Rik Mayall, great comedian from Blackadder passed away today at the age of 56. RIP. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...medium=twitter
If you can ever find an obscure little film called Hot Millions, with Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith, take a look. It's what they used to call a "caper" movie, meaning a light-hearted plan to steal something impossible. (Kind of like How to Steal a Million with Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn, which is a bit easier to find and is equally charming.) Maggie Smith also dominated all her scenes in The VIPs, which was supposedly a Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor movie. (A melodrama, but worth a glimpse to see Smith.)
Well, Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole too were Irish - although O'Toole was not certain about his birthplace - but I personally consider them, especially O'Toole, very english actors. They were formed in England as actors.
The demographic of this region is pretty confusing. I thought, apart from Isle of Man and Channel Islands, only NI is not part of the UK. We need CaroLiza to confirm the facts though. Anyway one of my clients told me that they dropped the term Great Britain since the early 2000. Only using United Kingdom officially.
JK Rowling recently donate 1m pound for the campaign against Independence of Scotland (more confusing). Political speaking, they want to break free from the unity but in many sports they campaign to be group together.
As you see, you're right about the demographic of the region being confusing. I think Man and the Channel Islands are part of the U.K. Be that as it may, a lot of actors and actresses from around the British Commonwealth (and from parts of Ireland, which is not a Commonwealth member, I think) have trained in England and are part of the English theater and/or film tradition.
I loved Leslie Howard's acting! Subtle, yet meaningful. His acting skills were immense and I must have rewatched The Scarlet Pimpernel three or four times many years ago. So sad that he died so soon and tragically. It is especially ironic that the plane he was in was shot by the Nazis in the 1940s while his last films were about fighting against Nazi Germany.
Coincidentally there are a big festival at the Isle of Wight this week with big names as the headliners (Red Hot, Suede, Boy George...).
Can't believe not that long ago it was my kind of scenes. Now I'm talking about RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The full name of the UK is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
The UK is currently made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Isle of Wright is a county in England.
The Scilly Isles are part of Cornwall, a county in England.
The Shetland Islands are a county in Scotland.
The Orkney Islands are a county in Scotland.
The Outer and Inner Hebrides are also part of Scotland, but are divided between different counties.
Anglesey is a county in Wales.
Rathlin Island is part of Co. Antrim, a county in Northern Ireland.
The Isle of Man is a crown dependency.
The Channel Islands are crown dependencies as well.
Southern Ireland is an independent Republic.
Hope this clears everything up.
Back to actors and actresses.
Liam Neeson (from Ballymena), who has already been mentioned, is probably Northern Ireland's most famous actor.
Jimmy Nesbitt (from Broughshane) has been well known on British TV for the past decade (in "Cold Feet" and "Murphy's Law"), but he is about to become even more famous as he plays one of the main characters in "The Hobbit" films.
But, there is also Kenneth Branagh (Belfast). Foreigners probably know him best for being married to English actress Emma Thompson (yes, of "Nanny McPhee" fame!). He first became famous playing the title character in the Billy plays, a series of TV plays from the 1980's. He is currently playing Kurt Wallender in the British adaptation of the books.
Kenneth's Dad in the Billy plays was played by Belfast actor Jimmy Ellis, who died a few months ago. Jimmy Ellis was the first actor from Northern Ireland to use his real accent on British TV. He is best known for playing Bert Lynch in "Z Cars"
Charlie Lawson, who played Jim McDonald in "Coronation Street" for many years, is from Enniskillen, where my Auntie lives.
Since we are now onto soaps, Patrick Harvey, who played Connor O'Neill in "Neighbours", is from Andersonstown, a suburb of Belfast.
I haven't mentioned anybody from my own county yet. And the only person I can think of is Birdy Sweeney, who was from 10 miles down the road from me in Dungannon (He died in 1999). He is best known for playing Eamon Byrne in BBC drama "Ballykissangel". He was also in the Billy plays.
Can't really think of many actresses from up here. The most famous I can think of is Bronagh Gallagher, from Londonderry. She is best known for being in "The Commitments", but was also in the Star Wars film "The Phantom Menace"
But, there is also Jayne Wisener, from Jenna McCorkell's home town of Coleraine. She became known for her brief stint in "The Inbetweeners", but recently was playing one of the main characters in local drama "6Degrees". Oh, and she was in the "Sweeny Todd" film.
For Southern actors, the most famous of all time, Peter O'Toole (don't care what anybody says, he was Irish!), has already been mentioned.
But, what about Maureen O'Hara (from Dublin). She is bound to be the most famous Irish actress of all time.
The most famous Irish actor at the moment is Colin Farrell (from Dublin). Although he is now a major Hollywood actor, to me he will forever be Danny Byrne from "Ballykissangel".
"Ballykissangel" starred the cream of Irish acting from the past 2 decades.
There was Dervla Kirwan (from Dublin), who has been in so many dramas over the years.
Victoria Smurfit (from Dublin) has gone on to star in quite a few dramas (eg. "Trial and Retribution" and "Cold Feet") and films.
Niall Tóibín (from Cork) is best known as a comedian, but also did quite a few dramas, as well as being in "Veronica Guerin".
Although she was one of the few of her generation that was not in BallyK, another Dublin actress that has been in a lot of dramas is Niamh Cussack. I can't be bothered listing them all here, but if you look Niamh up, you will find that most of her family also went into acting.
So, I hope you have enjoyed this brief foray into the world of Irish acting.
^^^ CaroLiza_fan, I was wondering if anyone was going to mention Kenneth Branagh. His Henry V is one of my all-time favorite films. Also love his version of Much Ado About Nothing (with Emma Thompson) and still feel bad that they split up.
Re: Maggie Smith, in my mind she'll always be "Maggie the Magnificent."
My first visit to this thread, but definitely not the last. What fun!