Sean Connery America’s favourite Brit

74415869BM009_Al_Pacino_RecHe is often considered the quintessential “James Bond” and now Sean Connery has proven that he also has staying power after being considered the greatest British actor of all time in a recent survey of Americans.

Connery, 83, starred in his last movie in 2003 in the film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” came out on top of the biannual survey, a pool which looks at the most popular screen actors.

The Scotland born actor came out ahead of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Irish actor Liam Neesonwhile David McCallum of the 1960s series ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E” was fourth, three time Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis, who won this year’s Academy Award for playing American president Lincoln, was fifth while Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was 20th.

Other Bond film stars who emerged on the poll were current star Daniel Craig in eighth andDame Judi Dench in sixth. Connery has topped the list in the past in 1998 and 2003 but “House” star Hugh Laurie won the accolade in 2008.

Dench is one of only four females on the list. The others are Maggie Smith, “Frasier” star Jane Leeves, and “Bad Teacher” actress Lucy Punch.

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Dame Judi Stars in lost and found

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British actress Dame Judi Dench is to star as a woman searching for her long lost son in the film “Philomena”. In the movie, Dench, who has also had starring roles in such films as “Mrs. Brown” in which she played Queen Victoria and as the title character’s boss M in the James Bond films, plays a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption by the Catholic Church.

Her search begins 50 years later. The film also stars British actor Steve Coogan who has had a recent successful turn in the film “Alpha Papa”. Coogan plays political journalist Martin Sixsmith who intended to write the story of the search but ended up helping Philomena instead.

The film is directed Stephen Frears who also directed such flicks as “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “The Queen”. “Philomena” will be released in British cinemas on November 1. Dench has won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” as well as a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for “Amy’s View”.

She has also won a slew of BAFTA Awards as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her most recent role was in 2012’s “Skyfall”.

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