Well you can tell by the way I use my walk i’m a hunter man, no time to talk, screaming demons loud and angels warm, i’ve been kicked around since I was born, and now it’s all right, it’s ok, and you may look the other way, we can try to understand, the apocalyptic times effect on man.
Whether you’re my brother, or whether you’re our angel; we’re not always stayin alive, stayin alive, feel the seals are breakin and the pits of hell are shakin, we’re not stayin alive, stayin alive, ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive, ah, ha, ha,ha, not staaaaying aliiiiive!
Friends who don’t watch the show:
I love that they couldn’t hit us over the head more that Dean doesn’t give a shit about Cas having his mojo or not, PER SE. He appreciates the advantages of a powered up Cas for sure, but first of all he cares about /Cas/.
I JUST REALISED THIS IS HARRIET JONES FROM DOCTOR WHO
ALSO MCGONAGALL FROM HARRY POTTER
damn it BBC I know you only have 4 actors but this is getting out of hand
Actually that is from Downton Abbey, which is shown on ITV1. We have many wonderful legendary actors who do both TV and films. The BBC is our largest institution, one of our first to make connections outside it’s own country as far as the 1940’s, the unfortunate matter about television today is that each country, particularly the USA, UK and some in Australia is that only the select few programmes are purchased to air, and mostly this highly depends on three things: the popularity in the original country, the easy transition between countries that can be universally understood and finally if the production companies collaborating have ownership on each side of the pond.
Downtown Abbey, though magnificent in it’s scripting and visual is extremely costly as it is filmed largely in an existing English heritage mansion Highclere House, it’s plot requires a lot of time and detail (in fairness, that is the stickler ever present correcting British audience that is the result of that, hello kettle, meet black), and thus to ensure it’s success, they cast well known and beloved actors to ensure viewing, in effect, bums on seats, this favours praises and brings success to the masses, thus giving it a good reason to be shown abroad, bringing more fans, bringing more viewers, thus bringing more awards, more notification, and thus more money.
Sherlock is another example. over here, when Sherlock was brought to the table, the one person in the whole thing the British public knew? Martin Freeman. Benedict was known but little known then to the British public, Una Stubbs was another well known, to bring in the older viewers who would remember her fantastic career, and of course, the intrigue of a beloved character being penned modernization by one one who had a hand in the success of the re-vamped Doctor Who, the other an actor who played in one episode and scripted many in hand in the other, it brought a knowledge of the quality we were going to expect. Sherlock was a success, and the collab of Moffatt and Gatiss brought their lifelong friends from the trends of the Doctor who stage floor to the Sherlock floor too. Sherlock has done well over the USA as it couples with Doctor Who in equal different demographic, again though, well known faces, well known names, brings bums on seats.
I would love to introduce many of my beloved followers to hundreds of other shows that i believe is not as popular or unknown to the USA that we adore here, and brings the cream of our British actors who we love. I could point out other actors in the Harry Potter films, Doctor Who and other such things no one makes note of and tell you how wonderfully well known they are HERE, where they are from, how much they impact the British culture, how we will remember them when they leave us. Alas, perhaps one day.
Oh man! I knew this was originally from Downtown, actually, but I really appreciated reading your thoughts on other british actors that are lesser known on an international level and what motivates casting.
Even with a lot of recurring faces, I typically still really enjoy the actors that we see surfacing with regularity on the international playing-field. There’s a lot of talent!!! SO, it is fascinating to think that there are whole other realms of internationally-untapped awesome actors that I’m missing out on across the ocean. What are some of your favorites?
I am glad you enjoyed what I had to say, must admit I felt like i was being on a soap box. Nevertheless I can definately name a few.
David Jason - Sir David is a big big impact on my childhood, he is best known to be in a well known comedy called ‘Only Fools and Horses’ to be the voice of ‘Dangermouse’ (amongst others) and I suppose more recently to be DI Frost in the drama ‘A touch of Frost’ He was in a movie called ‘All the King’s men’ with Maggie Smith, voiced the ‘BFG’ in the animated movie and just so many things to name. If you’re a Terry Pratchett fan, you would have seen him in ‘Hogfather’ and ‘The colour of magic’.
Oh and he’s famous for this scene:
Incidentally, the man on your right you will probably recognise, that is Roger Lloyd Pack. He played Barty Crouch Sr in Harry Potter, John Lumic in Rise of Cybermen/The Age of Steel in Doctor Who, Owen Newitt in the comedy The Vicar of Dibley (that had Dawn French), The Borgias, and in the 2011 film ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.
David Suchet - most famous to play the infamous Inspector Poirot that has just finished after 20 years, he’s also been in ‘Going Postal’ voiced a character in Flushed away and The Bank Job to name a few.
I could give you a mass list of british actors i would love people to see, of course I don’t take away the actors already known to us, they have great ways of making us very proud :)