Where Do I Know That Actor?

Just a quick two-fer this week regarding guest actors on Father Brown (Fridays on UNC-EX) and Luther (Saturdays on UNC-TV).

Last week’s Father Brown (“The Penitent Man”) saw the prying padre aiding his old adversary Flambeau when the latter is incarcerated for murder. It also featured Ian Reddington as Samuel Jacobs. Reddington is not a household name by any means but he had a memorable run in the 1990s on EastEnders as Richard Cole, one of the soap’s leading heels. Going back a bit, Reddington played one of Doctor Who‘s finest villains (at least, as voted by readers of Doctor Who Magazine) – the Chief Clown on the Sylvester McCoy 25th anniversary serial “The Greatest Show In The Galaxy.”

On the Idris Elba detective series Luther, Nicola Walker guest starred as Linda Shand. Walker, too, may not be a household name but I guarantee you’ve spotted her if you’ve been watching UNC-TV programs long enough. Most recently, she played Gillian, Derek Jacobi’s daughter on Last Tango in Halifax. However, I think many people first noticed her for her regular role as Ruth Evershed on MI-5. Along the way, she was DC Sue Upton on A Mother’s Son, Sally on Oliver Twist, DI Susan Taylor on Touching Evil and Lucy Diver on Moll Flanders.

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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Where Do I Know That Actor?

Two shows had recognizable actors this week so I’ll highlight each in turn.

First, let’s look at Rosemary & Thyme. This past Saturday’s episode was titled “Orpheus in the Undergrowth” and saw our gardening gumshoes doing work for one of Laura’s longtime friends.

In the episode, Phyllida Law played May Beauchamp and while she’s guest starred in everything from Doc Martin to Monarch of the Glen, she may be best known as Aunt Muriel on the delightful Stephen Fry series Kingdom. 

Also of note, Joanna David was Julia Moore. She’s been in a few series, playing guest roles in Downton Abbey, The Duchess Of Duke Street, Rumpole Of The Bailey and Bleak House, just to name a few. Moore also played Mrs. Stanbury on He Knew He Was Right and Elizabeth Kerslake on First Among Equals.

Next, let’s look at Luther. Steven Robertson played a unique role (I won’t give away too much in case you haven’t watched yet) as a man engaged in seemingly random violence. Robertson plays TDC Sandy Wilson on the police drama Shetland (returning this summer with new episodes). He also appeared as Crowley on The Bletchley Circle and Cuthbert Clare in a Masterpiece adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles in 2009. Interestingly enough, Robertson was on a 2005 episode of NOVA playing Michael Faraday in Einstein’s Big Idea.

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 may have spotted a familiar face among the many new characters seen on this week’s Luther. Pam Ferris played Baba and if her name doesn’t ring a bell it’s not because she hasn’t been seen on UNC-TV in various shows throughout the last few decades.

Let’s start with the obvious – Pam Ferris is one half of Rosemary & Thyme, playing Laura Thyme opposite Felicity Kendal on that series. Since Rosemary & Thyme airs a few hours earlier, I’m sure that’s an easy start. However, it’s far from the end.

Pam Ferris plays Sister Evangelina on Call The Midwife and has been on that show since the beginning. In 2009, she was Mrs. General on a Masterpiece adaptation of Little Dorrit. A few years earlier, she portrayed Grace Poole on a Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre. (Interesting enough, Jane Eyre was played by Ruth Wilson – Alice Morgan on Luther.) Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

A couple of shows this week featuring appearances by familiar faces. See if you recognized any of them.

Let’s start with Midsomer Murders. Part one of “The Straw Woman” aired Saturday night on UNC-TV in which Barnaby investigates death at a pagan festival. Two actors you’ve possibly seen elsewhere are worth a mention. The first is Daniel Weymen who played Matthew Cole. Weymen also played Sam’s husband Adam Wainwright on Foyle’s War. The second is veteran actor Keith Barron who portrayed Alan Clifford. Barron may be best known to UNC-TV viewers as Alan Banks father, Arthur Banks, on DCI Banks.

Next, we’ll move on to Luther. Last week, I detailed many of the regular faces you’ll see on that series. This week, I’ll call your attention to Sean Pertwee who guest starred as Terry Lynch. The British actor may honestly be best known for an American TV show – he appears as Alfred on the Batman prequel Gotham on FOX. Yet he has popped up on UK series like Marple and Poirot and played Hugh Beringer on Myster’s Cadfael so UNC-TV viewers may have spotted him there. However, if you recognized the surname the moment you heard it, that’s not an accident. Sean Pertwee is the son of actor Jon Pertwee who was, of course, the third Doctor on Doctor Who.

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?

I hope you got to catch the UNC-TV premiere of the fantastic series Luther on Saturday night. It’s a taught, gripping crime drama that only gets better as the stakes get higher. It stars the excellent Idris Elba in the title role and features a surprisingly high number of actors that you may know from other programs we have aired. Let’s check them all out, shall we?

The star is the aforementioned Idris Elba. He’s been nominated for Golden Globes and Emmy Awards and has been seen on TV and in film in loads of amazing roles. Not a lot of public television action, I’m sorry to say. However, he is credited with guest roles on The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Bramwell, so we do have something.

Saskia Reeves co-stars as DSU Rose Teller, Luther’s boss. She’s guested on everything from Wallander to Inspector Lewis and MI-5 to Midsomer Murders. But you may best know her from several Masterpiece series. Reeves was Anthea Catcheside on Page Eight, Cassie May on Islands At War and Johane Williamson on Wolf HallContinue reading