British actress Deborah Kerrhas died at age 86. Her list of credits is incredible: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Black Narcissus with Powell and Pressburger; King Solomon’s Mines;The King and I; An Affair to Remember opposite Cary Grant; The Sundowners; and the role she’s probably best-known for, adulterous wife Karen Holmes in From Here To Eternity. Her lovemaking scene on the beach with Burt Lancaster remains iconic and unsurpassed in its eroticism. Kerr was a wonderful chameleon; she played a total of three roles in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp alone. She was nominated six times for the Academy Award but never won once.
Reality TV’s Maria and Joseph, Connie Fisher and Lee Mead, will perform together in a BBC Christmas special. Torchwood star John Barrowman, who was a judge on both How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do, will also sing.(The Stage)
Kate Moss entrusts her new man, musician Jamie Hince, to Lily Allen. (Mirror)
Goblet or cello? Skittle or lollipop? Former What Not To Wear hosts Trinny and Susannah list the 12 female body types and how to dress them. (Daily Mail)
You can play “Chopsticks” on Joely Richardson‘s ribcage.(Daily Mail)
The Guardian compiles some great YouTube clips from the world of British sports, including some amazing clips of rugby star Jason Robinson putting the hurt on his opponents. I heart Mr. Robinson. Dieux du Stade really dropped the ball by not getting this man’s kit off.
Prince William demonstrates some athleticism on the football pitch. (The Sun)
You may be able to download all of this year’s Booker-shortlisted novels. The Daily Telegraph reports, “It is hoped the initiative will capture new audiences – particularly in Asia and Africa – who may be unable to access the actual books.”
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.