Six Questions with Britannias Red Carpet Host Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee (Photo via OliviaLee.com)

Olivia Lee (Photo via OliviaLee.com)

British comedian Olivia Lee has brought her brand of “dirty sexy funny” to the States with spots on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and MTV’s Punk’d. Now she’s taking her sly sense of humor to BBC AMERICA as host of the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards red carpet pre-show, which airs on Sunday night (November 10) at 9/8c. (We’re waiting with bated breath for the questions she’ll ask our honorees, which include Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, and Idris Elba. Follow @Anglophenia for live coverage of the red carpet and the ceremony tonight at 8:30 pm ET.)

Before she grills our celebrities, we turned the tables on her with a few questions. Here were her responses:

What’s an interview question that should be banned from all red carpets?
To ladies, “So tell me—how many pairs of Spanx are you really wearing?”

Who scares you more, Ben Kingsley’s Don Logan from Sexy Beast or
Idris Elba’s Stringer Bell from
The Wire? Why?

Has to be Ben Kingsley’s Don Logan. To be fair, both are equally violent and threatening characters, but Idris’ Stringer always seems to have that disconnected edge about him—like he would definitely kill you, but could easily change his mind if you offered him some tasty fish and chips, whereas Don Logan couldn’t be temped with starchy snacks. He’d easily kill on an empty stomach.

What’s one British word that all Americans should adopt?
Rigmarole, which in American translated to “trouble.” I’d like to see some U.S. cop dramas where the detectives say, “This gangster has got himself in a load of rigmarole.”

What’s the weirdest message someone has ever tweeted at you?
Someone once tweeted me telling me they had just named their new puppy after me, and sent me a cute picture of a little baby dog called “Olivia.” I was strangely flattered.

The Britannia Awards have great long titles like “Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.” If you could create your own Britannia, what would you call it and who would you give it to?
And… the Olivia Lee Award for Maximum Neurosis, Nail Biting and Kvetching over a Lack of Decent Roles goes to….

List four British comedians, living or dead, every American should know.
Angelos Epithemiou. Very much alive, very much hilarious one of the
funniest men in the U.K. at the moment.
Les Dawson – Dead – but utterly brilliant.
The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Barker and Corbett. Check out their famous sketch “Fork handles.” British humor at its best.

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