Meet the Netflix 1899 cast: From a once-rumoured Doctor Who to a Dunkirk star

From a once-rumoured Doctor Who to a Dunkirk actor! Meet the cast of 1899 – Netflix’s star-studded German period horror

1899, the highly-anticipated Netflix period horror, was released in its entirety on the streaming platform on Thursday, much to the delight of fans.

The gripping German mystery follows a group of European migrants travelling from London on a steamship named Kerberos to start new lives in New York City, created by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, the passengers are optimistic about the future until they come across another migrant ship stranded on the open sea.

A previously simple journey to the promised land becomes a terrifying nightmare of epic proportions.

Now, MailOnline takes a look at the star-studded cast ensemble… from Into The Badlands’ Emily Beecham to Dunkirk’s Aneurin Barnard and once-rumoured Doctor Who, Aneurin Barnard.

From a once-rumoured Doctor Who to a Dunkirk actor! Meet the cast of 1899 - Netflix's star-studded German period horror

From a once-rumoured Doctor Who to a Dunkirk actor! Meet the cast of 1899 – Netflix’s star-studded German period horror

Emily Beecham as Maura Franklin

Since her standout early part in the 2009 Sally Wainwright thriller Unforgiven with Suranne Jones, British-American performer Emily Beecham has enjoyed a sizable movie career. The most recent BBC appearances for Beecham were as Fanny, the title character in Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s comedy romance The Pursuit of Love, and as Catherine, Estella’s adoptive mother, in Cruella, a Disney prequel. She appeared in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! as Dierdre, and she will soon be seen in Guy Ritchie’s The Interpreter and Kirsten Scott Thomas’ My Mother’s Wedding, which she will also direct. She portrays Maura Franklin, a doctor travelling on the Kerberos in 1899 who is looking for her lost brother. 

Talented: Emily Beecham as Maura Franklin

Talented: Emily Beecham as Maura Franklin

Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen

Andreas, a well-known figure on German television since the 1990s, achieved popularity in 2007 for his performance as Konny von Brendorp in the action-crime thriller GSG-9. He has played a variety of characters in cinema, including Udo Kier’s co-star in the children’s fantasy series 4 Against Z and with Lars Mickelsen in the action movie The Team. Fans of Dark will recognise him most for his part as The Stranger, an enigmatic figure whose entrance sparks the entire plot. He portrays ship’s captain Eyk in 1899, a heartbroken man who develops suspicions of wrongdoing within the shipping firm.

In-character: Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen

In-character: Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen

Aneurin Barnard as Daniel

Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard is well known for his roles as the cunning Richard III in the Starz historical drama series The White Queen and Boris Drubotskoy in the most current BBC rendition of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. He was formerly rumoured to be in the running for the main role in Doctor Who. He recently appeared in the final season of the BBC gangster thriller Peaky Blinders and met an untimely demise in the first season of the BBC crime drama The Pact. He portrays the intriguing Daniel in 1899, a character who joins the crew as things start to become strange. 

Impressive: Aneurin Barnard as Daniel

Impressive: Aneurin Barnard as Daniel

Rosalie Craig as Virginia Wilson

Rosalie Craig recently starred in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal alongside Michelle Dockery and Sienna Miller, along with Catherine Tate in The Nan Movie, and has appeared in numerous supporting TV roles from Endeavour to Father Brown, Truth Seekers, and more. She plays the worldly Mrs Wilson, a wealthy woman travelling alone who seems to know everyone’s personal affairs. In As You Like It, a 2016 National Theatre performance, the stage and film actor performed the title role. 

Dressed up: Rosalie Craig as Virginia Wilson

Dressed up: Rosalie Craig as Virginia Wilson

Clara Rosager as Tove

With her role as Sarah in the dystopian series The Rain, Danish actor Clara Rosager is no stranger to Netflix’s European genre. Clara played Miss Sweden in the 2020 movie Misbehavior about beauty contests. She also had an appearance as Jean in the Morbius comic book adaption and most recently played Nadya in the Italian financial thriller Devils. She portrays Tove, a pregnant Swedish steerage passenger from a religious household that becomes caught up in the crazy and sad events of 1899.

Beauty: Clara Rosager as Tove

Beauty: Clara Rosager as Tove

Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen as Krester

Fans of the Danish political drama Borgen may recognise Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen from season four, where he portrayed the mature Magnus, son of Birgitte Nyborg, the main character. The Danish actor, who portrayed Magnus in the Netflix dystopia The Rain, appeared alongside Clara Rosager. Lucas portrays Krester in 1899, the brother of Tove (played by Clara). Krester is a tormented young Swedish guy who endures his conservative parents’ bigotry. 

Distraught: Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen as Krester

Distraught: Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen as Krester

Miguel Bernardeau as Angel

Miguel Bernardeau, a well-known actor in his native Spain, plays Angel in 1899, a rich Spanish gentleman travelling in first class with his priest brother Ramiro. The actor is most recognised for his work on the HBO Max co-production Todo Lo Otro and the critically acclaimed Spanish Netflix adolescent drama Elite as Guzman. In the newest Zorro TV series, he will soon be seen playing the title character. 

Dapper: Miguel Bernardeau as Angel

Dapper: Miguel Bernardeau as Angel

Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton

An established actor on both the big and small screens, Anton Lesser is arguably best known for playing the evil maester Qyburn in Game of Thrones and for portraying CSI Bright in the popular ITV crime thriller Endeavour in the UK. The Crown, Wolf Hall, and Dickensian are just a handful of the movies and television shows on his extensive resume. His role in 1899 was kept a secret until the episodes air ed so that a major spoiler could be kept secret. 

Wise: Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton

Wise: Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton

Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen as Darrel and Lachlan

Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen, better known as the British comedy team The Pin, are comedians and actors who help to break up the ultra-serious tone with some old-fashioned squabbling and jokes about wolves. The Jurassic World: Dominion stars appear as a pair of engine room employees on the Kerberos, and they provide an eccentric element to the cast of 1899. 

Comedians: Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen as Darrel and Lachlan (L-R in 2021)

Comedians: Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen as Darrel and Lachlan (L-R in 2021)

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