Further to my previous post about Benedict Cumberbatch, I thought I’d also spotlight another great actor yet to receive the recognition and exhibition platform they deserve: Rupert Penry-Jones. (Curiously, he also shares a first name with my brother, although that too is totally unrelated to this blog post…)
Penry-Jones’ career appears to have been much less acclaimed than Cumberbatch, perhaps unfairly, given that as Adam Carter, the frontman in Spooks from 2004-2008 he really proved to be worth his salt. Most recently starring in gripping ITV drama Whitechapel, he’s also set for the lead in BBC legal drama ‘Silk’ for which I could find very little information except this vague BBC link.
I think he’s an actor that would suit the big screen in similar roles to the small screen parts he has taken on. He simply needs more exposure. He usually plays a smooth, sharp witted, often dangerous character, but boasts a real charisma and natural charm. He’s ruggedly good looking (as most film friendly faces tend to be). In fact, he wouldn’t be misplaced as James Bond. (Oh come on, everyone knows he’s blond now!) Seriously though, I’m fully behind that idea.
Rupert, if you land that role, you owe me a pint. And a burger. In fact, maybe we could go see a movie? (I wonder if anyone else uses their blog to set up a (b)romantic dinner and drinks with actors they admire? I’m not trying to set a trend or anything, but if it works…)