Quick Shots: Gina Bellman, James Nesbitt, Ricky Gervais, Naveen Andrews.

  • The gorgeous Gina Bellman (formerly of Coupling) speaks very highly of her Jekyll co-star, James Nesbitt. She tells Telegraph: "I watched James as an actor and as a person on set and I saw that he was charismatic and enigmatic both at the same time. Not only that, he was interested in absolutely everybody from the caterer to the director. Everyone had equal status to him, and he made us all feel part of a whole and not fragmented in our roles. I've never seen that before. I usually concentrate on the writing. I have always loved the writing but James concentrates on absolutely everyone and everything. I think he lifted and carried us all, and it was a remarkable experience." It's great that you don't have to be a d*ck to have talent.
  • Also in the Telegraph: Ricky Gervais explains his comedy: "In a society where we're not starving or being shot at, the worst thing that happens to us is that someone is rude or we get embarrassed. The embarrassment in my comedy is usually related to middle-class angst surrounding disability, race, all those things. For me, it's funnier for someone to dig themselves into a hole than be caught up in a caper. I also like these issues because they're taboo – by definition they're not talked about in polite society or on TV. But I'm not one of those comedians who says, 'Comedy is your conscience taking a day off.' I don't believe it is. I can justify everything I do."
  • Naveen Andrews (Lost, Grindhouse, The English Patient) speaks about his alcohol abuse (Sex Pistol Steve Jones helped him quit!) and the industry racism that drove him out of England and to America. "I have to say that in a country like England, [prejudice] is very subtle. They're not going to come out and say what's on their minds when you walk into a room. It's not easily defined. But it's there, I guess. And I think anybody would agree with me on that."
  • Piers Morgan accuses The Guardian of "hypocrisy" and grills editor Alan Rusbridger in a GQ interview, excerpted by The Independent. "Journalists at the paper love to see themselves as ethically, morally and intellectually superior to tabloid hacks. Yet there's nothing that those liberal sandal-wearers like more than to lift all the juicy details of a sex scandal broken in the 'gutter press' – while pretending to be outraged at the same time, obviously."

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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