Recollections of Legendary British Actors
Heather sits down with Dr. John F. Andrews, OBE for a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite performers an online video exclusive!
Over the course of his career, Dr. Andrews has interviewed and worked with some of the finest performers of our time, among them Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen, and Dame Diana Rigg - all personalities who are familiar to MPT viewers.
A native of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Dr. Andrews was inducted as an honorary Officer of the British Empire in the summer of 2000, a rare honor for an American and one that recognized his various contributions to our appreciation of the globe's most celebrated author. He and his wife, artist Jan Denton, reside in D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood.
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Considered to be one of the most prolific actors of his generation, he appeared in almost 80 films, but his greatest performances were reserved for the stage. He is perhaps best known for his Shakespearian roles including Hamlet, Prospero, Romeo and King Lear among many others. He is one of very few people ever to win an Oscar (best actor in supporting role Arthur 1981), a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony. He died May 21, 2000 at the age of 96.
He has since won two Emmys: one for a guest role on the sitcom, Frasier, as well as an outstanding supporting actor on the miniseries The Tenth Man. He also won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for Gosford Park (2002), and was nominated for a SAG award for Gladiator (2001). He is rumored to appear in Agatha Christie's Poirot - "The Big Four" which will air in May 2008.
She won an Emmy in 1997 for best supporting actress for her role as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca. Most recently, she appeared as Mother Superior in the film, The Painted Veil, released in January 2007.
That has proved to be a successful formula. She has been nominated for five Oscars, including Shakespeare in Love (1999) for which she won for best actress in a supporting role as Queen Elizabeth I. She has also been nominated for eight Screen Actors Guild awards, and five Golden Globes, one of which she received best performance for Last of the Blonde Bombshells in 2001.
Dame Judi is currently in pre-production on the next James Bond thriller, Bond 22, set for release in 2008.
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