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For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Add to the list of puckish rogues, charming ne’er-do-wells and sly adventurers played by Johnny Depp the role of Charlie Mortdecai, cash-strapped British aristocrat and protagonist of the new action-comedy Mortdecai. Based on the charismatic anti-hero of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s popular trilogy (Don’t Point That Thing at Me, Something Nasty in the Woodshed and After You with the Pistol), Charlie Mortdecai is a professional bon vivant and occasional art dealer perpetually at the end of his financial rope.
Upbeat, satirical and utterly British in style and tone, the novels featuring Charlie and his manservant Jock Strapp are often compared to P.G. Wodehouse’s madcap creations, the Jeeves and Wooster stories. In Mortdecai, Charlie charms, schemes and blunders his way in and out of hilariously compromising »
- Michelle McCue
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