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Quartet - Cast of 2012 British comedy-drama film

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  • Sir Michael John Gambon CBE
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Quartet is a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from September 1999 until January 2000. It was filmed late in 2011 at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire. The film is actor Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.

The plot takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi.

Much the entire cast of supposedly old-folks-home musicians and singers actually WERE musicians and singers. A nice touch as the credits rolled was a series of photographic vignettes of the supporting cast of elderly musicians and singers "then" and "now"... players from the various British symphonic ensembles.

Maggie Smith

... Jean Horton

Tom Courtenay

... Reginald Paget

Billy Connolly

... Wilf Bond

Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins

... Cissy Robson

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon

...Cedric Livingston

Sheridan Smith

... Dr. Lucy Cogan

Andrew Sachs

... Bobby Swanson

Gwyneth Jones

... Anne Langley (as Dame Gwyneth Jones)

Trevor Peacock

... Trevor Peacock


David Ryall

David Ryall (5 January 1935 – 25 December 2014) ... Harry

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

... Frank White

Ronnie Fox

Ronnie Fox

... Nobby

Patricia Loveland

Patricia Loveland

... Letitia Davis

Other cast members

  • Eline Powell ... Angelique
  • Luke Newberry ... Simon

Luke Newberry

  • Shola Adewusi ... Sheryl

Shola Adewski

  • Jumayn Hunter ... Joey
  • Aleksandra Duczmal ... Marta
  • Denis Khoroshko (Russian actor based in London) ... Tadek
  • Sarah Crowden ... Felicity Liddle
  • Colin Bradbury ... Olly Fisher
  • Patricia Varley (1936..) ... Octavia
  • Ronnie Hughes ... Tony Rose

"...trumpet player, Ronnie Hughes, he’s 83 and he still has the same chops he’s had all his life, and all the trumpet you hear in the movie, that’s all his, even when he’s not onscreen" Dustin Hoffman

Jack Honeyborne was born in 1928 in Surrey, Kent, England

...born 14 December 1950 at Colne in Lancashire. John's parents were amateur singers and in 1965 at the age of 14, he joined his father as a member of the Colne Orpheus Glee Union, a renowned Male Voice Choir conducted by Ronald Riley -

  • Nuala Willis ... Norma McIntyre

born on August 9, 1941 in London, England.. She is married to John Rawnsley (above)

  • Melodie Waddingham ... Marion Reed
  • Cynthia Morey ... Lottie Yates
  • John Heley ... Leo Cassell

John Heley was born in London, and began playing cello at the age of six and was later awarded a scholarship to study with William Pleeth at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1980 he left the post of sub principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to concentrate on freelance work. In 1986 he became associate principal cellist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and began to perform with the Academy Chamber Ensemble in 1997.

Scottish guitarist -

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Born in Southend-on Sea, Essex

  • Ita Herbert ... Regina

  • Ania Duczmal ... Eva
  • Cyril Davey ... Flat piano Resident
  • Esme Penry-Davey ... Young Pianist
  • Virginia Bradbury ... Daisy
  • Isla Mathieson ... Young Violinist Isla
  • Iona Mathieson ... Young Violinist Iona
  • Claudia Mellor ... Lady Gaga Girl
  • Penelope Zagoul ... Cleaner
  • Helen Bradbury ... Daisy's Mother

Helen Bradbury was born on August 2, 1981 in England. She is an actress, known for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Ties That Bind (2014), Quartet (2012) and Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. (2014).

Rashid Karapiet died aged 84 in 2013. He was an actor, singer, playwright, broadcaster and teacher. He was the second of five children of Edward and Marie-Therese Carrapiett, he was born Reginald Carrapiett in India. He travelled to Britain in the 1950s to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, adopting Rashid Karapiet as his professional name.

  • Arthur Nightingale ... Resident (as Arther 'Arthuro' Nightingale)
  • Vass Anderson ... Resident
  • Desmond Longfield ... Resident
  • Michael Pearn ... Resident
  • Peta Bartlett ... Resident
  • Jill Pert ... Resident
  • Marina Banfield ... Resident

Marina Banfield was an actress, known for Quartet (2012) and Countdown to Murder (2013). She died on June 6, 2013 in Reading, Berkshire, England aged 76. -

  • Barbara Head ... Resident
  • Martin Kennon ... Resident
  • Valerie Barnes ... Resident

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