Ian McShane as Waleran Bigod
Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (HBO's Deadwood, Sexy Beast) stars as Waleran Bigod, the archdeacon of Shiring who has a dark soul and is determined to become archbishop.
Rufus Sewell as Tom Builder
Best known for his costume dramas and recent role in CBS's The Eleventh Hour, Rufus Sewell stars as Tom, the poor builder and architect whose lifelong dream is to build a cathedral.
Matthew Macfadyen as Prior Philip
Matthew Macfadyen (the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood)
now stars as Prior Philip, a resourceful and dedicated monk whose dream is to see Kingsbridge rise to greatness.
Eddie Redmayne as Jack Jackson
Eddie Redmayne made his professional stage debut in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and now stars as Jack Jackson, a clever young architect who has spent his entire life loving Aliena and dreaming of building a cathedral.
Hayley Atwell as Aliena
After starring alongside Keira Knightly in The Duchess, Hayley Atwell is venturing back in time to play Aliena, a true force to be reckoned with. After her family's fall from grace, Aliena must use her strength and resourcefulness to survive.
Donald Sutherland as Bartholomew
Two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (Citizen X, Path to War) stars as Bartholomew, the earl of Shiring and supporter of Maud's right to the throne. He is Aliena and Richard's father.
Sarah Parish as Regan Hamleigh
Sarah Parish began her career on the London stage and now plays Regan Hamleigh, a woman who lives with a disfigured face and tormented soul. Regan is married to Percy and stops at nothing to move her family and son William up the social ladder.
Natalia Woerner as Ellen
Natalia Woerner is a German actress playing Ellen, a mysterious woman who lives in the woods with her son Jack and is rumored to be a witch because she cursed the men responsible for the execution of her lover.
Alison Pill as Empress Maud
Tony nominee Alison Pill stars as Empress Maud. In the fight for the throne, Bartholomew backs Maud as queen over King Stephen, and he loses everything.
Gordon Pinsent as the Archbishop
Gordon Pinsent is a Canadian actor staring as the archbishop of Cantebury, the head of the Church of England and King Stephen's ally.
Tony Curran as King Stephen
Tony Curran is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and plays King Stephen, the rival of Empress Maud—the only person standing in his way of the throne.
David Oakes as William Hamleigh
star David Oakes plays William Hamleigh, the evil son of Percy and Regan whose obsession with Aliena becomes a driving force in his life. Oakes real-life father is currently a canon at the Salisbury Cathedral, the cathedral that Ken Follett used as inspiration for the Kingsbridge Cathedral
in The Pillars of the Earth
John Pielmeier as Cuthbert Whitehead
John Pielmeier is a playwright, screenwriter and actor playing Cuthbert Whitehead, an early ally of Philip after his arrival in Kingsbridge.
Sam Claflin as Richard
Sam Claflin is set to star in a science-fiction adventure and currently portrays Richard, the son of Bartholomew and brother of Aliena, who struggles to find his inner courage and fight for what has been taken from him.
Liam Garrigan as Alfred
Liam Garrigan (The Chase, Raw) stars as Alfred, Tom Builder's son and Jack's nemesis. Although he will never be a master builder like his father, he does help build Kingsbridge Cathedral.
Anatole Taubman as Remigius
The henchman in the latest James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, Anatole Taubman stars as Remigius, the former sub-prior of Kingsbridge who attempts to secure the position of prior.
Robert Bathurst as Percy Hamleigh
Known for his work on several BBC series, Robert Bathhurst stars as Percy Hamleigh, the farmer who is awarded valuable lands in the earldom of Shiring after a mysterious death.
Goetz Otto as Walter
Goetz Otto is a German movie star who plays Walter, William Hameleigh's loyal yet violent right-hand man.
Skye Bennett as young Martha
Fourteen-year-old Skye Bennett plays young Martha, the timid and bullied daughter of Tom.
Matt Devere as Gloucester
Matt Devere stars as Gloucester, Henry I's illegitimate son who supports his half-sister Maud's right to the throne and not his cousin, King Stephen.
Skye Lourie as Elizabeth
Born in New Zealand, Skye Lourie (The Importance of Being Earnest) stars as Elizabeth, the young daughter of an earl who is in Maud's court. She marries William Hamleigh, who is 14 years her senior.
David Bark-Jones as Francis of Gwynedd
David Bark-Jones (Wing and a Prayer) stars as Francis of Gwynedd, an orphan raised by monks who decides to become a priest. Francis saves is brother, Phillip, when he is taken prisoner after a battle.
Douglas Booth as Eustace
Douglas Booth (From Time to Time) stars as Eustace, the son of King Stephen who trained from childhood to become a warrior.
Freddie Boath as Henry II
Known for his role as Alex in The Mummy Returns
, Freddie Boath stars as Henry II, Maud's son and direct heir to the throne of England.Go behind the scenes of The Pillars of the Earth with Ken Follett
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