Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mr Darcy's soaking shirt left my wife cold, says Colin Firth: Actor says he never understood what all the fuss was about

PUBLISHED: 18:53 EST, 31 August 2014 | UPDATED: 05:52 EST, 1 September 2014

Dampened the mood? Colin Firth claims his wife Livia did not go wild for his famous scene in Pride & Prejudice

It is an image few women will forget in a hurry – Colin Firth and his wet shirt as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

But the actor, 53, has admitted his wife was left cold by the sight of him in his ‘sodden shirt’ and breeches.

Giving an interview Firth claimed neither he nor and Livia, 44, whom he married in 1997, understood what all the fuss was about the famous ‘wet shirt’ scene.

Their adolescent sons Luca, 13, and Matteo, 11, will likely be equally unimpressed to see their father emerge from the pond, his white shirt clinging to his chest.

Reacting to the hype, Firth, said: ‘I’ve spent years trying to figure out why Mr Darcy’s fully clothed swim in his breeches and shirt caused such a sensation.

'My wife certainly wouldn't go weak at the knees if I came home in a sodden shirt.’

It would seem plenty of others would, however. The appearance as Mr Darcy has led to the actor featuring on several ‘sexiest man’ lists in recent years.

And People Magazine named him the ‘sexiest man alive’ in 2007.

But Firth said he doesn’t think of himself as a sex symbol. He told the Sun on Sunday’s Notebook magazine: ‘All I can say is that I’m glad people feel that way, but I don’t feel it when I look in the mirror. I don’t get chased down the street, nor has anyone ever thrown their underwear at me. 

'I’ve certainly never seen myself as a sex symbol.’


Friday, September 19, 2014

Downton Abbey episode one: love is in the air, Lord Grantham v Carson (SPOILERS)

16 September, 2014

Downton Abbey is back on our TV screens this Sunday September 21, and today we can share a breakdown of what to expect from the first episode from series five.

A new Labour government is in power, leaving the aristocratic classes uneasy as the prospect of social change becomes a reality, and their way of life begins to come into question.

Plans for a war memorial in the village unexpectedly pit Lord Grantham and Mrs Hughes against Mr Carson, something that leaves the butler and his master very uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, romance is in the air, as Tom Branson’s head is turned by local schoolteacher and political activist, Sarah Bunting, and Lady Mary is finally ready to move on and find love again. And with many suitors to choose from, she’s going to have a bit of fun before making her choice...


Martin Clunes aka TV's Doc Martin met a horse called Doc while visiting the New Forest's Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy of which he is a patron


Martin Clunes meets students at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Bransgore in the New Forest

IT was the day two docs came face to face.

Martin Clunes, who stars as TV’s Doc Martin, met a horse called Doc when he visited the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT) in the New Forest.

The popular actor dropped in to the Bransgore centre to receive donations totalling more than £850 from the Rotary Club of Christchurch and the New Milton Friends Group.

Martin, a horse enthusiast, took along a couple of friends – his two enormous Clydesdale horses Ronnie and Bruce – to meet students at the Avon Tyrrell-based centre, where he met many of the organisation’s 28 horses, including the aptly named Doc.

Earlier this year, Martin became patron of the FCRT, which gives horse-motivated students with special needs the opportunity to learn to relate more successfully to others and to have greater control over their lives.

Founded in 1976, the centre helps its students to learn and develop through working with horses.

He said: “When I found out about the work of the centre I was incredibly impressed and blown away by what they do.

“I was delighted when I was asked to become a patron and I hope to do all I can to help raise the profile of the organisation and keep the money coming in.”


Keeley Hawes: TV's toughest detective

Published: 18 September 2014

One of the downsides to being Keeley Hawes is getting pulled over by the police. At the end of last year, for instance, she was buying a burrito in Covent Garden when a burly squad in full blue serge piled out of a riot-proofed patrol van to confront her.

‘It looked like I was a major terrorist,’ she laughs. ‘But then they said, “Can we get a picture?” They all got out their handcuffs and posed. Eventually one said, “Come on, we’re going to lose our jobs.” ’ She laughs again. ‘Having said that, this was after Ashes to Ashes and before Line of Duty. I wonder what would happen now…’

It’s easy to see why the boys in blue love Keeley — she’s been adding glamour to the force as Zoe Reynolds in Spooks, Alex ‘Bollyknickers’ Drake in Ashes to Ashes and DSI Martha Lawson in ITV’s Identity. However, as the twisted, lonely DI Lindsay Denton in Line of Duty… well, not so much.

Line of Duty is all about dodgy cops — Jed Mercurio’s internal investigations thriller follows a fictional anti-corruption unit. Denton was its target in this year’s second season, suspected of having set up her colleagues in a fatal ambush. As suspicions mounted, Denton was bogwashed and beaten up by fellow officers, thrown in jail where wardens and inmates did the same, all along protesting her innocence and uncovering even bigger scandals. In terms of water-cooler moments, Line of Duty ranks alongside The Honourable Woman and The Fall as part of the new wave of Brit TV that’s finally making US producers jealous again.

And Hawes — like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gillian Anderson in Woman and The Fall — was a revelation. She evoked such energy and raw emotion that even the disparaging TV critic AA Gill has put her among our best actresses, alongside Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

Today, however, she’s just a 38-year-old Londoner. We meet at an outdoor restaurant near Richmond Park on one of the last sunny days of summer. She rummages through the menu, wondering about the healthy options. ‘I’ve got a shoot in a minute,’ she explains, before quickly adding, ‘I don’t feel the pressure any more, though. I honestly don’t give a shit. Two days of dieting isn’t going to happen. I have a ten-year-old daughter and I’ve got far too much responsibility to be seen to be picking around with bits of food.’

Who knew Keeley Hawes was a laugh? Any fears of an ice queen quickly melt away as she riffs on her Marylebone upbringing — riding around her council estate on the back of her brother’s Chopper, playing run-outs, and her mum shouting, ‘Dinner!’ across the blocks. Her dad and her two older brothers are cab drivers and she grew up near the Lisson Grove Estate, in a block that’s since become luxury flats.

If her accent seems a little crisp for a cabbie’s daughter, she points out, ‘I came from Central London, I wasn’t Cockney — my mother made sure we put the Ts on the end of words, and then I went to drama school.’ She pauses. ‘I do sound slightly posher, but listen, I’ve just been working with Tom Hiddleston and I feel very, very London talking to him.’

Next up there’s The Hollow Crown, the second part of the BBC’s ambitious attempt to screen all of Shakespeare’s history plays. She’s playing Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI part 2 and Richard III, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and, terrifyingly, Judi Dench. ‘I haven’t done Shakespeare and I’ve told them I can’t do Shakespeare and they still employed me.’ She seems amazed. ‘We’re rehearsing and I feel like I’m in safe hands, but still… I mean, I’ll be doing it with Judi Dench…’

She trails off, looking genuinely worried, so I leaf through my notes, pull out the AA Gill quote comparing her to Dench and read it to her: ‘Hawes is one of a number of very good female actors we have, from Judi Dench and Maggie Smith down,’ I read. She is momentarily stunned, then her face flushes a deep, deep crimson and she stares at her hands.

‘Well, that’s ridiculous,’ she mumbles. ‘I mean, I don’t even know what to say about that…’ and then she thinks it through. ‘Although he doesn’t say exactly how far down, does he?’ and she looks up, her impish grin returning. ‘I’d say it was fairly far down — but I’d still put that in a frame…’ When it’s time for her to leave, I make a joke about her receiving an honour to match Maggie and Judi and she turns back briefly — ‘Dame Keeley…? I can’t quite hear a copper calling me that.’

Doctor Who is on BBC One Saturday night at 7.30pm


Thursday, September 18, 2014

'That's not nice!' Benedict Cumberbatch defends Keira Knightley in joint interview

By: Kirsty McCormack
Published: Wed, September 17, 2014

 Benedict Cumberbatch defended Keira Knightley when an interviewer told her she looked worn out

The 38-year-old was clearly annoyed when David Poland took it upon himself to tell Keira she appeared "a little worn out" and couldn't help but retaliate.

As the Hollywood stars had their make-up touched up, Benedict told David: "That's not a nice thing to say to one of the most beautiful women on the planet," before Keira added: "Yeah, f*** you!"

David then proceeded to tell the 'Atonement' star that she had "a little Morticia Adams thing going on there", implying that she looked pale.

Keira, who was wearing a pretty white lace dress which was adorned with black polka dots, admitted that she looked tired because she hadn't eaten.

"I'm just basically really hungry. It's like hunger range that's about to come out in this nasty demon," she explained, before putting on a child's voice as if she was crying.

"I know that no one thinks i do eat but I do need food every now and then," she added, as Benedict laughed beside her.

The pair were promoting their new film 'The Imitation Game', which is a historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing.

The film centres on Alan and his team of code-breakers at Britain's top secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, in breaking the German's infamous Enigma codes during the Second World War.