Mrs Sarah Stewart is played by Allison Abbott.
Sarah Stewart was the grandmother of orphaned Lucy and James Sands who took them both into her home following the untimely death of her daughter Anne in Antrim 1876.
Allison Abbot (an actor from Torquay) came along to set with her son Aldwyn Abbott (Harry Mainprize) as his chaperone, and was soon talent spotted and drafted in to take the part of Lucys fostering grandmother Sarah Stewart.
Allison took on the role to perfection, from the moment she had a script thrown under her nose to the moment she walked on set just 15 minutes later, she was breathing life into the role of Sarah,
like many of the actors in this film, Allison just came along and proved to us all that the role was hers, no audition, no pomp or ceremony, no ego, she just walked in and brought the character of Sarah to life and gelled immediately with her on screen spinster sister Esther Reay.
Miss Lucy (Lucinda) Sands is played by Leah Emma.
Leah is a fearless young woman who came to the auditions at the age of just 15 knowing that this incredibly testing role was hers, after just 10 minutes into the casting call.
We didn't disagree with her.
Her first couple of days on set were spent in the make up tent with our head of the MUA Michele Bromley, who patiently applied layer upon layer of make up on Leah over a 7 hour period to create the living corpse of Lucy. We will be repeating this scene once again, coming full circle to the place we started 2 years later when we reshoot this scene later in 2020.
Leah's patience and skills in front of the camera are mirrored with the rest of the cast. She is fearless, flawless, and has never complained once about the other ladies having new frocks! whilst she lives out her role in the one dress she was murdered in. but not buried in!
The dress itself remained on view for many years in the Workington courts. Its whereabouts is now unknown.
I am honoured and humbled to be representing the memory of Lucy Sands.
My acting career began when I was lucky to be cast in CBeebies ‘Nina and The Neurons at the age of 7. Since then, I haven’t looked back!.
I recent years I've appeared in productions ranging from the chorus of Bill Kenwrights ‘Joseph and his amazing Technicolour dream coat, to touring with Quirky Bird Theatre Company’s adaptation of DNA’.
Playing Lucy in The Ballad Of Lucy Sands has been an amazing opportunity and journey.
Ms Esther Reay is played by Margaret Grimoldby.
Esther is Lucy's mild mannered Aunt, the sister of widowed Sarah, she remained a spinster until her death in 1882, which was brought about by the stress and shock of Lucy's murder and the ensuing trial. Margaret brings a very sensitive approach to Esthers character, An incredibly kind, thoughtful, proud and hard working woman of Victorian Workington. Usually the unwelcome and unwilling mediator between the regular arguments that ensue between Lucy and Esther.
Margaret was drafted into the fray from the first wave of cast calls, a script was given to her and she just turned up on set and near reduced many of the crew and cast to tears on her first days shoot, one where Esther she had to identify the body of Lucy in the waiting room at the Workington Bridge station.
Margaret has done Esther's memory immaculate justice.
Playing Esther Reay has been a dream come true and working with such a wonderful team of people has been an honour and a privilege.
I have a background in community arts and theatre and recently played Galactia in Scenes from an Execution and Ros, in All your Gold at the Drum, Plymouth. I also work in role play, performing interactive murder mysteries around the South West..
Whilst I've worked as a supporting artist in TV and film, the role of Esther is my screen acting first. What an amazing journey it's been!
Thank you everyone for this incredible opportunity.
Miss Agnes Crannie is played by Steph Rosewarne.
Agnes is the elder sister of Maggie, and we first hear of her before we see her appear in the series.
She's due to be married soon so is going to be moving out of the tiny house on Christian street that she shares with Maggie and her mother.
As with any siblings there is rivalry and through having to share a single bed and a tiny room with each other, the two sisters don't get on too well, theres a love hate scenario happening, but despite this they both have each others backs.
Agnes - like the rest of her strong female lead family, has a wry and dry northern sense of humour and often ribs Maggie to the max, she's one of the very few people from the town who can actually win an argument with her.
After her wedding, Agnes moves to a different part of the country for a live in job, working on a large estate with her husband.
Miss Maggie Crannie is played by Miss Tamsin Ford.
Maggie has definitely been one of the most demanding and enjoyable characters to script for in the film, Her many adventures takes us on many twists and turns - her character was inspired upon hearing a particular young woman from Workington whose voice and demeanour rang out above her counterparts one evening when I was scouting the town for locations 1st December 2018.
20 year old Cornish Actor Tamsin Ford has risen to each and every challenge thrown at her connected to the trials and tribulations in the life of the feisty character of Maggie Crannie.
Tamsin (Like Leah) despite being the humblest of actors you would ever like to meet - knew that the part of Maggie was hers from the onset. She nailed the audition and floored us all with her very first appearance on set.
Never failing to rise to the complexity of any scene, and we have thrown everything you can imagine at her! Tamsin's portrayal of Maggie immediately gave rise to her becoming joint lead lady, which was inevitable from her first day on set.
Her many twists and turns and adventures await her audience.
Being a part of this film is still something I can’t quite get my head around;
To think I only applied to be an extra for a shoot in my home town, but was flung into a major role... it’s just been incredible!
Every single person involved in this project has been so wonderful to work with and I feel so honoured to play such a key part in bringing Lucy’s story to life.
As much as I don’t want the filming to end, I cannot wait to see the finished product and the positive reaction it receives!
Mrs Ann Crannie is played by Tabitha Lammas.
Ann Crannie the mother of both Agnes and Maggie is another larger than life character who lived in the town and who made her living from making corsets for the towns populace,
She is the head of the house, her husband is gone - somewhere? leaving her a somewhat strong willed survivor of a woman who prides herself on having a hardworking family of daughters and an elder son 'Jonathan' (who lives elsewhere in the town) as her close family.
Like both her Workington born and bred daughters, Ann has the same kind of dry sense of humour that usually starts with a lot of ribbing interaction going on between the family.
We see this camaraderie interaction of insults flying between Maggie and Agnes first hand, one night whilst they are both in their room as they rag roll each others hair.
Miss Mary Lawson is played by Abby Sparrow.
Playing the part pf Mary Lawson is our youngest lead lady, 15 year old Abby Sparrow. She was just 13 when she first came on set. Hailing from Bath, Abby plays the part of the more demure and highly intelligent Mary Lawson,
A 15 year old lady who aspires to the ways of the other young women but is torn between this and her loyalty to her parents and Victorian societies constraints on young women..
This conflict between whats right and what is deemed morally wrong often leads to the rise of verbal blows and sarcastic quips with the feisty Maggie.
Mary is more of a wall flower than a rebel, always trying to keep the peace and never overstepping the line of morality. Whilst wrestling with her dormant rebellious side.
Abby's on set emotions have caused quite a few teary eyes to date.
My first film break came when I auditioned for Olivia Maiden’s first Directed film, Never Alone. I did something right, as although I didn’t look like the scripted characters, I impressed enough for her to write in a new character just for me.
The Ballad of Lucy Sands is now our 5th film together. I remember contacting casting for the role of Maggie. Hearing the description of the flirty, drinking, rebellious character it was pointed out I was only 13 and so I was offered the more reserved character of Mary (which pleased my Dad!). The role of Mary has taught me so much and I have just loved being part of this wider family on set. With scripting still ongoing and evolving, I can’t wait to see what happens to Mary next!
Miss Jane Shannon is played by Olivia Maiden.
Olivia contacted production on the first day of casting and was immediately given the role of 16 year old Jane Shannon.
Jane is the ill fated girlfriend of Maynard Harrison and close friend of Lucy along with the 2 other leading ladies whose lives - after Lucys murder - this film follows.
Jane, is an outspoken young woman, whose flighty ways have given her a reputation in the town, she's a bit of a dark horse though, leaving most altercations to her counterparts whilst remaining silent - which gives her a bot of a sinister edge, as they always say that the quiet ones are the worst! and in this case, she's no exception.
Olivia is the polar opposite of Jone, Her role is definitely taking her out of her comfort zone.
Jane in contrast is a vulnerable young woman who suffers from some mental health issues, this is shown throughout the series as her mood swings and loyalties are torn.
I am honoured to be both Jane Shannon and 1st AD in the early days in this exciting new series, bringing justice to Lucy and her memory.
Since 2016, when I created and acted in my first short film, I've been constantly involved with films on both sides of the camera and was honoured last year to win a couple of awards for my acting and filmmaking.
We have made some incredible and unforgettable memories so far in this film and I am buzzing to see where Jane’s journey takes me next in Lucy’s story and just how far this film can go.
Miss Maggie Ellenshaw is played by tbc!.
Maggie is one of the towns characters, a bit of a braggart big mouth who desires to be popular in her own circles.
As with most of the people in the series, Maggie tends to flit between her select various groups of people and has few morals when it comes to available men!
More updates coming soon once this character has been recast and reshot
Miss Rosie O'Leary is played by miss Emily Miles.
Rosie plays the part of a poor young 10 year old girl who has just finished her cleaning shift and seeks out Isaac Bird to speak with.
What transpires next is nothing short of heart warming and fills the soul with hope and a spirit of the bygone community that has long since been lost.
Emily took the script and completely made Rosie her own, she was fearless on set and was further scripted into two other scenes in the film which cemented her appearance and bond with the main cast young women.
Her solo performance at the church left the entire audience and cast of over 160 people speechless.
Emily is definitely a young starlet in the making.
Mrs Anna O'Leary is played by Sarah Jane Worrall.
Mother to Rosie, Mary O'Leary plays a small part in a very poignant scene which shows how one single act of kindness can quickly spread throughout the town, turning into a community lead spirit of the age.
Anna is played by Sarah Jane Worrall who came on set at the eleventh hour - literally the eleventh hour of the night before where we were exchanging messages for hours on end whilst I was at a gig!
A director always makes time for the film they are working on, regardless of the occasion they are attending - when theres a shoot that needs to be cast.
We shot the scene at 9am the following morning, We positively love our team of talented and incredibly dedicated actors.
Miss Effie Carter Is played by miss Amy Humes.
Amy was brought on set in our Workington set shoots and soon became friends with Emily when they appeared in the Church scene.
A bit OF working in reverse was needed, and upon checking the script for its flow, It became apparent that Rosie needed a back story. This resulted in the two young ladies being brought together for a bit of an action scene which helps bond the two young ladies to the young women of the main cast.
Amy shares the sets with her father Mark Humes who was drafted in to be a policemen - Insp Henry Wheelhouse.
He learned the hard way. If you stand around on set too long, a use will be found for you!
Emma Highet - Dr Highet's wife, is played by Emma Louise Phillips.
Emma was brought into the fray by James Care (Dr Highet) after we asked him if he fancied an on screen wife? His response. I know just the person!
He called Emma and asked her if she fancied being his wife? After a moment or two's silence, he quickly explained his intentions! She was hooked.
Emma was originally cast for one scene, but her real life character was so infectiously dry and funny. We couldn't just let her go without giving her a leading role, she positively had to be brought in for more. Which is exactly what happened. They say opposites attract, thats exactly how Emma's and Dr John Highets storyline pans out.
Miss Jessie Nicholls is played by Megan Tremethick
Jessie is an unshakeable young business woman who faces the courts barrister Mr paisley when she is called to inspect the dress which Lucy's corpse was found wearing.
Being a seamstress and dressmaker in her own rights, Jessie is confronted by Mr paisley and he gets more than he bargained for when she refused to buckle under his grilling.
Played by the wonderfully talented Megan Tremethick from Bristol, Jessie appears on a number of celebratory occasions during the series.
Mrs Sarah Harrison is played by Rose Marian Finn.
Mrs Sarah Harrison is the doting and somewhat savvy mother of Maynard and the wife of his father Richard - the Old Side Iron works foreman.
A house proud woman who aspires to be amongst the rising middle classes, she runs the house and manages her servants with clockwork intricacy.
She thinks the world of her son but scorns his spoilt and entitled ways, little realising that its through her constant pandering and intervention that he behaves in this manner. She cannot believe that he could possibly be implemented in any court case and is physically shaken when he is dragged into the courtrooms by Isaac Bird.
Mrs Martha Manson is played by Gina Bee
Mrs Manson was the churches head cleaner who employed the services of its congregations char ladies to help out with cleaning overhauls for special occasions within the church.
Her closeness to Mr Robinson was never confirmed as being that of an intimate relationship, but they did seem to be very close, with Mr Robinson coming to her aid at times of need.
Were they really an item back then? only their on screen demeanour may answer those questions.
Mrs Sarah Stewart is played by Kate Hancock
Sarah was one of the unwitting local people caught up in the ripple effect of the towns court case and police investigations after the disappearance of Lucy.
Her story is a short one in Lucys Tale, but a poignant one for her co-star Mr Henry Kerr! whom she outs as a tittle tackle gossipmonger who spreads drunken rumours all around the town concerning Lucy's disappearance prior to her bodies discovery.
The results of Mrs Stewarts testimony are devastating for Mr Kerr.
Mrs Dorothy Grant is played by Naomi Richards.
Mrs Grant is a rather ditsy character, who the unfaltering Mr paisley literally pulls to pieces in his court room interrogations.
Dorothy is the long suffering wife of the complaining and impatient Mr William Grant.
Called into court to recant their late night meetings with Maynard Harrison in December they are both put through the grinder and ridiculed by the defence lawyer.
Naomi came along after a casting call to replace the previous actor's piece, within one short week she had followed the direction and nailed the new Dorothy grants piece.
Mrs Zillah Taylor is played by Mrs Debra Knight.
Miss Matilda Shaw is played by Tia Johnson.
Mrs Ada Jackson is played by Gill Woods.
Miss Lucy Crannie Hogg is played by Evie Evans.
Miss Violet Marion is played by Marley Marie Newton.
Mrs Philomena Andre is played by Kellie Wright.
Ms Selena Waddell is played by Roisin McCay-Hines.
No period drama would be complete without appearances from characters of the oldest profession, its Ladies of the Night, and Selena is no exception!
Selena is a figure we see briefly in both the background and in a short speaking role where she gets spooked by a potential client and makes an exit with haste .
Animating the film alongside her mentor Nancy Bell our pair of night ladies fill the rat infested streets with a Victorian air of desperation and decay.
Ms Nancy Bell is played by Maria Evelyn Tiplady.
Nancy is the larger than life madam of her own small empire of brothels around the town, intent on keeping her girls safe from the dangers of Victorian England on the streets of Workington, from her run down tenement premises on Church Street is Nancy, an imposing figure of a woman who fears nobody. least of all the law!
Maria jumped straight into this role without hesitation, Everyone loves an outspoken strong character and Nancy Bell is just that,
Surrounded by her girls, she is well known in all walks of the towns Victorian society, despised by some, the eyes and ears on the streets to others. as will be revealed in episodes one and two of the series.
Ms Mary Jane Kelly is played by Aneira James.
Mary Jane is a strong willed and feisty young woman, she's been with Nancy for some time and knows the ropes and can tell a good punter from a bad one.
She befriends Elizabeth on her first day, knowing that the lure of her accent can get them both more interest and higher paying clients from the towns locality. So they are often seen together working in the streets of Workington. Which is where we are first introduced to them as they hold the fort at Lucy's makeshift mortuary, at the Workington Bridge station.
Ms Elizabeth Stride is played by Dina Gronbeck.
Another lady of the night governed by Nancy Bell, Elizabeth is a european imported young lady who uses her Baltic accent to the best of its abilities to catch the ears and eyes of the towns best paying clients.
Along with Mary, she dreams of moving to the city of London where she can set up her own establishment,
The girls she works with are as tight knit as you could imagine, watching each others backs and ensuring that no harm comes to either one of them.
We first run into Elizabeth at the train station where she encounters a stranger with Philip Wallace, and many other times throughout the series.
Mrs Edith Salter is played by Angela Sutcliffe.
Edith is one of two maids who came about when a scene needed two maids to make a terrible discovery in there police station. A pivotal point in the series.
Working her way up from one of the early supporting actors, Angie managed to get herself a featured speaking part in Lucy's story.
Mrs Eliza May is played by Beverley Griffiths.
Eliza May is the second maid who came about when a scene needed two maids to make a terrible discovery in there police station. A pivotal point in the series.
Working her way up from one of the early supporting actors, Beverley managed to get herself a featured speaking part in Lucy's story.
Beverley Griffiths is an actress who was born in Barry, South Wales. She now lives in Plymouth in Devon and has appeared in many productions around Devon and Cornwall. She made a short film entitled, 'For the Love of Barry' (made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery) and was involved with and did a voice-over for the film, 'Perfect World' (a film made in collaboration with Sundog Media, about how we, as a human race have impacted upon the environment). Both of these films won local and national recognition, with 'Perfect World' being nominated for a 'Panda in the Pocket' award.
Miss Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith is played by Amy Kinder.
Lizzie Smith is one of three maids living at the household of the Harrisons at the time of Lucys disappearance.
Alongside the other maids and Alice Atkinson whom she shared a room with, she witnessed many things in the house and as such the police focused on her testimony to help nail the prisoner.
Lizzie, is a feisty young woman with a slight attitude who loves her position as a maid, but is fearful of the constant temper outbursts from her employer Mr Harrison.
Amy is a highly talented Bristol based actor who has appeared in many films and shorts, She brought her own flavour to the character of Lizzie.
Miss Alice Atkinson is played by Belle Stallard.
Alice Atkinson is one of three maids living at the household of the Harrisons at the time of Lucys disappearance.
Alongside the other maids and Lizzie whom she shared a room with, she witnessed many things in the house and as such the police focused on her testimony to help nail the prisoner.
Lizzie, has a mousy temperament, fearful of the constant temper outbursts from her employer Mr Harrison and from what she saw of his son, she soon left their employment for a more sedate household.
Belle is a Devon based actor who came to us back in mid 2019, she brought the much needed gentler contrast to Lizzie's character.
Miss Ruby Cottar is played by Ruby-Athina Fearon.
Ruby Cottar is one of three maids living at the household of the Harrisons at the time of Lucys disappearance.
Alongside the other maids she was more of a loner and due to her age of only 13 was more the scullery maid than the ranks of Lizzie and Alice, She is rarely seen except for one scene where a young man takes a shine to her, but his plans are rudely interrupted!
Ruby is the quietest of the housemaids, and sleeps in a top bedroom with no windows so she's not quite so privy to the goings on in the household as Lizzie and Alice are.
Ruby is a Workington based actor despite being quite young, she shows an innocent vulnerability when it comes to her character.
Mrs Lillian Shaw is played by Mrs Donna Fidoe.
Lillian is the maid to Jane Shannon in her later life.
Jane lives in a dilapidated middle class area far away from Workington town with her long suffering maid looking after her and Violet Marion's needs whilst her husband is away at sea.
We meet Lillian when Maggie comes visiting.
Mrs Annie Jackson is played by Jenna Laura.
Annie works at the chemist as a shop assistant. We first encounter her around the time of the trial when Maggie Crannie has her first short public showdown with Dr John Highet.
Annie keeps er composure about her at all times and remains silent when Maggie talks about the doctor.
Mrs Grace Robinson is played by Katie Clucas.
Mrs Robinson, the aunt to Maynard Harrison was visiting the bar with Evan Jones when Maynard staggers in and makes some outlandish claims whilst he is drunk.
The outbursts shock the poor woman leaving her in need of yet another two pennies worth of whisky to calm her nerves