Set in the 1660's at a time when in live theatre women's roles were played by men, Edward 'Ned' Kynaston (Crudup) is England's most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But when Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers, the ruler allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts. Ned becomes a virtual nobody, virtually overnight and seems headed for suicide till his ex-dresser turned actress Maria (Danes) takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.
Mark Letheren....Male Emilia/Dickie
Billy Crudup....Ned Kynaston
Ben Chaplin....George Villiars, Duke of Buckingham
Hugh Bonneville....Samuel Pepys
Jack Kempton....Call Boy
Alice Eve....Miss Frayne
Fenella Woolgar....Lady Meresvale
Stephen Marcus....Thomas Cockerell
Richard Griffiths....Sir Charles Sedley
Zoe Tapper....Nell Gwynn
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.