Roland is a coarse Knight who loves power and is ruthless and stubborn. Queen Isabella appoints him Earl of Shiring and tax collector of Kingsbridge. He greatly prospers under Isabella and later
Edward III. Roland used to have a strong affection for Petranilla but marries the unfaithful Margery.
Played by: Peter Firth
Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Peter Firth has performed in an enormous number of film, television and theatre productions.
Firth drew critical acclaim as well as an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe® award for his riveting performance in Sidney Lumet's Equus. Other film credits include Hawking for BBC, Pearl Harbor, directed by Michael Bay for Touchstone Pictures, Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg, Shadowlands, directed by Richard Attenborough and The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery and directed by John McTiernan.
On television, Peter led a stellar cast for all nine seasons of the critically acclaimed series Spooks (MI5) for BBC. He has appeared in many other television productions including South Riding for BBC and Law & Order: SUV for NBC.
Amongst Firth's theatre credits are the Broadway production of Amadeus, directed by Peter Hall and Equus, directed by John Dexter for which Mr. Firth won the coveted Tony Award as Best Actor.