Who is in the cast of The Good Lord Bird?

THE GOOD LORD BIRD is a brand-new series airing on Sky but who is in the cast of the American historical drama?

PUBLISHED: 15:10, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:34, Wed, Nov 25, 2020

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Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride, The Good Lord Bird is a miniseries following abolitionist John Brown (played by Ethan Hawke) as he tries to spark a slave revolt in the 1800s. The Good Lord Bird recounts a real-life story about the Brown, along with a crew, devoutly believed he was called upon by god to end slavery. The drama – which has already aired on American network Showtime earlier this year before arriving on Sky – has a stellar cast.

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Who is in the cast of The Good Lord Bird? John Brown - Ethan Hawke

Oscar-nominated actor and director Ethan Hawke takes on the role of abolitionist John Brown, who will stop at nothing to bring about the end of slavery in the USA.

While his plan to trigger a slave revolt in 1859 at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia failed, Brown’s actions led to the start of the American Civil War which eventually ended slavery.

As well as taking on the lead in The Good Lord bird, Hawke served as an executive producer on the show.

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Hawke is no stranger to screens with his biggest roles including Training Day, the Richard Linklater trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

READ MORE: The Good Lord Bird release date: How many episodes are there?

The Good Lord Bird is based on the 2013 novel of the same nameThe Good Lord Bird is based on the 2013 novel of the same name (Image: SKY)

The Good Lord Bird stars Ethan HawkeThe Good Lord Bird stars Ethan Hawke (Image: SKY)

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Frederick Douglass - Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs is real-life abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who became the leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.

Douglass is known for his eloquent and erudite speeches and writing about anti-slavery.

In the series, he is opposed to Brown’s more violent methods to end slavery which leads him to decline an invitation on the raid on Harpers Ferry.

Diggs is not only an actor but also a singer, producer and writer, who is perhaps known to audiences for roles in Snowpiercer, Central Park, Hamilton, and Black-ish among other parts.

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