History of the Site
you've made it this far, you must be a curious soul... If you've spent
some time in the site I truly hope you've enjoyed it. As you may imagine
there has been a fair amount of work since 2004 - it's been all worthwhile...I
recommend it:) Drop me a line with changes, suggestions or questions -
I always reply!
feel that websites can be very impersonal places and I'm keen not for
this one to be (we Brits are very friendly) so I thought a little back
story about me might be appropriate. My name is PJ
Martin (Peter) and I’m from
I Lecture in Economics, Management and Leadership in the 2nd largest college in the UK. I enjoy reading non fiction, good red wine, skiing, the odd cigar and game of poker. I (used to) rock climb indoors and outdoors whenever I could. I've popped in a little link HERE to show you a picture of a friend of mine (Carl McClean) after he got hit with a rock on a fall. If you're squeamish..don't even go near it!!! It wasn't as bad as it looks...It was however funny when he went into a garage to buy a packet of Marlboro reds...
Also here I thought I'd pay tribute to my long suffering wife here and thank MJ for all her love and support towards a boy who's so into their BORING films:) She did voluntarily watch 'The Great Escape' with me!! Here is a LINK to a page which shows me under Le Pont Alexandre (where they filmed Ronin) in romantic Paris - I dragged MJ (in the rain) to the underside of the bridge just so I could say I stood with Reno, DeNiro, Bean and Frankenheimer. Also here is a LINK to a picture of me in Prague (with MJ) where they shot the Johnny Depp movie 'From Hell'.
Also I enjoy new challenges and in april/june 2007 I built a car/boat and if you missed the link due to a update on the front page the resulting mayhem can be seen HERE!!
why a site on British actors and films?
Well I’ve grown up with an interest in films and the military and I
think the second of these flavours my choice of actors and films. In
the FAQ’s I point out that I don’t claim these are the best British
actors or films we have – they’re just my favourites and I have detailed
in each of the sections why feel this to be the case.
actors did not win awards or receive the accolades that perhaps I felt
that they should have – most have now sadly passed away. Over the years
they have given me so much enjoyment through watching them on screen
– well I suppose this is a small way of saying thanks. I hate to pull
out actors for special attention – but I’m going to anyway. Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins, Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing and
Finally thanks to all those who helped on the conception and deliverance of this site.