Where Do I Know That Actor?

As MIDSOMER MURDERS wrapped up season seventeen, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson were called in when the wine business turned deadly. Such was “A Vintage Murder.” But the vino wasn’t the only thing that flowed freely as viewers caught sight of ten guest stars they may have seen from other past UNC-TV shows. Let’s meet them, one and all, shall we?

Mark Bonnar was Vinae Winery owner William Carnarvon. He played Reverend Adam Collingborne on series one of Home Fires and Colin Osborne on series two of Unforgotten. Shetland viewers will know him immediately as Duncan Hunter, Cassie’s biological father, on that program.

Ruth Gemmell portrayed William’s wife Diana Carnarvon. She played Sarah Collingborne on Home Fires. And, yes, that means she played the wife of Mark Bonnar on that show as well. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

When a music festival organizer is found dead, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson are called in to make the suspects sing. And so was the premise of “The Ballad of Midsomer County” – the latest offering from the enjoyable seventeenth series. A few semi-familiar faces were also seen this week so let’s get to know them all.

Dean Andrews and Claudie Blakley were hotel proprietors Tom and Claire Asher. Andrews is best known as Robbie on Last Tango In Halifax. Blakley has been seen as Camilla French on He Knew He Was Right, Martha on Cranford, Emma Timmins on Lark Rise To Candleford and Agatha Redmond on series two of Grantchester. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

The latest season of MIDSOMER MURDERS continues to impress with a bevy of familiar faces from other televisual fare. So when a magic show goes awry, Barnaby and Nelson are called to discover whodunnit. But what do pagans have to do with anything? “Murder By Magic” answered all questions and boasted a guest cast sextet that you may have spotted. Let’s see who’s who.

Joe Absolom played Luke Altman, the victim’s husband. Absolom first appeared as Fergus Markham on the late-90s Masterpiece Theatre presentation The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. Shortly thereafter, he guested as Craig Jones on the Robson Green/Nicola Walker series Touching Evil which aired on Mystery! However, UNC-TV viewers will know him best for two roles – Matthew Rose and Al Large. Absolom played sulky teen Matthew for 157 episodes on EastEnders and he’s been seen as Bert Large’s son Al on Doc Martin for nine seasons and counting. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

The seventeenth season of MIDSOMER MURDERS kicked off Saturday night with a bang – or rather a shock. Of course, Barnaby and Nelson are there to investigate as a killer brings plots from fiction to life on The Dagger Club. In addition to the usual mystery, there were seven guest stars on hand to liven up the festivities. Let’s see who’s who.

Lia Williams was crime festival organizer Maggie Markham. She’s had guest appearances in Inspector Lewis and Marple but she’s most likely recognizable from playing Martin’s ex-girlfriend Edith Montgomery on series four of Doc Martin.

Adam Kotz portrayed Maggie’s husband, Nick Summersbee. He also played Jonathan Kreitman on the Robson Green Mystery! series Touching Evil. Plus he popped up in roles on The Hollow Crown (Hastings) and The Guilty (Dr. Mike Rowntree). Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS turns 100! 100 episodes, that is. And to celebrate: a special international crime – “The Killings Of Copenhagen.” Yes, when a biscuit mogul is found dead in Scandinavia, the case gets investigated on two fronts. Of course, you can’t forget a very preggers Sarah, just waiting to deliver the newest generation of Barnaby. To be sure, this was a very special episode indeed. And a quintet of recognizable guest stars only served to make it more special. But who were they?

Sanjeev Bhaskar played baking genius and flamboyant eccentric Armand Stone. He’ll be best known to Masterpiece fans as DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan on the crime drama Unforgotten.

Caroline Goodall was Penelope Calder, wife of the deceased. Back in the 1990s, she played Rosalind Leigh on the Mystery! mini-series The Sculptress. A few years before that, she portrayed Sally Raglan on After The War, a Masterpiece Theatre presentation. Continue reading

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When the owner of Finchmere airfield is dropped from a plane to meet a gruesome death, Barnaby and Nelson are called in to investigate. So begins MIDSOMER MURDERS’ fourth case of its sixteenth season. In addition to the usual sleuthing showcase, we caught sight of eight guest stars recognizable from other UNC-TV fare. Let’s see who’s who.

Olly Rix and Lex Shrapnel (what a name!) played stunt pilots Alex Darnley and Gavin Hopkirk, respectively. Rix was Cartwright in the Masterpiece series Death Comes To Pemberley, while Hopkirk played John Bentley in Prime Suspect: Tennison.

Scarlett Alice Johnson portrayed airfield receptionist Jessie Raynor. She will be best known to EastEnders fans as teenage Vicki Fowler on that series. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS continues to impress with a sixteenth season full of guest stars. “Wild Harvest” found Barnaby and company investigating the death of a farmer amidst the world of haute cuisine. But long before our DCI found his killer, viewers found a quartet of familiar names and faces.

To start, Sharon Small was celebrity chef Ruth Cameron. While it’s true this Scottish actress has appeared in guest roles of Downtown Abbey, Death in Paradise and Call the Midwife, UNC-TV viewers should recognize her as Sergeant Barbara Havers from The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Tyger Drew-Honey portrayed kitchen porter Ferdy Linklater. He’s best known as eldest child Jake on the Britcom Outnuimbered.

Lucinda Dryzek, who played ambitious commis-chef Amy Strickland, was seen as Claire Finch on series three of Unforgotten. Continue reading

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MIDSOMER MURDERS does it again with seven guest stars worth noting. This week’s offering (“Let Us Prey”) saw DCI Barnaby investigating strange killings in Midsomer St Claire, where flooding and a medieval fresco only heightened the drama. But what familiar faces popped up? Let’s see.

Rebecca Front was ambitious Reverend Martha Hillcott. She may be best known for playing Chief Superintendent Innocent on Inspector Lewis. More recently, Front was Lady Whitworth on Poldark.

Paul Copley played debt-ridden Frank Dewar. He’s been seen as Harry on Last Tango in Halifax and Mr. Mason on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

The sixteenth season of MIDSOMER MURDERS kicked off Saturday night on UNC-TV with a new killer and a new partner for Barnaby.  Even though it was a holiday episode, “The Haunted Christmas” showed what happens when a Fright Night lives up to its name. Viewers were also treated to a half dozen guest stars worth noting. Let’s get the skinny.

Gwilym Lee played new Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson. Recently, faithful fans may have caught him as Samuel Castell in Jamestown.

Mark Heap played Morton Shallows manor house owner Simon Fergus-Johnson. Some may recall Heap as Thomas Brown in Lark Rise to Candleford or perhaps Philip on the Britcom Spy. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

While the DCI John Barnaby was investigating the death of a social services worker, fans of MIDSOMER MURDERS may have noticed a few recognizable guest stars on this week’s two-parter (“Dark Secrets”). Let’s see if you caught them all.

Edward Fox and Phyllida Law played married eccentrics William and Mary Bingham. Fox has been seen on several Masterpiece series – he was Mr. Brownlow on Oliver Twist, Sir Hugo Mallinger on Daniel Deronda and King Edward VIII on Edward and Mrs. Simpson. Law – while popping up in guest roles on programs like Poirot, Doc Martin, Foyle’s War and Rosemary & Thyme – will probably be best known for portraying Aunt Auriel on the Stephen Fry series Kingdom. Continue reading