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British Celebrity Spotlight | Shaun Evans

Shaun Evans (born 6 March 1980 in Liverpool) is an English actor.

His first major role was that of gay French teacher John Paul Keating in the Channel 4 comedy-drama Teachers during its second series in 2002. The following year he made his feature film debut in The Boys from County Clare, starring alongside Bernard Hill, Colm Meaney and Andrea Corr. Additional screen credits include Being Julia, The Situation, Cashback, Gone, Boy A (film), Telstar, Princess Ka’iulani and Clive Barker’s horror, Dread.

On television, Evans was featured in the 2002 docudrama The Project and was seen as the Earl of Southampton in the miniseries The Virgin Queen, which premiered in November 2005 on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS in the U.S. before airing on the BBC in January 2006. His stage work includes a UK tour of the award-winning play Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall. Recent television appearances include, Murder City, BBC’s Ashes to Ashes, Gentley’s Last Stand and four-part drama The Take from the novel by Martina Cole on Sky1. Evans also starred in Sparkle alongside Bob Hoskins and Stockard Channing (2007). He also portrayed Kurt Cobain in the Roy Smiles play Kurt and Sid, at the Trafalgar Studios, opposite Danny Dyer as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

In August 2011, it was announced that he would be playing the young Inspector Morse in Endeavour, which would focus on the detective’s early career.

An initial episode was to be broadcast on 2 January 2012 which, since successfully received, has been re-commissioned for four new episodes by the ITV, with filming expecting to start summer 2012.

In 2012, Evans also played the role of new pupil, Daniel, in BBC Legal Drama Silk alongside Maxine Peake.

British Celebrity Spotlight | Rupert Penry-Jones

Penry-Jones was born in London in 1970 to Welsh actor Peter Penry-Jones, and actress Angela Thorne. His brother Laurence Penry-Jones and sister-in-law Polly Walker are also actors.

He was educated at Dulwich College in south-east London, until age 17 when he was enrolled at Bristol Old Vic, only to be expelled in his second year for being a bad influence.. His bad influence was a result of a broken relationship in which Rupert stated he tried to get over it by “shagging everything in sight” . Being dyslexic, he struggled at school, eventually leaving with no A-levels.

In 1995 he appeared with his mother on television in Cold Comfort Farm.

Penry-Jones trained for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He made his London stage debut at the Hackney Empire in 1995 playing Fortinbras to Ralph Fiennes’s Hamlet in an Almeida production of Hamlet.

He was cast as Richard in the premiere staging of Stephen Poliakoff’s Sweet Panic at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. The following year he appeared in both The Paper Husband at Hampstead Theatre and as the upper class Pip Thompson in a prestigious revival of Arnold Wesker’s Chips with Everything on the Lyttelton stage at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1998 he created the role of the Boy in Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby at the Almeida Theatre. In 1999 he joined the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon, playing the title role in Don Carlos at The Other Place and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Both productions transferred to the Barbican Centre in 2000, where his performance as Don Carlos won the Ian Charleson Award.

At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2001 he was cast as Robert Caplan in J. B. Priestley’s thriller “time-play” Dangerous Corner opposite Dervla Kirwan, who played Olwen Peel. The production then successfully transferred for a four-month run at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

From July to October 2003 at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre he played the leading role of Louis XIV in Nick Dear’s historical drama Power.

He returned to the theatre at the end of 2009 playing the role of Carl in Michael Wynne’s new play The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 19 November 2009 to 16 January 2010.

On television, he has played barrister Alex Hay in C4’s 10 part serial North Square in 2000, Donald McLean in the BBC’s 4-part production of Cambridge Spies in 2003 and Grimani in Russell T. Davies’ production of Casanova in 2005.

In 2004, he joined the cast in series 3 of the BBC’s BAFTA-winning series Spooks. He played the lead role of section leader, Adam Carter for 4 series before leaving the show in 2008. He won ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards for his role in Spooks in 2008. He also went on to play the role of Captain Wentworth in ITV’s adaptation of Persuasion.

In 2008, he starred with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell in Burn Up playing an oil executive who becomes embroiled in the politics surrounding global warming and oil stocks.

He played Richard Hannay in the BBC adaptation of The 39 Steps which was screened at Christmas 2008.

In 2009, he was cast as the lead in the unaired ABC pilot The Forgotten but was unceremoniously replaced when the pilot was picked up and replaced by Christian Slater. Penry-Jones was apparently devastated and proceeded to give a number of interviews in the UK in which he attacked the US television industry. His charms appear lost on Americans, however, with Rupert being unceremoniously dumped from a major TV series. He has since described American television as a “factory”.

In February 2009, he took the lead in an ITV drama, Whitechapel, a three-part thriller based on a the copycat killings of Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was the highest performing new drama in 2009. A second series of the show based around the Kray twins was broadcast in autumn 2010; the third series began in January 2012.

He was scheduled to appear alongside other celebrities in Soccer Aid 2010, but broke a bone in his knee during training, putting him in a plaster cast and ruling him out of the final match on 6 June 2010.

Rupert was also recently cast opposite Maxine Peake in a legal drama Silk created by Peter Moffat. The show revolves around two barristers, played by Penry-Jones and Peake who are competing to become QCs.

Rupert also joined the cast of the film Manor Hunt Ball. Filming commenced in late 2010/early 2011.

Rupert is notable for being passed over for membership for the BAFTA, nevertheless he was a presenter at the BAFTA TV Awards in 2009 and 2012.

Rupert is known to be very critical of the British television and film industry. He stated that Doctor Who is a “very good children’s show…but has low production values.” He also said the Harry Potter films are “shit”. He admitted walking out of the first three films.

British Celebrity Spotlight | Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton (born 3 September 1981) is an English television and radio presenter who is known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and the Red Nose Day telethon. In 2007, she became the first regular female presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Chart Show. She currently presents Radio 1’s weekday mid-morning programme, having replaced long-time host Jo Whiley, and is a team captain on the comedy panel show Celebrity Juice.

Cotton was born in Northwood, London to Lyn and Mick Cotton; she has a younger brother, Jamie. Her father was a signwriter for events such as Live Aid and her mother worked in alternative therapy. She grew up in Eastcote, Hillingdon and was educated at Haydon School. She is a pescatarian and an animal lover. She runs 5 km at least three times a week, and has participated in several half marathons for charity. Former BBC executive Bill Cotton (1928–2008) was her paternal grandfather’s cousin. He was the son of the well-known entertainer and band leader Billy Cotton.

She began her presenting career in 1998, at the age of 17, with early morning GMTV children’s programme The Disney Club, after she was discovered in a nationwide talent search during the show.

Cotton studied art at A level,a skill she made much use of whilst presenting the series Draw Your Own Toons. She also enjoys body art and claimed on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that she has eleven tattoos over her body, the most notable of which is a fern leaf, covering her right hip up to her rib cage.

Cotton has been romantically linked to several celebrities including Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins, Fame Academy‘s Peter Brame, and Channel 4 presenter Steve Jones. Her long-term, on-again-off-again boyfriendis skateboarder Jesse Jenkins; he proposed on her 29th birthday. The engagement was called off and the couple split 9 months later.Cotton is currently dating Jesse Wood, son of The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

She is good friends with fellow TV presenter Holly Willoughby, with whom she has co-presented several shows.Cotton and Sarah Cawood acted as two of the bridesmaids at Willoughby’s wedding to Dan Baldwin on 4 August 2007.

British Celebrity Spotlight | Eve Myles

Eve Myles (born 8 July 1978 in Ystradgynlais, Powys), is a Welsh actress of stage and screen. She is most well known for playing lead character, ex-police officer Gwen Cooper in the Doctor Who spin-off program Torchwood, and Ceri Lewis/Owen in Belonging.

Born in Ystradgynlais, Myles attended the Ysgol Maes Y Dderwen school in the same class as fellow actor Steve Meo. After training as an actress and completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, she graduated in 2000 and moved to London.

In 2001, Myles undertook a role in the television film Score and the TV mini-series Tales from Pleasure Beach. From 2000 she took the lead role of Ceri in the BBC Wales drama Belonging.

From 2003, Myles based herself in Stratford upon Avon, initially playing Lavinia in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Titus Andronicus. In 2005, she appeared opposite Michael Gambon in Henry IV, Part I and II at the National Theatre.

Myles had a significant part as a stable girl in the BBC TV series Trainer, and reappeared in the BBC short film Colditz in 2005. The role led to her taking a supporting role in the Doctor Who episode “The Unquiet Dead,” where by she was spotted by producer Russell T Davies who commented that: “It just confirmed to me that she was one of Wales’ best-kept secrets.” Consequently Davies wrote the part of Gwen in Torchwood specifically for Myles. “It’s beyond flattering. It’s my own personal Oscar, that Davies wrote the part for me,” says Eve. The role resulted in her moving back home to Wales. Myles describes her character, Gwen as Torchwood’s ‘Social Worker’, “She’s a social worker that can run and fight and stand in her own corner and win.” Eve also appeared in the Series four finale of Doctor Who, alongside Torchwood co-stars John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd.

Eve Myles also appeared in the first episode of Merlin, called The Dragon’s Call where she played Lady Helen and Mary Collins, a witch who impersonated her, and in Little Dorrit, where she played Maggy.

In July 2010, Myles announced she would appear in an original BBC Cymru Wales TV series, Baker Boys, co-written by Helen Raynor and Gary Owen.

Myles is also due to come back in the upcoming return of Torchwood, the new season titled Torchwood: The New World airing on BBC Worldwide and US premium television network Starz.

Myles lives with her long-time partner, Bradley Freegard, and announced that she was pregnant in May 2009. On November 10 2009 Myles gave birth to a daughter, Matilda Myles Freegard. Filming Torchwood will see the actress relocate to the Hollywood Hills: “literally underneath the Hollywood sign”

In 2007 Eve Myles won a BAFTA Cymru Best Actress award for her portrayal of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood, a role she also received BAFTA Cymru nominations for in 2008 and 2010. In 2002 and 2003, Myles was nominated for Best Actress in the BAFTA Cymru Awards for her role as Ceri on the BBC Wales drama Belonging.

In 2010 Eve won the ‘Best Actress” award in the SFX Reader’s awards poll and also best actress at the eleventh annual Portal Awards.

Myles also regularly ranks highly in the Western Mail’s annual list of the 50 sexiest women in Wales. In 2005, The Western Mail ranked Myles seventh whilst she ranked fifth in 2008, 7th in 2009, and 8th in 2010. In 2006, Wales on Sunday named Myles as its “Bachelorette of the Year.”

In 2010 Eve was honoured with a fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


British Celebrity Spotlight | Katie McGrath

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Irish actress Katie McGrath did not intend to make a career for herself in the acting profession, studying History at Trinity College, Dublin. Upon graduating, she became interested in fashion journalism and worked for lifestyle and fashion magazine, Image. After this, her mother’s best friend, an assistant director, helped get her a job as a wardrobe assistant on the series “Os Tudors” (2007). Whilst working on the production some of the staff suggested she tried acting. A cast driver on the series passed her a list with the actors’ agents on it, so she wrote and sent photos to them.

Success followed with McGrath made her debut in the TV film Damage (2007) (TV). She also won a small role in the aforementioned “Os Tudors” (2007). Her big break came, however, when she was cast as the evil Morgana in the hit BBC series “Merlin” (2008). Further roles followed, including a part in Madonna’s directorial debut W.E. (2011).

British Celebrity Spotlight | Andy Murray

Andrew “Andy” Murray (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish professional tennis player. Murray is the British No. 1 and ranked No. 4 in the world. He was ranked world No. 2 from 17 to 31 August 2009. Murray achieved a top-10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals for the first time on 16 April 2007. He has been runner-up in three Grand Slam finals: the 2008 US Open, the 2010 Australian Open and the 2011 Australian Open, losing the first two to Roger Federer and the third to Novak Djokovic. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year. Murray is the only British player to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final in the Open Era (the last being Bunny Austin in 1938, when the tournament was restricted to amateurs).

British Celebrity Spotlight | Russell Howard

Russell Joseph Howard (born 23 March 1980)is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard’s Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock The Week. He won “Best Compère” at the 2006 Chortle Awards and was nominated for an if.comedy award for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.

Howard has two younger siblings, twins, Kerry, an actress, and Daniel, a systems analyst who suffers from epilepsy, a fact which Howard often references during his act. Indeed, in April 2010, Howard ran the Virgin London Marathon for the first time with both his brother and sister, to raise money for the National Society for Epilepsy. He completed the 26 mile course in 4 hours and 15 minutes, beating his target time of 5 hours. Sponsorship has raised over £7,000 to date.

Howard supports Liverpool Football Club and says that he is “deadly serious” about football. “I still go down the pub and play football with my mates”, he commented in 2010.

In terms of political views, Howard appeared at Friends of the Earth’s LIVEstock comedy and music event at the Hammersmith Apollo in support of the green campaign group’s Food Chain Campaign for planet-friendly farming, on 12 November 2009.

For Sport Relief 2010 he took part in the BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride, with David Walliams, Jimmy Carr, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Patrick Kielty, and Davina McCall. They cycled from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in 4 days trying to raise 1 million pounds.

British Celebrity Spotlight | John Barrowman

John Scot Barrowman (born March 11, 1967) is a Scottish–American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer and television personality. Born in Glasgow, he grew up in Illinois following his family’s emigration to the U.S. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes in London’s West End.

Since his debut in professional theatre, Barrowman has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Matador. After appearing in Sam Mendes’ production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of Anything Goes. His most recent West End credit was in the 2009 production of La Cage aux Folles.

Aside from his theatrical career, Barrowman has appeared in various films including the musical biopic De-Lovely (2004) and musical comedy The Producers (2005). Before venturing into British television, he featured in the American television dramas Titans and Central Park West but he is better known for his acting and presenting work for the BBC that includes his work for CBBC in its earlier years, his self-produced entertainment programme Tonight’s the Night, and his BAFTA Cymru-nominated role of Captain Jack Harkness, who appears in science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood. Barrowman has also had a number of guest roles in television programmes both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice while his theatrical background allowed him to become a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical talent shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall’s Entertainer of the Year.

Barrowman is also featured on more than a dozen musical theatre recordings including cover tunes found on his 2007 album, Another Side, and 2008’s Music Music Music. Both albums accrued places on the UK Albums Chart, as did his self-titled John Barrowman (2010), which reached number 11, his highest chart placing to date. Furthermore, Barrowman has published two memoirs and autobiographies, Anything Goes (2008) and I Am What I Am (2009), with his sister Carole as co-author. The siblings also teamed up to write a novel, Hollow Earth (2012).

British Celebrity Spotlight | David Tennant

David Tennant (born David John McDonald; 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. In addition to his work in theatre, including a widely praised Hamlet, Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the TV serial Casanova (2005) and as Barty Crouch, Jr., in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Tennant married actress Georgia Moffett on 30 December 2011. They have a daughter, Olive, born in March 2011, and he adopted her then nine-year-old son, Tyler, in September 2011. Tennant does not discuss his personal life, especially his relationships, in interviews.[6 “Relationships are hard enough with the people you’re having them with, let alone talking about them in public,” he said in December 2009. He believes that religion “must have” shaped his character, and he is an occasional churchgoer.

In 2008 Tennant was voted “Greenest Star on the Planet” in an online vote held by Playhouse Disney as part of the Playing for the Planet Awards.Later that year he underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc. Tennant is a supporter of the Labour Party and appeared in a party political broadcast for them in 2005. In 2010 he declared his support for then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,  and in April 2010 he lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast. He is a celebrity patron of the Association for International Cancer Research.

British Celebrity Spotlight | Philip Glenister$plit/C_71_article_1131713_image_list_image_list_item_0_image.jpg

In the early 1990s, Glenister appeared in various TV series including Heartbeat, Dressing for Breakfast and Silent Witness. In 1997, he guest starred in Sharpe’s Justice as Richard Sharpe’s half-brother Matt Truman. He played William Dobbin in the 1998 mini-series Vanity Fair.

From 1998–99, Glenister co-starred as a mini-cab driver who aspires to be a rock star in the series Roger Roger. He played factory boss Mack Mackintosh in the first three series of Clocking Off from 2000–02. In 2001, he appeared in two of the Hornblower TV movies as Horatio’s antagonist Gunner Hobbs.[4]

Glenister played the photographer who took nude photos for a Women’s Institute fundraising calendar in the 2003 feature film Calendar Girls. Also in 2003, he appeared in the mini-series State of Play. Glenister played the German commandant, Baron Heinrich Von Rheingarten, in the 2004 mini-series Island at War about the Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. He played social reformer and estate manager Mr. Carter in the 2007 BBC costume drama Cranford, as part of a cast including Judi Dench and Francesca Annis.

Glenister is probably best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in Life On Mars (2006-07), co-starring with John Simm as Sam Tyler,and its sequel Ashes to Ashes with Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake. Glenister also worked with Simm on State of Play and Clocking Off and the 2008 crime film Tuesday. Upon announcement of the film, Glenister joked that he and Simm were contractually obliged to work with each other once a year.

He starred as demon hunter Rupert Galvin in the 2009 ITV drama Demons. He used an American accent for the role, which received some criticism from reviewers. After deciding not to do a second series, he said he had problems with the role and felt that he may have been miscast.

In 2011, Glenister reunited with John Simm once more in the Sky TV mini-series Mad Dogs about a group of old friends whose holiday in Majorca takes an unexpected turn. After a successful reception, Glenister returned for a second run of the series in 2012.

Glenister had a small role (credited as ‘Poker Friend’) in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger in 2010 and plays Charles Forestier in a 2011 feature film of Guy de Maupassant’s Bel Ami.

He stars in the 2011 conspiracy thriller Hidden on BBC One, and he played Captain Smollett in Sky1’s adaptation of Treasure Island, broadcast at Christmas 2011.