UNknown Talent Vs. UNeducated Viewers
Most folks don’t know this but one of my biggest pet peeves is reading posts/articles etc. where Americans attribute “unknown actor” status to established UK or Canadian actors merely because they’ve not been seen on American Television.
Let’s take Game of Thrones for instance:
I have heard the following actors called “new” or “unknown” when most of them have massive amounts of on-screen (not even mentioning theatre credit) experience ‘under their belt’, so to speak.
Joe Dempsie (Gendry) & Hannah Murray (Gilly) are both of the first cast of Skins UK fame which won them an *NTA.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) is not only the voice of Ferb (from Phineas and Ferb) but also spoke one of the more quotable lines from Doctor Who when he starred as young Tim Latimer in both episodes “Family of Blood” and “Human Nature“.
Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) starred alongside Matt Smith and Alex Kingston in Doctor Who as Father Octavian (River Song’s jailer) as well as in UK series such as MI-5 and Downton Abbey.
Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish) is famous for being in the original Queer as Folk UK TV series as well as the acclaimed mini series “Love/Hate” which was a poignant story about Dublin’s criminal underworld.
I’m sure there are tons of other examples (i.e. Carey Mulligan, Jamie Murray) with other TV shows and movies but this was the one that started the rant so there you have it, my two pence! Your KM may vary!
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe and… he’s wonderful.” - Tim Latimer’s description of The Doctor
*National Television Awards