I’m a self-avowed Britophile. People have asked, “Does that differ from Anglophile?” Yes. A Britophile is a plebian anglophile. Anglophiles follow royalty and drink Twinings Earl Grey. Britophiles follow the Sex Pistols and drink Boddington’s. One of my favorite things about the United Kingdom is the high calibre of actor they produce. Happily some of the best British actors are also the sexiest men on the planet. Not everyone will agree with my perhaps unorthodox definition of sexy. You can keep Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler. Give me:
Alan Rickman: Sure, now Alan Rickman has an American following. I’ve been mad for Alan Rickman since “Die Hard” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and those were 20+ years ago. Most Britophile newbs only know Rickman from “Sweeney Todd” or “Harry Potter”. This man has been sexiest personified for decades. Alan Rickman’s voice is sexy. His accents (and they are legion) are sexy. Though it’s difficult to choose, “Rasputin” is Alan Rickman’s best “dark sexy man” role and “Sense and Sensibility” is his best “happy/ normal sexy” role. I also find it very sensual that Alan Rickman has been with the same woman for over 40 years. That Rickman comes from humble roots and is a Labour Party activist is frosting on my cake.
Geoffrey Rush: Again, now everyone jumps on the Geoff Rush bandwagon since “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The King’s Speech”. I have been in a paprazzi relationship with Geoff Rush since “Twelfth Night” (1986), “Shine” (1996), “Les Miserables” (1998) roles. Geoffrey Rush did depraved sexual passion to perfection as the Marquis de Sade in “Quills” (2000). At first glance, you don’t get sensual from Geoff Rush. His voice is nasal and high-pitched. He’s rather homely. No one but Geoffrey Rush, however can bite an apple (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) feign madness (“Shine”) or get his tongue cut out (“Quills”) with such eroticism.
Toby Jones: Short, pudgy, wall-eyed Toby Jones is a tour de force of talent and sexiness. Called a chameleon of theater, Jones has portrayed a mentally retarded boy (“Cadfael”), an elf (Doby in “Harry Potter”), a homicidal maniac (“Poirot: The Murder on the Orient Express”), a quirky writer (“Infamous”) and Smee (“Finding Neverland”). Toby Jones has a lot on his 2011 plate: “The Adventures of Tintin”, “Captain America” and “The Rite”.
Gary Oldman: Admittedly, yes, Oldman is an acquired taste. But once you’ve been hit with Oldman fever, there’s no turning back. Gary Oldman does “soul in torment” roles well: “Sid and Nancy” (Sid Vicious), “JFK” (Lee Harvey Oswald), “The Scarlet Letter”(Arthur Dimmesdale), “Immortal Beloved” (Ludwig von Beethoven), “The Book of Eli” (Carnegie) “Dracula” (Vlad the Impaler) and of course “Harry Potter” (Sirius Black). Gary Oldman occasionally mashes up his haunted sexuality with some fun kiddie roles: “Planet 51” and the new “Kung Fu Panda 2”. But 2011 promises more gothic chills, Oldman style with “Red Riding Hood”.
Jason Isaacs: OMG! when Jason Isaacs took off his Royal Dragoons helmet to duel with Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” I thought I’d taken a hit of Ecstasy. I must have rewound that scene a dozen times. Jason Isaacs aficionados may point to his Lucius (Lucious!) Malfoy role in Harry Potter or his Oedipal role as father/ Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” as his sexiest. I’ll take Col. Tavington in the bedroom without his uniform, thanks.
Have I got your blood pumping with these Brit cuties?