The best of Blighty talent turned out April 20th to kick off Brit Week, a three-week long celebration of British arts and culture in Los Angeles.
Several LA based celebs showed up for the night, while other British notables flew in especially for the event despite the recent travel havoc in the UK. Among them was new talent Karen Gillan, currently based in England filming the latest series of the cult classic Dr. Who.
But there were more established names in attendance, too. Comedic royalty Stephen Fry and the Queen herself Dame Helen Mirren and made an appearance, and appeal, to LA casting directors.
“It’s unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British. It’s just nice to say we’re not snooty, stuck-up, malevolent, malignant creatures as we’re so often portrayed she explained.
But villains or not, these UK stars are managed to have a ball, with several charity events taking place throughout the celebrations. Actors Vinnie Jones and Michael Sheen took part in a football match benefiting Save the Children, and many more similar events are set for the upcoming weeks.
Other famous faces include Mel B, DWTS judge Bruno Tonioli (the Italian has made his home in Maida Vale for most of his adult life), Cat Deeley, Gordon Ramsey, Kelly Osbourne, and Richard Branson.
I’m guessing my invite got lost in the mail.