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Keep Calm & Carry On--The British Are Coming!

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Thank you very much!

 

Although usually thought of as British, this actress was actually born in Bombay, according to most sources; however, she sometimes claimed to have been born in Tasmania, and some people think this might be true.

 

 

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The extremely beautiful and exotic Merle Oberon?

 

Who, indeed, considered herself to be British.

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Next--Very much alive Knighted British (though not English) Actor, who is appears in a very popular film series and is also famous for portraying on film a legendary literary dectective.

 

Not easy--but the clues are very clear.

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My very knighted actor is in a movie series that has been filmed for the last few years and his character is a literary police dectective, not a govt. spy.

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We're talking about the most popular film series of recent times, maybe for all time.

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cujas! Lucky I got hit on the head with a violin. You've got to be talking of Robert Downey Jr playing the best literary detective, Sherlock Holmes?

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Let's go back--the actor has to be British, hence the thread, and this particular knighted actor is, however, not English.

 

He has appeared in the most popular film series in movies, currently and possibly of all time, and he has appeared as a legendary police detective from literature, on the TV screen.

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Are you talking about Sir Michael Gambon... who was born in Dublin and appeared as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series and as Inspector Maigret on TV ?

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Harry Potter and Maigret are better known than Michael Gambon--but he made them live on screen. Good Show!

 

Sir Muddy is up--

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This British actor once said, "Boxing Day of 2004 is the worst day of my life".

 

Who is the actor? What is Boxing Day ? And what was the reason for his statement ?

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Clue: ...This actor/director has a younger brother who is a well-known host and narrator of several documentaries...

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Good post, muddy: Sir Richard Attenborough lost his daughter on Boxing Day in the tsunami of 2004. I believe Boxing Day is the day after Christmas (?) in GB. ?

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That is correct Edythe...Boxing Day in Britain is the day after Christmas. They call it Boxing Day because that's when the employers give their employees the day off and give them boxes of gifts to take home....

 

Sadly, that was the day in 2004 when Sir Richard Attenborough's eldest daughter and grandaughter died during the tsunami while vacationing in Thailand....

 

Your thread...

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A British film with an all British cast and director, about a legendary British duo was tagged: The words. The music. The women. The scandals...and it was! Can you name this Oscar nominated film from the UK?

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Hint: The leading actor went on to big roles, winning a Best Supporting Oscar, played in The Harry Potter series, and played the father of a young Brit in another popular series.

 

 

 

The backdrop used in the musical they are staging can be found at Kew Gardens just a block away from the theater.

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Hint: 1999 is the year with the (mostly) British cast of which the librettist and composer clash on their future together. The rest of the stellar cast went on to play Churchill, a henchman to a wicked queen, a Roman soldier in a popular mini-series and head of surgery in a current TV series.

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This was maybe too obscure for TCM fans. Movie was 1999's Topsy-Turvy with James Broadbent playing Wm Gilbert and Allan Corduner as Arthur Sullivan covering their collapse after Princess Ida and the meat of the movie, the staging of The Mikado. Fabulous music, acting and costuming. Someone else take the thread.

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