Hans so low
Actor Matt King is probably best known as the sleazy Super Hans in the Bafta award-winning Peep Show. In fact, so much so, he is often confronted in the street as if he really is the drug-addled character from the comedy series. How we love to believe in the characters we see portrayed in TV drama and comedy…The truth is, Matt is a clean-living Brighton resident having moved down here two years ago. He was, back then, quoted as saying that he was looking forward to getting to know Brighton better and exploring both the city and the surrounding countryside.
As well as Peep Show and his second career path as a successful stand-up comedian, Matt co-starred in the movie Inkheart, the Guy Ritchie film RocknRolla, the British film Bronson, and has a lead role in the fantasy thriller Malice In Wonderland. He has also appeared in the third series of Doctor Who.
Now forgive us for suggesting this, but Matt does seem to be carving a bit of a niche here playing tough guys and baddies. Not that there is much wrong with that – it did neither Vincent Price or Peter Cushing any harm.
Sometime resident of Brighton’s Kemp Town, Steven Berkoff, has always managed to balance a career divided between producing, directing, acting in his own plays and in works that he had chosen to produce like Salome, while at the same time playing Hollywood villains in blockbuster movies. From General Orlov in the James Bond film Octopussy, he has played a great many villains, characters like Lt. Col Podovsky in Rambo: First Blood Part II, Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop, and even as Adolf Hitler in epic mini-series War And Remembrance.
Even Sir Laurence Olivier, who lived for many years in Royal Crescent, Kemp Town, played baddie for Hollywood, most notably as Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man. So being bad certainly seems to have its good side for Brighton actors.