Actors and Actresses

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.

Remembering Emma Chambers

Emma Chambers as Alice Tinker-Horton in The Vicar of Dibley ( Image courtesy of Tiger Aspect Productions and BBC)

Many of you have probably already heard the heart-breaking news that Emma Chambers, comedic actress and star of The Vicar of Dibley, passed away earlier this weekend at the age of 53. Reports state that she died unexpectedly of natural causes. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, actor Ian Dunn.

We wanted to take a moment to remember Emma's comedic talents and share some of the "Alice Tinker" moments that made us laugh over the years. 

British Actresses You Should Know: Dame Diana Rigg

 Diana Rigg as the Duchess of Buccleuch and Bebe Cave as Wilhelmina Coke  (Image courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

When you hear the name Dame Diana Rigg, what comes to mind? The talented lady spy Emma Peel from The Avengers? The one and only Bond girl to marry 007 himself from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Or perhaps famous British fashion designer and jewel heist victim, Lady Holiday, from The Great Muppet Caper?

Well, Dame Diana has been in the acting game for over six decades and, in my opinion anyhow, her most recent roles have more entertaining and more badass than any martial arts master/genius clad in a leather catsuit. Her new gig as Victoria’s new Mistress of the Robes is just the latest in a growing list of “tough as old boots” roles that have earned Ms. Rigg a whole new generation of fans.

Here are just a sampling of her more mature roles from the past twenty years.

Limited Showing for Brits at this Year's Golden Globes

As I sat down Sunday night to watch the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, I expected to see plenty of black on the red carpet and hear statements of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment. It was defiant and joyous and culminated in a stirring speech by Oprah Winfrey.

However if I'm honest, my main purpose for tuning in was to see how many Brits would snag those gleaming orbs that signify excellence in the television and film industries. By my count there were six actresses and eight actors from the UK and Ireland competing in eight different performance categories. Eight chances to demonstrate the superiority of British thespians!

Alas, only three were victorious. Let's take a look at the winners and the roles that earned them this particular accolade.

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