We all know our favorite British comedy stars for just that…being our favorite British comedy stars. For many, however, there’s been an entire lifetime of roles and, well, life, since that classic series we all watch over and over. Just to catch you up on a few favorites as to what they are doing now:
Everyone’s “girl next door” from the 80’s, has had a stellar career since her days as Barbara Good on Good Neighbors. With a lifetime of comedy, drama and theatre performances behind her, Kendal’s sights are set on delving into the world of the world’s oldest profession in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”, a George Bernard Shaw drama currently at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End. Kendal is in good company when it comes to actors who’s first love is the theatrical stage. It’s a rare occurrence that one can’t find a favorite British comedy star in either a West End play or one of many the regional theatre’s that exist in the English countryside. Kendal’s Good Neighbors co-star, Penelope Keith, can be found frequently on the theatre stage along with other “favorites”.
A far cry from the hapless Hugo Horton in Vicar of Dibley, James Fleet takes up residence on Coronation Street beginning in May. Fleet, whose been seen over the years in such things as Four Weddings and a Funeral, the Emmy Award winning, Little Dorrit and Hotel Babylon, will now play a henchman and cellmate to Tony Gordon by being his “eyes and ears” on the street in what sounds like a perfect Sopranos-like ending for Gordon’s character as he’s released from prison.
Following in his Good Neighbors co-stars footsteps, Richard Briers is also onstage in a West End comedy, London Assurance, at the Olivier, National Theatre in London. Briers’ character is described as a “dithering and grunting old husband whose sexual desires have to be restrained with regular doses of medicine”, which seems right out of Monarch of the Glen.
Noel Coward’s Private Lives brings Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) and Matthew Macfadyen (MI5, Pride and Prejudice) together on the Vaudeville Theatre stage in London’s West End. Macfadyen’s character, Elyot, is described as suave and “one that is drawn to risk and taking chances”. Seems like a perfect follow-up to his Tom Quinn character on MI5.