Meet the cast of To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters

Discover the actors playing the famous authors and their family on BBC1

Adam Nagaitis: Branwell Brontë

Who does he play?

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Branwell was the only son of the Brontë family and shared much of his sisters’ creative talent, receiving praise for his poetry, classics translation and painting skill.

But despite receiving rigorous tuition from his father at home, Branwell ended up drifting between jobs, failing to make an impact culturally and demonstrating increasingly erratic behavior linked to drug and alcohol addiction. He died aged 31 of what is now suspected to be tuberculosis aggravated by the various toxins in his system.

Where do you know him from?

Nagaitis may be most familiar to BBC viewers as the unkind Private Buckley in Australian penal colony drama Banished, though he’s also appeared in the likes of Houdini and Doyle, Code of a Killer and Happy Valley (alongside onscreen sister Charlie Murphy), as well as films like ’71, The Inbetweeners 2 and Suffragette.


Jonathan Pryce: Patrick Brontë

Who does he play? 

The patriarch of the Brontë family, Patrick was a minister of Irish-English origin who ended up outliving his wife Maria and all four of his children due to their early deaths.

Where do you know him from?

Veteran stage and screen actor Jonathan Pryce made his breakthrough performance in 1985 cult film Brazil, and has since become a familiar face in big-budget films including Evita, Tomorrow never Dies and the Pirates of the Caribbean and GI Joe franchises.

More recently Pryce made an impact as Cardinal Wolsey in Tudor drama Wolf Hall and religious zealot the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones.


Joe Armstrong: William Allison

Who does he play? 

A servant of Branwell’s former employers the Robinsons, Allison brings important news to the Brontë brother.

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Another Happy Valley alum, Armstrong is also known for leading roles in BBC’s Robin Hood, Black Mirror, The Hollow Crown and The Village.