The Secret of Moonacre - MICHAEL WEBBER Profile

MICHAEL WEBBER plays Digweed, Sir Benjamin's loyal manservant and the first friend Maria makes in her new life in Moonacre Valley.

Trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Michael has since had a full and varied stage career, with recent credits including Yvan in Art, and Cheswick in Peter Doran's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Webber has also enjoyed success on television with appearances in popular dramas including Bramwell, Peak Practice, and The Bill on ITV and more recently Hustle, Silent Witness, Wire in the Blood, The Old Curiosity Shop and Holby on BBC ONE. Character actor Webber has also enjoyed recent film roles in Luc Besson's Unleashed, family adventure Stormbreaker and Tooth helmed by Ed Nammour.

The Secret Of Moonacre.Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden. Film by Warner Brothers.

In Cinemas February 6 2009

Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The Secret of Moonacre is an enchanting tale of magic and adventure. It follows the quest of thirteen-year-old orphan, Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards), who is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there Maria uncovers the dark truth of the ancient curse that has nourished the feud that has been destroying Moonacre Valley for centuries. She has only until the next full moon to undo the curse and save Moonacre from destruction. Aided by a stable of wonderful characters and fantastical beasts, Maria sets out to bring peace to this magical world.

The cast includes: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The film is directed by award-winning Hungarian director Gabor Csupo. The screenplay has been adapted by Lucy Shuttleworth and Graham Alborough from the children's classic novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is produced by Meredith Garlick and Monica Penders for Forgan-Smith Entertainment and Jason Piette and Michael L. Cowan for Spice Factory UK with partners Eurofilm Studio in Hungary and Davis Films in France. The film is released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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