Today is Greg Wise's 47th birthday!
Greg Wise has been a favourite actor of my sisters' and mine ever since we first saw him in Sense and Sensibility several years ago. Since then, I have had the pleasure of seeing him in several other period dramas and I've always been very impressed with his acting skills.
Greg Wise was born on May 15th, 1966, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and is the son of distinguished architect Professor Douglass. Because it was assumed that he would be an architect, he studied architecture in Edinburgh, but after a while went to Glasgow to study drama. He did his first professional job on stage, starring in the musical "Good Rockin' Tonight" and some of his first films were Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Feast of July (1995). View his IMDB page here.
Sense and Sensibility as John Willoughby
This is one of my very favourite movies ever, and also the first movie I saw Greg Wise in as the young and handsome Willoughby. I know Willoughby is a not a very nice character, but it's almost difficult to entirely dislike him the way Greg Wise plays him! I thought he did a very nice job in making the character seem believable- even though we don't by any means approve of what Willoughby did, we still feel somewhat sorry for him. At least, I do. In short, I think this was an excellent performance!
This is probably my favourite of Greg Wise's roles. Major Cotard is a bit of a dandy and at first seems a bit uppity- which he is- but he really is a very honourable character despite his rather arrogant demeanor, and I just love his French accent! : ) Also he looks reasonably good in regimentals- but then again, regimentals will do the most for most men! Greg Wise is one of those people who looks remarkably handsome with gray hair.....just an observation.: ) Major Cotard was an excellent addition to the Hornblower cast and I am only sorry that he could not stay longer!
Cranford as Sir Charles Maulver
This is rather a smaller role, but all the same Greg Wise was quite charming as always. Lady Ludlow's assistant, advisor, friend- whatever you want to call him- Sir Charles Maulver isn't very trivial to the story of Cranford, but he was still a very nice character and Cranford just wouldn't have been complete without him!
Greg Wise is married to actress Emma Thompson and they have a daughter named Gaia Romilly.