Last night it was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will star Jamie Parker as Harry, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron. Meet the cast below!
Discussing the casting, J.K. Rowling said: “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
Jamie Parker is currently playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, a role he previously performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Parker most recently played Mike in High Society at the Old Vic and famously starred alongside James Corden, Dominic Cooper and Russell Tovey in The History Boys at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, later reprising his performance for the film.
Parker's extensive theatre credits incliude: Assassins & Proof for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Candida for the Theatre Royal Bath, Drama, Holes in the Skin, Seagulls, The Coffee House, The Commuter and The Gondoliers at Chichester Festival Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Henry V, Henry IV Parts One and Two, A New World and As You Like It for Shakespeare’s Globe, King James Bible and The Revenger’s Tragedy for the National Theatre, Racing Demon for Sheffield Crucible, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Chichester Festival Theatre, My Zinc Bed for the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Singer for the Tricycle Theatre, At the Exit for Chichester Edge, Between the Crosses for the Jermyn Street Theatre and The Sneeze and After the Dance for Oxford Stage Company.
His film credits include The Lady in the Van, Le Weekend, Valkyrie and Lawless. His television credits include Count Arthur Strong, Parade’s End, Silk, The Hour, Burn Up, Horne and Corden, Imagine Van Gogh, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Maxwell, As If, Wire in the Blood and Foyle’s War.
Noma Dumezweni hit the headlines when she took over the title role in LINDA at the Royal Court two weeks before opening night after Kim Cattrall withdrew from the show. She previously won an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her performance in A Raisin In The Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Dumezweni's extensive theatre credits include: Feast and Belong for the Royal Court, A Human Being Died That Night at the Hampstead Theatre, The Fugard and The Market theatres in South Africa and Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, Carmen Disruption for the Almeida Theatre, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore for Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre, President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other for the National Theatre, Macbeth, Breakfast With Mugabe, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Bogus Woman for The Red Room, Traverse and Bush theatres.
Her film credits include The Incident, Dirty Pretty Things and Macbeth. Her many television credits include Casualty, Capital, Frankie, Dr Who, Summerhill, EastEnders and Fallout. Dumezweni will make her directing debut at the Royal Court Theatre in February with I See You by Mongiwekhaya.
Paul Thornley played the role of Dodge in London Road at the National Theatre before going on to play the same character in the film version, both directed by Rufus Norris.
His other theatre credits include A Chorus of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre, The Three Musketeers for Kingston Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life for the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, The Miracle for the National Theatre, Private Fears in Public Places at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Orange Tree in London and the 59E59 Theaters in New York, Noises Off at the National Theatre, Piccadilly and Comedy Theatres, Spend, Spend, Spend for West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Piccadilly Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, Kiss Me Kate all for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
On television his credits include three series of Life Begins for Granada where he played opposite Caroline Quentin, Father Brown, Doc Martin, Just William, Mutual Friends, Trollied, Big Bad World and Above Suspicion. As well as London Road, Thornley’s film credits include Man Up, Metamorphosis, The Somnambulists, Les Miserables, Camera Trap and, most recently, Grimsby, the new Sacha Baron Cohen film. Thornley is currently filming The Crown for Netflix and will also appear in the as yet untitled forthcoming James Marsh film.