Actors Then and Now


Actors Then and Now
Where did they come from?

Our favourite actors, directors and writers play a huge part in our lives, and British television and film is some of the finest in the world. But what did your favourite actors do before they got famous? After all, it takes twenty years to be an over-night success.

Peter Serafinowicz is best known for his appearances in Shaun of the Dead, and Spaced, and although he is now known as a major TV star, he started out in radio in the 1990s. He then went on to work with Harry Hill, and produced a string of spoof education videos which was his way into television. He also directs music videos for Hot Chip. Due to his personality-filled voice, his most recent TV appearance was as the voice for the advert.

Serafinowicz has often worked with Simon Pegg, another star of British Film and television. These days, Pegg is a successful actor, writer and comedian, who has written and starred in hugely popular film such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Pegg has a BA in Drama, and started his career as a stand-up comedian. He does take on non-comedy roles as well though, and has appeared in two Mission Impossible films. He has worked on several features in the last couple of years, including the gritty crime drama Mob City, about the battle between mobsters and the police in Los Angeles. There are also rumours of another Mission Impossible film, but Pegg has yet to deny or confirm whether he will or will not be featuring.

Anthony Head has been a regular feature on television and in theatres for many years now. His love of theatre began at an early age and he has been fulfilling it ever since. His major television role was that of Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He appeared in most episodes, and his home was even used for filming some scenes. He is also incredibly musical, and has appeared on and produced many albums. It was an idea of his that lead to the producers of Buffy writing the musical episode for which the programme is still famous. His most recent work is as the under pressure Ed Walker in the sitcom You, Me & Them, about a couple with a big age gap.

Billie Piper is probably best known in Britain for her role as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who. Billie was always going to be a star – she studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and was given an album deal when she was just fifteen. Billie, from Swindon, went on to make four albums, before moving back into acting. She starred in Doctor Who in 2005, and then went on star in the controversial but hugely popular Secret Diary of a Call Girl. She will appear in Penny Dreadful, which goes into production this year. The series is about literary characters in Victorian London.

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