Beauty and the Beast cast: Who stars in A Pantomime for Comic Relief?

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Beauty and the Beast will be following in the tracks of Cinderella, the first Comic Relief pantomime which raised more than £1million for the cause last year. Written by Ben Crocker, Dawson Bros and the legendary Richard Curtis, the BBC is pulling out all the stops to make this adaptation one to remember. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the cast of Beauty and the Beast.

Who stars in A Pantomime for Comic Relief?

Belle – Lily James

Taking on the lead role of Belle, the most intelligent and beautiful woman in the village is actress Lily James.

She initially shot to fame when she starred in Secret Diary of a Call Girl in 2011.

James then went on to star in Downton Abbey, War and Peace, Baby Driver, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Cinderella and Yesterday.

Most recently, she was in BBC One’s adaptation of The Pursuit of Love as Linda Radlett.

Beast – Oliver Chris

The man behind the beast James’ character will be falling in love with in the Comic Relief pantomime is actor Oliver Chris.

In the early days of his career, Chris was Ricky Howard in Ricky Gervais’ comedy The Office.

Since then, he has been in Rescue Me, According to Bex, Green Wing, Bonkers, Breathless and Bluestone 42 just to name a few.

He has also portrayed Paul in the BBC comedy Motherland for the past five years.

Jacques – Kiell Smith-Bynoe

The pantomime will be welcoming new characters to the classic tale, including Belle’s brother Jacques.
Actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe is going to play Jacques and is best known for starring as Mike Cooper in the BBC comedy Ghosts.
Some fans will also remember him as Dean in Channel 4’s Stath Lets Flats.

Malabelle – Celia Imrie

Joining the cast as Malabelle is actress Celia Imrie who has featured in a plethora of shows and films over the years.

Some of which include All Good Things, Dinner Ladies, Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Better Things.

In the 1980s, Imrie was known for her frequent sketch collaborations with comedian Victoria Wood.

Earlier this year, she starred in the final series of BBC’s Keeping Faith as Rose Fairchild.

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Ma – Sian Gibson

Presumably playing James’ mother is comedic actress Sian Gibson.

She has been in the murderous comedy series Murder on the Blackpool Express as well as Death on the Tyne.

However, many fans will know Gibson for collaborating with comedian Peter Kay in starring and co-writing Peter Kay’s Car Share.

She won the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy for her work.

Remy – Simon Bird

Taking on the role of Remy is actor Simon Bird who is most famous for playing Will McKenzie in the E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners.

He also played Adam Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner which came to an end last year.

His latest series has been comedy Sandylands as Nathan Wild on Gold.

Mr Bell – Tom Rosenthal

Rounding up some of the main cast is actor Tom Rosenthal as Mr Bell.

He has previously worked with actor Bird on Friday Night Dinner as his onscreen brother Jonny.

Rosenthal’s other biggest role has been as Marcus Gallo in Plebs.

Other celebrities who will be making cameo appearances include:

David Walliams

Miranda Hart

Michael Sheen

Lenny Henry

David Tennant

Beauty and the Beast: A Pantomime for Comic Relief will air on Sunday, December 19, at 9pm on BBC One.

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