Of taking up her first major leading role in Frozen, Shirley says: “The
thought of it was frightening because it’s a big role and I have
to kind of persuade people to go on this journey with me, but I love the
story and I love the mystery of it.
It’s about that ache in your heart that you can’t stop until
you get an answer – while everybody else is fine and telling you
that time will heal, it isn’t fine until you get that answer. That
idea of something missing and unresolved is really powerful.”
Shirley Henderson has starred in Intermission (2003), Wilbur Wants to Kill
Himself (2003), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), 24-Hour
Party People (2002) and Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001).
She was awarded the Prix Mademoiselle Ladubay Best Actress Prize at the
2003 Angers Film Festival for her performance in a short film called The
Girl in the Red Dress, directed by Aletta Collins, and she won critical
acclaim for her portrayal of Leonora Braham in Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy,
for which she received a best actress nomination from the Film Critic’s
Roshan Seth plays parish priest Noyen Roy, who is led to question both
his faith in the beliefs of the church and the strength of marital love
after becoming entangled with an increasingly disturbed Kath. The role
of Noyen was written for Roshan by director Juliet, who had admired the
actor’s performance in Such a Long Journey (1998).
Roshan got on board the project when the script was in its early stages
after the unlikely, doomed love affair between Kath and Noyen piqued his
He says: “I found the theme of longing and not being able to get
what you long for particularly interesting, as well as what TS Elliot called ‘the
awful daring of a moment’s surrender’ – that one moment
when you surrender to living completely in the now.
For me that is the fullness of everything, and for the rest of the time
we’re merely playing these rather uptight roles. After years of playing
the role of the carer and priest, Noyen lets his feelings take over instead
of keeping them buried. When he seizes the moment with Kath it thaws something
inside him. But it also turns everything he believes in upside down.”
Born and educated in India, Roshan trained as an actor at the London Academy
of Music and Dramatic Art. His early career began in England, but he returned
to India in 1977 and has lived in New Delhi ever since while continuing
to pursue an international career in Britain, the United States, Canada,
Europe, Australia and India.
As well as receiving a Genie for his role in Such a Long Journey he was
nominated for a BAFTA in 1982 for Gandhi. Other notable film credits include
Monsoon Wedding (2001), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1983) and
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985).
Ger Ryan as Elsie
Ralf Little as Eddie
Jamie Sives as Jim
Richard Armitage as Steven
Sean Harris as Hurricane Frank
Shireen Shah as Vellama
Rebecca Palmer as Irene
Lyndsey Marshal as Tracey