People I admire (and who happen to be left-handed) #1

I confess that I notice left-handed people all the time despite the fact that I am particularly right-handed but – whatever – you’ve got to hang an entry on something.

Press Gang

Julia Sawalha is famous for playing juveniles both when she was a juvenile and when she was well past that age.

Lydia

She played fifteen year old Lydia in Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty seven and it didn’t seem wrong. So it was with a bit of shock when she turned up in the first episode of Cranford looking like she was in her late thirties (which she is). It was okay for me to say that but I felt that Sir Charles Maulver (played by Greg Wise) was a real meanie for saying so in her hearing.

Cranford

For most people, Julia Sawalha is Lynda Day from Press Gang or Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous. I find AbFab rather tedious and it seems superfluous talking about great she is as the steely and caustic Junior Gazette editor. So I’ll talk about the two roles that I think she thoroughly shone in but don’t come instantly to mind when she’s mentioned: Ginger in Chicken Run and Carla in Jonathan Creek.

Chicken run

Chicken Run is a Nick Park creation which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours (pun intended). The voice acting is superb with Miranda Richardson quite marvellous as Mrs Tweedy. However, Julia holds it together as the leader of the hens who is not deterred by all the setbacks that beset her and her fellow inmates. She may be a little spiky in a Lynda Dayish way towards Rocky but she does exasperation so well.

Jonathan Creek‘s charm was partly due to the relationship between Jonathan and Maddie (Caroline Quentin) so when Quentin left it felt like the show was going to suffer. However, Julia was a delight and seemed to really enjoy the role-playing that being Jonathan’s sidekick demanded.

Jonathan Creek

There is warmth, genuine niceness and an air of decency about her acting which I admire and enjoy. She is also splendidly shaped.

And I’ll be nice and forget she was ever in Second Thoughts which is a classic ITV sitcom. Classic that is in the sense of being entirely unfunny and atrociously acted by a cast that included James Bolam and Lynda Bellingham.

And here is the proof she is a lefty:

Julia Sawalha is left-handed

2 thoughts on “People I admire (and who happen to be left-handed) #1

  1. we love julia she is the best .
    we think she is best nown for playing dorcas lane in lark rise to candleford
    we both love lark rise and cranford

    love sadie and sarah. xxxx

  2. I am a late comer to Julia Sawalha. I don’t watch much TV or follow many movies. I’ve never really cared to follow anyone on TV or films until I saw Julia Sawalha in Lark Rise to Candleford. I then watched Press Gang, Second Thoughts, and anything else I could find that she is in. I absolutely adore her. Her expressions are priceless. Julia Sawalha is my one weakness! I wish she was in movies and TV in the U.S. We have missed a tremendous talent and personality.

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