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Know the Cast: ‘Munich – The Edge of War’

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Munich – The Edge of War cast features George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner and Jeremy Irons. This info article contains minor spoilers for Christian Schwochow’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Munich – The Edge of War follows two fictional protagonists and examines the events prior to the historic Munich Agreement in 1938. Hugh Legat — a secretary for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain — colludes with his Oxford classmate Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat who learns that Adolf Hitler plans to attack several European countries after taking control of Czechoslovakia. Both men meet with Chamberlain and warn him about the bigger picture. Here’s every main player in Munich – The Edge of War, an adaptation of Robert Harris’ 2017 book Munich.

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: George MacKay as Hugh Legat

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - George MacKay as Hugh Legat

Character Profile: An Oxford-educated secretary for the prime minister in 1938. He worries about Hitler’s plans to attack Czechoslovakia and then learns about greater dangers. Hugh reunites with a German classmate in Munich and warns the prime minister about signing a peace agreement with Hitler.

MacKay’s Resume: Curly in Peter Pan (2003), Bodevan in Captain Fantastic (2016), Lance Corporal Schofield in 1917 (2019), Ned Kelly in True History of the Kelly Gang (2019), Jacob in Wolf (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Jannis Niewöhner as Paul von Hartmann

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Jannis Niewöhner as Paul von Hartmann

Character Profile: An Oxford-educated German diplomat. He plots against Hitler upon learning about a plan to attack several countries. Paul meets with Hugh in Munich and requests an opportunity to speak with the prime minister.

Niewöhner’s Resume: Gideon de Villiers in Ruby Red (2013), Jonathan in Jonathan (2016), Zach in Godless Youth (2017), Nicky Simsek in Mute (2018), Karl in Je Suis Karl (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain

Character Profile: The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He regrets not being able to fight in World War I and theorizes about how to maintain peace in Europe. Chamberlain signs The Munich Agreement despite being warned about Hitler’s long-term plans.

Irons’ Resume: Beverly/Elliot in Dead Ringers (1988), Scar in The Lion King (1994), Rodrigo Borgia in The Borgias (2011-13), Adrian Veidt in Watchmen (2019), Rodolfo Gucci in House of Gucci (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Robert Bathurst as Sir Nevile Henderson

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Robert Bathurst as Sir Nevile Henderson

Character Profile: A British diplomat. He serves as the UK ambassador to Germany. Henderson briefly meets with Hugh in Munich.

Bathhurst’s Resume: Mark Taylor in Joking Apart (1991-95), David Marsden in Cold Feet (1997-2020), Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey (2010-12), Ed Howzer-Black in Toast of London (2012-20), Ed Howzer-Black in Toast of Tinseltown (2022)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay as Pamela Legat

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Jessica Brown Findlay as Pamela Legat

Character Profile: Hugh’s wife. She doesn’t approve of her husband’s silence about work matters. Pamela believes that Hugh feels disappointed with his career.

Findlay’s Resume: Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey (2010-12), Abi in Black Mirror “Fifteen Million Merits” (2011), Charlotte Wells in Harlots (2017-19), Ophelia in Hamlet (2018), Lenina Crowne in Brave New World (2020)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: August Diehl as Franz Sauer

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - August Diehl as Franz Sauer

Character Profile: Paul’s former classmate. He’s a member of the Fuhrer Escort Command in 1938 London. Franz spots Paul meeting with Hugh at a Munich pub.

Diehl’s Resume: Karl Koch in 23 (1998), Major Hellstrom in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Mike Krause in Salt (2010), Franz Jägerstätter in A Hidden Life (2019), Vladimir Lenin in The King’s Man (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Sandra Hüller as Helen Winter

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Sandra Hüller as Helen Winter

Character Profile: Paul’s colleague and love interest. She acquires a brief from the foreign office that details Hitler’s “true plan.” Helen secretly colludes with Paul against the führer.

Hüller’s Resume: Michaela Klingler in Requiem (2006), Rita in Madonnen (2007), Martha Sabel in Above Us Only Sky (2011), Ines Conradi in Toni Erdmann (2016), Martha in The Black Square (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Alex Jennings as Sir Horace Wilson

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Alex Jennings as Sir Horace Wilson

Character Profile: A senior British government official. He delivers the news about Hitler’s mobilization plans to the prime minister. Wilson warns Chamberlain about the dangers of making joint statements with Hitler.

Jennings’ Resume: Lord Mark in The Wings of the Dove (1997), Prince Charles in The Queen (2006), Ken Clifford in Babel (2006), Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (2015), Andrew Aldridge in Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Ulrich Matthes as Adolf Hitler

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Ulrich Matthes as Adolf Hitler

Character Profile: The Führer of Germany. He intends to attack Czechoslovakia and then backs off as part of the Munich Agreement. Hitler orchestrates a master plan while the UK prime minister theorizes about his intentions.

Matthes’ Resume: Baron Isaac von Sinclair in Feuerreiter (1998), Joseph Goebbels in Downfall (2004), Abbé Henri Kremer in The Ninth Day (2004), Lorenz Schwaninger in A Hidden Life (2019), Herr Lange in The Story of My Wife (2021)

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Munich – The Edge of War Cast: Liv Lisa Fries as Lena

Munich - The Edge of War Cast - Liv Lisa Fries as Lena

Character Profile: Paul’s Jewish girlfriend at Oxford. She warns Hugh about Hitler. Lena gets arrested in 1935 and sent to a women’s concentration camp in Moringen.

Fries’ Resume: Laura in The Wave (2008), Laura in Staudamm (2013), Lea in Zurich (2013), Charlotte Ritter in Babylon Berlin (2017-20), Zaza in Confessions of Felix Krull (2021)

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The Munich – The Edge of War cast also includes Abigail Cruttenden (The Theory of Everything, Not Going Out), Nicholas Farrell (Hamlet, The Iron Lady), Martin Kiefer (Picco, The 12th Man), Mark Lewis Jones (Chernobyl, Gangs of London) and Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Vigil).

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