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The Show & Cast

Learn about the actors behind the characters, the characters themselves and behind the scenes snippets

The Show

Learn more about The Durrells, a six part drama series based on the Corfu Trilogy written by Gerald Durrell.

The first series came to a dramatic finale on 8th May. You can still watch it if you missed it by buying the box set here.

ITV has confirmed that a second series is in the pipeline, which will begin filming in the summer of 2016.

Whatever his age, Gerald Durrell always claimed he felt like he was 12 years old inside. His childhood in Corfu not only made an indelible impression on him, it defined him. His passion for animals and the natural world was nurtured there, and his egalitarian outlook was fostered by the people he knew; from peasants to priests.

Focused upon Gerald’s mother Louisa Durrell who, recently widowed, takes her family to Corfu, the drama is based on Gerald’s The Corfu Trilogy, My Family and Other Animals (1956), Birds, Beasts and Relatives (1969) and Garden of the Gods (1978).

Today, Gerald’s love of animals and his pioneering conservation vision continues through the organisation he founded nearly 60 years ago, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Actor Biographies

After a fantastic time in Corfu, the Sid Gentle Production Team have wrapped up The Durrells. The cast was wonderful.

Keeley Hawes as Louisa

Keeley Hawes was born in London, England as Claire Julia Hawes. She is best known for Death at the Funeral (2007), The Bank Job (2008) and The Avengers (1998).

She was trained at the Sylvia Young Theater School in London and left home at the age of 17.

Keeley was scouted at Oxford Street and began her modeling career from that point, after a year she was cast for her first movie, Karaoke (1996).

She is a mother of three children and married to Matthew Macfadyen.

Josh O'Conner as Larry

Josh O'Conner is a British actor originally from Cheltenham, England. He is known for his roles in the movies Hide and Seek (2013) and Bridgend (2015). He is trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and played both comic and dramatic parts.

Callum Woodhouse as Leslie

Callum Woodhouse is a British actor known for Room 17 (2015). He was offered a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at the age of 18. In July 2015 he graduated and is now doing one of his first roles in The Durrells and B&B.

Daisy Waterstone as Margo

Daisy Waterstone was born in Hammersmith, London, England.
She is best known for Testament of Youth (2014), Cyberbully (2015) and The Crucible (2014). Daisy completed her training at CSVPA and moved straight from the Drama Foundation course into professional work. She made her stage debut at The Old Vic in Yael Farber's production of The Crucible.

Milo Parker as Gerry

Milo Parker is a British actor trained at Youngblood Theatre Company and made his feature film debut in the British independent science fiction film Robot Overlords (2014).

After that he played Roger in Mr. Holmes (2015), for which he earned a nomination for the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. He also played in Ghosthunters on Icy Trails (2015).

In an interview for The Lady, Sir Ian McKellen had only positive words about him telling he had no fear for the camera and did exactly what the director wanted when required.

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron as Countess

Leslie Caron, born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris, Franco-American film actress and dancer who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. Her autobiography, Thank Heaven, was published in 2010 in the UK and US, and in 2011 in a French version.

Caron is best known for the musical films An American in Paris (1951), Lili (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Gigi (1958), and for the nonmusical films Fanny (1961), The L-Shaped Room (1962), and Father Goose (1964). She received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. In 2006, her performance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit won her an Emmy for guest actress in a drama series. She speaks French, English, and Italian. She is one of the few dancers or actresses who have danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev.

Caron started her career as a ballerina. Gene Kelly discovered her in the Roland Petit company "Ballet des Champs Elysées" and cast her to appear opposite him in the musical An American in Paris (1951), a role in which a pregnant Cyd Charisse was originally cast. This role led to a long-term MGM contract and a sequence of films which included the musical The Glass Slipper (1955) and the drama The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Sid Gentle Productions

Sally Woodward Gentle is the BAFTA award winning executive producer of British television dramas such as Any Human Heart, Enid and Whitechapel. She formed Sid Gentle Films Ltd in September 2013 to produce original and innovative television drama and feature films.

The Characters

As you will see from the show, the Durrell family members were real characters. Learn more about their backgrounds.

The Durrell family lived on Corfu for over four years. My Family and Other Animals is the most famous of the three books that Gerald Durrell wrote telling of their time there.

Gerry Durrell

is the youngest member of the Durrell family and was ten when they moved to Corfu. He loves the natural world and is fascinated by all the animals in it, from woodlouse to octopi and owls. He is endlessly collecting animals and filling the family house with them, to the chagrin of the rest of the family.

Larry Durrell

is the oldest of the Durrell children and the one who prompted the move to Corfu saying; “I can’t be expected to produce deathless prose in an atmosphere of gloom and eucalyptus.” He considers himself to be a literary writer and is constantly annoyed by his eccentric family.

Leslie Durrell

loves guns and shooting. He is the sibling most likely to join Gerry on an adventure or help him construct a new home for one of his many pets.

Margo Durrell

is a typical teenage girl, preoccupied with her looks. Always trying out new diets and acne cures. She collects a string of admirers from amongst her brother’s friends and Gerry’s various tutors.

Louisa Durrell

is the mother of the family. Laid back and a little vague, she gently steers her children along, accepting most of Gerry’s pets and Larry’s stream of visitors. She cooks endless meals for the family and the many friends.

The Countess

is a neighbour of the Durrells who hears of Gerry’s interest in animals and writes to him asking him to visit and have tea. She later gives him an owl.