Ethel is played by BRENDA BLETHYN whose starring role in Mike Leigh’s Secret and Lies propelled her to fame. It won her the award for Best Actress at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award Nomination. She also shone in films such as A River Runs Through It , Little Voice, Pride and Prejudice, Atonemnet and most recently London River.
Ernest is played by Academy Award winner JIM BROADBENT, one of Britain’s most versatile character actors. He is best known for his roles in Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones, and Harry Potter as well as his Academy Award winning performance as John Bayley in the bio-pic Iris. His most recent acclaimed appearance was in Another Year (dir. Mike Leigh 2010).
Jim Broadbent at the top of his game:
“Sometimes there are bits of perfect casting, and then there is casting that is above even that. That’s what we have here” – from http://uk.imdb.com/news/ni4327245/