Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Midsomer Murders (“The Magician’s Nephew” – part 1) proved that Halloween is a most dangerous holiday indeed. We also saw a few guest stars that keen-eyed viewers might recognize from other UNC-TV fare past and present. I counted five actors of note that I knew from elsewhere. See if you spotted them all.

Michael Fitzgerald portrayed antiquarian bookseller Hugo Cartwright. He was also Canon Neil Patterson on The Choir and Major Salmon on Sharpe’s Revenge. And he played the Duke of Manhattan on an episode of Doctor Who (“New Earth”).

Ronald Pickup was artefact dealer Ernest Balliol. The veteran actor also portrayed Jeffrey Livingstone on The Jury, Daniel Byrne on The Rector’s Wife and Prince Yakimov on Fortunes Of War. Going back a bit, Rickup voiced Aslan on the Chronicles Of Narnia series which ran on Wonderworks.

Tom Goodman-Hill played Ernest’s son Tristan. He has most recently been seen as Mr. Grove on Mr. Selfridge and he portrayed Philip on the Britcom Spy (season one only). Goodman-Hill also played Reverend Golightly on a Doctor Who adventure (“The Unicorn And The Wasp”).

Sian Brooke played nurse Christine Turner. She is probably best known for the brief role she had as Elizabeth/Eurus Holmes on Sherlock.

Lastly, David Roper was village butcher Anton Thorneycroft. Longtime EastEnders fans might remember him as Geoff Barnes, a love interest to young Michelle Fowler in the mid-90s.

Midsomers Murders continues with part two of “The Magician’s Nephew” – 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.

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