Where Do I Know That Actor?

The Tunnel is back. The gripping crime drama kicked off season two Saturday night and continues into August. Adapted from the Danish/Swedish crime series The Bridge, the program follows two detectives (one French, one English) as they tackle crimes that span international boundaries. The show also boasts a few familiar faces. See if you caught them.

Let’s  start with the two leads – Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy – who play police detectives Karl Rosebuck and Elise Wassermann. Both actors, who return from the first series, have appeared in programs UNC-TV has broadcast before. Poésy was Isabelle in Birdsong on Masterpiece and Queen Isabella in Richard II on Great Performances in The Hollow Crown series. Dillane was Jonathan Byrne in The Rector’s Wife, Karenin in Anna Karenina, Edward Cazelet on The Cazelets and Schmidt in God On Trial, all on Masterpiece.

Angel Coulby is back as Laura Roebuck. Coulby played lead singer Jessie Taylor on Dancing On The Edge.

New for season two is Emilia Fox as Vanessa Hamilton. She was the second Mrs. De Winter in Rebecca on Masterpiece Theatre in 1997. A few years later, she was Clara Copperfield on David Copperfield. In the mid-aughts, Fox played Jane Seymour on Henry VIII and Amy Dudley in The Virgin Queen, both on Masterpiece.

Also, Stanley Townsend is Chief Supt. Mike Bowden. He played Warwick on The Hollow Crown (Henry VI) and Moscati on Masterpiece Mystery’s Zen. Going back to the early 1990s, Townsend was Thomas Sexton on Masterpiece Theatre’s series Parnell & The Englishwoman.

The Tunnel: Sabotage continues Saturday nights at 11 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.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Father Brown over on the Explorer Channel may have noticed some familiar-ish faces on last Friday’s episode (“The Star Of Jacob” – in which a mysterious stranger, a missing donkey and a kidnapped baby threaten to spoil Christmas festivities). Let’s meet them, shall we?

Raymond Coulthard, who played John Langdon in the episode, will be best known as Miles Edgerton on Mr. Selfridge. Aside from guest roles in programs like Is It Legal? and Foyle’s War, Coulthard has been seen in several other Masterpiece series. He was Mr. Glascock in He Knew He Was Right, Prince of Arragon in Merchant Of Venice and the Venetian Ambassador in Casanova. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you caught the most recent Midsomer Murders, you may have spied a trio of familiar faces from elsewhere on UNC-TV. The episode in question (“Blood Wedding” – part two) saw Barnaby investigating the death of a bridesmaid while getting caught up in the drama of his own daughter’s impending nuptials.

We’ll start with Charles Edwards, who portrayed newlywed Sir Edward “Ned” Fitzroy, and Mark Umbers, who was his younger brother Henry “Harry” Fitzroy.

Edwards most recently was seen as Alfred Wood in the Masterpiece presentation Arthur & George where he played a pal of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Interestingly enough, Edwards also played Doyle in a 2001 series called Murder Rooms: Mysteries Of The Real Sherlock Holmes.) He also played Lady Edith’s love interest Michael Gregson on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Another week, another Masterpiece – and some familiar faces I bet you’ve seen before.

Joanne Froggatt starred in Dark Angel, a dramatization of real-life Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. Of course, Froggatt should be immediately recognizable as Anna Bates from Downton Abbey. Going back about a decade, she played Angelique Mahy in Island At War, another Masterpiece offering. More recently, Joanne Froggatt has supplied the voice of Wendy on the kids series Bob The Builder.

Alun Armstrong co-starred as Mary Ann’s stepfather George Stott. Armstrong has also been seen in a few Masterpiece presentations over the years. He was Flintwinch in Little Dorrit, Henry Fox in Aristocrats, Mr. Fleming in Oliver Twist, Dan Peggoty in David Copperfield and Bucket in Bleak House. Along the way, Armstrong played retired copper Brian Lane in the series New Tricks. Look for him in June on the upcoming Prime Suspect prequel, Prime Suspect: Tennison. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I hope you got a chance to catch King Charles III on this week’s Masterpiece. Based on the hit play by Mike Bartlett, King Charles III is a fictional exploration of the political turmoil surrounding the early reign of Charles, Prince of Wales following the death of his mother, the long-serving Queen Elizabeth II. The film featured some actors reprising their roles from either Broadway or the West End, many of them having appeared in other UNC-TV fare. Let’s explore a few.

Tim Piggott-Smith played the titular monarch, King Charles III. The veteran actor (who sadly passed away last month after filming the Masterpiece presentation) had been acting for nearly fifty years. Back in the 1970s, Piggott-Smith played Marco in the classic Tom Baker Doctor Who adventure “The Masque Of Mandragora” (that’s where I first saw him). In the 80s, he was Brendan Bracken in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Ronald Merrick in The Jewel In The Crown (both on Masterpiece Theatre). Along the way, the actor popped up in guest roles on lots of shows you might have seen, including Foyle’s War, Downton Abbey, Danger UXB, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, MI-5, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, The Bletchley Circle, Inspector Lewis and, of course, Midsomer Murders. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Midsomer Murders strikes again. The episode (part one of “Death In A Chocolate Box”) saw DCI Barnaby investigating murder in a village inhabited by ex-cons and featured a few guest stars notable for appearances elsewhere on UNC-TV’s services. See if you spotted them all.

Clare Higgins played counselor Gina Colby. If you recognized Higgins, it could be from one of her 1980s Masterpiece Theatre roles. She was Miss Kitty Bennett on Pride And Prejudice, Christine Manson on The Citadel and Rachel Lucas on After the War. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you watched Saturday night’s Death In Paradise, you caught a handful of familiar guest stars you’ll know from other UNC-TV shows, past and present. The episode (part one of “Man Overboard”) saw DI Goodman’s team investigating a death at sea – a case that eventually leads Goodman and company from the sunny shores of Saint Marie to England.

John Marquez played Tom Lewis, the episode’s victim. Now, I’m sure there’s a viewer out there who may recall Marquez from an obscure, four-episode stint as “Clive” on EastEnders in 2002 but it makes the most sense that, if you do know him, you know him as PC Joe Penhale on Doc Martin.

Clare Rushbrook, who portrayed Rachel Baldwin, has been seen on a few Masterpiece presentations. Currently, she is Pat Simms on Home Fires. She also played Mrs. Joe on Great Expectations (2012) and Karen Donnelly on Collision (2009). Continue reading