Actors and Actresses

'Des' Star Daniel Mays on Bringing a Real Person to Life, Working with David Tennant and More

Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, British film and telly fans are sure to be familiar with the work of Daniel Mays. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2000, this Essex-born actor has spent the last two decades bringing authentic characters to the screen in such varied projects as Vera Drake, Doctor Who, Line of Duty, and Fisherman's Friends. 

We recently conducted a phone interview with the actor wherein he discussed, among other things, his recent role as DCI Peter Jay in the crime drama Des, his admiration for director Mike Leigh and his growing Instagram addiction.

Remembering Sir Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in "The Lrod (Credit: New Line Cinema)

Last Friday the world said farewell to the accomplished Sir Ian Holm. A classically trained actor, his career spanned almost six decades. Mr. Holm’s talents were generously displayed through the mediums of stage, television and film. He received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his services to drama.

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