminologist Professor Phil Scraton, who carried out investigative work into the disaster.
Puleston-Davies takes on the role after starring in Pennyworth, Tin Star, The Teacher, and A Confession.
Other cast members include John Mcgrellis as Colin, Matthew Roberts as Andy Duncan, Simon Wilson as PC Glave, Gracie Kelly as Debra Martin, Lily Shepherd as Sara Williams, Campbell Wallace as Kevin Williams, among others.
Anne airs on ITV at 9pm on January 2, 2022
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