Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Fantasy Girlfriend - Lucy Akhurst

I nearly said ‘Sophie’ – the imperiously sexy executive assistant to a comic book baron she played a decade ago in Spaced. I haven’t seen Ms Akhurst in much else.

I wasn’t that much of a fan of the series, but I happened to re-watch it on DVD a couple of weeks ago, and found that it brought back a lot of dewy-eyed memories of my last days in England (this is one of the last TV shows I can remember watching back in the old country, sometime around the end of 2001 or early 2002), and, more generally and more powerfully, of those wonderful Friday night comedy line-ups on Channel 4 that kept me company – and kept me at home, away from the pub – at the end of the week for a nearly a decade.

Simon Pegg’s wastrel artist would never have got this lucky!!


JES said...

Of course, when I read this the other day I immediately set out to learn everything I could about her. Which is surprisingly little...

...except the way she looked for that role seems to have nothing at all to do with the way she's looked for all the others. Seems her natural (or just preferred) hair color is blonde, and she wears it long.

I always look forward to your Fantasy Girlfriend entries. We probably don't want to speculate on what it means for a guy to draw vicarious pleasure from someone else's remote fantasies!

Froog said...

Did you ever see Spaced?

It was a quirky and surreal life of English low-life that I think you might have enjoyed. It used to employ a lot of pop culture references, especially from the cinema - there were extended pastiches of bits from The Matrix, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, etc. Co-writer Simon Pegg has since become quite successful on the big screen (he was essentially playing the same character in his breakthrough hit Shaun Of The Dead), and the director, Edgar Wright also (he made Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a year or so ago, which was rather similar in style, but with the benefit of a much bigger budget).

I was intrigued to discover that Lucy Akhurst directed a feature a few years ago - a rather successful little indie comedy about morris dancing! I have some links about that I'd wanted to post, but I don't have them to hand now.

Froog said...

God, did I say "life of low-life" back there? I meant slice, of course.

God, I'm so brainfogged by shortage of sleep at the moment.

Froog said...

Here's that article about Lucy's film, Morris: A Life With Bells On.

I'm curious to see that, but I doubt if it got a DVD release.