Familiar Faces on KAMU

Star Spotting on KAMU-TV

“Game of Thrones,” “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” are all well-known television shows with incredible casts. But did you know your favorite actor from one of those series may also appear on KAMU?

With so many exciting dramas and notable performances on our channel, we decided to highlight a few faces you may recognize. Learn more about some of our favorite…

Star Performances
Ensemble Casts
Honorable Mentions

Many of these shows are available to stream now on KAMU Passport.

Star Performances

Nolly | Masterpiece | Official Site | PBS

Helena Bonham Carter: Nolly

One of KAMU’s newest dramas features one renowned leading lady depicting another. Carter is best known for her portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange in “Harry Potter,” but you may also recognize her from her appearances in “Fight Club,” “The King’s Speech” or various Tim Burton films.

In “Nolly,” Helena Bonham Carter portrays the British acting icon Noele “Nolly” Gordon. Once loved for her witty comedy that stole the spotlight of 1960s and ’70s television, Nolly’s eventual firing from her hit show left viewers with unanswered questions. In this bold and adventurous limited series, Helena Bonham Carter helps tell the story of an actress who refused to play by the rules.

“Nolly” airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. through March 31. After its conclusion, you can watch all three episodes on KAMU Passport at any time.

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Anya Taylor-Joy: The Miniaturist

Anya Taylor-Joy has quickly risen to movie screens across the world. Known for her portrayal of brooding and mysterious characters, she achieved her breakout role as Casey Cooke in “Split.” After its release in 2016, Taylor-Joy has starred in films such as the horror-thriller “The Menu,” as lead of the 2020 Jane Austen adaptation “Emma,” and, most notably, Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit.”

“The Miniaturist” is a three-part limited mystery series that tells the story of Nella Oortman, played by Taylor-Joy. After arriving in Amsterdam to greet her new husband, Nella is gifted a small box with a miniature figure of her own home. As events in her real life start to play out within the small wooden house, Nella starts to wonder if the fate of her life is left in someone else’s hands.

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World on Fire: Interview with Gregg Sulkin

Gregg Sulkin: World on Fire

Many may know him from his breakout role as Mason in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” but Gregg Sulkin has made his way to KAMU’s programming schedule as David in “World on Fire.”

This World War II drama pulls viewers into the everyday lives of individuals from all over the world. Sulkin’s character is a member of the Royal Air Force who is known for his arrogant demeanor. As the war continues, David volunteers to fly a reconnaissance mission over Germany and is confronted with a sticky fate.

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Intriguing Facts About Tom Jones Star Hannah Waddingham

Hannah Waddingham: Tom Jones

Hannah Waddingham is a leading lady who has dominated television screens for the past decade. Known for her powerful acting and incredible singing voice, Waddingham has starred in several recognizable series such as “Game of Thrones” and “Ted Lasso.”

In a lighthearted romance based on “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling” by Henry Fielding, Waddingham plays Lady Bellaston. As the love story between the two main characters, Tom and Sophia, deepens, watch as Lady Bellaston’s cunning ways attempt to break the growing bond between them.

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Sean Bean: Marriage

Another recognizable face from the “Game of Thrones” kingdom of Westeros is Sean Bean, who is widely known for playing Ned Stark in the first season of the hit show. Aside from his time spent as the head of House Stark, Bean can be seen as Boromir in “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and as Alec Tevelyan in 007’s “GoldenEye.”

In a heartfelt, four-part series, Bean plays Ian: an average man who navigates his marriage with his wife, Emma. Each episode captures an intimate look into the hardship and happiness of a long-term relationship.

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Around the World in 80 Days | Masterpiece | Official Site | PBS

David Tennant: Around the World in 80 Days

British actor David Tennant has spent many years on popular television, including on our screens here at KAMU. Tennant is most notably known for his time as the iconic Doctor Who from 2005-2010. Since then, he has starred in many well-known dramas such as “Good Omens,” Star Wars “Ahsoka” and “Broadchurch” (also on KAMU Passport).

In the “MASTERPIECE” drama “Around the World in 80 Days,” Tennant plays the lead character, Phileas Fogg. Joined by an eccentric group of fellow travelers, Fogg embarks on his mission of circumnavigating the globe in this eight-part miniseries.

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Ensemble Casts

Les Misérables | Les Misérables Cast & Characters: Who's Who | Masterpiece | Official Site | PBS

Les Misérables

Many “MASTERPIECE” series are known for their ensemble casts, and this adaptation of “Les Misérables” is no different.

In a modern retelling of this well-known story, Dominic West (“The Crown”) and David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Jack Reacher”) portray the feuding duo of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. The supporting cast includes a seemingly endless list of recognizable faces, such as Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris,” “The Blind Side”) as Fantine, Olivia Coleman (“The Favourite,” “Broadchurch”) as Madame Thenardier, Josh O’Connor (“The Crown,” “Emma”) as Marius Pontmercy and so many more.

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Little Women

Another stellar cast joins together in “Little Women.” In 2017, “MASTERPIECE” welcomed actors young and old to retell the story of the March sisters in its own way.

The beloved sisters are portrayed by rising young actresses such as Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”) as Jo and Kathryn Newton (“Ant-Man”) as Amy. Jonah Hauer-King, another “World on Fire” heartthrob, plays Theodore “Laurie” Lawrence alongside Julian Morris (“New Girl,” “Pretty Little Liars”) as John Brooke. And last, but certainly not least, two acting royalty come together to portray the guiding hands of the story, with Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”) as Mr. Lawrence and Angela Lansbury (“Murder, She Wrote”) as Aunt March.

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Honorable Mentions

KAMU strives to bring new, exciting and educational programs to your television screens. Here are just a few more familiar faces we enjoy seeing on our schedule:

Colin Padalecki from Surfaces playing guitar on his couch

Colin Padalecki: Texas A&M Today

The KAMU original program “Texas A&M Today” wrapped up its second season last fall. With new research and exciting stories to explore, we enjoyed showcasing familiar local faces so our viewers could get to know them just a little bit better.

One of the most exciting people we got to highlight in Season 2 was Colin Padalecki, half of the pop duo Surfaces. The KAMU production team got to travel and meet with Padalecki to learn more about his journey as a musician and former Texas A&M student.

You can watch Padalecki in the “Texas A&M Today” segment “The History and Future of Aggieland’s Music Scene,” or stream all episodes on PBS.org or our YouTube channel anytime.

Elmo on X: "Thank you for visiting Sesame Street, Ms. Quinta Brunson! Everybody had so much fun. Elmo loves you! ❤️ https://t.co/Ltq5fjdkOG" / X

A Collection of Guests on Sesame Street

You can watch one of the oldest and most cherished PBS KIDS programs on KAMU every day at 7 a.m. Each episode of “Sesame Street” features some of television’s most loved characters as they teach young learners valuable life lessons.

As Season 53 continues, many famous figures join Elmo, Cookie Monster and the “Sesame Street” crew. This list includes Brandi Carlile, Quinta Brunson, Ariana Debose, Dan Levy and more.

Learn more about the history of “Sesame Street” and its 53rd season in this article.

Stream “Sesame Street” and your other favorite PBS KIDS programs for free at any time on PBSKIDS.org. Or check out our PBS KIDS TV schedule to watch live.

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