Where Do I Know That Actor?

I think it’s fascinating when you watch something you’ve seen before and spot a performer in a role that you didn’t notice the first time because that particular actor hadn’t achieved the level of fame or recognition he or she currently has. Since UNC-TV airs a fair share of British imports, it’s only natural to spot an actor that “broke” after the program originally aired. The Last Enemy is a great example. When that series was originally broadcast on Masterpiece, Benedict Cumberbatch was not the name he now is. When I watched it recently, I half thought someone had digitally inserted Cumberbatch in the lead role because I couldn’t for the life of me remember him being in it the first time I saw it.

Anyway, that’s simply the preamble to point out an actor you should be well familiar with had a guest role on this week’s Doctor Who (“Daleks in Manhattan”). The actor is Andrew Garfield, playing the role of Frank. Yes, that Andrew Garfield – the Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. Also, he was in The Social Network and the The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, no less). The episode of Doctor Who originally aired in 2007 so Garfield was still a few years away from stardom at that point.

Now, if you’re wondering where the public TV connection is, let me just say I think a pre-fame A list star appearing in an episode of Doctor Who is connection enough but I’ll play the game. Andrew Garfield portrayed “boy with fruit” in the “Caravaggio” episode the series Simon Schama’s Power of Art which UNC-TV broadcast in 2009. Neat, eh?

“Daleks in Manhattan” encores Thursday at noon and Saturday at 4pm on UNC-MX. “Evolution of the Daleks” – the conclusion to the two-part Doctor Who adventure – airs August 28th on UNC-TV. Andrew Garfield can be seen in that, as well.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.