On Friday 26 June, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga finally hit Netflix. And over the weekend, fans have flocked to the streaming platform to get some much needed Eurovision fun in a year in which the actual contest was cancelled.
The film features a starry cast. You might recognise some faces instantly. But others may have left you scratching your head with a sense of deja vu.
Here’s a list of who’s in the Eurovision movie along with where you’ve seen them before.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga cast
Will Ferrell as Lars Erickssong
Lars Erickssong is one half of Fire Saga. He’s played by American actor and comedian Will Ferrell. Ferrel first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live before going on to star in Hollywood comedies such as Blades Of Glory, Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir
Sigrit Ericksdottir is one half of Fire Saga. She’s played by Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. McAdams is has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, including Mean Girls, The Notebook and Doctor Stange.
Dan Stevens as Alexander Lemtov
Alexander Lemtov is Russia’s Eurovision representative. He’s played by Dan Stevens, a British actor. Dan rose to fame playing Matthew Crawley in the early seasons of Downton Abbey. Since departing the period drama, he’s played the title character in the Legion TV series and Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast remake.
Pierce Brosnan as Erick Erickssong
Erick Erickssong is Lars’ father. He’s played by the Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan has starred in multiple TV series, including the 1980s crime drama Remington Steele. He is probably best known for playing James Bond, a role which he undertook on four occasions. He’s also appeared in both Mamma Mia! movies.
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Demi Lovato as Katiana Lindsdóttir
Katiana Lindsdóttir is an Icelandic popstar and the favourite to win the country’s selection for Eurovision. She’s played by Demi Lovato, an American singer and actress. Demi started out in the pre-school show Barney And Friends, progressing on to Disney productions like Sonny With A Chance and Camp Rock. However, she’s arguably better known as a multi-platinum selling popstar. Her hits include “Skyscraper”, “Heart Attack”, “Cool For The Summer”, “Sorry Not Sorry”, “Échame la Culpa” and “Solo”.
Salvador Sobral as a busker
Salvador Sobral won Eurovision for Portugal in 2017. In the movie, he can be heard playing his winning song “Amar pelos dois” on the streets of Edinburgh.
Loreen as herself
Loreen Talhaoui won Eurovision for Sweden in 2012. Her winning song “Euphoria” is the most commercially successful Eurovision entry of recent years. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance”.
Jamala as herself
Jamala won Eurovision for Ukraine in 2016 with “1944”. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Alexander Rybak as himself
Alexander Rybak won Eurovision for Norway in 2009 with “Fairytale”. He takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Tom Neuwirth as Conchita Wurst
Conchita Wurst is the drag queen persona of Tom Neuwirth. She won Eurovision for Austria in 2014 with “Rise Like A Phoenix”. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Netta as herself
Netta Barzilai won Eurovision for Israel in 2018 with “Toy”. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Elina Nechayeva as herself
Elina Nechayeva represented Estonia at Eurovision 2018 with “La Forza” and finished eight. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
John Lundvik as himself
John Lundvik represented Sweden at Eurovision 2019 with “Too Late For Love” and finished fifth. He takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Bilal Hassani as himself
Bilal Hassani represented France at Eurovision 2019 with “Roi” and finished 16th. He takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Anna Odobescu as herself
Anna Odobescu represented Moldova at Eurovision 2019 with “Stay”, but failed to reach the final. She takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Jessy Matador as himself
Jessy Matador represented France at Eurovision 2010 with “Allez Ola Olé” and finished 12th. He takes part in the “Song-A-Long” performance.
Mikael Persbrandt as Victor Karlosson
Victor Karlosson is the governor of the Central Bank of Iceland who has an unusual amount of sway when it comes to selecting the country’s Eurovision act. He’s played by Mikael Persbrandt, a Swedish actor. Persbandt has starred in multiple Beck films as well as two movies in the The Hobbit series. Netflix viewers should recognise him as Gillian Anderson’s love interest Jakub in Sex Education.
Graham Norton as himself
Graham Norton plays himself. He is an Irish-born British TV host. He is best known for providing BBC’s Eurovision commentary and presenting his eponymous chat show. Other credits include a judging role on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and hosting the BAFTAs. He’s also dabbled in acting, most famously appearing as Father Noel Furlong in Father Ted.
Jamie Demetriou as Kevin Swain
Kevin Swain is a much-in-demand creative director hired by the Icelandic delegation to look after Fire Saga’s stage show. He’s played by Jamie Demetriou, an English-Cypriot comedian and actor. He’s starred in several TV shows including Stath Lets Flats, Fleabag and Drunk History. Natasia Demetriou (Nina) is his sister.
Natasia Demetriou as Nina
Nina is the no-nonsense choreographer who tries to teach Fire Saga their moves during rehearsals. She’s played by Natasia Demetriou, an English-Cypriot comedian and actress. She has guested on numerous British panel shows and starred in sitcoms like Stath Lets Flats and What We Do In The Shadows. Netflix viewers may recognise her as a co-host of The Big Flower Fight. Jamie Demetriou (Kevin Swain) is her brother.
Jon Kortajarena as Coran Vladvitch
Coran Vladvitch is one of the Eurovision co-hosts. He’s played by Jon Krotajarena, a Spanish model and actor. Jon most high-profile film role to date was in A Single Man. He’s also made cameos in music videos for Madonna (“Girl Gone Wild” and “Bitch I’m Madonna”) and Fergie (“M.I.L.F.$”).
Melissanthi Mahut as Mita Xenakis
Mita Xenakis is the Greek Eurovision representative. She’s played by Melissanthi Mahut, a Greek-Canadian actress. Prior to Fire Saga, Mahut is best known for voicing Kassandra in the Assassin’s Creed video game series.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Neils Brongus
Neils Brongus is the president of Iceland’s public TV station RÚV. He’s played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, an American born Icelandic actor, producer and screenwriter. He has appeared in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Skender) and Netflix’s Murder Mystery (Sergei the bodyguard).
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Arnar
Arnar is the local police officer in Sigrit and Lars’ hometown. He’s played by Icelandic actor Björn Hlynur Haraldsson. Björn has appeared in shows such as Fortitude and Neflix’s The Witcher.
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Johans
Johans hosts Iceland’s Eurovision selection. He’s played by Icelandic actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, an Icelandic actor. He played Lem Lemlock on Game Of Thrones. Other credits include Atomic Blonde and Netflix’s The Innocents.
Alfrun Rose as Anna
Anna works with Icelandic TV. She’s played by Icelandic actress Alfrun Rose. She’s appeared as a witch in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and voiced Alemet in Final Fantasy XIV.
Molly Sandén as Sigrit Ericksdottir (singing voice)
Credited as My Marianne, Swedish popstar Molly Sandén provides Sigrit’s vocals during the musical numbers. Sandén has close ties to Eurovision, singing for Sweden at Junior Eurovision in 2006. She subsequently competed at Melodifestivalen — Sweden’s Eurovision selection show — in 2009, 2012 and 2016. Her best result was fifth place. She has over a dozen top 40 singles to her name, the highest-charting being “Rosa himmel”, taken from the soundtrack of another Netflix production, Störst av allt.
William Lee Adams as himself
Our William plays himself. However, rather than commenting from the press room he’s up in the TV commentary booths with the likes of Graham Norton. Of course, William is the editor-in-chief of wiwibloggs. He’s also a news presenter at the BBC World Service. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, Billboard, Time and elsewhere.
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? SURPRISE! ? Last summer director David Dobkin, funnyman Will Ferrell and writer Andrew Steele very kindly invited me to appear as myself in the #Netflix #EurovisionMovie ? ? They were so lovely and kind and encouraging — it was a total pleasure taking part and flying the #Wiwibloggs banner?? We didn’t have #Eurovision this year, but the movie is a silly, heartfelt burst of sunshine which we could all use right now??? Vlog coming this weekend to @wiwibloggs. And don’t worry: There are no spoilers in this gallery ?? @netflix @netflixuk @netflixisajoke #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2020 #willferrell #daviddobkin