The rest of those that I've cast I suggest should be mostly featured extras with the odd episode here and there where they contribute to the plot. Some will be revealed as Black Ajah, but I decided they would each have their time in the sun, so that when they are exposed, it will actually come as a shock.
Then there's Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan. Yeesh, that's a lotta names. She's one of the series' major villains who isn't actually a Darkfriend (that I know of; there's more proof that she's not than that she is) and one that viewers are gonna love to hate. Michelle Forbes (left) has that stern, haughty face and has played two amazing villains on Battlestar Galactica and True Blood in recent years. She'll make a great Elaida.
Verin Mathwin will be a very popular character, I can just tell. Viewers will have a fun time just trying to figure out what is up with her. Is she good? Bad? Annoying? Funny? I can just see her catch phrase "Interesting..." entering the public vernacular. However, she's not one of the more major characters; just a prominent supporting role, so I chose Lucy Cohu (right) to play her, based mostly on her look being very close to Verin's (plump but not fat, middle years but not elderly). She seems to have a well-traveled career so she must have some talent. I chose Gary Oliver (also right) to play her loyal, omnipresent Warder, Tomas.
I'm not doing a write-up for the others. Now we've reached "featured extra" territory, and while I felt the roles needed actresses in them, I don't feel like I should explain why I chose whom. Each of them I just tried to get as close as possible to the way the books describe them.
|Jill Baker as Adeleas and Vandene Namelle|
|Sarah Smart as Andaya Forae|
|Sarah Beck Mather as Beonin Marinye|
|Sara Stewart as Carlinya|
|Anna Chancellor as Chesmal Emry|
|Michelle Bonnard as Faolain Orande|
|Elizabeth Healey as Katerine Alruddin|
|Patricia Routledge as Laras|
|Sophie Winkleman as Lelaine Akashi|
|Ayesha Dharker as Myrelle Berengari|
|Genevieve O'Reilly as Romanda Cassin|
|Claire Cooper as Seaine Herimon|
|Gina McKee as Anaiya|
|Melia Kreiling as Serafelle|
|Ania Sowinski as Takima|
|Meera Syal as Silviana Brehon|
|Abby Francis as Tarna Feir|
|Lucie Jones as Theodrin Dabei|
|Sinead Keenan as Pevara Tazanovni|
Next up: Supporting Heroes!