The Father Christmas Is Back cast features Elizabeth Hurley, John Cleese and Kelsey Grammer. This info article contains minor spoilers for Philippe Martinez and Mick Davis’ 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Father Christmas Is Back examines the fractured relationship between four sisters and their estranged father. The siblings assemble at Dunnock Manor for the holiday season and learn about a shocking family secret. As the characters work through their issues in the Christmas film, they realize that honesty and open communication will hopefully resolve any lingering conflict. See below for a full rundown of the main players in Father Christmas Is Back.
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Elizabeth Hurley as Joanna Christmas
Character Profile: A fashion editor who brings her boyfriend to Dunnock Manor. She clashes with Caroline and struts around the home. Joanna hides a secret that affects one of her sibling’s relationships.
Hurley’s Resume: Sabrina Ritchie in Passenger 57 (1992), Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), The Devil in Bedazzled (2000), Diana Payne in Gossip Girl (2011-12), Queen Helena in The Royals (2015-18)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: John Cleese as John Christmas
Character Profile: The female siblings’ nephew. He’s a gun-toting man who seems to have a close relationship with his brother’s ex-wife. John squabbles with his sibling James throughout the movie.
Cleese’s Resume: A Co-Founder of the Monty Python Comedy Troupe — Also, Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (1975-79), Archie Leach in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Professor Waldman in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Q in Die Another Day (2002)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Kelsey Grammer as James Christmas
Character Profile: The father of the focal female siblings. He left England nearly three decades before and moved to Miami. In the past, James tried to protect his daughters by hiding a familial secret.
Grammer’s Resume: Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers (1984-93), Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons (1990-2019), Dr. Frasier Crane in Frasier (1993-2004), Mayor Tom Kane in Boss (2011-12), Dr. Geoffrey Skadden in Dr. Death (2021)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Nathalie Cox as Caroline Christmas
Character Profile: The most proper of the Christmas daughters. She planned the holiday event for six months and gets ruffled by the all the familial riff-raff. Nathalie clashes with her husband because of a misunderstanding.
Cox’s Resume: Balian’s Wife in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Cindy Statham in The Bill (2007), Artemis in Clash of the Titans (2010), Helen Grainger in Holly City (2014), Laura in My Dad’s Christmas Date (2020)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Kris Marshall as Peter Hope
Character Profile: Caroline’s husband of 18 years. He has been sleeping by himself for the past 18 months. Peter suspects that his wife might’ve had an affair.
Marshall’s Resume: Edward Castleton in The Four Feathers (2002), Colin Frissell in Love Actually (2003), Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice (2004), Troy in Death at a Funeral (2007), Tom Parker in Sanditon (2019)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Ray Fearon as Felix
Character Profile: Joanna’s boyfriend. He suffers from sciatica and often gets compared to his girlfriend’s previous partner, Hamish. Felix bonds with the social outcast of the Christmas sisters, Paulina.
Fearon’s Resume: Francisco in Hamlet (1996), Firenze in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Père Robert in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Mr. Hanway in His Dark Materials (2019-), Paul in The Girlfriend Experience (2021)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Caroline Quentin as Elizabeth Christmas
Character Profile: The Christmas siblings’ mother. She flirts with John and provides “inspiration” during an electrical outage. Elizabeth hides a secret about her past relationship with James.
Quentin’s Resume: Dorothy in British Men Behaving Badly (1992-98), Maddy Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997-2001), DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003-09), Maggie Mee in Life Begins (2004-06), Lady Berbrooke in Bridgerton (2020)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Talulah Riley as Vicky Christmas
Character Profile: The most rebellious of the Christmas siblings. She hooks up with a bartender named Ben. Vicky inspired James to return home after a visit to Miami.
Riley’s Resume: Mary Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Marianne in The Boat That Rocked (2009), Blonde in Inception (2010), Angela in Westworld (2016-18), Gina Garrison in Bloodshot (2020)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: Naomi Frederick as Paulina
Character Profile: The most intellectual of the Christmas siblings. She works passionately on a paper about The Beatles. She is a lesbian who bonds with Felix while discussing music.
Frederick’s Resume: Amanda in The Children Act (2017), Adele Watson in Inspector George Gently (2017), Celia in The Aftermath (2019), Duchess of Bedford in Belgravia (2020), Dr. Baise in EastEnders (2020)
Father Christmas Is Back Cast: April Bowlby as Jackie
Character Profile: James’ girlfriend. She is a New Yorker who presents a Marilyn Monroe-like demeanor. Jackie accidentally cuts the power at Dunnock Manor during a surprise performance.
Bowlby’s Resume: Kandi / Kimber in Two and a Half Men (2005-15), Stacy Barrett in Drop Dead Diva (2009-14), Mia in The Slammin’ Salmon (2009), Rebecca in The Big Bang Theory (2017), Elasti-Girl/Rita Farr in Doom Patrol (2019-)
The Father Christmas Is Back cast also includes Katy Brand (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Matchmakers), Amelie Prescott (Feature Debut), Oliver Smith (Feature Debut), Janie Booth (Othello, The Brothers Grimsby), Brian Samson (Somatic, The Staff) and Ania Marson (Nicholas and Alexandra, Emma).
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