Meet the cast of Brexit: The Uncivil War

Meet the cast of Brexit: The Uncivil War

Like it or not, 2019 is the year of Brexit - so there is a better time to look back to where it all began with a behind-the-scenes drama that shows the beginnings of the campaign for election leave and the 2016 EU referendum ?


Sherlock and Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch plays campaign director Dominic Cummings and he is accompanied by a stellar supporting cast including Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and Richard Goulding (The Windsors).

Read on to learn about the cast of Kanal 4 Brexit: The Uncivil War.

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings

Who is Dominic Cummings? Vote Leave's real campaign director during the 2016 EU referendum was previously Michael Gove's chief of staff and a controversial figure within the Conservative Party. He is said to have come up with the slogan '£ 350 million a week for the NHS' which, as is well known, was pasted over a red bus.

Where have I seen Benedict Cumberbatch before? After conquering the hearts of the nation as the world's most brilliant detective in BBC1's Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch conquered Hollywood. He starred in various Marvel films as Doctor Strange and played Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

Most recently he starred in Patrick Melrose, for which he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Rory Kinnear plays Craig Oliver

Who is Craig Oliver? Cummings 'camp counterpart Vote Remain and former Prime Minister David Cameron's communications director Craig Oliver based his campaign strategy on best practices - and was shocked when it stalled in the wake of Cummings' ideas.

Where have I seen Rory Kinnear before? An award-winning stage and screen actor, Rory Kinnear is perhaps best known for playing Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantam of Solace, Skyfall and Specter.

In 2013 he won an Olivier for his performance as Iago in the National Theater's Othello, and he was the voice of Cowslip in BBC1's recently animated adaptation of Watership Down. He previously starred alongside co-star Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game as Detective Robert Nock.

Liz White plays Mary Wakefield

Who is Mary Wakefield? Mary Wakefield is a Spectator journalist and the wife of Dominic Cummings, the Leave activist.

Where have I seen Liz White before? She played PC Annie Cartwright in the classic time travel drama Life on Mars before starring as Emma Keane in Channel 4's Ackley Bridge and Rhoda Mullucks in Call the Midwife.

She was also featured in Line of Duty and the Daniel Radcliffe film The Woman in Black.

John Heffernan plays Matthew Elliot

Who is Matthew Elliot? A British political strategist and lobbyist who worked for Vote Leave. In July 2018, the campaign was found to have exceeded spending limits on UK elections and fined £ 61,000.

Where have I seen John Heffernan before? John Heffernam trat als Lord Altrincham in Netflixs The Crown und als Francis in The Hollow Crown auf.

He has also enjoyed roles in Luther, King Lear, Foyle's War, and as Jaggers in Dickensian.

Richard Goulding plays Boris Johnson

Who is Boris Johnson? As former Mayor of London and later Foreign Secretary, he was a supporter of Vote Leave and retired in 2016 to replace David Cameron shortly after Michael Gove announced his candidacy.

Where have I seen Richard Goulding before? Comedic actor Richard Goulding played Prince Harry in both The Windsors and King Charles III and has appeared in blockbuster films such as Me Before You and The Iron Lady.

Kyle Soller plays Zack Massingham

Who is Zack Masingham? Zack Massingham is the founder of a data technology company that helped engage voters through social media.

Where have I seen Kyle Soller before? As a stage and film actor, Soller is perhaps best known for his role as Francis on BBC's Poldark.

He also starred in The Hollow Crown and appeared alongside co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Henry VI.

Simon Paisley Day plays Douglas Carswell

Who is Douglas Carswell? As a former Conservative MP, Carswell became the first elected Member of Parliament for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 2014. He left UKIP in March 2017 and did not stand for re-election in the last parliamentary elections.

Where have I seen Simon Paisley Day before? Paisley Day played Lord Chamberlain on ITV's Victoria, Meryn Lewis on Netflix's The Crown, and also starred in Sherlock, Doctor Who and Doc Martin.

He has also appeared in films such as Victoria and Abdul, Trixie, Born a King and Beauty.

Oliver Maltman plays Michael Gove

Who is Michael Gove? Michael Gove, currently Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, supported the 2016 Vote Leave campaign.

Where have I seen Oliver Maltman before? Actor and screenwriter (currently co-writing a series for BBC2), Maltman stars alongside Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Watson & Holmes and has also appeared in The Crown and Liar.

Paul Ryan plays Nigel Farage

Who is Nigel Farage? Former chairman of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and currently vice chairman of the pro-Brexit organization Leave Means Leave.

Where have I seen Paul Ryan before? Ryan spielt Gramps in Waffle the Wonder Dog und hat auch in Family Affairs, EastEnders, The Five, Family Affairs, Robin Hood und The Inspector Lindley Mysteries mitgewirkt.

Lee Boardman plays Arron Banks

Who is Arron Banks? The British businessman and co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign is currently the subject of an investigation by the National Crime Agency into alleged electoral violations. Speaking of the investigation, Mr Banks said he was pleased to finally put an end to the ridiculous allegations against me and my colleagues.

Where have I seen Lee Boardman before? Banks is a familiar face on UK television and has appeared on ITV's Bancroft, Outlander and, more recently, The Last Kingdom on BBC / Netflix.


This article was originally published January 2019