Archive for the ‘Ioan Gruffudd’ Tag

Suit You, Sir   Leave a comment

Ah, you’ve got to admit. There’s something about a man in a suit that’s incredibly sexy. The classic style of them, the way they instantly add a kind of James Bond-suaveness to anyone who wears them. So here’s a selection of British totty for you to feast your eyes on, ladies (and gents!)

Jude Law looking quite the dandy

 

 

The lovely Ioan Gruffudd

 

The adorable Matthew Rhys. Ok, I might have a thing for Welshmen

From the top: Jude Law, Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Richard Armitage and James D’arcy.

 

 

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Horatio Hornblower (1998-2003)   Leave a comment

Ok, I know I said in my About page how this blog wasn’t going to be all about me ogling totty British actors, but the thing is, dear reader….I lied.

No, seriously. Doing the post about Jamie Bamber the other day got me thinking about what an amazing series Hornblower was, and how I wish they had made more of them.

Although he had had small roles in other films, being cast as Horatio Hornblower was a godsend for the then 23 year old Welsh actor, Ioan Gruffudd. He was perfect in the role as a socially awkward but honourable young man who joins the British Navy as a 17 year old midshipman, and steadily rises up the ranks.

Beginning with ‘The Even Chance’ in 1998, the series ran as 8 separate tv movies until the final episode ‘Duty’ aired in 2003. Surprisingly, though, it wasn’t the BBC who commisioned the series to be made, but an American production company, A&E. 

As well as the exotic locations, rollicking good story lines and lavish costumes, Hornblower featured a stellar cast of veteran and up and coming actors. Alongside Ioan and Jamie, of course, there was Robert Lindsey, Paul McGann, Anthony Sher, Dennis Lawson, Samuel West and David Warner to name a few.

There has really been nothing else of this calibre on tv before or since, so this is my little tribute to great television-making and the people who made it happen.

PS. For any of you die-hard Ioan fans out there, does that picture of Ioan holding a gun immediately make you start singing:”I’m quick on the trigger..”?

PPS. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, see the video below. You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Birthday to Jamie Bamber   Leave a comment

The lovely Jamie Bamber turns 38 today. Born in Hammersmith, London on the 3rd April, 1973, he is probably best-known to people as Archie Kennedy from the Horatio Hornblower TV series.

While the majority of female viewers were drooling over the brooding, Heathcliffian (is that a word? Oh, well, it is now) countenance of Mr. Ioan Gruffudd, Jamie Bamber was also gaining quite a following for his role as Hornblower’s slightly-less-heroic best friend.

If Horatio was the fearless hero who inspired others with his deeds of daring-do, then Bamber’s Kennedy was the Everyman who fans could relate to. Courageous when called upon, but also well-aware of his limitations, fans loved the vulnerability of his character and mourned his untimely demise in Retribution.

As well as his stint in Hornblower, Jamie has also appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Richard E. Grant, Band of Brothers and Daniel Deronda with Hugh Dancy.

In 2003, he joined the cast of ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ as Captain Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama. He remained with the show until 2009.

Most recently, he has been seen in Law and Order: UK, playing Matt Devlin.

Whatever role Jamie Bamber chooses next, you can bet he will be in demand. Happy birthday, Jamie!

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