Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Masterpiece have a full slate these days as Sunday nights offer a triple play of this PBS staple. Capping off the evening is a new series titled The Collection chronicling the French fashion scene in post-war Paris. Several actors who’ve appeared in this program should be familiar to UNC-TV and Masterpiece viewers. Let’s meet a few.

Richard Coyle, who plays fashion entrepreneur Paul Sabine, has been seen in a couple of Masterpiece Theatre presentations around the turn of the century. In 2001, he was Mr. Coxe on Wives & Daughters and the following year he was Michael Cass on Othello.

Frances de la Tour portrays Sabine family matriarch Yvette Sabine. She’s probably best known for playing Violet on the sitcom Vicious but way back in the early 1980s, de la Tour played Maud in Flickers on Masterpiece Theatre.

Sarah Parish is Marjorie Stutter. A few years ago she played Margaret Dalton on Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery!

James Cosmo, who plays Jules Trouvier, doesn’t have a big presence on other shows you’ve seen but he does appear in two of note. He was Captain Creech on season one of The Durrells in Corfu (season two is currently airing) and he was Arthur McCall on the third series of Shetland (these episodes can be seen again beginning next month on UNC-TV).

Stanley Townsend portrays Stan Rossi on The Collection but he was in another Anglo-Franco production – he played Mike Bowden on The Tunnel: Sabotage. He also played Thomas Sexton on Parnell & The Englishwoman, a 1992 Masterpiece Theatre presentation.

Georgie Glen is Mother Superior. She, too, has been on a couple of Masterpiece Theatre series: Glen was Lady Mallinger on Daniel Deronda and Miss Hornblower on Wives & Daughters.

Lastly, Patrick Kennedy is Gambon. If you recognize him it is most likely from his role as Richard Carstone on Bleak House on Masterpiece Theatre in 2005.

The Collection continues Sunday night at 10 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.