Cindy Jourdain plays an ex-ballerina living with her fiancé, Dominic.
In 2010 Cindy left the Royal Ballet, where she was a soloist to pursue her acting career. She was born in France and trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School and The Royal Ballet School. In 1998 she joined The English National Ballet followed by The Royal Ballet in 2003. Her ability to take on complex dramatic characters ensured her the roles of Hermia in Frederick Ashton’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Capulet in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet and Empress Elizabeth in Mayerling just to name a few. Cindy created the role of VIV in Cathy Marston’s FACING VIV inspired by TS Elliot's relationship with his first wife ViViennese Haigh-Wood, a role in Wayne McGregor’s Qualia and Dido & Aeneas/Acis & Galatea performed with the Royal Opera Company in 2009.
More recently she has toured with Take That Progress Tour and oversaw a section of 2012 Olympic's closing ceremony. Cindy is also a keen practitioner of Muay Thai kick boxing.
Arionel Vargas plays Oriel, a charismatic, Cuban ballet dancer living in London.
Cuban born, Arionel is a principal dancer with the English National Ballet. He trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and won gold medal in Brazil International Ballet Competition in 1994 and bronze in New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. He went on to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada. In 2004 he became a principal with The English National Ballet, where he has danced principal roles in all the major classical repertoire including, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle, with Albrecht being one of Arionel’s favourite roles. He also regularly performs as a guest artist around the world.
Max Brown plays Maya’s fiancé, Dominic.
Max is best known for his roles as Edward Seymour in the HBO series, The Tudors and Dimitri Levendis in the BBC series Spooks. He has also appeared in Foyles War and Mistresses. Other film appearances include, TURISTAS, FLUTTER starring Ricky Tomlinson and RED TAILS starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
Max is currently filming a new American TV series, Beauty and the Beast, due to screen in late Autumn 2012.
Sam Barnett plays the choreographer of an independent contemporary dance company.
Sam’s film credits include THE HISTORY BOYS (Posner), BRIGHT STAR (mister Severus), MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS (Paul).
Among his television roles, he played John Everett Millais in the BBC series, Desperate Romantics. On stage, his most celebrated role was Posner in the original London stage production of Alan Bennett’s play, The History Boys at The National Theatre, on tour and on Broadway. He was nominated for both Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in a supporting role. Recent theatre includes Women Beware Women at The National Theatre and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Way of the World at the Sheffield Crucible, Richard III / Twelfth Night at The Globe Theatre. He also appeared in Twenty Twelve II, the popular BBC series about the Olympics.
Miguel Altunaga plays a Cuban contemporary dancer who works with Cal.
Born in Cuba, Miguel trained at the National School of Art, Havana and joined the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba in 2001. In 2002 he won the Cuban Best Male Solo Award and in 2003 was chosen by Carlos Acosta for his new creation Tocororo. He joined Rambert in 2007 and has continued as a company member, whilst guesting for Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum.
He has also choreographed works for the National School of Ballet and for Simply Red and The Zutons.
Begoña Cao plays a dancer and choreographer who is a long time friend of Oriel.
Begoña trained at Arts Educational School and Royal Ballet, joining the English National Ballet in 1997 and became a principal in 2009. Her favourite roles are Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Roland Petite, Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. Begoña enjoys performing as a guest artist for various productions, including Carlos Acosta productions. She has been nominated for several dance awards including the Benois de la Dansele in 2010 at the London Coliseum. Most recently, she has appeared as a guest artist with the National Ballet of Tokyo in La Chauve-Souris.
In addition to her busy dance schedule, Begoña is a patron of Downs South London, a charity which supports the education of children with Downs Syndrome.
John McArdle plays our heroine’s father.
John’s notable TV credits include Brookside, Gallowglass, Merseybeat and Waterloo Road. On stage he starred in the hit show, One Night in Istanbul at the Liverpool Empire and in Our Country’s Good at the Liverpool Playhouse.
He is also a patron of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.