Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS continues its new season, this week with DCI Barnaby investigating a bizarre drowning in Echoes of the Dead (Part One). A few guest stars popped up worth mentioning as well. Let see how many you spotted.

Sarah Smart played the victim’s roommate Jo Starling. Smart was Anne-Britt Hoglund in Wallander and Catherine Linton on a late-90s adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Ron Cook was the victim’s landlord, Bernard Flack, and Melanie Kilburn, his wife. Watchers of the new Les Miserables on Masterpiece may recognize Cook as “hair and teeth dealer” (ew!) but he also played Mr. Crabb on Mr. Selfridge, Durdles on The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hermann Van Daan on The Diary of Anne Frank, Chivery on Little Dorrit and Mr. Bozzle on He Knew He Was Right. For her part, Melanie Kilburn played Mrs. Johnstone on Breathless. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor? (Dunkirk Edition)

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II tale, is the #1 film at the box office. In full disclosure, I haven’t seen the film yet (although it’s on my summer cinema must-see list). However, I have seen the trailer several times and I always lose count of the familiar faces I spy from shows we’ve broadcast on UNC-TV. So I thought it might be fun to see how many I could find. Some were obvious, others less so.

Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson) was the actor I first recognized. He won an Academy Awards for Bridge of Spies a few years back but I knew him instantly as Thomas Cromwell from Wolf Hall. And if we go back 20 years, Rylance also played King Henry V on a 1997 Great Performances.

Tom Hardy (Farrier) is probably most associated with blockbuster films like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road yet Hardy has a couple of Masterpiece roles of note. He played Heathcliff on Wuthering Heights and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, on The Virgin Queen.

Kenneth Branagh (Commander Bolton) portrayed Swedish detective Kurt Wallander for four seasons on Masterpiece Mystery. Going back a bit, Branagh starred as Shakespeare’s Henry V in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of that feature film – and he played Guy Pringle on Fortunes of War, another Masterpiece Theatre series. Continue reading