Where Do I Know That Actor?

A bit of a two-fer this week – with a connection! If you tuned in last Friday night on the Explorer Channel, you probably caught Doc Martin and Father Brown, two of our import line-up. Each had a familiar face or three worth mentioning. Let’s see if you noticed.

Last week’s episode of Doc Martin (“Ever After”) saw Dr. Ellingham dealing with a rash of sick schoolchildren. Along the way, there was a trio of interesting guest stars that you may have recognized. The first – Louise Jameson – has been appearing on the last few episodes as Louisa’s mother, Eleanor Glasson. Jameson is well-known to most Doctor Who fans as Leela, companion to the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker). EastEnders fans will know her as di Marco matriarch Rosa, a role she played for over 200 episodes starting in 1998 (UNC-TV would have aired those episodes some years later). Along the way, Louise Jameson played the girlfriend of the title character in Bergerac (the series John Nettles was best known for prior to Midsomer Murders).

Next, Jamie Dispirito, the actor who played Justin in the episode, may not be as well known as Louise Jameson but he was seen as Junior Clerk Jimmy Johnson in the Masterpiece Mystery series Silk.

Also of note is Malcolm Storry, who plays Mrs. Tishell’s husband on Doc Martin. He appeared in an earlier season in the same role and becomes a semi-regular in series seven. But where else might you have seen him? Malcolm Story plays Bishop Talbot on Father Brown. (I did say there was a connection, didn’t I?) Last week’s episode (“The Deadly Seal”) was the third of Storry’s appearances as the bishop. Kind of a coincidence, eh?

Doc Martin and Father Brown continue – Friday nights on the Explorer Channel.

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.