Actors and Actresses

The Internet Really Does Have Everything: There’s a Benedict Cumberbatch Coloring Book

The internet has now given us everything.

No, seriously, just hang it up kids, we can all go home, because a coloring book featuring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch exists.

Yes, really.

Called Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch this unofficial bit of perfection is packed with 17 different drawings featuring everyone’s favorite British It-actor of the moment in various settings, all just waiting for you to break out your Crayolas and colored pencils. 

Listen: 'Sherlock's' Benedict Cumberbatch as Young Rumpole in Two Radio Plays for BBC Radio 4

The one nice thing about the fact that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch never seems to stop working ever (or sleep, possibly) is that even when we’re faced with marathon delays between new seasons of the popular mystery drama, we only really ever have to go a few weeks without seeing the actor somehow involved in something or other.

This time, he’s playing a lead character from another beloved literary mystery series, and, even if it is just audio-only, these dramas are still more then worth your time. Cumberbatch plays the younger version of Horace Rumpole, the barrister known generally as Rumpole of the Bailey, the star of a long-running courtroom TV series, which was followed by series of books and several radio plays.            

Cumberbatch has been serving as the voice of young Rumpole since 2009 and has recorded 7 previous adaptations to date, all of which also featured Timothy West as an older version of the character. These two new installments however, are basically all Cumberbatch all the time, so that should make a lot of fans out there very happy.

WATCH: Video of Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2 Will Vastly Improve Your Day

If you went near the internet basically at all in the days immediately following the broadcast of the 86th annual Academy Awards, you probably already saw the picture I’m about to talk about.

But don’t worry. It gets better. Yes, really.

For You on St. David’s Day - Actors You May Not Know Are Welsh

March first is St. David’s Day, a Welsh national holiday and a day to remember the death of the country’s patron saint. Festivals and parades are held across Wales and in other countries as well. Celebrants can be seen sporting daffodils and leeks on their lapels and yummy Welsh cakes are happily consumed.

Since I can’t exactly stage a festival here on the blog, I thought the next best thing might be a parade of Welsh actors to bring the spirit of Wales to Telly Visions. Of course we are all familiar with acting legends like Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins. Others have names that hint pretty strongly at their land of origin – Rhys Ifans and Ioan Gruffudd are just two examples. And, finally, let’s not forget the outstanding Wales-based sitcom, Gavin and Stacey and its many talented Welsh cast members such as Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Joanna Page.

What follows is a cavalcade of talented actors that you may not have known have Welsh roots. Today, let’s find out what’s occurring with this lush group from Wales…

‘Sherlock’s' Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Fame, Social Media and Having a Weird Face in Hour-Long ‘In Conversation’ Q&A

What better way could there be to spend your long weekend than listening to Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch talk for an hour? (Spoiler: The answer is there isn’t one.  Yes, even you, House of Cards binge watchers. Take a break. This is worth it, I promise.)

Cumberbatch sat down for an in-depth Q&A session with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Fienbeg last week, to discuss all manner of topics. His appearance served as the kick-off for a new series called “In Conversation,” a forum sponsored by BAFTA New York and The Hollywood Reporter, intended to provide artists with an outlet through which to discuss the creative process in depth.  

This inaugural “Conversation” was held in front of a live audience comprised of BAFTA members and journalists last week in New York at The Standard High Line hotel. The event was recorded and THR released a full version of the event this weekend.

British Actors You Should Know: James Nesbitt

Today’s “actor you should know” owns half a prize winning race horse, has acted as a UNICEF UK ambassador since 2005 and is the current Chancellor of the University of Ulster, no less.  A proud Northern Irishman, James Nesbitt is a big fan of sport (particularly Manchester United and his hometown team, Coleraine) and has recently started presenting travel programs including one entitled James Nesbitt’s Ireland.

You may wonder how this charming, talented fella finds time for his main job – acting.  But Nesbitt’s been working steadily since the early 90’s and it doesn’t appear that he’s planning on letting up anytime soon.

Let’s look at a small sampling of his many excellent roles over the years. 

British Actors You Should Know: Rupert Graves

  Our British Actors You Should Know series rolls on this week by profiling an actor that a lot of you will be at least passingly familiar with – because he’s in Sherlock, and we know how much everyone loves Sherlock. (With good reason!) But, how much do you know about the cast that’s bringing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories into the modern age?

Since we’ve already covered leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in this series, it seems only fair to make our way through the rest of the 221b Baker Street gang as we can. Up this week: Rupert Graves, an exceptionally talented actor who’s been working steadily in British film and television for over 25 years, so you’ve probably seen him in a lot of things already. You may just not have known you have.

Read on for some Graves-themed viewing suggestions and let us know what we’ve left off the list in the comments!

British Actors You Should Know: Robert Sheehan

Sometimes when you watch a young actor on screen you just know they’re something special.  They have charisma, a presence, something that makes them shine beyond their cast mates. 

Irish actor Robert Sheehan is just shy of his twenty-sixth birthday and he’s already made a pretty big name for himself - and not just because he’s got the loveliest green eyes and tousled dark hair. He’s got acting chops aplenty.  Let’s look at some of Sheehan’s performances over his already decade long career to see why he’s on so many up-and-coming lists.

Dan Stevens Tells 'The Today Show' He Has to Apologize for 'Downton Abbey' Death a Lot

Oh, Dan Stevens. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pleased that Downton Abbey is back on my television, and I love all its dramatic moments, great costumes and compelling characters. But I miss Matthew. There, I said it. I’m still not over it, and seeing you out on the promotional circuit for your new film Summer in February’ s US release is a bit rough. I want you to have all the success in the world professionally – of course – but seriously couldn’t you have just done a voiceover with that letter in the first episode of Series 4? Just for a second? Sigh.

Stevens appeared on The Today Show  to talk about life after Downton and to start spreading the word about his latest big-screen role that arrives in US theaters. And since the character he plays in Summer in February seems very close to Matthew Crawley, perhaps it’ll be a balm to all our wounded hearts.

It’s just a good job he’s so darn charming. 

Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart Discuss Broadway, 'Gandalf Face' and the Power of Theater

If the internet taught us anything in 2013, it’s that acting legends Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have the most amazing friendship ever. The duo spend most of the latter half of the year basically splashing their epic friendship all over New York City and taking selfies at every sort of tourist landmark imaginable.  And no one minded because they’re perfect.

The duo is currently starring in both Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, which are running in repertory at Broadway’s Cort Theater. The run of both shows has just been extended to the end of March, so there’s still time to see these two acting greats on stage, if you happen to be anywhere near New York. (I’ve been lucky enough to see both productions and they are truly fabulous – though I’ll admit Godot was my favorite.)

McKellen and Stewart sat down with Broadway.com recently to participate in their “Ask a Star” feature (rebranded "Ask the Sirs" in this instance), in which they took questions from curious fans. Despite the fact that the pair have done countless interviews recently as a result of their being on the Great White Way together, this is certainly one of the best, doubtless because of its rather far-ranging subject matter. (Well done, fans!) 

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