Actors and Actresses

British Actors You Should Know: Russell Tovey

This month our Carmen Croghan has chosen to profile one of those British actors that she's been following so long he sort of feels like family.

At just 37, he's tackled stage, film and television and tried his hand at sci-fi, comedy, thrillers, animation and period pieces always with his trademark vulnerablity. And though Russell Tovey might not be a name that you recognize immediately, you’re sure to have seen him (and his signature “sticky-out” ears) in action.

British Actors You Should Know: Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton as Eggy Unwin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle  (Photo credit: Giles Keyte/Twentieth Century Fox)

In this installment of British Actors You Should Know, we spotlight Taron Egerton, star of the highly anticipated Elton John musical biopic, Rocketman. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a golden singing voice, we look back at some of Egerton's earlier work, which includes everything from period dramas and action adventure comedies to voicing a singing primate.

In Memoriam 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, we here at Telly Visions would like to pause to remember some of the performers and public figures we have lost over the past twelve months.

These losses have touched the fields of television, film, literature, music, science and sports. You may not be familiar with all of them, but each was an icon beloved by the British public for the laughter, thrills and enlightenment they provided. They will continue to live on in our memories through the work they left behind.

British Actors You Should Know: Andrew Garfield

In honor of July 4th, that most American of holidays, I thought it would be fitting to feature an actor with strong ties to the States in our British Actors You Should Know series. 

Andrew Garfield was born in Los Angeles to an English mother and an American-ish father (the elder Mr. Garfield was born in the US to English parents of Eastern European descent). Garfield's family moved from California to England when he was three years old and he was raised in Epsom, Surrey. He has dual citizenship and, as you are about to see in this sampling of roles, he seems more than comfortable switching from one continent (and accent) to another.

At only 34 years old, Garfield’s career has been impressive in its variety, not only in terms of roles, but also in the range of mediums, be it stage, television or film. 

British Actors You Should Know: Tobias Menzies

As you may have already heard, Tobias Menzies has been cast to take over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith in Season 3 of Netflix period drama The Crown. Menzies has signed on for the next two seasons, with shooting to begin this summer in the UK. He will be joined by Olivia Colman who will be playing Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter as the new Princess Margaret.

This 44-year-old actor has had a prolific career thus far and, if you watch much television, you’re sure to have seen him in something. But just in case Menzies' name or face is unfamiliar, we’ve put together a quick list of his credits to get you acquainted with the newest Crown cast member.

British Acting Rites of Passage: 'Midsomer Murders' Guest Stars

DCI Barnaby (John Nettles) and DS Jones (Jason Hughes) | Credit: APT

As a telly addict, one of my favorite things to do when watching an older TV series is to try to spot familiar actors in guest starring roles. I find this activity yields the best results when the program is one of the popular mystery genre as they require a fresh supply of victims and suspects for each episode. I deduced then that the UK’s longest running contemporary detective drama, Midsomer Murders, would be the perfect vehicle to launch a new series of before-they-were-famous type of posts.

Let’s take a look at just a sampling of the many familiar faces who paid a visit to the pastoral but deadly Midsomer County.

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