Sunday, February 4, 2018

Vanity Fair's Hollywood Portfolio (2015)

February 4, 2015: 

The British are coming! It may be called the Hollywood Portfolio but in 2015 the issue was dedicated to all things British! 2015 was a celebration of the success actors from across the pond have had in American films and television - particularly in playing iconic American figures. With the exception of Judi Dench, every British actor at the previous year's Academy Awards was nominated for a role in which they portrayed an American character. 

More than 40 actors were featured in the Portfolio. To further showcase their domination both home and abroad photographer Jason Bell captured them at prestigious landmarks in the UK and in the US. 

Tom Hiddleston and Felicity Jones went for a Bonnie & Clyde themed photoshoot on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills. At the time (November 2014), Tom was in the midst of filming his role as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light. Felicity was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 for her role in The Theory of Everything. 

You can view the full gallery here. 

Photos taken in England: 

Timothy Spall. Photographed on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in London. 

Judi Dench. Photographed in the Burlington Room at the Ritz Hotel in London. 

Benedict Cumberbatch. Photographed with a bloodhound on Wimbledon Common in London. 

Jude Law. Photographed at Anderson & Sheppard Bespoke Tailors in London. 

Michael Caine. Photographed on an open-top Routemaster bus in Piccadilly Circus, London. 

Keira Knightley. Photographed at Parma Cafe in London. 

James McAvoy and Sally Hawkins. Photographed at Wrotham Parker in Barnet. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photographed in a VistaJet Challenger 350 at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. 

Eddie Redmayne. Photographed at the George Tavern in London. 

Kenneth Branagh, Richard Madden, and Lily James. Photographed at Chiswick House and Garden in London. 

Jack O'Connell. Photographed at the Chiltern Firehouse in London. 

Clive Owen. Photographed in England. 

James Corden. Photographed in a 1960s MINI Cooper near Parsons Green in London. 

Michelle Dockery and Damian Lewis. Photographed in the London Suite at the Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel. 

Sam Claflin and Sophie Turner. Photographed on the River Thames near Hampton Court Palance in Surrey. 

Juliet and Mark Rylance. Photographed on the Chelsea Embankment in London. 

Natalie Dormer, Jack Huston, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Sienna Miller, and Matthew Goode. Photographed at the Chiltern Firehouse in London. 

Terence Stamp and Jeremy Irons. Photographed at Starvin' Marvin's in London. 

Ralph Fiennes. Photographed on Whittaker Avenue in Richmond, Surrey. 

Kate Winslet. Photographed at West Wittering Beach in Chichester. 

Photos taken in California: 

Emily Blunt. Photographed on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills. 

Luke Evans, Carmen Ejogo, Annabelle Wallis, Dev Patel, Imogen Poots, David Oyelowo, Jamie Dornan, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Photographed in California. 

Orlando Bloom. Photographed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. 

The stars were listed with their film roles and awards won. I was surprised to see how few roles many of the actors had - especially some who have been in the business for decades. But comparatively many more British actors start out on television or on stage. 

Actors with less than 10 film roles (at the time of publication): 
  • Michelle Dockery (3)
  • Sophie Turner (3)
  • Richard Madden (4)
  • Jamie Dornan (5)
  • Juliet Rylance (5)
  • Ruth Wilson (5)
  • Sam Claflin (8)
  • Lily James (8)
  • Dev Patel (8)
Actors with 10-19 film roles (at the time of publication): 
  • Annabelle Wallis (10)
  • Natalie Dormer (11)
  • Jack O'Connell (11)
  • Mark Rylance (12)
  • Eddie Redmayne (14)
  • Jack Huston (15)
  • Luke Evans (16)
  • Tom Hiddleston (16) 
  • Carmen Ejogo (17)
  • Matthew Goode (17)
  • Damien Lewis (17)
  • Felicity Jones (18)
Actors with 20-29 film roles (at the time of publication): 
  • Orlando Bloom (21)
  • Sally Hawkins (22)
  • Imogen Poots (22)
  • James Corden (23)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (23)
  • Sienna Miller (24)
  • Emily Blunt (25)
  • David Oyelowo (26)
  • James McAvoy (27)
  • Dominic West (27)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (28)
  • Keira Knightley (29)
Actors with 30-49 films (at the time of publication): 
  • Clive Owen (31)
  • Kate Winslet (33)
  • Kenneth Branagh (36 as an actor. 14 as director)
  • Jude Law (42)
  • Ralph Fiennes (43)
  • Judi Dench (44)
Actors with 50+ film roles (at the time of publication):
  • Jeremy Irons (52)
  • Timothy Spall (61)
  • Terence Stamp (63)
  • Michael Caine (109)

Vanity Fair also released a short film for the issue. 

And put the stars in the hot seat with a Q&A session. The final question was Who is your favorite royal? In a shocker, Prince Harry received the most votes with 8 (Keira, Clive, Richard, James, Matthew, Gugu, Annabelle, and Emily). The Queen was in second place with 6 votes (Kenneth, Ruth, Orlando, Jeremy, Tom, and Damian). 


Tom was wearing Ralph Lauren Purple Label. It's a shame we didn't get to see more of Tom's outfit for the photoshoot but thankfully Tom also went with Ralph Lauren for the Met Gala in 2016. 

For his grooming, they used La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion and Kevin Murphy Night.Rider .

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