Noel Clarke

British Actors Read War Poetry For Remembrance Day

While we call November 11 Veterans Day here in the United States, it’s referred to as Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, and some folks still like to call it Armistice Day, or even Poppy Day, depending on who you talk to. Nevertheless, the sentiment is all the same – November 11 is a date when we all take a moment to reflect and to say a heartfelt thank you to all the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces around the world, whatever country they may hail from.

Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November to recall the official end of World War I; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” when Germany signed the Armistice Agreement.

There are many traditions surrounding Remembrance Day in the UK – the general population wears poppies as part of the Royal British Legion’s annual fundraising appeal, a moment of silence is observed, the Queen and other members of the monarchy and government place wreaths at the Cenotaph in memory of fallen soldiers, and many other events around the country at various war memorials and elsewhere.

This is the second year running that More 4, a digital channel run by UK broadcaster Channel 4, has marked Remembrance Weekend with special programming focused on the war and war poetry. The channel created a series of special interstitials featuring several notable British actors reading poems about the war, including Sean Bean, Christopher Eccleston, Gemma Aerterton, Sophie Okonedo, Noel Clarke and more. Poets featured include Seamus Heaney, Wilfred Own, Siegfried Sasson, Rupert Brooke and others.

Britwatch: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke Join Cast of Star Trek 2

J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel just got a lot more interesting for Anglophiles. According to industry mag Variety, Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke have been cast in two significant roles, joining fellow Brits Simon Pegg and Alice Eve.

Fresh off his recent film appearances in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, Cumberbatch is apparently trading in his Sherlock coat for a black hat, as he will be playing the sequel’s main villain. Nothing further on who or what that villain may be (and how entertaniing is it that we actually have to add in the “what” here, as he could be playing any variety of alien, I suppose?), though if you’re interested in a good bit of incredibly detailed speculation, the internet is more than happy to provide that sort of thing for you.

Clarke is probably best known for his role as Mickey Smith, the boyfriend to Billie Piper's Rose Tyler on Doctor Who, though he has written, directed and starteseveral films (Kidulthood and Adulthood) since his time in the TARDIS. No word yet on what character he will be playing for Abrams’ film, though Variety reports the role is a “family man.” (I don’t know enough about the Star Trek world to hazard a guess, unfortunately!)

The Trek sequel is slated for release on May 17, 2013. And writing it out like that makes it seem very far away indeed, doesn’t it?