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Friday 06 August 2010

British actor Alfred Molina is like a one-man League Of Nations . He's played at least a dozen different nationalities on screen - from Russian to Welsh to Mexican - and explains why he's the go-to guy when Hollywood needs an exotic villain.

Mark Gatiss, the co-creator BBC TV's Sherlock Holmes series, continues his celebration of British character actors with a hymn to the work of Miles Malleson, who essayed a series of curates and bishops in some unforgettable cameos

Oscar winning designer Julie Harris talks to Matthew Sweet about some of her greatest creations for the screen, and about the mink bikini she designed for Diana Dors to wear at the Venice Film Festival.

Neil Brand traces the cinematic roots of the arch-villain to 1920s Berlin and a mesmerist and master of disguise with a cunning plan.


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