Actors  |  Aug 7, 2014

Our World War marks centenary on BBC3

Sion Daniel Young, Stuart Graham, Ryan Kiggell, Paul Popplewell, Brian Ferguson and Hannah Britland star in Our World War, a new 3-part factual drama on BBC3 about the shocking experiences of the young soldiers who fought in World War One.

Luke Tittensor plays Manchester lad Paddy Kennedy. Brave and astute, Paddy deals with the challenges of war well but his confidence and belief in fighting for King and country changes dramatically over the course of the series. Luke can be seen in the feature film Pudsey and also plays Hippolyte in Sophie Barthes’ forthcoming arthouse feature Madame Bovary.

Sion Daniel Young plays Sapper Neary. Last year saw Sion leading as Albert in the National Theatre's production of War Horse to rave reviews and a West End Frame Award for Best Actor before joining the company of Mametz directed by Matthew Dunster for the National Theatre of Wales. Sion can also be seen playing Pete Bovey in Private Peaceful alongside Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour.

Stuart Graham also features as Father Brookes. Stuart has recently finished shooting the role of Matthew Eastwood alongside Gillian Anderson in the second series of popular crime drama The Fall directed by Jakob Verbruggen for BBC2.

Best known for his performance in the award-winning Tyrannosaur, Paul Popplewell plays Mitchell, a former factory foreman from Manchester, now a Sergeant in the war. Paul will soon appear in Yann Demange’s feature 71, which follows a young soldier’s fighting during the troubles in Ireland and BBC Film’s The Goob, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival.

Brian Ferguson plays Lance Corporal Jarvis, a soldier in the Royal Engineers who laid explosive charges in clear firing sight of the enemy for over an hour in the Battle of Jemappes in Belgium 1914. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, one of the highest military medals awarded to soldiers for their services in battle. Brian has recently been in Tim Crouch's Adler & Gibb at the Royal Court and is now rehearsing for the title role of Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow.

Hannah Britland plays the role of Lizzie, a nurse on the front line. Hannah’s most recent TV credits include playing the regular role of Sam in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. She has just finished a run of Hobsons Choice at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Ryan Kiggell plays an officer. Ryan has just finished a European production of Humans at the Avignon Festival.

Our World War begins on Thursday 7th August at 9pm on BBC3.