Some pics and bios

From imdb, with additions. * indicates cast members from other scripts. Some of the names in parentheses were names considered in other scripts. Names in italics are deceased.

Edward Woodward ... Sergeant Howie. David Hemmings was Hardy's first choice for Howie but he had other commitments. Michael York, the second. Woodward, the third. (His autograph) He returned to locations for the BBC in the late 90s for BBC Scotland's Ex:S and in the mid -2000s for The Culture Show.

Christopher Lee ... Lord Summerisle

Diane Cilento ... Miss Rose

Britt Ekland ... Willow

Ingrid Pitt ... Librarian (Her role as a librarian was cut out. She plays the registrar.)

Lindsay Kemp ... Alder MacGreagor (Willie Joss)

Russell Waters ... Harbour Master (John McGreagor? Kevin Collins?)*

Aubrey Morris ... Old Gardener / Gravedigger (John Young*)

Irene Sunters ... May Morrison (also as Irene Sunter) (Katie Gardener? Myra Forsyth?)*

Walter Carr ... School Master

Ian Campbell ... Oak (Bruno Elrerington was cast earlier in the cross-plot document.)

Leslie Blackater ... Hairdresser (Her speaking role was cut out but she does appear in the Director's Cut. Doris M Latchie)* She appears in the Landlord's Daughter and Gently Johnny scenes too, wearing a blue dress.

Roy Boyd ... Broome (His autograph) (Arthur Boldland? Bowlan?*) Broome is also listed as Onlooker in the cross-plot document.

Peter Brewis ... Musician (recorder, Jew's harp, harmonica, bass)

Barbara Rafferty ... Woman with Baby (as Barbara Ann Brown) (Young woman weaning baby)* That's her daughter Amy as the baby.

Juliet Cadzow ... Villager on Summerisle (as Juliette Cadzow) ("Juliet Cadzow is in a recent popular Scottish kids show. She is either in the hairdresser or the Gently Johnny scene , I forget." - Declan McCafferty, FB 10/30/14) (Her autograph)

Ross Campbell ... Communicant (Not in any finished version. Was scene shot?) He appears to be in the left front row of the mainland church scene, with a beard.

Penny Cluer ... Gillie (Speaking role was cut.)

Michael John Cole ... Musician (as Michael Cole)

Kevin Collins ... Old Fisherman (He was cast as Harbour Master earlier. John Mulvaney was cast as the Old Fisherman in the cross-plot document.)

Gerry Cowper ... Rowan Morrison (as Geraldine Cowper)

Ian Cutler ... Musician (fiddler)

Donald Eccles ... T.H. Lennox

Myra Forsyth ... Mrs. Grimmond (Cut but shot) (Helen Norman)*

John Hallam ... P.C. McTaggert (Peter Kelly) Hugh is his first name. (PC = Police constable)

Alison Hughes ... Fiancée to Howie

Charles Kearney ... Butcher (Ross Campbell)

Fiona Kennedy ... Holly (Jane Walker was cast earlier in the cross-plot document. Jane Morton)*

John MacGregor ... Baker (as John Macgregor) (one of the sword dancers*) (Roy Hanlon)*

Jimmy MacKenzie ... Briar (as Jimmy Mackenzie)

Lesley Mackie ... Daisy (also as Leslie Mackie) (Terry Cavers*)

Jennifer Martin ... Myrtle Morrison

Bernard Murray ... Musician (percussion, replaced on record by Michael Fry)

Helen Norman ... Villager on Summerisle (She opens the door, wearing red, asking Howie what he is doing during the search scene, according to Steve P's website.)

Lorraine Peters ... Girl on Grave, body double for Britt Ekland

Tony Roper ... Postman (Tom Cotcher was cast earlier in the cross-plot document and Ingrid Pitt script.)

John Sharp ... Doctor Ewan (Patrick Newell was cast earlier in the cross-plot document.)

Elizabeth Sinclair ... Villager on Summerisle (Where is she seen?)

Andrew Tompkins ... Musician (guitar)

Jan Wilson ... Communicant (Not in any version unless in background.) She appears to be in the left front row of the mainland church scene, sitting next to the man with the beard, Ross Campbell. She was also cast to be the Lady Publican in a scene cut from the Ingrid Pitt script.

Richard Wren  (Martin Black*) ... Ash Buchanan

John Young ... Fishmonger (One of the antler dancers*) (Brown Derby*)

S. Newton Anderson ... Landers (uncredited) (Who is Landers?)

Paul Giovanni ... Musician (uncredited) - wrote music and lyrics for most of the music and sings Gently Johnny

Gary Carpenter ... Musician (uncredited)

Robin Hardy ... Minister (uncredited)

Peter Shaffer - Punch stand-in (GC, AB), re-wrote many of the lyrics which Giovanni changed more, was Giovanni's boyfriend. Also sat in on the editing process early on as Anthony was inlvolved with the filming of Sleuth at the time.

Katie Gardener - Prostitute/whore (mainland scene that never got into the movie) 

Tony Sympson - piano player in the mainland pub (never got into the movie)

Touchwood - the goat in the Wicker Man

"Ringo" - nickname given to the beetle in the schoolroom scene

Jimmy Kirkpatrick - man who was supposed to jump off the bridge

The "cross-plot" document, in Brown's book, lists some others in various roles, including:

John Mulvaney? - Old Fisherman (and ? in Pitt script for Two Fishermen)*

Arthur Boland? - Surprised Man (Scene 110 which never made it into the movie.)

Publican/Lady Publican*

maid in restaurant (Juliet Cadzow, Terry Cavers, Lesley McCerte?)*

Alistair the Giant* (ended up as Oak)

Duggald. A small man*

Onlooker at bar* (explains wrestling in pub to Howie, see missing scene pic)*

Moultrie Kelsall - 1st Fisherman (from an early scene that never made it to the movie, spelled as Moultrice.)

Ian Robinson - 2nd Fisherman (from an early scene that never made it to the movie)

Bruce White - Old Fisherman (from scene 1-2, which never made it to the movie)

Muriel Greenslade - old woman in the library. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak). Others have thought it was a woman named Joyce (unknown last name) from Whithorn. The character also had its hand chopped off to be used in the Hand of Glory scene. (Other leads: Unknown name, ran a carpet shop on George St, (Isle of?) Whithorn.) (John Morton* was to play the old MAN in the library in the Pitt script. At some point it was changed to a woman.)

Elizabeth McAdam-Laughland - Owner of Isle Castle in Whithorn was an extra in these scenes: the parade, the courtyard and in the crowd that do the slow walk to the stones, in the “humming"  scene surrounding Howie and was at the burning too. Her bedroom was used for the scene of the dolls on a bed and 'still sit on her bed to this day.'


teenage couples on the green (participants of the orgy. I count 8 couples) - students from the Bristol Old Vic theater school - Hardy) (Beth Robens*)

fire dancers - Scottish National Ballet dancers (Commentary from DVD, Cinefantastique) or a small ballet school in Edinburgh? Fiona Kennedy (Holly) added on (LM) or students from Douglas Ewart High School? 12 seen in the film. Ingrid Pitt's original shooting script says they were the same girls seen in the schoolhouse. Only 11 are seen in that scene.

men in the bar of the Green Man: Mark Sunderland is in the grey sweater, the last one seated at the bar on the long side. Next to him is a friend who had not been selected as an extra but ended up in the film anyway. (Nuada #3) (The Call Sheet for the 11/15 shoot at the Ellangowan lists 3 young men and 3 young women as extra talent. One would be the friend of Mark Sunderland mentioned above.)

Half a dozen fishermen in the harbour - Plockton residents included Peter Geddes, Murdo Gillies (owner of Sannachan), Kenny John Mackenzie, Johnny “Bogles” MacRae and Tommy Ure (who was from Kyle).

Antler dancers* - appear to be 6 (Six antler dancers) (Amanda Sunderland's father* and her two uncles played 3 of them - Mark, Harry and Ian* Sunderland) (see interview) Paid £3.50 per day apparently! Don Boag is the man with the blue sweater and black glasses.

Tar Men (3 or 4 depending on the script you look at) Only one seen in the movie in the courtyard. (4 tar men*)

Sword dancers (half a dozen sword dancers*) (6 are seen in procession, one more added on the cliffs scene) - They came from the The King's Own Scottish Borderers in Edinburgh. The extra on the cliffs was probably not from there as he had a beard.

18* schoolboys on green round Maypole - 16 ended up being used all from the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart (Class 1c, 1d and 2d). Included Steve McHarg (age 14), Michael Conway, Garry Da Prato (age 13 or 14), Brian Marshall, Andy "Toot" Kilpatrick, Ian Paterson (Some of these names are from the "Douglas Ewart high school pupils past & present" Facebook page.) William Mc Gowan, William Lindsay (See also the wiki page for this.)

Twenty 13 year-old girls for Harvest Festival photographs (13 hired) - from the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart, class of 1976. Kathryn Soriani was a model but her pic was possibly not used and is not seen in the movie according to her. Wendy McLaughlan was used. Catherine McEwan was also possibly used. Shona Alexander - "I was an extra - had to stand about in Anwoth old cemetery wearing a thin white frock... Freezing in November! Think we were paid a fiver which was great money then." (Some info from the "Creetown Now and Then"and "Stranraer & District Memories" Facebook pages, others from a Wicker Man Facebook page.)

(For the photographs Howie looks at in the darkroom.)

A dozen islanders looking at the bone of an animal*

Half a down islanders throwing white stones into a fire*

Man in bull hide and four other men*

Elderly woman on ground wrapped in a blanket and a dozen onlookers.*

18 schoolgirls in classroom and at stones*. (11 are seen in the schoolhouse, 12 in the fire dance.) Same as the fire dancers? See that listing.

Kids carrying "death" out of the village - Drummore Primary School kids were used for this. Two groups were made. Only one made it into the film. That group had: Kirsty McColm (holding the baby doll), Gerald McSkimming (behind her), maybe 10 altogether? (probably = Half a dozen singing village children*)

The other group had: Fiona Downes, (more to come hopefully for each.) Also about 10 in it. They had the lines: "We carry life (or was it summer?) into the village."

Three Jacks-In-The-Green* - One is seen in the cart with Holly dressed as a hare in the procession

Musicians* (Hornpipes, Three-holed whistles, bagpipes, drums, fiddles, tambourines) - None are seen in the movie besides the bagpiper who is seen in the procession, courtyard and chop chop scenes. The above-mentioned musicians are also on the soundtrack. The brass band in the procession, courtyard and final scenes were from the Redford Infantry Barracks in Edinburgh, as were the sword dancers. They went on to form a band called Beirut after the movie.

Two old women and twelve year old child with hare mask* - In Ingrid Pitt's original script. 

Middle-aged man in a house* - In Ingrid Pitt's original script

 Three girls aged 10-13 in window of house* - In Ingrid Pitt's original script. Ended up as two: Fay Macaskill and Caroline Maclennan.

Mother of girls in window* - In Ingrid Pitt's original script

A dozen assorted householders with their masked children* - In Ingrid Pitt's original script

Half a dozen women in the hairdressing salon in front of basins

Two women in hairdressing shop under driers*

A very old woman* (Dead) John Morton, (Alive) Louise McLaren (The woman in the coffin was from Stranraer according to Olive Mcdonald, seamstress.)

A young man blowing a ram's horn* (Bruce White) (Broome does this in all versions)

Four male flambeaux carriers*

A crowd of about 100 male islanders* including: Jack Maltman (an art teacher at Douglas Ewart High School. He is the old man with glasses to the right of Howie seen in this shot. OM), Lewis Alexander (Aileen Lewis's (mentioned below) husband!) (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

A crowd of about 100 female islanders* including: Aileen Lewis (Her husband Lewis Alexander is also there.) (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

Young man on a horse seen in pan of Harbour St, Plockton after Howie lands.

Known Extras

Andy Bays - In the Green Man in a red shirt, procession, beach and cliffs in a purple shirt. Also in scene where Oak is wrestling in the Green Man but that scene isn't in any version. (See missing scenes pics.)

Amanda Sunderland's father Mark sat at the bar. (Also was an antler man as was her two uncles, Ian and Harry.)

Jim McDowell, from Creetown, driver for crew and equipment and in final scene. Was working at Corvisel Dairies. got taken to the Kirroughtree for a meal. Was in final scene but says he was cut out of other shorter versions (all versions have the same final scenes...) GG, 12/25/98

Many of the female staff at Lochinch were used as extras, including the chambermaid, assistant chambermaid, daytime cooks, stable girls and others. (Nuada #3, What the Butler Saw)

Frank Kirk - rowed boat carrying Howie ashore on mainland/in Stranraer (scene cut from movie but have still pic.)

Betty Dickson was in various crowd scenes and is seated in the hairdressing salon. Her husband was in the scene outside the courtyard and sat on the Tolbooth steps. (Additionally they shot his shadow but that was cut.) Her daughter was in the Chop Chop scene. (Nuada #1)

Rhoda Macleod - girl who falls out of the closet! (Shot in Plockton.)

Sandra Macdonald - woman at spinning wheel when Howie searches houses and sees the ship from her window. Her house was next to the "thatched cottage" off Cooper St. in Plockton.

Annie Findlay - the woman who looked of the window as Howie arrived. (Lived in Creetown.)

Alistair/Alisdair  Mackay and Iain Mackenzie in a cut or unshot scene in Plockton. Alistair played jews harp and Iain was riding his bike. (Mary Gollan, 3/13/17)

Martin Colerdige was head gardener/curator at Logan at the time and is seen tending a plant as Lord Summerisle and Howie walk behind him (in this shot.)

Fred Wood - congregant in the mainland church scene, has a beard, big ears and wearing a skinny tie. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

Pauline Chamberlain - congregant in the mainland church scene, the brunette on the right in the front row with shoulder length hair wearing a dress. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

George Oliver - congregant in the mainland church scene, He's the bearded and balding parishioner sitting next to the wall in the fourth pew. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

Mabel Etherington - congregant in the mainland church scene, She's the old woman with the white hair sitting in second pew. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

Tina Hart - woman in the yellow dress in the Green Man, sitting next to Oak. He also kisses her. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

Ian Selby - congregant. Very old balding guy wearing glasses in far back row left row. (Credit: Joe Wawrzyniak)

David Graham - blond next Mark Sunderland at bar during the Howie's first night there. (Credit: Billy Mc Gowan)


Ian Manners for Mr Woodward

Peter Cairnes for Mr Woodward

Helen Wallace for Miss Ekland

David Teather for Mr Lee

(Peter Shaffer for Punch)

Jane Jackson - "blocked" Willow's dance


Directed by Robin Hardy (Bio, another) He cameos as the minister in the mainland church scene.

Writing credits Anthony Shaffer (screenplay). He also does a cameo in the crowd scene by the cliffs and can be seen near the end where Howie says "They'll come looking for me." wearing a brown sport coat and green turtle-neck. (screencap) An article about him more than 25 years after the film came out.

Produced by Peter Snell

Original Music by Paul Giovanni (Also cameos singing Gently Johnny and as the villagers surround Howie on the cliffs. Screencap)

Cinematography by Harry Waxman (director of photography)

Film Editing by Eric Boyd-Perkins

Casting by Maggie Cartier

Art Direction by Seamus Flannery

Costume Design by Sue Yelland

Makeup Department

Jan Dorman .... hairdresser

W.T. Partleton .... make-up (as Billy Partleton)

John Weber (on Call Sheet 11/3 #1 as well as unit list) assistant makeup

2nd Assistant Director - David Munro

3rd Assistant Director - Victor Smith

Production Accountant - Ernie Shepherd

Cashier - Jack Hawtree

Projectionist - Denys Moore

Production Management

Mike Gowans .... unit manager

Ted Morley .... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jake Wright .... assistant director

Brian W. Cook .... second assistant director (uncredited)

Vic Smith .... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director (uncredited)

Keith Pain draughtsman

Ken Court Set Dresser

Sound Department

Robin Gregory .... sound mixer

Bob Jones .... sound

Vernon Messenger .... sound editor

Jack Davies Boom operator

Peter Myers sound camera operator

George Widdows Sound maintenance

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Allwork .... photography: second unit, cameraman/operator

Pat Davis - Focus (second unit)

John Brown .... still photographer aks stillsman

James Devis .... camera operator (as Jimmy Devis)

Mike Drew .... focus puller

Chris Pinnock .... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Ken Worringham .... clappers /loader

Roy Davidson Camera Grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Masada Wilmot .... wardrobe supervisor (Also did that on The Prisoner.)

Marina Drecker - assistant in the costume department, Call Sheet 11/3 #2). Signed her name as Marina Van-Okker for Raye Brown's autograph collection.

Olive Mcdonald - seamstress. (Her daughter Raye, also visited the set.) Nuada #2

Editorial Department

Dennis Whitehouse .... 1st assistant editor

Don Coutts and John Foster - 2nd assistant editors

Vernon Messenger dubbing editor

R Burge and D Fisher 1st assistant dubbing editors

Kit Davis assistant dubbing editor

J Groom track layer

Music Department

Gary Carpenter .... associate musical director

Magnet .... music performers

Other crew

Beryl Harvey .... production secretary

Stuart Hopps .... choreographer (as Stewart Hopps) although Cilento choreographed the Fire Dance. He also has a cameo in the Chop Chop scene following right after Christopher Lee.

Jill Quertier - production buyer

Frank Law .... publicist

Susanna Merry .... continuity (as Sue Merry)

Jilda Smith .... location manager

Fred Bennet ... construction manager. In addition to his work on set, he loaded up and drove to Cannes the Wicker Man that was sent there, paying for that himself. (Brown). Ernie Blake is on another list as the construction manager.

Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)

Annie Ross .... dubbing voice: Britt Ekland (uncredited)

Firemen at the Wicker Man - William (Billy) Lyons (says there were 4). 2 Whithorn firemen Sandy Petrie, Fire Officer at Newton Stewart and Retained Fireman Elliot Robb.

Deirdre Murray - on-set nurse who repaired Woodward's broken toe. (Brown)

Peg Cutland - on-set nurse who also tended to Woodward's toe (that got broken on the beach, she says...) She also bandaged the hand of the woman in the coffin and was a grave waterer (probably the older woman in that scene)!

Tommy McShane - helped procure animals.

Michael Fisher, FW Clark, Peter Cull and Trevor Mills - carpenters

Walter Cusack and Alf Wing - painters

William Lowen - Rigger

L R Hoiwell - Rigger

James Savery - Stagehand

Walter Cusack - painter

Alf Wing - painter

John Hills - construction stagehand

H.A.G. Southall - construction stagehand

"Most of the farm animals were supplied by 'Mr & Mrs John Christie' of Glasserton Bank Farm, otherwise known as Cherry Valley (Just outside Whithorn). The goat (named Touchwood) was supplied by the Vances of Common Park, again just outside Whithorn. I would imagine the Clydesale horse would be supplied by Hugh Ramsay of Millisle Farm, Garlieston (About 5 miles from Whithorn)." - Phil Heslop/Hazel Kirk. See this pic for a list of animals used in what one would assume is the final scene. The boy who was 7 or 8 at the time who got the frog is seen in the BBC Scotland documentary The Ex:S (The Wicker Man) at 9:53. His name isn't given.

Mr Love (Stranraer 3284) provided the pony and trap.

Archie Taylor provided files and such stationery for the registrar's office.

Keeley Hire (Film and Television) Ltd built the Wicker men.  

Seymour Transport, Whitehaven provided the cherry picker used for the film crew at Burrowhead. 

LocationStudios, London provided the double decker editing van/costume storage van.