Check Out Gavin & Stacey’s Mathew Horne in a Dramatic Role

  • Critics loved BBC’s new Boy George biopic, Worried About the Boy, which premiered last night in the UK. But the Culture Club singer himself was not as complimentary about the film on Twitter: “Verdict, beautifully shot & styled but badly written, it lacks heart and soul!”(Digital Spy)

    Check out a clip from Worried About the Boy. It features Gavin & Stacey‘s Mathew Horne as Jon Moss, Culture Club drummer and Boy George’s erstwhile lover. Horne’s performance has received some rave reviews. The Daily Telegraph‘s Ceri Radford says, “It was a joy to see Horne lifted from the chirpy blandness of Gavin to a more subtle role, playing the down-to-earth music professional who succumbed to O’Dowd’s ersatz charms.”

  • Meanwhile, Gavin & Stacey star/co-creator Ruth Jones has two projects in the works: The Great Outdoors, a comedy about ramblers, and Hattie, a biopic about Carry On actress Hattie Jacques.(The Stage)
  • Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon slams Green Day‘s decision to go Broadway (“Like lemmings, they’re heading straight for the cliff”) and laments Public Image Ltd.‘s lack of a recording contract (“It’s a shame that this industry, one that tried to co-opt me into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, isn’t prepared to pay one dollar to help me. I have a recommendation where to stick said awards. Use your Preparation H sparingly.”) (New York Post)
  • Little Britain star David Walliams married model Lara Stone over the weekend. But were two of Ms. Stone’s guests conspicuously absent?
  • British actress Charlotte Lewis, now 42, claims director Roman Polanski abused her at age 16.(Guardian)
  • Lily Allen says she’s not pregnant, in spite of the appearance of a baby bump.(Daily Mail)
  • SPOILER ALERT: Did Torchwood star John Barrowman‘s character make it out of the Desperate Housewives finale alive?(Daily Mail)
  • Get ready for Doctor Who Live – a new stage version of the hit series that will be touring the UK this fall. Steven Moffat is developing the production, but Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will not appear.(Guardian)
  • To mark the 40th anniversary of his death, Jimi Hendrix‘s London apartment will be opened up for an exhibition this September.(Telegraph)
  • This fall, Graham Norton will replace Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 Saturday mornings.(The Stage)
  • Dame Helen Mirren will play a 1970s madam in Love Ranch, a film directed by her husband, Taylor Hackford. But the real kicker? She’ll have to do an American accent. Shouldn’t be an issue for the Oscar-winning actress, should it? “It’s very weird. I live in America, I have American stepsons and an American husband, and I find it so difficult,” Mirren says. (Telegraph)
  • Dawn French is “the fat lady who doesn’t sing” in a new London opera.(Daily Mail)

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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