Scary Spice has had her baby, and Eddie Murphy counts down to D-Day.(BBC)
David Tennant says Jamie Oliver, with his suit and trainers, is the inspiration for his Doctor Who look. ‘I rang Russell and said: “Could we do this for the Doctor?”‘ he said. ‘They wanted me in stompy posh boots but the trainers were the thing I did go to the wall on.’ (Now)
David Tennant will be in the passenger seat in a new drama, playing a driving instructor.(Mirror)
Sting and Paul McCartney‘s latest albums are both up for Classical Brit Awards. Hecklerspray views this cynically: “Obviously this is nothing more than a transparent publicity stunt constructed in order to get people a) talking about and b) watching the Classical Brit Awards by featuring actual global superstars instead of quiet, serious, scholarly men who treat classical music as a passion rather than a vanity project, but forget about that. ”
Wayne Rooney‘s 17-year-old cousin flashed her boob at Coleen McLoughlin‘s 21st birthday party.(Mirror)
A Bollywood film will cover the 7/7 London Underground attacks.(BBC)
Kevin Spacey and his American Beauty director Sam Mendes have formed the Bridge Project, a transatlantic theater company that will perform works at the Old Vic in London and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.More from BBC and The New York Times.
When Harry Potter isn’t in play, the sales go away for the Bloomsbury publishing firm.(BBC)
Upen Patel goes from geeky computer student to India’s biggest movie star. He tells The Daily Mail: “I had to look to Bollywood for my role models. Then when I went there I stood out because I spoke in a different way, I dressed differently, I even walked in a different way. I was a London kid and I think the Bollywood fans really liked that. That’s why it’s so good I’m now getting support from the Asian community in Britain. They seem really proud of me and that makes me really proud of myself.”
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.