EXCLUSIVE: Black Sails Character Reveal!

With the untimely demise of Eleanor Guthrie in the last episode of Black Sails and Max (along with Jack and Anne) on their way North to seek out the Guthrie family hoping to inspire them to act, it was clear we’d be introduced to new characters soon and we’re excited to have an exclusive look at one of them!

Meet Marion Guthrie. Grandmother to Eleanor Guthrie and matriarch of a powerful enterprise, Marion may well hold the key to Nassau’s future.

Marion is played by famed actress, Dame Harriet Walter, who you may recognize.

Since training at LAMDA, Harriet has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio. She recently starred in ‘Death of a Salesman’ for the RSC and at the end of last year completed her run in the starring role in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of ‘Henry IV’ at the Donmar Warehouse, which just finished its’ transfer to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York. This followed on from her success at the beginning of 2013 playing the role of ‘Brutus’ in Lloyd’s Julius Caesar, a role she reprised in New York at the St Ann’s Warehouse in October last year. In 2010 she was Livia in ‘Women Beware Women’ at the NT. Of her many roles with the RSC, where she is an Associate Artist, the more recent have included Cleopatra in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ alongside Patrick Stewart, Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Lady Macbeth opposite Anthony Sher, all directed by Gregory Doran. Harriet won the Evening Standard Award for her role as Elizabeth in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Schiller’s ‘Mary Stuart’ and a Tony nomination when the production transferred to Broadway in 2009.

She is best known on TV as Harriet Vane in the ‘Lord Peter Wimsey’ series, and more recently as D.I. Natalie Chandler in ‘Law and Order: UK’. She also appeared in the most recent series of Julian Fellowes’ hit series ‘Downton Abbey’. Harriet also recently took on a lead role in the BBC series “London Spy” opposite Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent.

She recently filmed a role in Netflix’s new Stephen Daldry-directed series “The Crown”. Other film roles include Saul Dibb’s Suite Francaise alongside Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas, Man Up alongside Simon Pegg and Lake Bell and Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair. She has just finished filming Sense of An Ending with Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent and Emily Mortimer. Other film credits include Young VictoriaAtonementBabelBright Young ThingsSense and Sensibility and Louis Malle’s Milou et Mai.

Harriet has also published three books, Other People’s Shoes, Macbeth for the Faber series ‘Actors on Shakespeare’ and recently a photography book Facing It: reflections on images of older women. Harriet was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham University (2000) a CBE in 2000, and a DBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List.

Jennifer Iacopelli is a New York based writer who watches way too much genre TV, reads way too many Pride and Prejudice retellings and obsesses over way too many sports. She is most happy when she's doing all three at once.