BBC America has for at least the last 2 years (not sure if they did it prior to 2011 or not) asked viewers to vote in their Anglo Fan Favorites contest. I only voted in the men’s competition the last two years (I understand there is one with regard to British women as well….oops…didn’t participate). The voting starts with a field of 32 and is whittled down to one final winner.
I find that whom they pit against each other is interesting and lends to a not so easy decision. Colin Firth vs Sean Bean? Rupert Grint vs Daniel Radcliffe? (Was it planned to put the young pups against each other?) Hugh Laurie vs Martin Freeman – which was VERY close by the way. Alan Rickman vs Liam Neeson.
Difficult decisions to make indeed! The 2011 tournament for me was ALL about Alan Rickman. I ADORE him and have ever since I first saw him in Sense & Sensibility. I found his portrayal of Severus Snape to actually be rather sexy in a strange way. Some close friends will forever tease me about this, not quite understanding what it is that I see in Mr. Rickman. And while he IS old enough to be my father, the voice, the talent….sorry I think the man is hot and incredibly sexy. In the end Alan Rickman was the Anglo Fan Favorite Champion of 2011 (so I am NOT the only one that thinks the man is amazing).
However, looking back at the quarterfinal, I have to laugh:
Richard Armitage vs. Alan Rickman
Richard Armitage has set himself up as the man to beat here, but Alan Rickman is a dark horse, having stared down strong competitors (Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson) with his trademark sinister look. Is the Armitage Army packing enough reinforcements to conquer the Rickmaniacs?
REALLY??? LOL! I remember thinking, who the heck is this Armitage guy with the Army? I had never seen Spooks (MI-5 here in the States), had maybe seen an ad or two for Robin Hood, and definitely had not stumbled across North and South yet. I didn’t even think he was remotely attractive. How things change in just a year.