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TTW: John Barrowman   Leave a comment

Oh, Captain Jack!

Hello, peeps and welcome to TTW or Tuesday Totty Watch. Every Tuesday, as the name suggests, I will feature a gorgeous specimen of British (or in this case Anglo-American) manhood for you to….observe.

So class, if you will observe Mr John Barrowman. All-singing, all-dancing, all-acting and ALL 100% hunk.

He was born in Glasgow, but moved to Illinois with his family shortly after. At the age of 20, he came back to Britain and began acting in stage musicals. His career took off from there and he has rarely been off stage or screen since. Most people would know him as Captain Jack in Torchwood and Dr Who, but he has also been a tv presenter, a judge on Any Dream Will Do and has a successful career as a solo artist. 

 

The sheer talent and energy this guy puts into his career as a performer is just amazing. Looks, talent, personality- yes, Mr John Barrowman has it all!

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Posted October 18, 2011 by rachel london in TTW

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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.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Gina McKee   Leave a comment

A very happy birthday to actress, Gina McKee, who was born in Sunderland, Tyne on Wear, on the 14 April, 1961.

She has been in plenty of television shows and films over the years including ‘Our Friends in the North,’ ‘Notting Hill’, ‘The Forsyte Saga,’ ‘Atonement,’ and the detective crime drama ‘Lewis.’

One of her more recent projects has seen her in the British comedy ‘In the Loop,’ with comedian Chris Addison, but for many people she will always be Irene Forsyte in the brilliant ITV mini-series, ‘The Forsyte Saga.’

Fiercely private and reluctant to give interviews, she is a far cry from the Lady Gagas of this world who constantly seek the attention of fans and the media. Perhaps the reason Gina looks so right in historical parts is that she exudes a beauty and elegance that is rare these days, but which harks back to an earlier age of grace, class and refinement.

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!

and….Matthew Goode   1 comment

who was born on this day in 1978. If this handsome chappie has perhaps slipped under your radar, it could be because up until recently, he hasn’t been in any big blockbuster movies.

In 2005, he played the very posh, but likeable Tom Hewitt in Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point,’ which also starred Scarlet Johansen and Jonathon Rhys-Meyers.

In that same year, he played Heck in the small-budget British comedy ‘Imagine Me and You,’ where he plays a guy who’s girlfriend is confused about her sexual orientation, while 2008 saw him cast as Charles Ryder in the long-awaited screen version of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel ‘Brideshead Revisited.’

Definitely one to watch out for, if you haven’t seen his work already. Happy birthday, Matthew!

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!

Happy (belated) Birthday to Ewan McGregor   1 comment

A very happy birthday to the multi-talented Ewan McGregor. The star of such films as Moulin Rouge, Trainspotting and the Star Wars trilogy turned 40 yesterday. While he’s been quiet of late, his imdb profile shows he has a few things in the pipeline, so it won’t be long before we see Mr McGregor on the big screen again. Congrats, Ewan, and many happy returns.

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