The British Are Coming! Well Actually They Are Already Here
For many years Brits have been crossing the Atlantic to become Hollywood stars, the tradition goes right back to Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, Bob Hope and Cary Grant huge stars who made it big in America. we are glad to report the tradition continues today, with some surprising roles being played by some of our best actors. Possibly the most notable British export on US TV at the moment is Hugh Laurie. he plays the iconic Dr Greg House in the series of the same name. now in its sixth series House MD is an award winning, resounding success. Hugh began his career in the Cambridge footlights and as part of a double act with Stephen Fry. Then through Black Adder, Jeeves & Wooster a number of hit movies including Stuart little and 101 Dalmatians Laurie has found his way to House MD.
But British success does not stop there, Eastender Michelle Ryan appeared in re-imagined hit series Bionic Woman. in the award winning series the Wire Brit actor Dominic West stars as Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty but did you know Stringer Bell the very personification of street cool, was also played by a Brit, Idris Elba, who started his career in the bill. Brits are even making it into space, first there was Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard but did you know Jamie Bamber, who plays Major Lee "Apollo" Adama in hit Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica was born in Hammersmith?
He starred in shows like Hornblower and the Ross Kemp vehicle Ultimate Force before crossing the pond to star in the WW2 mini-series Band of Brothers. to be fair Bamber's father is American but his mum is from N.Ireland and he was born here so that makes him a Brit. Brits playing baddies is pretty standard in the US and they don't get much more unpleasant than Dr Gaius Baltar played by James Callis he was born in the London, attended Harrow and appeared in both Bridgit Jones movies before blasting into outer space.
But the Brit success stretches into the future soon to be seen on our screens is another talented British actor, he starred in Band of Brothers and is soon to be seen as the star of a great new US TV show Life he plays that mainstay of great US TV, an LA cop, he is old Etonian Damian Lewis. Join in on our Playback Forum, tell us who we have missed out, which other Brits have made it big on US TV, was Murder she Wrote actress Angela Landsbury actually born in London? Is Don Johnson actually from Bolton? Is Peter "Columbo" Falk actually a Scot?