Why had I never heard of Stephen Dillane before?


Thomas Jefferson in “John Adams” is played by the very brilliant (and quite easy on the eyes) British actor Stephen Dillane.  As many of you have probably guessed, I have a penchant for actors from the other side of the pond.  Among my favorites are Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Dalton, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Northam (wasn’t he fabulous tonight in The Tudors?) and of course Hugh Laurie.

Stephen Dillane was marvellous as Jefferson, a quiet and intense intelligence poured from his eyes, as he body language suggested a shyness and reticence.  And those lovely 18th century clothes!

Anyway, Dillane is about to appear in two new films:  Fugitive Pieces (I will be reviewing this one for Blogcritics officially later this week.) and a film about the family who invented Bakelite (the name of the film escapes me for the moment), but I’ll be reviewing that as well, once it’s released and I’ve seen it.

For you newbies (like me) to Mr. Dillane’s work, may I suggest the following for starters:  “Welcome to Sarajevo” (he plays a brave British journalist) and “Deja Vu” in which he plays an artist/architect (it’s a great romance). 

Anyway, more on Dillane in the days and weeks to come.

 

 

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