A Conversation with the cast of The Walking Dead
Join us for a conversation with the cast of The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan
AMC's "The Walking Dead" :
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "the greatest thriller ever produced for television," "The Walking Dead" reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, bringing in over fifteen million viewers in its season four finale.
Andrew Lincoln "Rick"
Andrew Lincoln recently earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards for his role on "The Walking Dead," in addition to 2011 and 2013 Saturn Awards nominations for his work on the series.
Lincoln made his television debut in the 1994 series "Drop the Dead Donkey." His first major role was in BBC's drama "This Life." Since then, his television credits have included
"This Woman in White," "Bomber," "A Likeness in Stone," "Trevor's World of Sport," "Canterbury Tales," "Whose Baby?," "Lie with Me" and "Teachers," on which Lincoln
also made his directorial debut and was nominated for BAFTA TV Award for Best New
Director (Fiction). More recently, Lincoln has played major roles in Stephen Volk's "Afterlife," for which he won a Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Series, and "Strike Back." Lincoln made his big-screen debut as "Ted" in Paul Hills' 1995 drama Boston Kickout. However, he is perhaps best known to film audiences for his role in Richard Curtis' Love Actually. Other film credits include Enduring Love, Human Traffic, These Foolish Things, Hey Good Looking!, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Heartbreaker and Made in Dagenham. In addition, he appeared in "Moonshot," a movie for American television, and "Wuthering Heights" for ITV. A veteran of the theater, Lincoln has also starred in many theatrical productions, including Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song at London's Almeida Theatre; Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange at the National Theatre; Jonathan Harvey's AIDS drama, Hushabye Mountain; and Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss.
Norman Reedus "Daryl"
Reedus recently completed production on director Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop
Chronicles, with Matt Dillon and Elijah Wood, and Hello Herman from director Michelle
Danner. He also appeared in the indie drama Sunlight Jr., with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In film, Reedus is best known for his role in the cult movie The Boondock Saints with Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. Reedus starred opposite Flanery again in the sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Additional past film credits include the sci-fi feature thriller Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster; the Sony feature Cadillac Records, opposite Adrien Brody; Six Ways to Sunday, 8mm, Beat, Deuces Wild, Blade II, Gossip, The Notorious Bettie Page and American Gangster. He was recently seen in Robert Redford's The Conspirator. Reedus is also an accomplished photographer as well as a burgeoning director, having directed three short films.
Steven Yeun "Glenn"
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the city of Troy, MI, Steven Yeun began his foray into acting while studying psychology at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. After seeing a performance of the school's improv group, he decided to switch his focus to acting and, following graduation, moved to Chicago to study improvisational theatre. There he performed with the famed Second City theatre in various shows with their Touring Company as well as their NCL Boat Company, and the Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Kafka on the Shore, understudying the roles of Kafka and Crow.
He has also been part of several other improvisational/sketch comedy groups, including Stir- Friday Night, Hands and Detective Detective. Yeun's television credits include roles on "NTSF:SD:SUV::," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "Warehouse 13," "The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra" and "The Big Bang Theory." Yeun recently completed production on the film I Origins, with Michael Pitt and Brit Marling, and has also appeared in the independent film My Name is Jerry.
Danai Gurira "Michonne"
Danai Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. She earned an MFA in theater
from NYU after moving back to the U.S. Her initial success was as the co-lead of In the Continuum, a play she co-created and co-wrote while in the acting program at NYU.
Gurira performed the play Off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S. and in
Africa. She received numerous accolades, including an Obie, the Outer Circle Critics
John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) and the
Theater Hall of Fame honors. Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth). Gurira won Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards and Best New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards for her second play, Eclipsed. On Broadway, Gurira starred in Bartlett Sher's award-winning revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. She also earned the Actor's Equity Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park production of Measure for Measure. In film, Gurira recently appeared in the independent drama Mother of George, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in the multiple-award winning film The Visitor opposite Richard Jenkins, as well as 3 Backyards and Restless City. Her television credits include roles on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Lie to Me," as well as a recurring role on the HBO David Simon series "Treme." An award-winning playwright, her most recent play The Convert (Stavis Award) ran at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., in early 2013. Gurira is also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton, a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep, and a co-founder of Almasi (Al-ma-see), a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts
Lauren Cohan "Maggie"
Born in the U.S. and raised in the U.K., Lauren Cohan studied Drama and English
Literature at university. While there, she co-founded and toured with a theater company
called No Man's Land. Cohan recently appeared in a one-episode guest-spot for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Her additional television credits include a series-regular role on "Supernatural," pivotal guest arcs on "Chuck" and "The Vampire Diaries," and guest appearances on "Modern Family," "CSI: New York" and "Cold Case." Earlier this year, Cohan finished filming the John Herzfeld-directed independent film, Reach Me alongside Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kelsey Grammer. Her additional film credits include Casanova with Heath Ledger; Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj; and Death Race 2.
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