There are so many delightful men at this event. How are there so many delightful men? And why I am I not there to stand abashedly behind a cocktail table and blush furiously every time one of them comes within 15 feet?
Since you’ve never seen Rupert Evans in anything, might I recommend ‘North and South’ which he is in, but more importantly, stars the uber-delicious Richard Armitage. You can thank me for it by featuring Richard on your site. And giving him a starring role in your miniseries.
I can’t recommend N&S enough. It’s like Pride and Prejudice only with class issues and the industrial revolution. I’ve watched it so many times yet I still go back to it.
Richard Armitage’s voice FTW (also him, because he is dishy)
Everytime someone recommends this, I think they’re talking about the Civil War version w. Swayze and Kirstie Alley. Which is also awesome, honestly.
THIS!! I was complaining about the lack of Eye Candy in “The Hobbit,” and everyone started talking about the dreaminess of Richard Armitage in non-dwarf from in “North and South.” I was all “Ummm… was he Kirsty Alley’s brother?” (Answer: NO. That was James Reid, best known as the Phather of the Haliwell girls on “Charmed.)
In other news: re The Piv in “Mr. Selfridge.” I will ABSOLUTELY be watching when it gets here. He was on the BBC Radio1 Breakfast Show yesterday morning, just Pivving up a storm about how awwwweeeeesome it is and how much he loves London and the English and how he and Grimmy are totally the same person and GAAAAAAH! So of course, I can’t wait to watch.
Jessica, I have the same reaction when someone mentions “North and South.” I’m like, they remade that? Who knew the Brits cared so much about the American Civil War?
This is way awesomer, I promise.
Same here! I loved that miniseries back in the day.
Holy crap, Annalynn! Get out of my head! When I saw that pic of Mr. Evans I thought, “I must tell Jessica that not having seen him in anything means she hasn’t seen North and South, which is a travesty not for the sake of Mr. Evans but for the sake of Mr. Armitage… oh, Mr. Armitage. And then I’m going to have to request that she look out for some Richard Armitage pics for the site, all the while congratulating her on what will surely be the most wonderful English Countryside Weekend Party Murder/Romance/Time-Travel/Nazi Hunting/Comedy/Drama Series ever made.”
But then you went and did all that before I had a chance to. Now I am wondering if you are, perhaps, one of my own alternate personalities.
Just have to say chime in to concur that North and South and Richard Armitage are both awesome, and he would be perfect for Jessica’s miniseries! (Which seriously, REALLY needs to get made.)
oh yes, here, here to N&S and Richard Armitage…the man is delish!
North and South is amazing. I agree with everything you said. Richard Armitage is… there are no words. I love him.
I’d just like to say: ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY you must watch North & South. The Armitage is very, very fine. He should star in the English Countryside Weekend And Etc. Miniseries because he’s not the best thing since sliced bread. He’s BETTER than sliced bread…and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Many crabby-pants film reviewers are hating on The Hobbit because PJ stuck to his vision and didn’t conform to theirs. This matters not to me because I love it for itself. But I also love it (and PJ) because of all the Dwarf Hotitude, of which Mr. Armitage is chief.
And to complete the cycle, y’all should all track down RA’s audio-books. One is verklempt.
Amen to Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North and South.” And Amen to Richard Armitage in said “North and South.” Rupert Evans also plays Frank Churchill in the Romola Garai/Jonny Lee Miller version of “Emma,” which I love ever so much more than the Gwyneth Paltrow/Jeremy Northam version or even the Kate Beckinsale/Mark Strong version. Also, Russell Tovey has been fabulous in anything I’ve seen him in, including “Little Dorrit.” I can’t thank you enough for this slide show and ask only that the next UK slide show include Jonny Lee Miller, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman. Amen and amen.
What is it about the Cumberbatch? I love him unreservedly, and yet cannot explain why. He’s just, like, inherently awesome or something.
I don’t know that I find him incredibly gorgeous as many women seem to, but his voice is amazing. I could listen to him read the phone book.
I’m also glad he’s wearing his hair dark. He’s naturally a red-head, but I think the darker hair goes with his eyes and complexion better. Kind of like Christina Hendricks – she’s a natural blond, but the red hair suits her better.
I think you nailed it with the voice. It’s not his physicality, it’s his presence and the way he speaks.
Personally I want him to do the audiobook of 50 Shades of Gray. Probably the only thing that would make the overwrought prose bearable.
“with bonus Cumberbatch,” could be my favorite phrase ever.
I personally like the ‘Batch because he seems pretty nice and down-to-earth, despite totally blowing up in popularity in the last couple of years. He seems like he’d be a fun guy to have a beer with.
Cumberbatch looks mighty chic in his photo. Who got Reggie Yates ready? He looks like an explosion in Topman (#1 British shop for sub-25 fashion victims of the male persuasion). Tinie Tempah is carrying off the scoop neck and the slippers, implausibly, because he is fab.
Then you should scroll around in Simon Pegg’s tweets to find the links to photos of the LA to San Francisco road trip that he, Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto took after Star Trek Into Darkness wrapped. OMG – they are beyond adorable, and yeah, there are several photos of them in various CA bars having beers. Wonderful.
I enjoy the dudes, yet fear the slippers. In about 5 years, they may make their way stealthily over here…
Jamie Hince’s head looks like when Tobias Funke got hair plugs.
I think that hair makes him look like Christopher Lloyd in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” after we find out he’s a toon.
I love Tinie Tempeh if only because “Written In The Stars” was the most perfect song for the 2011 MLB Postseason.
Dibs on the Treadaway and the Gandy!
(Yes, I want both. What of it?)
You’re in luck with the Treadaway. There are two of him to go around. When I saw his pic I thought, “Oh, that’s the guy that was so good in the play Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. But wait, I thought his name was Luke.” Fifteen seconds later on the IMDb, I discovered they’re identical twins. Therefore, your dibs and anyone else’s back-up dibs are good to go.
As for me, I am thoroughly freaked out by identical twins (my apologies to anyone who is offended) and I’m calling no dibs at all. Except on Richard Armitage. Obviously
Yes – Thought of Luke, too. Loved him in “Attack the Block.” Adorable.
Must say, most of these Brit boys look great – actual time spent on selecting stylish clothes and grooming (please, let’s be done with greasy hair & wrinkled, unmatching clothes in 2013!).
Yes on Richard Armitage, who was also fine as the villainous Sheriff on that lovely 2006 production of Robin Hood. I heard he’s in “The Hobbit” but I haven’t seen that yet.
Some of these other fellows are dandy!
i’ve only recently started watching Sherlock (i know, embarrassing), so I’m still on the squeal-everytime-i-see-Benedict-and Martin stage. I had a hard time explaining to my friends why this guy’s hot (they all thought Martin F was adorable). so i made them watch the Star Trek trailer. that lovely voice did them in!
and Russell Tovey was also in Sherlock, in the Hounds of Baskerville as Henry Knight
Thank you!! I knew I recognized those ears from somewheres.
you’re welcome. I’m a recent convert of the series so everything is still fresh in my mind!
Russell Tovey is all kinds of adorable.
Am loving the photo of Treadaway and The Doctor and I really think they should star in their own mini-series set in 60s era London.
David Gandy is delicious and for some reason looks like he should have been married to Erica Kane.
Russell Tovey was great on Being Human (so were the two other leads, actually), but now all I want is that show with werewolf George Sand.
I like him with the scruff.
Why is no one mentioning how handsome Tinie Tempah is? I actually legitimately had NO idea what he looked like and when I saw that photo I thought “well damn, you showed ME.”
Did he ever.
I kind of wish Martin F had been at this event. I do so adore that man.
he is SUPER handsome.
I’m not a fan of Mr Piven – hated Entourage with a passion – but the first episode of Mr Selfridge was entertaining. He’s supposed to be the brash American in London and fit the part nicely. Plus, Selfridges is a beautiful store and – shopping!! Worth giving it a try!
Just label me clueless, but, to what does Bendywooshitz Crookshanks (the slide title for Cumberbatch) refer?
Well, Crookshanks is Hermione Granger’s cat in Harry Potter, so there’s one (and I JUST figured out why a bow-legged cat would be named that. Geez, self. It’s not like you didn’t dissect every other name in that series).
There is a long history — from Cumberbatch himself, even — of calling him random words instead of his real name.
Thanks Jessica and Breda…stuff like that can sometimes drive me crazy when I can’t find it on Google.
(I did find the Potter reference, but remained clueless on Bendywooshitz, which, I think, I will name my next cat given the feline penchant to bend in all sorts of ways when cleaning themselves)
Please do NOT kill Bendywooshitz in the house fire!!
Howzabout we just THINK he’s dead, because he actually SET the fire, but didn’t know his true love was inside so he rescues her before disappearing back into the flames, presumed heroically dead until he reappears a couple episodes later in a secret underground bunker–in a NAZI UNIFORM!! (You know he’d rock the evil.)
(But he can secretly be a British double agent the whole time if that would help.)
I use Cinnamon Toastandcrunch (TM David T. Cole), but Bendywooshitz Crookshanks is awesome. He’s also hott.
Bendywooshitz Crookshanks. Dying.
I can’t believe Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t already cast in the Period Show Of Our Hearts. He’s perfectly suited! And I agree about the dark hair – I think he looks sort of like a young, robotic Tom Hanks in Sherlock, but I also think that’s strangely attractive on him.
i hate the coomndermuntch or whatever his name is. sour personality. but to each her own, right? and for my own, i will take a serving of reggie yates. who is he? why did i not know of such a fiiiiiine man? glad no one’s talking about him. I’M LAYING CLAIM.
(the comments on your dude’s posts section are excellent. thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to objectify men!)
One woman’s sour is another woman’s dry, ironic humor. I don’t know anything about Reggie Yates, but I’ll definitely trade my share of him for yours of BC. Now everybody’s happy!
This is the party that keeps on giving. The pics of Benny, The Doctor, and that Treadaway guy on the couch? I will be watching for that couch to go on auction.
Side Notes: Somebody is growing out his Sherlock Hair!!
+1 on Richard Armitage.
Good call on the Sherlock hair. Come on season 3!
Russell Tovey (yum, but plays openly for the other team) did this marvelous Dior ad with Marion Cotillard and is also in a hit comedy in the UK called “Him & Her”. And Mr. Selfridge got some very nice reviews, BTW. Might not be a complete disaster after all.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Russell Tovey in the same post?! You girls have made my little anglophile heart so happy.
Also, you really should watch Being Human. Aside from the fantastic writing, you get to gaze at the adorable Russell Tovey and the exceedingly hot (and Irish!) Aidan Turner.
(Just make sure you watch the BBC Being Human and not the weird American remake on SyFy.)
Definitely seconding Being Human, I was hoping someone had mentioned it since it links nicely both Russell Tovey and all the talk of cute dwarves! I was hoping Aidan Turner was going to turn up later in the slideshow, hopefully he’ll turn up on here soon.
Aidan Turner is in “The Hobbit” from what I hear. So, there should be plenty of him hopefully. Third “Being Human”. That show is one of my favs. I too like the BBC version (I watch both but between them BBC did it better). Also, Mr Gandy – yes please!!
this by the way will help to pass the time until Season 3 of Sherlock (this and fanfiction sites!). I’m dying to see that scene when John finally finds out Sherlock is alive. According to the show creator, it will certainly deviate from the book as he certainly can’t believe Watson simply fainted after seeing Holmes. Drat you BBC, you are slowly killing me. Martin Freeman is too adorable and delicious for words. I assume he’s too busy promoting the Hobbit which maybe why he is not here.
North and South-Swayze style-yesss! Must see if it’s on dvd! Loved it as a nipper. Love the Batch-he’s like Alan Rickman, the voice is divine! A voice can make or break a man- heard Beckham squeak?! Game Over!
British Dudes in Swooshy Coats…best thing ever.
Jessica, you are seriously my favorite. I know almost zero of these men, but suddenly adore them all (excepting Mr. Moss, I think).
Also, here’s the plan. I will become mega-rich (#nevergonnahappen) then bankroll your miniseries because it is a crime against humanity that it doesn’t yet exist.
I’m not sure what to comment on first! Russell Tovey is great in the British Being Human series (not to be confused with the American version), I had no idea how adorable he is when all cleaned up. But my heart belongs to Richard Armitage, whether he is the tortured Sir Guy of Gisborne or the reserved John Thorton in North and South (again, the British production)
Jessica – please please write your mini-series! And save a couple roles for Aidan Turner and Alan Rickman, oh and Dan Stevens too.
…and Toby Stephens, too.
I’ll just third the motion that the British version of Being Human is great, totally worth watching. I only watched the pilot of the American version (out of curiosity) and the acting was so bad in comparison!
This was a great slideshow. I can’t tell you how much I loved North and South (and Richard Armitage). It was one of the first DVDs I ever received on Netflix and immediately upon finishing it, I purchased it. The recent version of Emma (with Jonny Lee Miller) in now one of my favorite Austen productions and I also loved Little Dorrit.
I fear the lovely Mr Evans is wearing no sock with his dress shoes, a look for which I have no time at all except with thongs or boat shoes. The two gentlemen with the double velvet touch have also opted for this outrage.
There seem to be quite a few hot Ruperts in Britain even with the fading Everett.
Harry and Matt look entirely baked.
oh great slideshow.
For those with an Armitage fetish he was also in ‘Spooks’ for 2 seasons… *Swoon*
Russell Tovey was already mentioned for Sherlock but he also was in Doctor Who Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned” (also Kylie Minogue guest starring as a cocktail waitress). That led to a fantastic set-up of him and Captain Jack (aka John Barrowman) in 10′s last episode when he’s saying good bye. That little scene is proof of how amazing an actor Russell is and how much I wouldn’t mind going home with both just to watch.
I thought I recognized him! Allons-y, Alonzo!
I found the first episode of Selfridge BORING. Great set dressings though. It seems to be, quite possibly, the same show as The Paradise. That show, however, had even better set dressings (show wasn’t great, tune in for the costumes and the set dressings). Also: Frank Churchill looks much better here than he did on Emma (possible white socks included).
Ok- what the heck is it with brown shoes? I’m all for them, but most of these look like “I’m colorblind and really wanted to pick black shoes.”
I kind of cherish Jeremy Piven *kind of ashamed face*
That David gentleman can play the rake in our English manor piece, a ne’er do well son of a neighbor who casually broke our heroine’s heart. She must see him again – for the first time since he left her at the alter!- at our afternoon sporting party. He later receives his comeuppance after the horseback riding accident (which led him to use a cane), and he eventually marries his long-suffering nurse. So it all works out in the end.
Heather and Jessica, I know I am but one of many amongst Fug Nation that is waiting impatiently for you to make this English Countryside Murder Mystery/Drama/Nazi Hunting/Time Traveling show come to life. For real. WE WANT TO WATCH IT. (And We want Crookshanks to be that doctor.) You guys know people in Hollywood. You’re writers. Pretty please?
I always get Harry Treadaway confused with his twin, Other Treadaway, and forget which of them played a gay teen on this weird British series about gay men. He or his brother were naked on it. Oh well. Matt Smith definitely should not stand next to him (Smith is the Least Attractive Doctor).
As for Cumberbatch, he generally does not play “kindly,” although he did do “moral and tragic” very well in Parade’s End. Make him the “wicked yet magnetic doctor” and we’ll talk.
And you should definitely watch the UK Being Human, which is fabulous (as is the wonderful Tovey in it). The American remake is weak and sucks.
Late to the party, but Crookshanks plays a lovely, normal character in Stuart: A Life Backwards. He has equally lovely auburn hair in the movie, and a lot less makeup than in Sherlock. And glasses, sigh… Tom Hardy, on the other hand, plays a psychotic yet lovable addict, so he is not so pretty to look at. Heart-wrenching movie, but also funny and wonderful.