A fantastic yet underrated British comedy film, The Full Monty centers around Sheffield man Gaz, played by Robert Carlyle, who had lost his job after the steel factory he worked at closed, and learns that his wife is planning on suing him for his missed child support payments.
Desperate to get some money, Gaz and his mate Dave, played by Mark Addy, are inspired by a Chippendale show to start their own male strip-tease act. They get four other men to join, including their old foreman, played by Tom Wilkinson, and a security guard played by Steve Huison. They’re sure that the show will succeed as they’re planning to do “the Full Monty” which is to go completely naked.
Everybody remembers the iconic post office scene where they start to dance to the song “Hot Stuff” while queuing for their dole money.
Mark Addy as Dave
Mark Addy was already known for his work on The Thin Blue Line, and played Dave, who was far less confident about getting his clothes off.
He performed opposite Heath Ledger in 2001’s medieval comedy A Knight’s Tale, and has recently worked on the CBS show Still Standing and played King Robert Baratheon on HBO’s Game of Thrones
Steve Huison as Lomper
Lomper became part of the group after a failed attempt to die in his car, unable to deal with the idea of living off the state for the rest of his life now the steelworks had closed.
Huison has been on a variety of TV shows, including Dinnerladies and The Royle Family. In 2008 he was part of the ITV hospital drama The Royal Today, which was a spin off of the The Royal, which is a popular Sunday night drama. He played Eddie Windass in Corination street from 2008 to 2011, and briefly had a role in the CBBC series 4 O’Clock Club.
William Snape as Nathan
Nathan was Gaz’s son, who was not on board with his dad’s scheme to make money. William Snape is now in his thirties, and has had various roles in Holby City, Emmerdale and Heartbeat.
Tom Wilkinson as Gerald
Playing the ex-foreman of the steelworks, Wilkinson has gone on to bigger film, with roles in Shakespeare in Love, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
He even won a Golden Globe for the US mini-series John Adams, in which he played Benjamin Franklin. He has four films coming out in 2017, including the Rupert Everett directed The Happy Prince,where he’ll be acting alongside Emily Watson and Colin Firth.
Hugo Speer as Guy
While the character of Guy couldn’t dance, he was good looking enough that Gaz let him join.
Speer has continued acting, starring in TV dramas Bleak House, Midsomer Murders and The Musketeers. He’s also had film roles, including Vera and Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1.
Paul Barber as Horse
Best known for his role as Denzel in Only Fools and Horses, Barber has continued to act, recently acting in Death in Paradise and One Night in Istanbul. He also has a new film called Gloves Off, which is being released this year.