Monarch, A John Walsh Film

Cast & Crew

TP McKenna, Henry VIII

TP McKenna was a prolific and versatile character actor who performed regularly on stage, film and television for 50 years. One of the most gifted of Irish actors of his generation to make his career in England, he made his stage debut at the tiny Pike Theatre in Dublin in 1953 as John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke before successfully branching out into film appearing alongside everyone from Richard Burton (in Anne of the Thousand Days, 1969) to Dustin Hoffman (Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs 1971). There seemed hardly a major television series he did not adorn, as a maverick Russian agent in Callan, or as various villains in Lovejoy, Minder and The Sweeney. He was the final suspect ever interviewed by John Thaw as Inspector Morse. His last major movie was Lawrence Dunmore's The Libertine (2004), starring Johnny Depp in Stephen Jeffreys's screenplay from his own theatre piece, and he last appeared on the London stage in 2005, as the disabled father in a National Theatre revival by Tom Cairns of Friel's elegiac Aristocrats.

Jean March, The Queens

Jean Marsh OBE, spent three years in America, appearing in Sir John Gielgud's Broadway production of "Much Ado About Nothing" and numerous TV shows, including an episode of Twilight Zone (1959). Returning to London, she won roles on stage, film and TV. It was during this period that she appeared in Doctor Who (1963), first as Princess Joanna in "The Crusade" and then as Sara Kingdom in "The Daleks' Master Plan." In the early 1970s she co-created and starred in LWT's Upstairs, Downstairs (1971). Since then she has maintained a very busy career in the theatre, on TV - including a starring role in the US sitcom Nine to Five (1982) and films such as Return to Oz (1985) and Willow (1988). She also co-created another successful series, The House of Eliott (1991).

John Walsh, Writer & Director

John Walsh is an award winning film maker with a focus on social justice. After graduating from the London Film School, John founded his own film production company, Walsh Bros Ltd, which is now one of the UK’s top 100 production companies. His work, ranging from television series and dramas for BBC, Channel 4, Five and feature film production. He is a double BAFTA and double Grierson Trust nominee for his challenging and ground breaking work. His controversial documentary feature ToryBoy The Movie, received a cinema release in 2012 and was nominated by the Grierson Trust for “Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme.”

John is now a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.