British Ambassador says British actors suck (blood)

British ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald usually writes about climate change policy and the difficulties in Afghanistan on his blog, but today he chose to write about bloodsucking vampires. It seems, as Sheinwald accurately points out, the Brits export a considerable amount of vampires to Hollywood. Robert Pattinson, Stephen Moyer, Kate Beckinsale, ...

British ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald usually writes about climate change policy and the difficulties in Afghanistan on his blog, but today he chose to write about bloodsucking vampires.

It seems, as Sheinwald accurately points out, the Brits export a considerable amount of vampires to Hollywood. Robert Pattinson, Stephen Moyer, Kate Beckinsale, Gary Oldman, and Christopher Lee are all British, and all portrayed the undead at some point in their career.

The final paragraph from Sheinwald’s piece shows his mastery of the art of pun, although the entire thing is worth reading.

So vampires aside, there is nothing undead about the vibrancy of the UK’s cultural and media life. And am I confident of its continued transatlantic success?  The "stakes" may be high, but you may most definitely "Count" on it!   

Bobby Pierce is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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