Chances are you just said “Who?” And if you just said that, boy are you missing out!
John Dagleish is a brilliant young British actor. I’ve seen him in exactly two things: Lark Rise to Candleford and Beaver Falls. They are each British TV series. And believe me, two more completely opposite shows have never existed. But what makes each of them so wonderful? Yep, you guessed it, John Dagleish.
I first saw John in Lark Rise to Candleford. Lark Rise is a light period drama that explores life in rural Oxfordshire in the late-ish 19th century. It is all about family values and lessons, simple lives and idyllic settings. It’s exactly the sort of thing I love.
John plays Alf Arliss, a young man with a quick smile and a jovial attitude. He’s not sophisticated or intellectual (like the kind of guys I usually go for) but he is thoughtful. Throughout the 4 seasons of the show he goes through a lot of changes, learns a lot about life, and becomes an upstanding man. Oh, and he sings!
Beaver Falls is low comedy. It is crude, juvenile humor. It is full of wanking jokes, fat jokes, pot jokes, and boob jokes. It is chocked full of overblown stereotypes and cliché situations. It is everything that a teenage boy would love. I can’t stand this type of humor … usually.
I started watching Beaver Falls because John Dagleish was in it. Dear Lord, I am embarrassed to say that I laughed SO hard at it. On paper I should despise a show like this, but I roared with laughter and blushed with shame as I watched it. Maybe it’s the way the British pull off stupid humor with so much more finesse than Americans can. All I know is that I can’t wait for the second season to air this summer.
So yeah, on the one hand we have an upstanding young rural man trying to do the best for his family, and on the other we have a clueless stoner trying to score with a girl way above his league. This is what I love about British actors. Versatility!
I do know that John was classically trained in drama school. Another big plus in my book. He is at the beginning of his career as well. I look forward to seeing more from him.
And look at those eyes! Such lovely puppy-dog eyes. In real life he’s probably just a dude like any other dude his age. He doesn’t exactly have the svelte physique of a lot of the other cookie-cutter actors of his generation. But he’s got character out the wahzoo, and that’s what counts as far as I’m concerned.
In fact, I think I might just have to write a romance novel with my unlikely hero John as the template for the hero. I think that smile is capable of breaking hearts.
P.S. I found this lovely interview with John while looking for pictures to go with this post.