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Why The Cast Of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Sounds So Familiar

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol" has undergone a staggering number of adaptations in virtually every media form, from feature and made-for-TV films to live theater and radio productions, graphic novels, and even operas and ballets. But that massive list doesn't even begin to scratch the sheer number of movies, TV episodes, and animated efforts inspired by Dickens' enduring tale of redemption and transformation. 2022 alone saw two new, distinct takes on "Christmas Carol": the Apple TV+ musical comedy "Spirited" (with Will Ferrell as Dickens' miserly protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge) and the Netflix animated musical feature "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol."

The animated "Scrooge" is actually drawn from another "Christmas Carol" adaptation: The 1970 live-action musical "Scrooge," which starred Albert Finney in a Golden Globe-winning turn in the title role. Though it received mixed reviews upon release, the film ultimately earned four Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, including two each for Leslie Bricusse's songs, which have been carried over to the Netflix production. 

The 2022 "Scrooge" features an impressive cast of performers who bring Dickens' characters to vivid life, including an Oscar winner, several Emmy nominees, two Members of the Order of the British Empire, and one Marvel Cinematic Universe star. If you're wondering why the cast of "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol" sounds so familiar to you, here's the place to put the faces to the voices.

Luke Evans

Luke Evans may seem like a curious choice to play Charles Dickens' miserly Ebenezer Scrooge; the Welsh actor is, after all, only in his early forties, and at least two decades younger than typical portrayals of the character. But he proves to be an ideal choice, harnessing acting talent and vocals that can handle both the gravelly tones of Scrooge's speaking voice and a warm singing tone for the musical numbers. Evans' vocals have been previously heard in stage productions and feature films (he played Gaston in Bill Condon's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast"), and on two Top 20 albums of pop songs in his native United Kingdom.

Scrooge is one of many established characters from both literature and real life that Evans has portrayed. He essayed two Greek gods — Apollo in "Clash of the Titans" and Zeus in "Immortals" — and an expanded version of J.R.R. Tolkien's archer Bard in two films in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy. Evans also played a fictionalized version of Vlad Dracula in "Dracula Untold" and the polyamorous Professor William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, in the 2017 drama "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." He might be best known, however, as mercenary Owen Shaw in "Fast & Furious 6," "Furious 7," and "The Fate of the Furious," slimy breakout character Lars Lee in the buzz-heavy Hulu series "Nine Perfect Strangers," and most recently, as a lead in the Apple+ thriller series "Echo 3."

Olivia Colman

Oscar winner Olivia Colman offers an energized take on the Ghost of Christmas Past in "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol." She's in some ways closer in spirit (no pun intended) to the version depicted in Dickens' novella than the genteel elderly woman played by Dame Edith Evans in the 1970 "Scrooge." Colman's Ghost is an ethereal figure, sporting the bright light described by Dickens as emanating from its head (here, a literal candle), and also possesses the surprising strength of Dickens' Ghost, which she proves by slapping Scrooge across the face to prove that her form has substance. Colman's Ghost also has a lot more chutzpah: she's a fast talker who razzes Scrooge and adds a note of levity before the sad reveal of Scrooge's lost relationship with Isabel (voiced by Jessie Buckley).

Colman graduated from television comedies in her native England during the early 2000s to award-winning turns in dramatic series like "Broadchurch" and feature films like "The Iron Lady" and "The Lobster." She netted a Golden Globe for the 2016 AMC/BBC miniseries "The Night Manager," following it up with an Oscar win for her performance as Queen Anne in "The Favourite." A second Golden Globe and an Emmy came with her run as Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons of "The Crown," as did Oscar nominations for "The Father" and "The Lost Daughter." Her busy schedule includes voice-over work for "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish' and Marvel's upcoming "Secret Invasion" series for Disney+.

Jessie Buckley

Among the visions of the past shown to Scrooge in both Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and the animated "Scrooge" are moments involving two individuals that helped turn Ebenezer Scrooge from hopeful to bitter. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows him his former employer, Mr. Fezziwig, who treats his workers with kindness, as well as his one-time fiancée, Belle. Scrooge turned his back on Fezziwig's kindness and Belle's love in order to pursue his greedy ambitions, and comes to discover that both were regrettable decisions.

Oscar-nominated Irish actress Jessie Buckley voices Belle in "Scrooge," for which she's renamed Isabelle and made Fezziwig's daughter. A one-time contestant on the BBC talent series "I'd Do Anything," Buckley moved from acclaimed work on the London stage circuit to critically-praised turns in TV productions like "War and Peace" in 2016 and "Taboo" opposite Tom Hardy. Feature work followed, and Buckley drew widespread praise for roles in indie features like "Beast" and "Wild Rose," which led to high-profile projects like HBO's "Chernobyl," "The Courier" (with Benedict Cumberbatch) and Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things."

She earned an Oscar nomination as the younger version of "Scrooge" castmate Olivia Colman in "The Lost Daughter," and released an album, "For All Our Days That Tear the Heart" with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler in 2022. That same year, she appeared in Alex Garland's harrowing horror film "Men," alongside Rory Kinnear.

Jonathan Pryce

As the ghost of Jacob Marley, Sir Jonathan Pryce warns fellow Welshman Luke Evans of his impending paranormal visitations in "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol." Pryce has had relatively few voice acting roles in his lengthy career as an actor — he was among the actors providing the English-language dub for the French animated feature "Renaissance" — but as a live-action performer, Pryce has appeared in dozens of hugely successful films and television series, netting top awards and nominations for his work.

Adept at both lead and character parts and both American and English roles, Pryce's film career includes appearances as Governor Weatherby Swann in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series and the U.S. President in the "G.I. Joe " films, as well as such popular titles as "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Ronin," and "Glengarry Glen Ross." He collaborated with Terry Gilliam on several occasions, most notably in "Brazil" and "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations as Pope Francis in "The Two Popes." Pryce's television career is equally diverse and acclaimed, with two Emmy nominations and appearances in "The Crown," "Wolf Hall," and "Game of Thrones" (as "the High Sparrow"), while his stage work has netted two Tony Awards, including a celebrated Broadway run in "Miss Saigon."

Johnny Flynn

Actor and musician Johnny Flynn voices the long-suffering yet unfailingly positive Bob Cratchit in "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol." Cratchit is a very different role for Flynn, who has tended towards larger-than-life characters in films and television: David Bowie in "Stardust," Albert Einstein in the National Geographic series "Genius," James Bond creator Ian Fleming in "Operation Mincemeat," and a suspected serial killer opposite "Scrooge" co-star Jessie Buckley in "Beast."

Born in South Africa, Flynn hails from a family of performers, including his father Eric Flynn and brothers Daniel and Jerome ("Game of Thrones"). He began on television and stage in his native England, netting an Olivier Award nomination for Jez Butterworth's "Jerusalem" in 2012 and starring in the popular Netflix series "Lovesick." He soon vaulted to movie stardom in films like "Emma" with Anya Taylor-Joy and "The Outfit" with his "Jerusalem" co-star Mark Rylance. Flynn also enjoys a successful second career as a recording artist, with five albums of folk revival music and soundtrack work for features and television.

James Cosmo

In Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Nigel Fezziwig employed Scrooge as a young man, giving him the opportunity to see that a successful business owner didn't have to be stingy or mean-spirited. Most adaptations of the novella, including "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol," similarly use Fezziwig as a conduit for Scrooge to meet Belle, the woman whom he loves but also loses to his greed. In "Scrooge," Belle is Fezziwig's daughter, which only compounds the loss he feels when the Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him that he broke away from Fezziwig and Belle to pursue money.

Scottish actor James Cosmo, who voices Fezziwig in "Christmas Carol," is a familiar face to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for his burly presence in films like "Highlander," "Braveheart," and "Trainspotting." An astonishingly prolific actor with credits reaching back to the mid-1960s, Cosmo graduated from minor roles to character turns in the late 1990s thanks to "Braveheart," which led to appearances as men of action in "Troy," "Wonder Woman," "Outlaw King" with Chris Pine, and a two-year run as the formidable Old Bear, Jeor Mormont, on "Game of Thrones." Cosmo also finished fourth on Season 19 of "Celebrity Big Brother" and dispensed mystical financial advice as a very Jeor-like spokesperson for the Bank of Scotland in a series of popular television commercials.

Fra Fee

Irish actor Fra Fee voices Scrooge's nephew Harry in "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol." Harry is named Fred in Dickens' novella, and is unfailingly tolerant of his uncle's curmudgeonly behavior, even to the extent of defending him at a Christmas party. The role of Harry is the latest showcase for Fee's talents to be seen by American audiences, who may have gotten their first glimpse of the actor in either "Cinderella" with Camila Cabello or in the Disney+ series "Hawkeye."

Fee began his career in theater, appearing in both drama and musicals on stage in his native Ireland and throughout Europe. He made the leap to movies as student rebel Courfeyrac in Tom Hooper's 2012 adaptation of "Les Miserables," and followed it with roles in UK features like "Animals" and "Pixie." A supporting role in Amazon's "Cinderella" musical followed in 2021, as did his co-starring role as sympathetic Tracksuit Mafia lieutenant Kazi on "Hawkeye." He's slated to next appear in Zack Snyder's upcoming sci-fi epic "Rebel Moon" for Netflix.

Trevor Dion Nicholas

Stage actor Trevor Dion Nicholas is accustomed to playing outsized characters, having originated the role of the Genie in the London production of "Disney's Aladdin." That experience made him an ideal choice to play the Ghost of Christmas Present, an equally king-sized spirit who attempts to convince Scrooge of the pleasures of Christmas and generosity. The Ghost also warns him about the perils of ignoring others in need, informing him that if Bob Cratchit's son, Tiny Tim, doesn't see a drastic change in his circumstances, the child will most certainly die.

Nicholas, a native of West Virginia, appeared in various theater productions before signing on as an understudy to James Monroe Iglehart's Genie in the Broadway run of "Aladdin" in 2014. He debuted in the role on London's West End in 2016 before tackling George Washington in the London production of "Hamilton." Between these efforts, Nicholas also lent his distinctive voice to several animated projects, including "Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2" and the UK series "Moley," which also featured the voices of Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, and Julie Walters.

Giles Terera

Multihyphenate Giles Terera provides the voice of Tom Jenkins, a friend of Scrooge's nephew Harry, who also happens to be a client of his uncle. Like many people who orbit Harry, he is openly disdainful of Scrooge's behavior and questions why Harry stands up for him. "Scrooge" is a rare on-screen appearance by Terera, an acclaimed stage actor, composer/musician, and documentary filmmaker.

A staple of high-profile productions on the London and UK theater scene, Terera appeared in productions of "Rent," "Avenue Q," and "The Book of Mormon" before earning a 2017 Olivier Award as Aaron Burr in the London production of "Hamilton." Between these efforts, Terera also appeared in multiple episodes of the CBBC sketch comedy series "Horrible Histories" and wrote, directed and produced the documentary "Muse of Fire" in 2014.

The documentary followed Terera and fellow actor Dan Poole as they navigated the works of Shakespeare and interviewed such legendary performers as Ian McKellan and Ralph Fiennes about the challenges of performing the works of the Bard. Terera was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2020 for his contributions to British theater.

Rupert Turnbull

Child actor Rupert Turnbull voices Bob Cratchit's youngest son, Tiny Tim, in "Scrooge." Information is limited on Turnbull — his bio at London's Bridge Theatre mainly notes that he studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School — but he appears to have amassed an impressive number of credits in a short period of time. In addition to a 2017 appearance opposite Rory Kinnear in the farce "Young Marx" at the Bridge Theater, Turnbull played Tim Roth's ill-fated son on the Sky Atlantic series "Tin Star" in 2017, and enjoyed guest appearances on "The Alienist" (with Luke Evans) and the UK series "Mrs. Wilson" and "Professor T."

Turnbull's feature work is limited. He had an uncredited role as a boy with red hair in Disney's live-action "Christopher Robin," and a minor appearance in "Nativity Rocks!", the fourth entry in the British family comedy film series "Nativity!" His turn as Tiny Tim appears to be his most substantial role to date.

VO actor Homer Todiwala tackles Tamal

In-demand performer and voice-over actor Homer Todiwala found time in his seemingly constant schedule of on-screen appearances, media recordings, and television commercial roles to lend his voice to the character of Tamal in "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol." 

Born in India but raised in England, Todiwala's on-screen appearances are limited to a handful of shorts and minor roles in UK features like "The Tombs" and "His House," as well as guest spots on series like "Red Dwarf" and "Just a Couple." He also co-wrote and produced a superhero-themed comedy short, "Mop, Bucket and Cape," in 2015, and appeared in numerous commercials for the Tesco supermarket chain, Booking.com, and Burger King, among many others.

Todiwala also has extensive credits in the voice-over field. He was part of the ADR (automated dialogue replacement) teams on "Black Mirror," Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" and "Paddington 2, and recorded more than 60 audiobooks. He's also voiced characters for Big Finish Productions of "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood," and games including "Call of Duty."