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Captain Flint

played by Toby Stephens

Captain Flint

played by Toby Stephens
Character Bio Actor Bio

Flint is the Captain of the pirate ship Walrus, and known throughout the West Indies as being the most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. His charisma masks a deep, simmering rage, and a propensity towards breathtaking violence. In order to hold off the British and Spanish forces he’ll make himself ruler of Nassau through any means necessary.

Toby Stephens was born in London, England and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has gained critical acclaim as a stage and screen actor.

In 2011, Toby starred as Jack Armstrong in the BBC Comedy Drama Vexed. Previous television roles include: Robin Hood (BBC), Wired (ITV), The Wild West (BBC 1), Jane Eyre (BBC 1), Sharpe’s Challenge (ITV), The Best Man (ITV), The Queen’s Sister (Channel 4), Waking the Dead (BBC 1), Poirot (ITV), Cambridge Spies (BBC 2), Perfect Strangers (BBC 2) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (BBC 1).

In 2012 Toby filmed Believe with Natasha McElhone and Brian Cox, and is one of the leads in All Things to All Men alongside Gabriel Byrne and Rufus Sewell. Toby also wrapped filming in Caradog James’ The Machine for Content Film. Other film work includes: Severance, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, Die Another Day, Possession, The Announcement, Onegin, Photographing Fairies, Sunset Heights, Cousin Bette, The Great Gatsby, Twelfth Night and Orlando.

Toby is an accomplished stage actor – both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Theatre credits include Elyot opposite Anna Chancellor in Noel Cowards Private Lives, Georges Danton in Danton’s Death (National Theatre Olivier), Henry in The Real Thing (The Old Vic), Thomas in A Doll’s House and Jerry in Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Mr Horner in The Country Wife, Anthony Cavendish in The Royal Family, Japes in Japes and Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jesus in The Pilate Workshop, Hamlet in Hamlet, Claudio in Measure for Measure, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus in Coriolanus, Young Beamish in Unfinished Business, Max Piccolomini in Wallenstein, Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well, Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra and Celebinus/King of Argier in Tamburlaine (RSC), Hugo/Frederick in Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center), Nero in Britannicus and Hippolyte in Phèdre (Almeida and BAM) and Damis in Tartuffe (Playhouse Theatre).

Eleanor Guthrie

played by Hannah New

Eleanor Guthrie

played by Hannah New
Character Bio Actor Bio

Beautiful and determined, Eleanor is the daughter of Richard Guthrie, the wealthiest black marketeer in the Bahamas and the chief fence/supplier for the many pirate crews of New Providence. Left by her father to oversee all his dealings with the pirates in Nassau, she owns and operates the tavern on Nassau’s main street. Eleanor wields considerable influence, leading her to form a pact with Flint that will either bring her dream of complete independence to fruition, or doom it entirely.

Born in London, England, Hannah insisted at age 4 on attending ballet school, setting her on a performing path in life. She later turned her focus to acting and joined The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Her interest in other cultures led her to travel around the world, including Bolivia where she did volunteer work in children's homes. Upon her return to England, she attended Leeds University majoring in English and Spanish and performing in numerous stage productions in both languages. Hannah earned a First Class honors degree and promptly moved to Spain to further master the language through immersion and even studied Meisner in Spanish.

Hannah was quickly scouted by View Management, a top Spanish modeling agency, and decided to pursue print and commercial work to support her studies in Barcelona and Madrid and save for drama school back home. She was accepted and attended London University's Central School of Speech and Drama.

While pursuing her degree, Hannah was offered several Spanish projects including the lead in the 11-part mini-series adaptation of Maria Duenas' best-selling novel "El Tiempo Entre Costuras." Although against standard school policy, Central allowed Hannah to continue her studies while shooting this and several other projects in Spain and in December 2011, she graduated with a Masters in Acting with Distinction.

Since graduation, Hannah landed her first American role as one of the leads in Shelter, a pilot for Warner Bros. and the CW that was produced by J.J. Abrams. She was then cast in Walt Disney Pictures' Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. Hannah plays 'Leila,' the beautiful mother of young Princess Aurora, and the film will be released in March, 2014.

John Silver

played by Luke Arnold

John Silver

played by Luke Arnold
Character Bio Actor Bio

A lowly sailor turned pirate recruit, John Silver is a born opportunist. He insinuates himself into the crew of Captain Flint while secretly possessing the “schedule” Flint so dearly wants. A staunch individualist, Silver resents authority of any kind, a quality that brings him into direct conflict with Flint, even as events conspire to make them reluctant partners in the quest to take the Treasure Fleet.

A graduate of the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Luke is a young Australian on the rise. Luke was awarded runner up of the 2011 Australians in Film (AiF) Heath Ledger Scholarship, an achievement that sees him in the company of some of Australia’s hottest young actors. The scholarship judging panel includes April Webster (casting director) Frances O’Connor (actor), Gregor Jordan (director), Ann Fay (Maura Fay Group casting agent), Kate Ledger (Heath Ledger’s sister) and Rob Marsala (AiF board member). Luke boasts an impressive and growing list of film credits including lead roles in Broken Hill; starring opposite Academy Award Winner Timothy Hutton and Spy Kids' Alexa Vega, The Tunnel; which premiered at Screamfest and has worldwide release by Paramount / Transmission Films and the soon to be released Murder in the Dark; directed by Dagen Merill and written by Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite).

Luke’s diverse television guest star roles include The Pacific (HBO/Dreamworks), Winners and Losers (Seven Network), Panic at Rock Island (Goalpost Pictures), RUSH (Network 10), City Homicide (Seven Network Australia), Rescue Special Ops (Network Nine) and most recently Lowdown (ABC) and Winners and Losers (Seven Network Australia). He is currently filming Never Tear Us Apart, where he plays the lead role as Michael Hutchence.

Luke is also a writer, producer and director in his own right. His short film Iphone Warfare winning the Peninsula Film Festival in 2011.

Max

played by Jessica Parker Kennedy

Max

played by Jessica Parker Kennedy
Character Bio Actor Bio

Seductive, cunning, and coolheaded, Max works as a prostitute in the brothel. In Eleanor Guthrie, she’s found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanor’s begin to conflict, their relationship, and Max’s well-being, take a dark turn for the worse…

Coming off of a recurring role on 90210, Jessica is also starring in the Lifetime movie Nearlyweds with Danielle Panabaker.

In 2011 Jessica starred in the CW series, The Secret Circle, as an elite New England student who comes to realize that she's a witch. Jessica was named one of E! Entertainment's "Hot Faces of Fall," featured as one of Zap2It's Underrated TV Stars of 2011, and adorned TV Guide's Hot List.

Jessica’s additional film roles include 50/50, opposite Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination); Andrew Niccol's In Time, opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried; and Another Cinderella Story, opposite Selena Gomez.

Past television credits include ABC's V and Brothers and Sisters; the CW's Smallville; Nickelodeon's The Troop; and MTV Network's Kaya and Valmont.

Jessica is a professionally trained singer.

Billy Bones

played by Tom Hopper

Billy Bones

played by Tom Hopper
Character Bio Actor Bio

Boatswain of the pirate ship Walrus, Billy is key to smooth operations on the Walrus, and is widely assumed to be the next Quartermaster should anything happen to Gates. Billy’s belief in the righteousness of the pirate cause will be continually tested as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into Flint’s plans for the future.

Tom Hopper began his acting career at the acclaimed drama school of Rose Bruford College. While at school, Tom performed in such plays as Festen (the British stage adaptation of the popular Danish film) and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

After drama school, Tom continued to work in both television and film with roles in such productions as the BBC’s Casualty, ITV’s Kingdom, the BBC’s Doctors, the BBC’s Dr. Who and the independent thriller Saxon.

Tom then starred as one of the leads of Jon Wright’s horror thriller Tormented for BBC Films and Paramount Vantage. This tells the story of a bullied teenager who comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates. Also starring Alex Pettyfer and Georgia King, Tom plays “Marcus”, the high school’s star athlete.

Tom had a series regular role on the popular SyFy series Merlin. He plays “Sir Percival,” a powerfully built but humble and kind-hearted nobleman and one of the legendary Knights of the Roundtable.

Captain Vane

played by Zach McGowan

Captain Vane

played by Zach McGowan
Character Bio Actor Bio

The next great pirate captain on New Providence Island, known as much for his vicious temper as his tremendous financial success.

Born and raised in New York City, Zach McGowan caught the acting bug at an early age. He performed in student plays from grammar school through high school.

Though he continued to act in plays throughout his childhood, he realized that sports were his first priority. A natural athlete, he competed on the ice hockey, football, and lacrosse teams. At Carlton College he played on both the ice hockey and lacrosse teams while continuing to satisfy his love of acting while performing in college productions.

Upon graduation he returned to New York City and discovered that picking up where he left off his acting career wasn’t so easy. In true Renaissance man form, he started to work at various restaurants and picked up culinary skills that earned him a spot on Iron Chef America. Zach continued to act in off Broadway productions and made his film debut in the Roger Korman films “Hunt for Eagle One” and “Crashing Point” which were shot on location in the Philippines. He continued his film work with a supporting role in “Terminator Salvation” with Christian Bale.

After years of living in the Big Apple, Zach and his wife decided to make the move to Los Angeles. He continued his work as a chef working at some of the city’s top restaurants such as with Animal owners John Shook and Vinnie Dotolo. His acting career picked up momentum with guest spots on countless TV series (i.e.; CSI Miami, Numbers, Cold Case, etc.). He hit the jackpot when he was cast as ‘Jody,’ on Showtime’s hit series, “Shameless.” The on camera nudity and ribald storylines are some of the most provocative that one can see on cable TV –and Zach enjoyed pushing the envelope on the series!

His mellifluous voice has served him well with a burgeoning voice-over career. Zach has provided voice work for countless movie trailers --from Angels & Demons to the original Sherlock Holmes to voicing ‘Whiplash’ in the Iron Man video game.

With his natural predilection for cooking it made perfect sense for him to develop the land in his backyard into a sustainable vegetable garden. In just a few years Zach has been able to feed his wife and two daughters the bounty of fresh produce from zucchinis to spaghetti squash to heirloom tomatoes. An avid athlete, he runs 10 miles daily.

The versatile actor stars in the new Starz series “Black Sails” which premiered in January 2014, a prequel to the classic novel Treasure Island. McGowan portrays Captain Charles Vane, a rogue pirate that gets plenty of action on the High Seas. He adds a feature film to his burgeoning resume—Dracula Untold (Universal Studios), which opens nationwide on October 17, 2014.

Rackham

played by Toby Schmitz

Rackham

played by Toby Schmitz
Character Bio Actor Bio

Quartermaster on the pirate ship Ranger, Rackham is the brains behind Vane’s brawn, and in some ways even more dangerous.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Toby attended Perth's Scotch College and briefly studied law at the University of Western Australia. He graduated from the acting course at National Institute of Dramatic Art with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1999.

His Sydney Theatre Company credits include The School for Scandal directed by Judy Davis, the premiere and national tour of David Williamson's The Great Man directed by Robyn Nevin, and leading roles in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, Andrew Upton's Hanging Man, Tony McNamara's The Great, Brendan Cowell's Self Esteem, Nina Raine’s Rabbit and Tom Stoppard's Travesties. Several of these productions toured to Melbourne and other Australian capital cities.

For Griffin Theatre Company, he played the central role of Luke Boyce in Louis Nowra's The Boyce Trilogy – The Woman with Dog's Eyes (2004), The Marvellous Boy (2005) and The Emperor of Sydney (2006), all directed by David Berthold.

For Company B he played the title role in Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie (2008 and 2009). He performed the role of Coleman in The Lonesome West at Belvoir St Theatre in 2009.

He also appeared in the premiere of Brendan Cowell's Men for Rogue Star Productions.

In 2000, he directed a production of Howard Korder's A Boy's Life at the Bondi Pavilion. In 2008 he directed Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes.

In 2010, Toby played the eponymous character Hamlet in the enormously successful La Boite Theatre production in Brisbane, directed by David Berthold and played as Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

His many television credits include McLeod's Daughters, The Heartbreak Tour, The Cooks, White Collar Blue, Water Rats, Fat Cow Motel (ABC), Home and Away, Temptation, and the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks produced miniseries The Pacific.

He also be appeared in the third installment of the Underbelly Files series of telemovies, titled 'The Man Who Got Away', portraying notorious drug smuggler and organised crime figurehead David McMillan.

In 2012, he teamed up with Angus Sampson in Season 1 of the Australian word game Randling, hosted by Andrew Denton on ABC1.

Toby’s film credits include The Rage in Placid Lake, Somersault, Agoraphobia in the Desert of the Real, The Heist, My Last Ten Hours with You, Emulsion, Solo, Heaven, Right Here Right Now, for which he was also writer and co-executive producer, and Three Blind Mice, a film which has played at numerous international film festivals and won awards including the 11th FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the London Film Festival presented to the Best Film in the World Cinema section. His latest film is Griff the Invisible.

Toby is also an awarding-winning playwright. After a solid grounding in writing revue and stand-up comedy at university in Perth, Schmitz wrote his first play, dreamalittledreamalittle, while studying acting at NIDA. It was presented as a director's project there in 1998 and was later restaged at Belvoir St Theatre. In 2002, Schmitz won Sydney Theatre Company's Patrick White Playwrights' Award with his play Lucky, which was later produced by the Australian Theatre for Young People. Chicks Will Dig You was performed as part of Company B's 2003 B Sharp season. It won the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre/New Dramatists Award in 2004, and was shortlisted for the 2003 Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award. In 2007, he wrote and directed Capture the Flag for Tamarama Rock Surfers. His other plays include This Blasted Earth, Pan, Cunt Pi, and Grazing the Phosphorus, commissioned by the National Institute of Dramatic Art. His play, The Best Hotel in the Dam opened for Tamarama Rock Surfers 2009.

Anne Bonny

played by Clara Paget

Anne Bonny

played by Clara Paget
Character Bio Actor Bio

Beautiful but cold-blooded, Bonny is Rackham’s lover, and Vane’s deadliest henchman. Her youthful looks mask a borderline psychopathic personality.

Born in London in 1988, her Mother is a writer and her Father an artist. Clara started modelling after being talent spotted at a birthday party dressed as Marlene Dietrich.

Clara has appeared in Midsomer Murders as Charlotte Cameron (directed by Richard Holthouse) and as Linda in Little Crackers (directed by Paul King).

Clara was most recently seen on the big screen in director Justin Lin’s The Fast and The Furious 6 as the character Vegh. Her other big screen roles include: St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson), One Day (Lone Scherfig), Johnny English 2 (directed by Oliver Parker) and Acid Girls (directed by Taylor Cohen).

Gates

played by Mark Ryan

Gates

played by Mark Ryan
Character Bio Actor Bio

The Walrus’s Quartermaster, elected representative of the crew’s interests and a check on the power of the ship’s captain. Gates is by far the most senior member of the crew; he is loyal to Flint to a fault and is very much aware he’s playing a younger man’s game.

British born Mark has been combining his acting, singing, writing and action direction talents in an eclectic and successful international career ranging over 30 years.

Mark performed in several major musicals in London's West End, spending four years in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Evita originating the role of Magaldi and then playing Ché under the direction of Broadway legend Hal Prince. He left Evita to play Mac in the classic SAS action film Who Dares Wins.

He originated the character of Nasir for the cult British TV series Robin of Sherwood on which he worked for three years, and has appeared in dozens of films and television series, both in the US and UK.

He won critical acclaim for the title role in the musical Elmer Gantry at London's Gate Theatre and followed that with a national tour of the hit show Guys and Dolls, playing Sky Masterson. He returned to the West End to play Neville Landless in the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood and toured Europe playing Figaro and Leporello in Mozart's Figaro and Don Giovanni. He toured the US in Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python with original Python Eric Idle, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and is a published author with both the classic Greenwood Tarotand the bestselling Wildwood Tarot.

Mark has also worked with such acclaimed directors as Antoine Fuqua on King Arthur, JJ Abrams on the series Alias and Christopher Nolan in the feature The Prestige.

Mark has enjoyed working on all four of the hugely successful Transformers movies for legendary director Michael Bay as the on-set voice of the Autobots and voiced Bumblebee and Jetfire for the franchise.

Mr. Scott

played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Mr. Scott

played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Character Bio Actor Bio

Eleanor Guthrie’s right-hand. Formerly Richard Guthrie’s house slave, his loyalties will be put to the test as Eleanor aligns herself more closely with Flint.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim was classically trained in the UK at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst performing at the National Theatre, Hakeem received glowing reviews, sharing the stage with critically acclaimed actors for his performances as Edmund in King Lear with Brian Cox, and Tyrell in Richard III with Sir Ian McKellan.

Hakeem's transition to British television ensued with memorable leading roles in Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Grange Hill, Ellington and the distinguished title role of Julius Caesar for the BBC.

After settling in South Africa, his work in film and television gave Hakeem a huge following making him a household name and one of the country's top actors. Whilst in South Africa, Hakeem appeared in numerous television productions and feature films including Hotel Rwanda, Human Cargo and King Solomon's Mines.

Hakeem was nominated for an Avanti award (South Africa) for Madame and Eve and his sense of style led to a nomination for Elle Magazine's (South Africa) Fashionably First award. Hakeem was also nominated for the highly regarded Gemini award for 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' for his performance in Human Cargo and he gained international notoriety for his awesome portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda. His performance gained the attention of Hollywood leading to roles in The Front Line, Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Law & Order: SVU, Cane, The Fourth Kind, Strike Back and Wolverine.

He then starred in Black Gold and the musical Inale, both filmed in his motherland, Nigeria.

Hakeem is often recognized for his intensely captivating role of 'Colonel Ike Dubaku' in 24 - Season 7 and its prequel movie Redemption. He guest starred in Human Target and DARFUR (Attack on Darfur, USA), which won best film at the New York International Film Festival.

About

Black Sails

A STARZ Original Series

1715. The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by history’s most notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint.

As the British Navy returns to redeem their land and exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure their survival.

Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains, jealous of Flint's power; Eleanor's ambitious and intrusive father; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint's crew, John Silver, who constantly undermines his captain’s agenda.

Watch the complete first season of Black Sails STARZ Play or STARZ On Demand.

Black Sails Key art was developed in collaboration with Luca Pierro.
Black Sails © 2014 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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@Sara2576 Looks to be old enough for our crew. #BlackSails

10/31/2014 5:51:07 PM
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@redlips_redhair We'd have to concur. Looks like you belong in our tavern in Nassau. #BlackSails

10/31/2014 5:45:45 PM
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10/31/2014 5:37:36 PM
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@joejo979 Looking like you belong with us on the shores of Nassau. Well done. #BlackSails

10/31/2014 5:33:25 PM
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@MadDogJem The only way a pirate should be.

10/31/2014 5:31:37 PM
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@KravensQueen You'd fit in with us here at Nassau. Nicely done.

10/31/2014 3:52:41 PM
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@AshleyL331 Well done. You're welcome to visit Nassau any day. #BlackSails

10/31/2014 1:28:54 PM
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@dangerousmj01 Injuries are a part of every day life for a pirate. Sounds like it'd be a perfect fit.

10/31/2014 1:24:17 PM
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Your pirate costume better damn well smell, look and act like the real thing. #Halloween #BlackSails http://t.co/q4PziifW2W

10/31/2014 1:00:22 PM
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10/30/2014 4:04:40 PM
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10/30/2014 3:58:58 PM
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@MendiONeill It will be worth the pain. @Zach_McGowan

10/29/2014 3:58:22 PM
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@_Kenny_Kerr_ We're on the horizon, mate

10/29/2014 3:23:14 PM
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10/28/2014 7:57:41 PM
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RT @Zach_McGowan: “@dchervey: @Zach_McGowan Does it strain your voice when you speak on Black Sails? What do you do when it does?” Not real…

10/27/2014 7:54:28 PM
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10/27/2014 3:04:37 PM
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@shangley That is correct. Mark your books.

10/27/2014 1:49:44 PM
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This captain turned his house into a ship for #Halloween. If we trick-or-treated, we’d make stop there http://t.co/nCJNoW4zoX @Make

10/27/2014 1:39:28 PM
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10/24/2014 3:52:54 PM
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