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The awkward art of acting English – Robert Bathurst

Features | By Robert Bathurst

Patrick Macnee, The Avengers (1960s)

Robert Bathurst, the modern master of playing Englishmen, salutes the craft of his heroes

This is a very broad commission – to discuss the acting of Englishness. Rather than ring up the Editor and ask him to narrow the definition a bit, I’ll make a guess that what we’re tackling here is the unfashionable end of the market: the portrayal of middle- and upper-class, white, male characters whose emotional range is limited to restraint, embarrassment, insularity, ...


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