Who was Captain Francis Crozier? The real life legendary explorer in AMC's The Terror

Discover the fascinating true story of Jared Harris' character in the upcoming drama series.

The Terror on AMC is one of the TV events of 2018, bringing together an incredible true story with a supernatural twist.

Watch the two-hour series premiere on Tuesday, April 24th at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD.

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Who is Captain Crozier in AMC's The Terror?

Jared Harris as Captain Crozier in The Terror

Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition, Francis Crozier is a peerless sailor  and an Irishman who has reached his glass ceiling in  Her Majesty’s Royal Navy. He’s had to accept his second-class status without internalising it, even as he sees his accomplishments again and again go unrecognised and his expert advice unheeded. When disaster strikes the expedition and he finally has a chance to prove himself, will he be able to face  down his many demons and rise to the challenge of saving his men?

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Who was the real Captain Crozier?

Captain Francis Crozier - Jared Harris in The Terror

Captain Francis Crozier was Northern Ireland’s greatest ever polar explorer and a major figure in the three epic quests of 19th century Polar exploration – navigating the North West Passage, reaching the North Pole and mapping Antarctica.

He first went to sea at the age of 13, working his way up the ranks from cabin boy to captain. He first attempted to search the Northwest Passage aged only 22 and in his lifetime, he made six trips to the Arctic and Antarctic.

His voyages paved the way for men like Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton in the early 20th century and he sailed with legendary explorers such as Sir Edward Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin.

Historian Michael Smith described Crozier as a “modest man, unassuming man who never sought the limelight”.

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He was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society, the prestigious scientific institution.

He was one of the leading figures involved in the Royal Navy’s disastrous expedition to the Northwest Passage on the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which is the subject of The Terror TV series.

In 1848, Erebus and Terror were the most advanced vessels on the planet with heating systems, retractable screw propellers and canned food for supplies.

Many historians believe that he should have been in command of the 1845 voyage because of his vast experience and believe it was his background and nationality that meant he was looked over for Sir John Franklin.

There is a monument of Francis Crozier at Avonmore House in Banbridge, County Down, where he was born.

For further reading about the incredible man, we’d suggest Michael Smith’s book, Captain Francis Crozier: Last Man Standing?
Geographical features named after Crozier include, Cape Crozier on the eastern side of Ross Island, Antarctica.Cape Crozier on the western flank of King William Island in the Canadian Arctic, Cape Crozier at the western entrance of the Bay of Mercy on Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic and the Crozier Strait which lies between Cornwallis and Bathurst Islands in the Canadian Arctic.

Who plays Captain Crozier in AMC's The Terror?

Jared Harris as Captain Crozier in The Terror

British-born SAG Award-winning actor Jared Harris is on a hot streak, starring in Netflix’s award-winning series The Crown as King George VI, co-starring with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Allied and appearing in the critically acclaimed independent film Certain Women alongside Kristen Stewart,  Laura Dern and Michelle Williams.

Harris is probably best known for his role as 1960s ad executive Lane Pryce in AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men for which he earned his first Primetime Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The show itself won the Golden Globe® Award for Best Drama Series three consecutive times, the first and only series to ever do so, and four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Mad Men was nominated once again for a 2012 and 2013 Primetime Emmy in the same category.

A classically trained stage actor and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Harris’s prolific career continually showcases his ability to transition seamlessly from one character to another, garnering him great praise and keeping him in the company of some of today’s most creative talent in film, television and stage projects.

Harris's upcoming projects include an Amazon original series Carnival Row and HBO’s Chernobyl in summer 2018.

Watch the two-hour series premiere of The Terror on Tuesday, April 24th at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD.

BT Sport Pack customers will be able to watch on Sky Guide channel 192.

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