Kenneth Branagh stars as Sir Ernest Shackleton in this epic two-part drama written and produced by Charles Sturridge, about the legendary British explorer.

It recounts the story behind his remarkable 1914 expedition to the South Pole, the astonishing hardship endured by his crew and their remarkable escape from seemingly certain death when their ship, The Endurance, became trapped in the iceflow, sank and they were forced to begin life on the ice. Filmed in London and on the sea-ice off Eastern Greenland over a six-month period, Shackleton begins in London in 1914 as the explorer tries to raise funds for his expedition on the eve of the First World War - as well as struggling with a complex personal life and his brother's imprisonment for fraud - and ends on the frozen wastes of the Antarctic.


Kenneth Branagh as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
John Grillo as Franks
Paul Humpoletz as Man in Audience
Phoebe Nicholls as Emily Shackleton
Eve Best as Eleanor Shackleton
Mark Tandy as Frank Shackleton
Cicely Delaney as Cecily Shackleton
Christian Young as Raymond Shackleton
Embeth Davidtz as Rosalind Chetwynd
Gino Melvazzi as Head Waiter
Danny Webb as Perris
Lorcan Cranitch as Frank Wild
Michael Culkin as Jack Morgan
Mark McGann as Tom Crean
Abby Ford as Marcie
Ron Donachie as Keltie
Corin Redgrave as Lord Curzon
Robert Swann as Freshfield
Chris Larkin as George Marston
Elizabeth Spriggs as Janet Stancombe Wills
Peter Cartwright as Judge
Ben Silverstone as Very Young Applicant
Shaun Dooley as Hubert Hudson
Nicholas Rowe as Thomas Orde-Lees
Richard Cant as First Lieutenant
Mathew Ashwood as Second Lieutenant
Mark Williams as Dudley Docker
Roger May as Cavalry Officer
Hal Cruttenden as Bearded Applicant
Kevin McNally as Frank Worsley
Joseph Long as Oddenino
Matt Wilkinson as Assistant Director
Robert Hardy as Sir James Caird
Bruce Byron as Harbour
Pip Torrens as James McIlroy
Nicholas Hewetson as Alexander Macklin
Ingar Helge Gimle as Whaleman
Jamie Lee as James Wordie
Christian Steel as Leonard Hussey
Ken Drury as Henry McNeish
Craig Cheetham as Walter How
Ian Mercer as Ernest Holness
Hugh Simon as Equerry
Rupert Frazer as King George V
Matt Day as Frank Hurley
Paul Bigley as Charles Green
Nigel Whitmey as William Bakewell
Celyn Jones as Perce Blackborow
Sven Nordin as Jacobsen
Rolf Arly Lund as Capt. Thoralf
Angus Barnett as Wounded Soldier
Hugh Ross as Marsh
Claudia Coulter as Italian Maid

crew details

  • Other key crew: Charles Sturridge

  • production details

    Country: UK, Australia
    Studio: Channel 4
    Year of Release: 2017-08-05
    Duration: 206 minutes
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