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06 September 2015 @ 09:18 pm
eight actors in Britain update occasioned by PBS watching  
Okay:

Hattie Morahan has apparently recently been in not one, but two Sherlock Holmes-related properties: Mr. Holmes, the film starring Ian McKellen; and Arthur and George, the miniseries starring Martin Clunes (and also featuring Charles Edwards, who has played Benedick and Richard II for Shakespeare's Globe, and was also on Downton Abbey).

Looking up Hattie Morahan led me to a 2013 film I hadn't heard of (in which she has a role) called Summer in February, starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper - both of whom were in the Andrew Davies adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, in which Hattie Morahan played Elinor Dashwood.

Looking up Dominic Cooper led me to The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith (the third Downton alum in this update, along with Charles Edwards and Dan Stevens). Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the film was written by Alan Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the cast also includes - along with Dominic Cooper - Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, James Corden, Samuel Anderson, and Samuel Barnett, all of whom were in The History Boys. (I knew Samuel Barnett was in the film, thanks to Twitter, but didn't know about all of the other History Boys alums.) Jamie Parker does not seem to be in the film, but Roger Allam, who played Falstaff to his Hal at the Globe, is.

ETA: Just to bring this whole thing full circle, IMDb says that Frances de la Tour is also in Mr. Holmes…along with Hattie Morahan.