Last night I was watching the American TV series “Lie to Me” on French TV – therefore dubbed in French – trying to put a name to the central character . . . but pretty sure it was an English actor. Light bulb went on above my head as I realised it WAS an English actor, and none other than Tim Roth . . . so I fiddled with buttons on TV and was able to follow the series in its original soundtrack and enjoy Tim’s voice rather than the French actor dubbing.
It made me think of all the American (and sometimes Canadian) series, where British actors play the central characters . . . but how, in France, many viewers think they are American because it’s a US series. They only hear the French dubbing, so I suppose it’s normal they assume US series = US actors.
So I just wanted to wave my patriotic little flag, while wondering what is it about British actors that makes them so “hot” on the US market? Is it the accent that US audiences like so much? or do British actors have that extra “je ne sais quoi” that gives them the edge?
Just a few examples of some charismatic Brits on our TV and cinema screens who most French people don’t even realise are British.