In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb, a retired merchant seaman, survived fierce winds, treacherous currents and multiple jellyfish stings to swim from Dover to the shores of France, a crossing that took almost 22 hours and spanned 39 miles. The Channel would not be swum again for 36 years, and to this day more people have climbed Everest than successfully swum across the Channel. The Greatest Englishman tells the story of one man's struggle to define himself, beginning with Captain Webb diving into the water at Dover.
Warren Brown....Captain Matthew Webb
Steve Oram....Professor Beckwith
Tim Plester....Newspaper editor
Tom Stourton....J. B. Johnson
Dominic Kinnaird....Bruiser Bill
James Schlesinger....Young Porter
Georgia Maguire....Agnes Beckwith
Terry Mynott....Captain Paul Boyton
David Keyes....Captain Toms
Tom Cheshire....Bob the sailor
Christopher Leveaux....Mr. Whitby
Keira Jane Malik....Meg
Robert Goodale....Dr. Webb
Charlotte Gallagher....Mrs. Keyes
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.