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Manekineko

UK (mostly) actors quiz

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I don't remember if I did this before, I might have. Came upon some young actor photos when I trawled my folders, and was amused all over again recognizing (and not) guys I know from their more established days. Have a go:

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(some are fairly easy, but here because they're cute ;-) )

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1. ?

2. Sir Kenneth Branagh?

3. Alan Rickman

4. Sir Ian McKellen

5. John Nettles

6. Jonathan Pryce

7. Tim Curry?

8. Michael Kitchen

9. Sir Nigel Hawthorne

10. Richard Harris

11. Rick Mayall

12. James Bond 007

Edited by inhashi

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3. Alan Rickman


4. Ian McKellen


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6. Jonathan Pryce


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9. Nigel Hawthorne


10. Michael York


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12. Timothy Dalton


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OK, I guess most of the interested answered already. Hat off to inhashi who got all but the ?s right. Now I'll devolve into nostalgia while I post the answers. :-P

1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rhys-Davies

I know him as Sallah from Indiana Jones (yay!), most of the rest of the world knows him as Gimli from LoTR, where he's fairly unrecognizable under all the makeup. Lotsa solid UK actors got lotsa solid paychecks for LoTR/Harry Potter films...

2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Clarke

WTF, he died, too? :'-(

Best known to detective story aficionados as Dalziel from Dalziel&Pascoe, but remembered for his role in Kubrick's Clockwork Orange.

3: Alan Rickman. Now you know why I was trawling the folders...

4: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_McKellen

Alas, his obit will probably say "best known for his role of Gandalf". His filmography is too huge to even attempt. Some liked him as Richard III set in Nazi-Germany, my favorite of his roles is in Gods and Monsters, film that made me realise that Brandon "The Mummy" Fraser can act. Not that I'm dissing The Mummy, the first film was great fun.

5: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nettles

Another sign of my love of detective shows, he is Inspector Barnaby, the First of His Name, from Midsomer Murders.

6: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pryce

Lovely, lovely actor. First film of his that comes to my mind is Terry Gilliam's Brazil. His favorite role for me is as The Master in Doctor Who special The Curse of Fatal Death. You're a Who fan and hadn't watched this late 1990s gem? Go forth and correct the oversight.

7: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Shaw

Wikipedia unhelpfully doesn't have his recent photo, so here. Detective George Gently or Judge Deed from eponymous shows, I knew him as Doyle in 1970s show The Professionals which I watched when wee. My favorite role of his, though, is as Chauvelin in TV series The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring another one of my darlings, Richard E. Grant.

8: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kitchen

Another photo-less article, so here. Inspector Foyle (you can see the pattern) from Foyle's War, but I first noticed him as unfortunate husband in Reckless with always stunning Francesca Annis and then cutie Robson Green. And of course, he played the King in (heh) To play the King, the second of three original House of Cards series. Kevin Spacey has nothing, nothing on Ian Richardson's Francis Urquhart.

9: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Hawthorne

For me best known and loved as slippery Sir Humphrey Appleby from Yes (Prime)Minister. Wonderful contrast was his role as the fragile king in The Madness of King George. Died in 2001, missed still.

10: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Harris

Wonderful ham, mostly. Films too numerous to count, I first remembered him from Patriot Games.

11: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik_Mayall

B'stard from The New Statesman, gone far too soon. Had some fairly dignified and non-slimy roles in his later career, where he came off a handsome gentleman, as hard that is to believe.

12: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Dalton

He had the bad luck to succeed a popular actor as 007. I hated his Bond films because he wasn't Moore... but he is actually a fairly good actor, and I find I relish his villainous roles a lot. He can ham it with the best of them. :-D And I can't miss mentioning his role in Flash Gordon, film that had all the makings of a pulpy disaster and ended up hilariously good. The Queen soundtrack comes as a splendid bonus.

And to finish off this tribute to actors and roles I love, my avatar is Tom Hiddleston who will hopefully manage to avoid being referred to as Loki from the Avengers in his obit, decades and decades from now. I liked him a lot as Prince Hal/Henry V in The Hollow Crown, TV series bringing Shakespeare's historical plays to the screen. If you're getting tired of Game of Thrones, have a gander. It'd be a shame to miss a soliloquy by Patrick "Cpt. Picard" Stewart in the first episode...

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Woah, I thought that I would only get around 50% of them. That was fun (Holiday feeling...)

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