British star complains about big TV roles always given to same actresses – Deadline

An award-winning British TV and film actress has complained that British audiences are being harmed, with the same generation of actresses being cast in lead roles over and over again.

Jane Horrocks, who starred in a hit TV comedy absolutely fabulous and was nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her role in the film Small voice told a British audience:

“I think it’s a bit limiting for the public to always see the same crowd coming.

“I’m so sorry to the public that the curators and producers are so myopic that they have to keep producing the same people.”

When asked what she thinks of high-profile actresses Olivia Colman (The crown), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) and Lily James (Downton Abbey, The Pursuit of Love) regularly being given the big roles on television, Horrocks replied, “And Sarah Lancashire.” (happy valley)

Horrocks added: “They do an amazing job and if they’re offered the roles, of course you take them.

“There are a lot of actors who could bring something new to one of these roles, unexpectedly.”

Her comments come the same weekend an open letter was signed by more than 100 actors and public figures, including Keeley Hawes, demanding more women aged 45 and over appear on screen, in a fight against “embedded ageism” in the industry.

Horrocks revealed in an interview with the Independent diary several years ago that for her personally it is not a problem. She said: “When I went to drama school I played all the old guys there so ageism doesn’t come into it for me because I always played old guys. and young people.

“Actually, I feel like my career seems to have gotten a bit richer as I get older as new opportunities arise because of my age… But it’s obviously there and present. I recognize that is a problem.

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