Monday, November 26, 2007
Male On Monday...the OTHER towel photo!
It’ll come as no surprise to anyone who knows Donna to see who she's picked for a Male on Monday slot...and apparently TV Guide agreed in their 2007 Sexiest Men issue...
Confession time: Ever since I heard about Male on Monday I’ve dreamed of writing this post…that makes me sound rather desperate, doesn’t it. Oh well – I can live with that. Because I am still as much of a fan now as I was several years ago when I first discovered this talented, smart, HOT actor.
He is, of course, Jamie Bamber.
How much of a fan am I? I have an autographed picture of him at my desk. I had my picture taken in the area of London where he grew up…Hammersmith…and thanks to fellow PHS’er Trish for taking this picture and contributing to my fangirliness during our afternoon in London. I have watched much of what he’s acted in, except for a few that just can’t be found in North America. I’ve even loved listening to him in radio plays and interviews.
The official bio states that: Jamie St. John Bamber Griffith, was born on April 3, 1973 in Hammersmith, London. His father, Ralph is an American. His mother, Elizabeth is Irish and she trained as an actress. He has 5 brothers and one sister (we'd like to see the brothers too). The family lived in France for Jamie's first few years. He attended a bilingual school there until the family moved back to England when he was eight.
Jamie's first part was that of a woman! He played the wicked witch in the "Wizard of Oz" at school - his hair was probably long at the time. In 1996, Jamie went to the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) where he completed a post graduate course. Before that he received a first Class Honours Degree in Modern Languages (Italian and French) at St. Johns College, Cambridge University. (courtesy of Jamie Bamber, This Is Your Website)
Now…one of the biggest attractions for me is a man who is intelligent, and you don’t get First Class Honours from Cambridge by being a slouch. The very thought of him speaking in foreign languages is enough to make me stuttttttter. His favourite book is Dante's Divine Comedy and he has a fascination with Italian national hero Garibaldi. Added into that a propensity for practical jokes and a sharp wit, and I’m already nearly sold.
Jamie also fell madly in love with a co-star and they married, promptly had three baby girls (one set of twins) and somehow manage to juggle parenthood and two careers – his wife Kerry is a singer and actress and has starred in a guest role on Jamie’s current show.
Wrap all that up in a package that looks like this:
(Look, we all know that the PHS is famous for towel pictures, so why not one more for the record books?)
The thing I love about Jamie’s acting is how he brings all the nuances of his character to light. Archie Kennedy wasn’t even supposed to be a recurring character in Horatio Hornblower until they gave it to Jamie and saw all the potential…and we’re forever grateful…and we’re still rebelling over the ending of RETRIBUTION…even if it was superbly acted.
He even brought Hans to life in Daniel Deronda despite a lack of lines and bad hair. Which I will NOT show here.
But most of all, we love him for the fracked up character of Lee Adama in Ron Moore’s reimagining of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA…there are sites dedicated just to this character and whether or not he’s being written as he deserves, whether or not he should ever be with Starbuck, and fanfiction galore. Odes have been composed to his "sapphire bullet" eyes and the glory of his muscled arms...but may I also add that it is his character that really intrigues me... Lee is principled, but open-minded in a world that no longer has the luxury of being black and white. He has twisted relationships with his father and best friend and we’re still not sure exactly why he's made some of the decisions he has….
And of course if you aren’t into smart, thought-provoking writing, you can simply carry on looking at pictures like THIS…something to be said for Wet Jamie...
All in all I don’t see my interest waning any time soon….so what do you think? Are you converted?
Donna's latest book which doesn't feature Jamie Bamber is Marriage at Circle M, available on e-harlequin and amazon and soon to be released in December in Australia and New Zealand.
You can find out more about her hero worship on her Blog and her books on her website.