Where Do I Know That Actor?

Ah, Midsomer Murders! What would this feature be without you? Eagle-eyed fans who tuned into Saturday’s “Birds Of Prey” may have caught a couple of faces they have spied before.

David Calder, who played George Hamilton, is the first worth mentioning. A longtime character actor, Calder has appeared in many feature films and on television in everything from MI-5 and Mr. Selfridge to DCI Banks and Inspector Lynley. However, he had major roles in several series UNC-TV has broadcast. He was Lord Cawston in The Last Enemy (which starred Benedict Cumberbatch). He played Dr. Robert Bramwell (the title character’s father) in the Masterpiece Theatre series Bramwell. He was Victor Chekhov in the 1991 series Sleepers, another Masterpiece Theatre presentation. And he portrayed Nathan Spring in the sci fi drama series Star Cops.

Next up: Anton Lesser, who was Eddie Darwin in the Midsomer Murders episode. Lesser has been in quite a few shows you’ve seen on UNC-TV and, while the name might not ring a bell, the roles just might. He played Exeter in The Hollow Crown on Great Performances. On various Masterpieces, he’s been Thomas More in Wolf Hall, Chief Superintendent Bright in Endeavour, Richard Mayfield in The Escape Artist, Mr. Merdle in Little Dorrit and Mark Hollister in The Politician’s Wife. Also, he was even Voltaire in Einstein’s Big Idea, which aired on Nova as recently as last month.

Part One of “Birds Of Prey” encores Wednesday at 4pm on UNC-TV and Thursday at 8pm on UNC-MX. The second part airs Saturday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

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.