If you caught the premiere episode of HBO's "Rome" last night, you may have recognized a few familiar faces from some favorite literary adaptations. Here's a breakdown of who's who, and where you may have seen them before. -- Amy
Ciaran Hinds (Julius Caesar): Hinds was our favorite actor in the miniseries "Ivanhoe." He was also Captain Wentworth in the 1995 version of "Persuasion," played the title character in the Mayor of Casterbridge and was Rochester to Samantha Morton's "Jane Eyre." He was one of the opera house managers in last year's "Phantom of the Opera," and back in the early eighties, he also appeared in "Excalibur."
Kenneth Cranham (Pompey Magnus): Cranham appeared in "Brideshead Revisited," as well as "Lady Windemere's Fan," the 1968 musical, "Oliver," and a TV version of "The Merchant of Venice."
James Purefoy (Marc Antony): If you lend him your ear, you may recognize him as Rawdon Crawley from 2004's "Vanity Fair." He's also appeared in one of the Sharpe's Rifles installments, played Mr. Lawrence in Anne Bronte's "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" and played Tom Bertram in "Mansfield Park."
Polly Walker (Atia): Played Caroline Dester in "Enchanted April," was Jane Fairfax in the Gwyneth Paltrow version of "Emma," appeared in "Robinson Crusoe" and joined Ciaran Hinds in "Mayor of Casterbridge."
Kevin McKidd (Lucius Vorenus): He was dashing Count Vronsky in the BBC miniseries, "Anna Karenina." You also may have seen him play John Browdie in "Nicholas Nickleby."
Lindsay Duncan (Servilia): She played Lady Bertram in "Mansfield Park" and Lady Markby in "An Ideal Husband." She also appeared in the miniseries "A History of Tom Jones, a Foundling," "A Year in Provence" and played Hippolyta/Titania in the 1996 version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Max Pirkis (young Octavian): He played the young midshipman in "Master and Commander."