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1715. The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by a few dozen of the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among them is Captain Flint. But as the British Navy returns to these waters, and the threat of extinction looms, another side of Flint emerges. A man driven by deep, complicated, even romantic motives. He will ally himself with the beautiful Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who turns the pirates’ loot into profits. Together, they forge a plan to hunt the ultimate prize, and by winning it, stave off reclamation of their home by a resurgent empire. Arrayed against them are a series of opponents: rival captains, jealous of Flint's power; Eleanor's father, whose ambitions for the island conflict with his daughter’s; and a young sailor, recently recruited onto Flint's crew, who will somehow manage to constantly undermine his captain’s agenda. His name is John Silver.

Luke Arnold - John Silver

A lowly sailor turned pirate recruit, John Silver is a born opportunist. He insinuates himself into the crew of Captain Flint while secretly possessing the "schedule" Flint so dearly wants.

A staunch individualist, Silver resents authority of any kind, a quality that brings him into direct conflict with Flint, even as events conspire to make them reluctant partners in the quest to take the Treasure Fleet.

Actor Trivia

  • Reminds you of….? The late Michael Hutchence. Played him in "Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS" (2014)
  • Aged 18 he worked as the assistant to the swordmaster on "Peter Pan" (2003) with the stunt team from "The Matrix" (1999)
  • Unlike many Australian actors before him, Luke has never appeared on either "Home and Away" or "Neighbours"
Tom Hopper - Billy Bones

Boatswain of the pirate ship Walrus, Billy is key to smooth operations on the Walrus, and is widely assumed to be the next quartermaster should anything happen to Gates.

Billy's belief in the righteousness of the pirate cause will be continually tested as he's drawn deeper and deeper into Flint's plans for the future.

Actor Trivia

  • Best mates with band McFly
  • Starred as Sir Percival in BBC’s "Meriln"
  • Not to be confused with disgraced ex-Leicester City FC player of the same name
Mark Ryan - Gates

The Walrus' Quartermaster, elected representative of the crew's interests and a check on the power of the ship's captain.

Gates is by far the most senior member of the crew; he is loyal to Flint to a fault and is very much aware he's playing a younger man's game.

Actor Trivia

  • Worked with Black Sails Exec Prod Michael Bay on "Transformers" (2007) as the voice of Bumblebee
  • Former Member of the British Army’s Intelligence Corps & Licensed as a private investigator in the US
  • Trained Keira Knightley and Clive Owen in sword fighting for "King Arthur" (2004)
Toby Stephens - Flint

Flint is the Captain of the pirate ship Walrus, and known throughout the West Indies as being the most feared of all the Golden Age pirates.

His charisma masks a deep, simmering rage, and a propensity towards breathtaking violence. In order to hold off the British and Spanish forces he'll make himself ruler of Nassau through any mean necessary.

Actor Trivia

  1. Played villain Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" (2002)
  2. Youngest actor to ever play a James Bond villian
  3. Son of actress Dame Maggie Smith and the late Sir Robert Stephens
  4. Obsessed with "Star Trek" and thinks "The Clangers" are creepy
Clara Paget - Anne Bonny

Beautiful but cold-blooded, Bonny is Rackham's lover, and Vane's deadliest henchman.

Her youthful looks mask a borderline psychopathic personality.

Actor Trivia

  1. Clara is the daughter of the 8th Marquess of Anglesey and her full title is Lady Clara Elizabeth Iris Paget
  2. Started modelling after being talent spotted at a fancy dress party and is mates with Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse
Toby Schmitz - Jack Rackham

Quartermaster on the pirate ship Ranger.

Rackham is the brains behind Vane's brawn, and in some ways even more dangerous.

Actor Trivia

  1. Award-winning playwright and 2004 Recipient of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre/New Dramatists Award for "Chicks Will Dig You"
  2. Once broke character during a live performance of "Hamlet" to say gesundheit to an audience member who had sneezed in the middle of "To be or not to be"
  3. Starred in the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks produced miniseries "The Pacific"
Zach McGowan - Charles Vane

The next great pirate captain on New Providence Island.

Known as much for his vicious temper as his tremendous financial success.

Actor Trivia

  1. Has done voice over work for multiple video games including "Resident Evil 6", "Iron Man" & "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier"
  2. Starred in "Terminator Salvation", "Dracula Untold" and "CSI: Miami"
  3. The role of Charles Vane in Black Sails called for an English Actor. Being an American, Zach put on an English accent during auditions little to knowledge of the casting directors. It wasn't until later that they discovered Zach had been faking the accent, but by that stage they were so impressed with his performance that they chose him for the role.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim - Mr Scott

Eleanor Guthrie's right-hand. Formerly Richard Guthrie's house slave.

His loyalties will be put to the test as Eleanor allies herself more closely with Flint.

Actor Trivia

  • An impressive list of credits including "Gotham", "Hotel Rwanda", "Lost", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
  • Bungee jumped from the top of Table Mountain in South Africa
  • Delivered his youngest daughter at home on his own sofa in the living room
  • Loves going to the gym and doing yoga
Jessica Parker Kennedy - Max

Seductive, cunning, and coolheaded, Max works as a prostitute in the brothel.

In Eleanor Guthrie, she's found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanor's begin to conflict, their relationship, and Max's well-being, take a dark turn for the worse...

Actor Trivia

  • Jessica grew up in Canada speaking English and French which helped with the accent for Max
  • Wore a merkin (pubic wig) for filming to stay true to the style of the 18th century
  • Swam with sharks whilst filming in South Africa
  • Jessica has played a witch, an elf and a supervillain 
Hannah New - Eleanor Guthrie

Beautiful and determined, Eleanor is the daughter of Richard Guthrie, the wealthiest black marketer in the Bahamas and the chief fence/ supplier for the many pirate crews of New Providence.

Left by her father to oversee all his dealings with the pirates in Nassau, she owns and operates the tavern on Nassau's main street. Eleanor wields considerable influence, leading her to form a pact with Flint that will either bring her dream of complete independence to fruition, or doom it entirely.

Actor Trivia

  1. Was a Disney Princess, with Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent" (2014)
  2. Has a BA Hons in English and Spanish and an MA in Acting from the Central School of Speech and Drama
  3. Hannah climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for a school for orphans in Cape Town
  4. Wouldn’t make a good pirate because she gets terribly seasick
Tadhg Murphy - Ned Low

Psychotic and fearless, Ned Low is determined to assert his power over Nassau.

Ned is new breed of pirate, one that will get what he wants, regardless of the bloody consequences. 

Actor Trivia

  1. Tadhg Murphy is from Dublin, Ireland 
  2. Starred as Arne in HISTORY'S "Vikings"
  3. Performed and toured in several plays, including "Dublin by Damplight"
Meganne Young - Abigail Ashe

Abigail is the daughter of Peter Ashe, and is held captive by Ned Lowe.

A victim of circumstances, her life is changed forever upon her arrival of Nassau. 

Actor Trivia
  1. Abigail works between Los Angeles and Cape Town
  2. She starred in "Saints and Strangers" as Priscilla Mullins 
Nick Borraine - Peter Ashe

An old friend of Thomas Hamilton, he is set on destroying piracy.

A very wealthy man, he is a peer of the Realm and Governor of His Majesty’s Colony of Carolina. Father to Abigail Ashe, their family wealth makes them both targets of pirates. 

Actor Trivia

  • Nick is a South African actor
  • His film credits include "District 9" and "Promised Land"
Louise Barnes - Miranda Barlow

A widower, Miranda Barlow is one of the few that truly knows what drives Captain Flint.

Miranda becomes a confidant and lover to several key characters, all while maintaining a certain air of mystery. 

Actor Trivia

  1. Louise Barnes is a South African actress
  2. Her television credits include "The Sinking of Laconia" and "Jozi-H"
Rupert Penry-Jones - Thomas Hamilton

The deceased husband of Miranda Barlow, Thomas was an influential anti-piracy Aristocrat.

Thomas was unfaithful to his wife - as was she. The little we find out about him, reveals much about Captain Flint. 

Actor Trivia 
  1. Rupert is an English actor
  2. His television credits include "Spooks," "Whitechapel" and "Silk"
Sean Cameron Michael - Richard Guthrie

Once the richest black marketer in the Bahamas, Richard is now a fugitive.

Living in hiding within a farm in Nassau, he is determined to escape the island unnoticed by any means possible. 

Actor Trivia

  1. Sean is a South African actor, writer and singer
  2. His television work include "Of Kings and Prophets" and "When We Were Black"
Black Sails Series 3

Episode 1

Flint and his crew wage war against the world. Eleanor receives an offer of clemency. Vane objects to Rackham's methods. One of Nassau's most notorious returns.

Episode 2

The Walrus crew battles the elements. Teach and Rackham have a disagreement. Rogers and Eleanor set terms for their partnership. Bonny fears for her future with Max.

Episode 3

Stranded at sea, Flint pushes Silver to his limit. As Nassau prepares to repel an invasion, Rackham takes the reins, while Max gets her house in order. To stave off defeat, Vane makes a difficult choice.

Episode 4

Civilization returns to Nassau, and sets its sights on Vane. Flint, Silver and Billy encounter a new enemy. Rackham takes a stand against his crew. Scott finds his place in the new regime.

Episode 5

Facing certain death, Silver pushes Flint to take action. Teach shows Vane a way forward. A new threat puts Eleanor and Rogers on notice. Max makes her play.

Episode 6

Flint challenges Teach over the future of piracy. Rogers makes an arrest. Rackham finds new purpose. Madi comes to Silver's aid.

Episode 7

Flint and Silver return to Nassau, and a legend is born. A change in terms put Rackham and Bonny in jeopardy. Vane's mission evolves. Eleanor confides in Rogers.

Episode 8

Rogers comes under attack while moving a prisoner. Violence erupts on the Walrus. Silver and Madi are put to a test. Billy sees a new role for himself in the coming battle.

Episode 9

Eleanor puts everything on the line to save Rogers. Billy recruits allies. Flint and Silver prepare for war.

Episode 10

Rogers and his forces come for the pirates. Rackham and Bonny face impossible odds. Silver demands answers from Flint. Billy crowns a king.

Black Sails Series 2

Episode 1
Flint and Silver face judgment before the crew. Vane enjoys his new position on the island. Max confronts Bonny. Eleanor faces a new threat.

Episode 2
Flint gives Dufresne some advice. Silver must make himself indispensable. Eleanor is asked to depose a captain. Rackham gets ambitious.

Episode 3
Flint faces a dilemma upon his return to Nassau. Eleanor needs help from an unlikely source. Rackham seeks to repair his reputation. Vane uncovers an unexpected prize.

Episode 4
Flint threatens Vane. Eleanor chooses a side. Rackham learns what Max is capable of. Silver reunites with an old friend.

Episode 5
Miranda embarks on a journey to save the island. Eleanor opens old wounds. Rackham sniffs around a big secret. Vane must take matters into his own hands.

Episode 6
Eleanor brokers a peace. Rackham learns the hard way. Flint breaks a promise. Bonny loses control.

Episode 7
Max cleans up after a massacre. News from the outside world changes everything for Flint and Silver. Eleanor risks her life for the sake of her future. Bonny faces a crossroads. Dufresne pushes Billy to act.

Episode 8
Flint and Miranda prepare for the worst. Silver has his eyes opened. Eleanor discovers Max’s secret. Vane makes his move.

Episode 9
Flint and Miranda confront their past. Bonny declares her intents to Rackham. Vane takes a massive prize. Eleanor declares war.

Episode 10
An unlikely ally comes to Flint’s aid. Vane’s crew wants a change. Silver makes a sacrifice.

Black Sails Series 1

Episode 1
After a run of short hauls, the once powerful Captain Flint faces mutiny by his own crew. John Silver joins Flint's pirate ship, hiding something of great value from his captain. On the island of New Providence, Eleanor Guthrie keeps order in the face of a resurgent Royal Navy.

Episode 2
Captain Flint unmasks a thief on his crew whilst Jack Rackham chases a score over Captain Vane's objection. Meanwhile John Silver hides with Max in the brothel whilst Eleanor faces an impossible choice.

Episode 3
Captain Flint and Gates seek a partner to hunt the Urca d'Lima whilst John Silver helps Billy Bones with a morale problem. Meanwhile, Captain Vane manages to impress Eleanor by being reasonable...for once.

Episode 4
An undertaking by The Walrus crew ends in disaster whilst John Silver warns Captain Flint about Billy Bones. Meanwhile, Jack Rackham and Bonny try to regain their livelihood whilst a haunting figure from Vane's past pays a visit. 

Episode 5
Captain Flint and "The Walrus" crew play a deadly chess match on the open seas whilst Richard forces Eleanor’s hand. Meanwhile, Jack Rackham decides to make a career change.

Episode 6
The costs of chasing the Andromache continue to mount up. Meanwhhile, Eleanor needs John Silver’s help whilst Billy Bones wants Gates to confront Captain Flint about his lies.

Episode 7
Captain Flint finally tells Gates the truth whilst Randall puts John Silver in a bind. Meanwhile, Eleanor suffers a loss and Captain Vane enters the fight of his life. 

Episode 8
In this epic finale everything changes for Eleanor whilst the hunt for the Urca is on. Meanwhile, Bonny and Jack Rackham’s sins come back to haunt them.