If you’ve wanted to see the life of Leonardo da Vinci dramatized on screen, then you need to see Leonardo. The show is a fictionalized depiction of da Vinci’s extraordinary life as an inventor and artist, most popularly known as the creator of the masterpiece “Mona Lisa.” The show also portrays his humanity, indicating that despite his genius and exceptional creativity, he was also a human and experienced mortal pitfall.
Frank Spotnitz and Steve Thompson create Leonardo. Spotnitz is best known for his work on hit TV shows like The X-Files and, more recently, The Man in the High Castle, while Steve Thompson previously worked on Sherlock, Vienna Blood, Doctor Who, and Jericho. The show has received mixed reviews, with one particularly harsh critique coming from The Guardian, who plainly said of the show: “All in all, it’s awful. The script is woeful. Half of the actors look absolutely stricken with horror, and those who are giving it a good try – including the stalwart Turner – make you want to cry with compassion. Numbers paint the whole thing, and there are moments when all you can do is shake your head in disbelief that this kind of thing is still being made in the year of our Lord (that’s him, under John’s oil and beside the angels) 2021.” However, fans of da Vinci would be remiss not to give this show a chance. One reason to give this show a shot is a cast that does a fair job of portraying the different real-life figures on the screen.
If you want to learn more about the actors appearing in this series, read ahead. Here are the cast members of the historical drama TV series Leonardo.
Aidan Turner plays the titular Leonardo da Vinci in the historical drama series Leonardo. Turner is best known for his role as Kili in the Peter Jackson franchise The Hobbit, a role he played from 2012 to 2014. He also played Ross Poldark in The Poldark Novels and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics. On film, he recently appeared in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, as well as Love is Blind. He is set to appear in an upcoming movie titled The Way of the Wind, which retells the story of Jesus.
Matilda De Angelis
Matilda De Angelis plays Caterina da Cremona, a friend of Leonardo’s, in Leonardo. An Italian actress, De Angelis, has appeared in movies such as Italian Race and Rose Island. On TV, she also appeared in the miniseries The Undoing. Most recently, she’s been involved in the movie Across the River and into the Trees. Aside from acting, De Angelis is also a singer.
James D’Arcy plays the role of Ludovico Sforza, a duke who ruled Milan. Most people would recognize him as Howard Stark’s butler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series Agent Carter. He also appeared in the Christopher Nolan movie Dunkirk. Aside from Leonardo, D’Arcy is also currently involved in the filming of Oppenheimer, a movie about the famed physicist and father of the atomic bomb J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Alessandro Sperduti portrays Tommaso Masini, Leonardo’s assistant, in Leonardo. The Italian actor has primarily appeared in Italy-based projects, which include Greenery Will Bloom Again and The Music of Silence. In 2018, he portrayed Cassius in the American film Paul, Apostle of Christ.
Robin Renucci plays Piero da Vinci, Leonardo’s father. Renucci is a French actor, having performed in projects like Comedy of Power, Arsene Lupin, and Dolce Fine Giornata.
Andrew Knot plays Alfonso in Leonardo. His past work includes Gavin & Stacey and The Secret Garden.
Gabriel Lo Guidice
Gabriel Lo Guidice plays Marco, another of Leonardo’s assistants. According to his IMDb, he’s appeared in Atlanta, Il signor Diavolo, and Bad Habits Die Hard. “He founded London-based production company Pinzutu Films, and his films as a producer include Enjoy (2021), which premiered at Tribeca Festival and won Best UK Short at Raindance, and Vert (2019), winner of the Special Jury Award at SXSW.”
Josafat Vagni portrays Guilo in Leonardo. He’s worked in Mondocane, Tell No One, and A.C.A.B – All Cops Are Bastards.
Other cast members
Other actors who appear in Leonardo include Massimo De Santis, Giancarlo Giannini, Freddie Highmore, Carlos Cuevas, Giovanni Scifoni, Max Bennett, Claudo Castrogiovanni, and Antonio De Matteo. Actors appearing in recurring roles include Flavio Parenti, Sergio Albelli, Poppy Gilbert, Miriam Dalmazio, Edan Hayhurst, Corrado Invernizz, Davide Iacopini, Maria Vera Ratti, and Pierpaolo Spollon.Freddie Highmore
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