StorySet in the 1660's at a time when in live theatre women's roles were played by men, Edward 'Ned' Kynaston (Crudup) is England's most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But when Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers, the ruler allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts. Ned becomes a virtual nobody, virtually overnight and seems headed for suicide till his ex-dresser turned actress Maria (Danes) takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.
- Backstage Beauty: Behind the scenes vignettes with interviews of the cast and crew.
- Director Commentary
|Claire Danes||Maria Hughes|
|Billy Crudup||Ned Kynaston|
|Tom Wilkinson||Thomas Betterton|
|Ben Chaplin||George Villiers II|
|Hugh Bonneville||Samuel Pepys|
|Alice Eve||Miss Frayne|
|Fenella Woolgar||Lady Meresvale|
|Stephen Marcus||Thomas Cockerell|
|Richard Griffiths||Sir Charles Sedley|
|Zoë Tapper||Nell Gwynn|
|Rupert Everett||King Charles II|
|Edward Fox||Sir Edward Hyde|
|Tom Hollander||Sir Peter Lely|