British actors and television serials seem to be all the rage in America at the moment. Doctor Who has reached unprecedented levels of success, Simon Pegg is the new “actor of the moment” over there and the three biggest superhero franchises, Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, all have British actors in the lead roles (the newest Spider-Man actor, Andrew Garfield, was in Series 3 of Doctor Who – Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks).
Meanwhile, you may have noticed a wonderful little series called The Walking Dead, based on graphic novels by one Robert Kirkman, which focuses on survivors of a zombie outbreak in America. Andrew Lincoln (from Channel 4’s Teachers) plays the lead role fantastically as he leads his wife and son through a series of perilous misfortunes as they try to survive in a dead world.
The series has not only shown American audiences what Lincoln can do for acting but has also created a competent and addictive zombie drama that demands repeat viewing.
This year will see yet another British actor lend his hand to the effort as David Morrissey (The Next Doctor) prepares to begin filming a part in the drama. Morrissey will play a nasty Governor (we’ll say no more) in the third series of The Walking Dead.
The creator of the series, Robert Kirkman, insisted that he was the right choice for the role, and he would know, and had only praise and excitement for his forthcoming filming sessions:
“He knew this is a complicated character, and he knew this was a character that people are going to hate to love.”