Know the Cast: ‘Crooked House’

Crooked House Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2017 Movie

The Crooked House cast includes Max Irons, Glenn Close and Terence Stamp. This info article contains spoilers for the 2017 movie (now streaming on Netflix). Check out the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Based on Agatha Christie’s 1947 novel, Crooked House explores the alleged murder of a business mogul named Aristide Leonides. Private investigator Charles Hayward visits the deceased’s London mansion to interview various family members, and soon realizes that everyone is a possible suspect. Here’s every main performer and character in the 2017 adaptation by French filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

Crooked House Cast: Max Irons as Charles Hayward

Crooked House Cast - Max Irons as Charles Hayward

Character Profile: A private investigator who looks into the murder of business mogul Aristide Leonides. He’s hired by the deceased’s granddaughter, Sophia Leonides — a woman that he previously met in Cairo, Egypt. Charles arrives at the Leonides mansion and tries to understand the motivations of each resident.

Irons’ Resume: Lucius in Dorian Gray (2009), Tommy Pasqualino in The Runaway (2011), King Edward in The White Queen (2013), Miles in The Riot Club (2014), Joe Turner in Condor (2018-20)

Crooked House Cast: Stefanie Martini as Sophia Leonides

Crooked House Cast - Stefanie Martini as Sophia Leonides

Character Profile: Aristide’s granddaughter. Charles saved her life during a trip to Cairo in the past. Sophia looks after her grandfather’s memoirs, and doesn’t fully reveal her motivations until the climax.

Martini’s Resume: Mary Thorne in Doctor Thorne (2016), Lady Ev in Emerald City (2017), Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect 1973 (2017), Jade in Make Up (2019), Eadith in The Last Kingdom (2020-21)

Crooked House Cast: Glenn Close as Lady Edith de Haviland

Crooked House Cast - Glenn Close as Lady Edith de Haviland

Character Profile: The sister of Aristide’s deceased first wife. She believes that shotguns best express her feelings. Edith receives a cancer diagnosis, and attempts to protect the legacy of her family.

Close’s Resume: Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987), Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Monica Rawling in The Shield (2005), Patty Hewes in Damages (2007-12), Mamaw in Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

Crooked House Cast: Honor Kneafsey as Josephine Leonides

Crooked House Cast - Glenn Close as Lady Edith de Haviland

Character Profile: Philip and Magda’s daughter. She informs Charles that she keeps secret in her notebook, and that nobody in the family pays her much attention. One of Josephine’s family members seemingly tries to kill her, which sets up a final act reveal.

Kneafsey’s Resume: June Mottershead in Our Zoo (2014), Jodie Dawson in Benidorm (2016-17), Emily Morgan in Slumber (2017), Christine in The Bookshop (2017), Lisa Baxter in Legacy of Lies (2020)

Crooked House Cast: Christina Hendricks as Brenda Leonides

Crooked House Cast - Christina Hendricks as Brenda Leonides

Character Profile: Aristide’s 37-year-old widow, a former dancer in Las Vegas. She admits to delivering a fatal insulin injection to her husband, unaware that it had been poisoned with eserine. Brenda is accused of having an affair with a tutor named Laurence Brown.

Hendricks’ Resume: Joan Harris in Mad Men (2007-15), Billy in Lost River (2014), Roberta Hoffmann in The Neon Demon (2016), Cindy in The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), Beth Boland in Good Girls (2018-)

Crooked House Cast: Terence Stamp as Chief Inspector Taverner

Crooked House Cast - Terence Stamp as Chief Inspector Taverner

Character Profile: Charles’ boss. He mostly appears in office sequences, and questions the the focal investigator about case developments.

Stamp’s Resume: Billy Budd in Billy Budd (1962), General Zod in the Superman Movie Franchise (1978-80), John Tunstall in Young Guns (1988), Wilson in The Limey (1999), Jor-El in Smallville (2003-11)

Crooked House Cast: Julian Sands as Philip Leonides

Crooked House Cast - Julian Sands as Philip Leonides

Character Profile: Aristide’s oldest son. He’s a historian with a special interest in medieval art and literature. Philip looks after his actress wife Magda, and he’s bitter about his younger brother Roger being appointed as the managing director of the family business, Associated Catering.

Sands’ Resume: George Emerson in A Room with a View (1985), Warlock in Warlock (1989), Yves Cloquet in Naked Lunch (1991), Snakehead in The Medallion (2003), Vladimir Bierko in 24 (2006)

Crooked House Cast: Gillian Anderson as Magda West

Crooked House Cast - Gillian Anderson as Magda West

Character Profile: Philip’s wife, an actress. She has a big personality and enjoys alcohol. Magda unnerves her family members by speaking too much while enjoying a good buzz.

Anderson’s Resume: Dana Scully in The X-Files (1993-2018), Stella Gibson in The Fall (2013-16), Bedelia Du Maurier in Hannibal (2013-15), Jean Milburn in Sex Education (2019-), Margaret Thatcher in The Crown (2020)


The Crooked House cast also includes Christian McKay (Rush, Warrior), Amanda Abbington (Mr. Selfridge, Sherlock), Preston Nyman (Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Catch-22), John Heffernan (Eye in the Sky, The Pursuit of Love) and Jenny Galloway (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Johnny English).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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