His former career as an ’80s pop star aside, who knew Ricky Gervais was a bit of a golden boy? It’s appears life once came a bit too easily for him, he says in an interview with The Guardian. “I never tried hard at anything. I was born smart on a very working-class estate. A couple of people I knew went to university apart from me, but all the way through I was the smartest kid in the school. That’s luck, but I was proud of it. And I was also proud of doing well without trying.” However, the actor/comedian has seen the error of his erstwhile ways: “As you get older, and it took me a long time to realize it, that’s a disgusting attitude, revolting. It’s ignorant and it’s a tragic waste, and I realized that the work itself is the reward. The struggle itself is the reward.” Forget those children’s books, Ricky: the real money’s in the self-help section.
Coupling and This Life star Jack Davenport talks to The Daily Telegraph about his role on ABC’s new hit drama, FlashForward, on which he co-stars with that hot POA, Joseph Fiennes. Like Jamie Bamber and Dominic West before him, Davenport feels the view’s much better from this side of the pond: “Somewhere in the last 10 years, somewhere around The Sopranos or Six Feet Under on HBO, American [TV] drama became – easily – the best in the world,” he said “[Britain really is] at the sharp end of multiculturalism: it’s a tiny country and people from all over the world now live in the UK. From a dramatist’s point of view, what a brilliant stew of stuff to explore. And yet, you know, it’s all about The X Factor. We can mine Charles Dickens‘ back catalog for a little while longer, but there’s a reluctance to commission things that hold a mirror up to nature. I think we’re missing a trick.”
Speaking of literally holding a mirror up to nature: tons of BBC wildlife content has been placed online – but only for UK viewers. (Guardian)
British pop singer La Roux says standards have fallen in the British music scene. “George Michael wrote ‘Careless Whisper’ when he was 17. I didn’t see Tinchy Stryder writing a song like that when he was 17, but he still gets the same praise.” (Guardian)
George Michael‘s Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, is all grown up and sporting quite a haircut. (Daily Mail)
Kelly Osbourne keeps on shedding the pounds due to her Dancing with the Stars regimen. (Daily Mail)
You had to know it was coming: Robbie Williams has reportedly recorded some songs with Take That. Tail-between-the-legs much, Robster? (Guardian)
Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy got hitched earlier this month. So, does having Ms. Danes finally “contained” make up for Mr. Dancy being off the market?(Just Jared)
10-year-old Paul McCartney on the young Queen Elizabeth II: “present day royalty rules with affection rather than force.” (The Times)
The Lucy behind The Beatles‘ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” has died at age 46. (Daily Mail)
One of Katie Price‘s ex-boyfriends – the father of her son Harvey is kissing and telling. Footballer Dwight Yorke says, ‘I’m not by nature a bitter person, but no one’s driven me quite so close to that as Katie. The woman is infuriating.” (Daily Mail)
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.