One of the main roles in the first act is Władysław Szpilman’s brother Henryk, played by English actor Ed Stoppard. Henryk is portrayed as incredibly cynical and displays a dark sense of humor. During the German occupation, Henryk retaliates against the Nazi occupation with small acts of non-violent resistance, and at one point he is kidnapped by the Nazis along with his sister Helena. Eventually, Henryk is taken to the extermination camp, where he presumably died.
For Stoppard, “The Pianist” was one of the first major roles of his career. He was nominated for the Polish Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Stoppard has worked since The Pianist with roles on The Princess, Judy and Youth. He can currently be seen on UK TV show The Undeclared War and has an untitled role in Golda, the upcoming 2023 biopic about Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, starring Helen Mirren.
Stoppard’s father Tom is an incredibly famous playwright and Stoppard said in an interview with The Guardian that he has struggled to live up to his father’s fame. Both Ed and Tom are Jewish, and in 2021 Ed starred in a play entitled Leopoldstadt, written by his father and loosely based on his family’s experiences in the first half of the 20th century.
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