Gentlemen of Intriguing Appearance: Andrew Buchan
And you thought I’d forgotten about this series. 😉
So, am going to try restart Gentleman of Intriguing Appearance. I enjoyed doing it – then I hit one week were the words just didn’t seem to come, and a series of posts without text came out after that. Which I wasn’t that keen on – the words I felt added something to the post beyond just ‘the pretty’ and ‘the intriguing.’ I might go back and add words to those posts.
But for now, to kick it off, we have Andrew Buchan.
Andrew may seem a surprising addition to the list. He’s more conventionally attractive than most of the others on here (not that anyone would really call Ralph Fiennes ugly, mind you) – but you may wonder where are those bony features, gaunt cheeks – where indeed is that strong profile that tends to mark the men who’ve graced these pages. Nice, pleasant face with symmetrical features – where is the intrigue?
Yet Andrew compelled me, enough that I went on to start a tumblr page which, since I handed over the reigns (big thanks to demurely1 for that!), has become something of the best online site for info about Andrew, which I’m utterly delighted about. Google his name and the page (at long last!) appears on the first page of hits! 😀
I think it is his mouth. Turns out as I get older mouths and lips are having an increasing appear. I mean serious, even when he’s frowning it just can’t help curling up at the edges. It gives him just the right touch of danger, something that I think served him well in The Fixer, and gave him that edge – ok, more than an edge – of arrogance and passion that was so needed for William Garrow in Garrow’s Law.
There is also a serious to his features, something that suggests depth that often the more conventionally pretty don’t quite have – something else that makes you wonder what is going on his mind, even when pleasantly smiling and being sweet.
And you, sometimes I just like guys who look sweet.
Despite several leading roles (Garrow’s Law, The Fixer, and others) it was only last year’s Broadchurch that caught people’s attention ie. the press finally started talking about him as someone other than Amy Nuttal’s boyfriend. Which is great to see.
Sadly, of late I’ve not kept as abreast of his career as I would like – though I do believe there is a series about the Great Fire of London coming out soon (and just realised that damn it I missed An Honourable Woman). What I would recommend for Andrew fans: Party Animals (which also features the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith – good actor but not likely to be appearing here, and Andrea Riseborough, who would feature here if I ever were to do an Awesome Ladies series), a rather good drama about young politicos in Westminster, Jane Eyre (as Saint John Rivers), Garrow’s Law (well-made BBC historical with a sharp eye on social justice of the eighteenth century), and Broadchurch (of course).
Links to check out:
* Andrew’s Law: An Andrew Buchan Fansite (the one I started, of course – what else would I suggest?)
* Recent-ish interview from the Guardian