The actor Rupert Vansittart, who appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, cause a stir at the Creebridge House Hotel last weekend when staying there with his family.
Fifty-four-year-old Mr Vansittart, who also acted in the iconic 1985 TV series Pride and Prejudice, was in Newton Stewart visiting relatives, The Champion family of Cairnsmore.
Last Thursday night the renowned character actor met a bona fide Wigtownshire character in Creebridge bar manager Kenny Rudd.
His biography reads: “Vansittart is known to fans of the Pride and Prejudice serial as the actor who portrayed Mr Hurst, the brother-in-law of Charles and Caroline Bingley. He has also worked with Rowan Atkinson on a number of occasions, having appeared as a guest star in two episodes of Mr Bean and also The Thin Blue Line, as well as appearing in “Johnny English Reborn”, the sequel to “Johnny English”.
“Vansittart was one of three surviving cast members from the original 1992 series of Heartbeat, having had a frequently recurring role as minor aristocrat Charles, Lord Ashfordly.
In 1993 he appeared in Remains of the Day as Sir Geoffrey Wren, a character based on the 1930s British fascist Sir Oswald Mosley.
“In 1994, he appeared in the film Braveheart as Lord Bottoms. He went on to star opposite Hugh Grant in ”Four Weddings and a Funeral” as George the Boor at the Boatman.
“In 2003 he appeared in the West End adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace. In 2005 he appeared in the “Market for Murder” episode of Midsomer Murders and, that same year, as General Asquith in the two Doctor Who episodes, “Aliens of London” and “World War Three”, along with Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston. In 2006, Vansittart portrayed Thomas J Dodd in the BBC three part drama documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial. He also appeared in the 2008 BBC serial Spartacus as Consul Lentulus and in 2009 in Margaret as Peter Morrison. In 2010 he appeared in Doctors as Anthony Chippington, a friend of Charlie’s. He most recently played Harrison Ashton Lard, the “posh girl’s father”, in How Not to Live Your Life. He provided additional voice-over for World’s Craziest Fools.”