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Meet the cast of Westworld

From Anthony Hopkins to Thandie Newton, Sky Atlantic's ambitious new drama is crammed full of familiar faces

Published: Tuesday, 11th October 2016 at 7:00 pm

HBO and Sky Atlantic’s new drama Westworld, a re-imagining of the classic 70s movie, is set to be both gripping and unsettling in equal parts.

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Set in a 'theme park' based on the Wild West, hyper-realistic androids help rich clients – or “Newcomers” – live out their fantasies in a risk-free environment with no consequences. That is, until the android “Hosts” start behaving erratically…

Here’s everything you need to know about the key characters, and who plays them, ahead of the series debut tonight at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.


Sir Anthony Hopkins – Dr Robert Ford

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Who does he play?

The creative director of Westworld, Dr Robert Ford is seemingly cut from the same cloth as Jurassic Park boss John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) – perhaps not a coincidence, as both the dinosaur movie and the original 1973 Westworld film were written by Michael Crichton. Like Hammond messing with ancient genetics, Dr Ford has started to re-program his androids to dream and access old memories.

Where have I seen him?

Better known for his big-screen roles, the 78-year-old acting heavyweight memorably starred as cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the movie The Silence of the Lambs.

Evan Rachel Wood – Dolores Abernathy

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Who does she play?

Dolores is a belle of the American West who discovers that her entire life is not everything it seems.

Where have I seen her?

Having started acting at a young age, Wood starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Digging to China (1998). More recently she has attracted attention for roles in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works and as vampire queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq in True Blood.

Ed Harris – the Man in Black

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Who does he play?

The gunslinger’s identity and motivations are shrouded in mystery, but the Man in Black – playing a similar character to Yul Brynner’s mysterious Host in the original movie - is a visitor to Westworld who may or may not be human.

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Where have I seen him?

This will be familiar territory for Harris after his role in The Truman Show, where he played the creator of a simulated TV program whose subject begins to realize he is living a lie. The four-time Oscar nominee has also starred in movies including Pollock, Apollo 13 and The Hours.

Jeffrey Wright – Bernard Lowe

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Who does he play?

Bernard is head of the Westworld Programming Division and creates artificial people.

Where have I seen him?

Wright starred in The Hunger Games movies as tribute Beetee Latier. He has also played Balentin Narcisse in TV series Boardwalk Empire, and CIA agent Felix Leiter in James Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

James Marsden – Teddy Flood

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Who does he play?

Dashingly good-looking Teddy is Dolores’ love interest and a gun enthusiast.

Where have I seen him?

Marsden is best known for his role as Cyclops in the X-Men film series. He also played Lois Lane’s fiancé in Superman Returns.

Thandie Newton – Maeve Millay

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Who does she play?

The first thing Newcomers do when they arrive in Westworld is head to the whorehouse to live out their fantasies, where they meet madam Maeve Millay.

Where have I seen her?

Television fans will recognise Newton as Grace Travis in Rogue and as Aisha in The Slap. The English actress has starred in movies including Crash, which won her a Bafta award.

Jimmi Simpson – William

Who does he play?

A new guest to the park, William is our eyes and ears in this strange world as he decides to choose the path of a hero and help Dolores.

Where have I seen him?

Simpson's probably best known for his work as unfortunate hacker Gavin in Netflix's House of Cards, though he's also appeared in series like CSI, The Newsroom and My Name is Earl.

Ben Barnes – Logan

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Who does he play?

Logan (above right) is an immoral veteran of the park and William's travelling companion, with the pair generally functioning as a modern equivalent of characters played by James Brolin and Richard Benjamin in the original 1973 film.

Where have I seen him?

Barnes shot to fame playing the title role in CS Lewis blockbuster Prince Caspian, and has more recently appeared in historical drama Sons of Liberty. He is soon to appear in Netflix superhero series The Punisher.

Sidse Babett Knudsen – Theresa Cullen

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Who does she play?

Theresa is a severe operations leader responsible for preventing the park from sliding into unscripted chaos.

Where have I seen her?

The Danish actress became a household name here in the UK after starring as fictional Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in TV series Borgen.

Luke Hemsworth – Ashley Stubbs

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Who does he play?

Stubbs is the no-nonsense head of security who must monitor interactions between Hosts and Newcomers and ensure the safety of all guests.

Where have I seen him?

Yes, Luke is one of those Hemsworths. At 35, he is the older brother of heartthrobs Liam and Chris and is best known for his role as Nathan Tyson in Australian TV soap Neighbours.

Rodrigo Santoro – Hector Escaton

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Who does he play?

Hector is a bandit and an outlaw trying to survive in Westworld.

Where have I seen him?

It’s Sarah’s love interest from Love Actually! Santoro played Karl, who had an unsuccessful tryst with his colleague Sarah (Laura Linney) after the office Christmas party.

Angela Sarafyan - Clementine Pennyfeather

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Who does she play?

One of the most popular attractions at Madam Maeve’s whorehouse, Clementine is a Host and enthusiastic participant.

Where have I seen her?

The Armenian American played one of the Egyptian coven of vampires in the Twilight movies, and last year appeared in American Horror Story as Alice.

Simon Quartermain – Lee Sizemore

Who does he play?

Westworld’s narrative director Lee Sizemore does not always get on with his co-workers.

Where have I seen him?

Quarterman once hit the streets of Albert Square in to find illegal immigrant Anya Covalenco, who was hidden by EastEnders matriarch Dot (June Brown).

Shannon Woodward – Elsie Hughes

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Who does she play?

Elsie has a hard task ahead. The rising star of Westworld’s programming division is tasked with tackling the aberrant behaviour of the park’s artificial beings.

Where have I seen her?

Though you may recognise her for roles in TV series Raising Hope and The Riches, Woodward has also been Katy Perry’s best friend since they met as teenagers. She has popped up in Perry’s music video for Hot n Cold.

Angela – Tallulah Riley

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Who does she play?

A host who welcomes William (Jimmi Simpson) into the mysterious world of Westeros, Angela is suitably sultry and mysterious.

Where have I seen her?

British audiences may well remember Riley from her lead role in the modern St Trinian's films alongside Gemma Arterton, as well an appearances on Doctor Who. Across the pond, she'd probably be best known for a small part in Christopher Nolan's Inception.

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Westworld’s UK debut is on Tuesday 4th October at 9pm on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.

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