I hadn’t forgotten this series, just taking my time with it. As usual, please add your own favourites in the comments. ‘I’ is a tricky one, and took some thinking about.
Celia Imrie was born in the same year as me. Best known for her theatrical acting, and an extensive TV career, she has also had supporting roles in many popular films, as well as writing four books. Although never described as ‘attractive’, or considered to be a glamorous actress, I have always found her unusual look to be entrancing indeed, and she is definitely one of the actresses whose performances I would search out. Her comedy collaboration with the late Victoria Wood is well known here, and Celia has also appeared in the long-running drama ‘Kingdom’, ‘Doctor Who’, and ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’. Films include ‘Highlander’, ‘Calendar Girls’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, and ‘The Borrowers’. If you don’t know her, look her up. She is very good, and deserves more starring roles.
Jill Ireland was as well-known for her marriages as her career. After some early small roles in films, she married the British actor, David McCallum, in 1957. He became famous as one half of ‘The Man From Uncle’ team, and Jill appeared in some episodes of that hit TV series too. Her film career was extensive, and although she never became a huge star, she rarely stopped working. In 1968, Jill married tough-guy actor Charles Bronson, and after that, their careers were linked together, with her appearing in many of his films. Some well-known roles include ‘The Mechanic’ (1972), ‘Breakheart Pass’ (1975), and ‘Death Wish 2’ (1982). I always felt that her looks and talent should have earned her more fame, and that she missed a trick by not appearing in more historical films, or period dramas. She died of breast cancer in 1990, after a long and well-publicised fight against the disease.
Jeremy Irons is a British actor, and a well-known star of stage, screen, and television. He has tackled almost anything, from serious Shakespeare, to the villain in ‘Die Hard With A Vengeance’ (1995), and as the voice of Scar in Disney’s ‘Lion King’ (1994). I prefer to concentrate on his serious film roles, including his Oscar-winning part in ‘Reversal of Fortune'(1990), and his outstanding performance in the acclaimed TV adaptation of ‘Brideshead revisited’. (1981). Then there was ‘The Mission’ (1986), ‘Damage’ (1992), ‘Dead Ringers’ (1988), where he played identical twins, and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ (2005). He continues to star in lavish TV productions like ‘The Borgias’, and to act on stage, as well as working on films. Even though he is now 69 years old, I am sure he will continue to be one of the most prominent actors of his generation.
Just three today. I want to leave room for your choices, and ‘I’ is a hard one. 🙂