We were glued to our sofas each week like clockwork to watch the fabulous drama that was The Night Manager, which was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best TV series of the last decade. The TV adaptation of the spy novel penned by John le Carré, who is lauded by literary critics everywhere for his remarkable gift for creating a certain brand of gritty paranoia, was adapted to the present day by David Farr.
Luxury hotel night manager "Jonathan Pine" (played by the talented and, sorry it has to be said, downright gorgeous Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by government agent "Angela Burr" (Olivia Colman) as a spy. He is tasked with the difficult and dangerous mission to infiltrate the inner circle of ruthless arms dealer "Richard Onslow Roper" (Hugh Laurie). In doing so, he becomes inextricably involved in the lives of "Roper's" associates and, far more perilously, with his beautiful girlfriend "Jed" (Elizabeth Debicki).
Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Laurie (left to right) all gave fantastic performances in The Night Manager. Not only was the adaptation itself nominated for countless awards (and has won 11), but Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie all won Golden Globes for their outstanding acting.
Hotel night manager "Jonathan Pine" (played by Tom Hiddleston) is a former soldier, who fought in Iraq. Having witnessed too much during his time as a soldier he has withdrawn from life and all emotional relationships that it offers. Asked to photocopy some documents for a guest, he realizes that they contain lists of weapons and warfare chemicals to be sold. Believing that this information is too important to keep to himself, he hands the documents over to the "International Enforcement Agency". In doing so, he inadvertently causes the guest's death. This is just the start of what becomes a very dangerous journey into the inner circle of one of the world's most ruthless arms dealers...
Actor and producer Tom Hiddleston found global fame when he starred as "Loki" in the Marvel blockbuster Thor in 2011. In 2011 he also appeared in War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea and Midnight in Paris. Since then he has given brilliant performances both on screen and on stage and appeared in several more Marvel films including Thor. He will be starring in Avengers: Infinity War this year.
He lives in London and won the, ahem, highly prestigious, UK "Rear of the Year" award in 2016.
"Richard Roper" (Hugh Laurie) is extraordinarily charming for an arms dealer. He is well-educated and, at first glance, appears to be a distinguished billionaire businessman, philanthropist and gentleman. However, a look behind the polished exterior reveals an unscrupulous and merciless entrepreneur, who has amassed his fortune by the most despicable means possible, selling and buying weapons, trading in human life. In order to infiltrate his inner circle, "Jonathan Pine" saves "Roper's" son from being "abducted", in a carefully staged incident organised by intelligence officer, and "Pine's" handler, "Angela Burr" (Olivia Colman). A grateful "Roper" welcomes him into his inner circle, something that might prove to be a big mistake...
Cambridge graduate Hugh Laurie first became known in the UK as part of the comedy duo "Fry and Laurie" with his friend Stephen Fry. However, he became a household name all over the world when he starred as "Dr. Gregory House" in the medical drama series House from 2004 to 2012. The Guinness World Records listed him as "the most watched leading man on television" in 2011!
As well as playing "Richard Roper" in The Night Manager he has also starred in the sitcom Veep and the TV series Chance. He has been nominated for ten Primetime Emmy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Laurie is also a talented musician and has released two blues albums, "Let Them Talk" and "Didn't It Rain". In 1996 he wrote his first novel "The Gun Seller", which became a best-seller. He has been married to Jo Green since 1989 and they have three children.
"Angela Burr" runs the "International Enforcement Agency" from a shabby building in London. She is on a private crusade to destroy "Richard Roper". She feels connected to "Jonathan Pine" in that he also finds the arms trade despicable. However, she soon finds that "Roper" is not her only rival and that there are some far closer to home than she might have expected...
Oliva Colman became a UK household name starring in Channel 4's Peep Show. She became well-known internationally starring in a number of films such as The Iron Lady, Cuban Fury and the brilliant 2017 adaption of the Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express. She starred as "DS Ellie Miller" in Broadchurch from 2013 to 2017 and won a BAFTA for her outstanding performance. She has been happily married to Ed Sinclair since 2001 and they have three children.
Graceful and beautiful, "Jed Marshall" is a woman running from her past. "Richard Roper" makes her feel both glamorous and safe. When "Jonathan Pine" enters her life she wakes up to the dangers around her and realises that she will not be able to hide from the past in Roper's bubble of wealth and privilege for much longer.
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki had her big breakthrough starring in The Great Gatsby in 2013. She has also
starred in Macbeth (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). She will be appearing in Widows and Vita and Virginia later in 2018.
"Major Lance Corkoran" (played by Tom Hollander) is "Richard Roper's" right-hand man and "fixer". He is an extremely loyal sidekick and is very protective of both "Roper" and "Jed". He suspects "Jonathan Pine" of being a spy from the very beginning and refuses to stop bombarding him with tricky questions.
British actor Tom Hollander is another Cambridge graduate. He began his career on stage, but is best known for playing "Lord Cutler Beckett" in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He has also starred in, among others, Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, About Time, Hanna and Pride & Prejudice. He lives in Notting Hill in London.