The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis

An elder C.S. Lewis looks back on his remarkable journey from hard-boiled atheist to the most renowned Christian writer of the past century.

The Most Reluctant Convert features award-winning actor Max McLean as the older Lewis and Nicholas Ralph – breakout star of PBS Masterpiece’s All Creatures Great and Small – as young Lewis. Beautifully filmed in and around Oxford, this engaging biopic follows the creator of The Chronicles of Narnia from the tragic death of his mother when he was just nine years old, through his strained relationship with his father, to the nightmare of the trenches of World War I to Oxford University, where friends like J.R.R. Tolkien challenge his unbelief.

Written for the screen and directed by two-time Emmy and BAFTA winner Norman Stone (BBC’s Shadowlands), The Most Reluctant Convert brings to life the spiritual evolution of one the 20th century’s sharpest minds and keenest wits.


Norman Stone
C.S. Lewis (Older)
Max McLean
C.S. Lewis (Young Man)
Nicholas Ralph
C.S. Lewis (Child)
Eddie Ray Martin
Albert Lewis
Richard Harrington
Flora Lewis
Amy Alexander
J.R.R. Tolkien
Tom Glenister
Hugo Dyson
David Shields
Owen Barfield
Hubert Burton
W. T. Kirkpatrick
David Gant
Louisa Kirkpatrick
Sandy Knight
Warnie Lewis
Charlie Reid
Dance Teacher
Madeleine Day
Emma Hemmingford
Lead Soldier
Daniel Piper
Elsie - Pianist
Catherine Barnes
Michael Ward
Craig Armstrong
Sam Heasman
Production Designer
Roger Murray-Leach
Hair & Makeup Designer
Nicole Stafford
Costume Designer
Poli Kyriacou
Executive Producer
Matthew Jenkins
Executive Producer
Ken Denison

The Most Reluctant Convert is an extraordinary experience and a singularly touching artistic and even spiritual experience. 4 Stars for the unforgettable The Most Reluctant Convert.

Michael Medved, The Michael Medved Show