Where Do I Know That Actor?

Based on the 2008 novel by Alan Furst, SPIES OF WARSAW is a four-episode mini-series that premiered on BBC in 2013. The Explorer Channel is currently airing this series Friday nights at 9 and viewers will no doubt recognize some familiar faces. Let’s get to know them again, shall we?

David Tennant stars as Jean-François Mercier, a spy posing as a military attaché. Certainly Tennant may be best known for his role as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, but the actor has appeared a few times on UNC-TV in various Masterpiece series. He played Will Burton on The Escape Artist, Mr. Gibson on He Knew He Was Right and a young Casanova on Casanova. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

Last week, I talked of the familiar folks from Dancing On The Edge. This week, let’s look at the Masterpiece follow-up, The Tunnel. The series is adapted from the Danish/Swedish crime series The Bridge and follows two detectives (one French, one English) as they track down a killer who terrorizes two nations. The show may not boast many actors you’ve seen before (definitely not as many as Dancing On The Edge) but there are a few.

We’ll start with the two leads – Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy – who play police detectives Karl Rosebuck and Elise Wassermann. Both actors have appeared in series 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.

The only other name of note is Angel Coulby who plays Laura Roebuck on The Tunnel. You definitely know Coulby if you watch the entirety of UNC-TV’s Sunday night line-up since she plays lead singer Jessie Taylor on Dancing On The Edge.

Like I said, not that many faces but enough to notice.

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 British drama have no doubt already discovered the two new series that bookend Masterpiece Mystery! Sundays on UNC-TV. Dancing On The Edge and The Tunnel are fantastic UK-exports with some familiar faces that UNC-TV viewers may easily (and not so easily) recognize from elsewhere. I’ll tackle each series in turn, going over one this week and the other next week.

We’ll start with Dancing On The Edge – an entertaining and gripping tale of jazz and race relations in 1930s England. There’s lots of actors you may know, so let’s get through a few of the more interesting ones.

Matthew Goode stars as music journalist Stanley Mitchell. He played the brother of the title character on an episode of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Brooke Burgess in He Knew He Was Right, Captain Gray in Birdsong and George Wickham in Death Comes To Pemberley. However, UNC-TV viewers will most likely recognize him as Mary’s beloved, Henry Talbot, in Downton Abbey.

Chiwetel Ejiofor also stars as bandleader Louis Lester. Certainly, Ejiofor has made a splash on the big screen (he’s due to appear with Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Doctor Strange film) but he, too, has made a Masterpiece appearance – he was in 2009’s Endgame with Derek Jacobi. Continue reading