Where Do I Know That Actor?

I noticed several faces on Rosemary and Thyme this week that you might know from elsewhere. The episode (wonderfully titled “The Italian Rapscallion”) saw our gumshoes practicing their green thumbs on the Ligurian coast of Italy and working on a restaurant garden. Let’s see if you know the guest stars.

First, we have Suzanne Bertish, who played restaurateur Emma Standish. She’s been seen in roles on shows like Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Poirot and Inspector Morse. However, she was most recently part of the marvelous ensemble on PBS’ own Civil War-era series Mercy Street where she played Matron Brannan.

Next, Oliver Ford Davies was Sir Basil Slavinski. A veteran actor, Davies has been seen in everything from The Citadel and Maigret to Foyle’s War and My Uncle Silas. Some of the more meatier and more memorable roles include Polonius in Hamlet (with David Tennant in the title role), Mr. Longstaffe in The Way We Live Now, Mr. Wickfield in a late 90s David Copperfield (with Daniel Radcliffe as a young Copperfield), J.D. Casswell in Cause Célèbre and Tweed in A Very British Coup.

Finally, Tristan Gemmill may certainly be the least well known of the three actors but he appeared in a show that I really enjoyed – Distant Shores. The series featured a fish out water premise with Peter Davison traveling with wife (Samantha Bond) and kids to a small island to save his marriage. Gemmill played local Duncan McCallister in the first season.

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.

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