There’s little that I love more than watching something and being able to say ‘yep, I’ve seen them before!’ The one thing that I love more than that though is being able to recognise where you’ve previously seen them… So here’s one I prepared earlier, to help you out next time you’re stumped.
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve recently been indulging in the British alternative comedy scene of the 1980s/1990s. Let me tell you, after watching a few of those shows you start to realise that everyone’s turning up in each other’s programs.
For instance, I was watching the first season of Bottom (1991-95, left), and was surprised to find a nurse in the episode ‘Apocalypse’ was played by the same woman I’d seen playing a radio presenter in The New Statesman (1987-92, right) a day earlier. This actress is Helen Lederer.
You can imagine my surprise when I’m watching season 2 of Bottom (probably the very next day, let’s face it) and Lederer turns up again, this time playing, wait for it, Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Obstromsky Ponsonsky Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob. She’s attempting to seduce Richie as she mistakenly believes he’s rich.
In any case, she also played a doctor in the ill-fated Filthy, Rich and Catflap (1987, top left), a prostitute in The Dangerous Brothers and two separate characters in the second season of The Young Ones (1982-84, top right and bottom). Literally all of these shows also star Rik Mayall, but she has also appeared in Girls on Top, French and Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous.
Anyway, I’m about 98% sure that I’m the only person that finds this particular bit of information interesting. More generally though, it’s great noticing these people in various shows that you watch, but also to imagine the fun that they would have had making them when everyone clearly knows each other. Can you think of any actors that seem to pop up in everything?