Time magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential list was unveiled today (April 21) and several interesting Brits were included. And like every year, a profile piece showcasing each honoree was written by a friend or colleague within that person’s respective field.
Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth received the royal treatment from Dame Helen Mirren. “Colin’s innate decency, self-discipline and self-deprecation make him into the archetypal Englishman,” she said of The King’s Speech star. “His kind, thoughtful, passionate soul makes him into Everyman.”
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged British Prime Minister David Cameron as his “political soul mate.” “When he talked about governing for the people and not for his Conservative Party, he was giving advice that applies just as much in Washington or Sacramento as it does in the British Parliament,” he wrote.
Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, who grabbed the Best New Artist Grammy out of nowhere earlier this year, paid tribute to English singer/songwriter Sting with a personal touch. “He’s found the perfect balance of being able to write very avant-garde songs that are accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise consider themselves jazz fans… I hope to have his bravery when it comes to writing songs that mainstream audiences can access.”
Additionally, English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver commended First Lady Michelle Obama for championing healthy eating with her Let’s Move campaign. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown also profiled American economist Joseph Stiglitz for “challenging us all to rethink our ideas.”
Last but not least, steamy English novelist Jackie Collins applauded a Prince and his gorgeous bride-to-be for their real-deal love story. I think we all know who she’s talking about.