Where Do I Know That Actor?

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE is a gripping drama series about former codebreakers who use skills honed during war to catch a killer. It also features some familiar faces from other fare UNC-TV has offered. Let’s get to know a few.

Anna Maxwell Martin stars as Susan Gray. The actress has appeared in guest spots on shows like Midsomer Murders and Doctor Who (a necessity for any British actor, I believe) but has had more substantial roles on several Masterpiece series. She was Esther Summerson on Bleak House, Gaoler’s Daughter on Wind In The Willows, Sarah Burton on South Riding and Elizabeth Darcy on Death Comes To Pemberley. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS strikes again with a three-fer of guest actors with a PBS connection. If you watched part one of “Death and Dreams” over the weekend then you may have recognized a few faces. Who were they?

Let’s start with Isla Blair, who played Dr. Jane Moore. Blair has guest starred in many series we’ve broadcast over the years (Inspector MorseThe Darling Buds of MayDoctor FinlayGrantchester, The Mrs. Bradley MysteriesBlake’s 7Doctor Who) but she may be best known for portraying Claire Carlsen in The Final Cut (the second part of the original BBC House of Cards trilogy). She also played Laura Miles on the Peter Bowles Britcom The Bounder and Isabella on the Peter Davision Doctor Who two-parter The King’s Demons. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS strikes again with a guest star two-fer that should have hit a familiar note with some UNC-TV viewers. [NOTE: I originally posted this two weeks ago when I mistakenly though the episode had already aired.]

If you tuned in Saturday night, you caught Part One of “Worm In The Bud” in which DCI Barnaby uncovered lies, witchcraft and more in Midsomer Worthy. You also may have spotted two actresses you’ve seen before – Emily Joyce and Wendy Craig. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

At this point, MIDSOMER MURDERS is so rife with cameos and guest stars, I’m honestly surprised when I watch an episode and I don’t recognize someone I’ve seen before elsewhere. This week, it’s Anna Maxwell Martin. The actress had a bit part as a young student named Arabella. This threw me for a moment because I’m used to seeing her in more mature roles (sure enough – as many actors do – she was in her early 20s playing a teenager when this show was made in 2002) but I eventually recognized her.

Where have you seen her? Well, Martin has played Susan in The Bletchley Circle, (2012 – 2014), Elizabeth Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), Sarah Burton in South Riding (2011), Gaoler’s Daughter in The Wind in the Willows (2007) and Esther Summerson in Bleak House (2005), so she’s been around for a while and has been well-represented on shows UNC-TV has aired.

That’s it! One person worth mentioning because that’s all it takes, isn’t it – one familiar face to make you ask yourself “Where do I know that actor?”

MIDSOMER MURDERS continues Saturday night at 8 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?

I hope you watched Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS (Ring Out Your Dead, Part One) because we have a veritable who’s who of guest stars you’ve seen before from other programs aired on UNC-TV. I was practically giddy with all the familiar faces. See if you spotted them.

Let’s start with Reggie Barton, played by Graham Crowden. You know him best as Tom Ballard on Waiting for God but longtime Doctor Who fans may remember him as Soldeed from the classic Tom Baker serial The Horns of Nimon. (Now that’s going way back.) Crowden also portrayed Marquis of Auld Reekie on The Way We Live Now and Lord Chancellor on a 1985 Bleak House (both on Masterpiece). Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS strikes again. If you caught this week’s episode (part two of “Tainted Fruit”), you got a glimpse of several actors who’ve been seen elsewhere on UNC-TV. See if you spotted them.

We’ll start with Lucy Punch who played spoiled, rich Melissa Townsend. UNC-TV viewers first met her as Elaine, one of Dr. Martin Ellingham’s many receptionists. In fact, she was his first, playing that role in season one of Doc Martin. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

For a change of pace we’ll eschew MIDSOMER MURDERS for a week and focus on another whodunit series with a high guest star quotient: DEATH IN PARADISE. (Hey, I guess when your agent calls with a job offer on a sunny Caribbean island, only a fool declines.) This week’s episode saw the isle of Saint Marie’s Day of the Dead celebrations interrupted by the usual murder and mayhem. It also gave DI Jack Mooney and team a chance to meet a trio of guest stars you might have recognized.

Danny Rahim played Finn Anderson, husband of the victim. He’ll best be known to UNC-TV viewers for his role as DC Tariq Lang on DCI Banks. Continue reading