In Praise of Jonathan Aris, In a Thankless Role: He does Anderson so well, that people forget he’s not Anderson. Although his father was the late British actor, Ben Aris, acting wasn’t Jonathan’s first choice of a career. He studied painting at Camberwell School of Art, and Russian and Italian at Cambridge University, before studying acting at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He’s played a multitude of character roles for film and television, and was in the original London cast of “Fame – The Musical”. He also narrates documentaries and lends his voice talents to video games. We hear nothing about him at all, and I feel that he’s been overlooked unfairly. Perhaps – in light of the fandom onslaught Sherlock has brought down on Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – he’s just fine with this. I still feel that he deserves recognition for a role well-played. Sherlock gets the crisp put-down lines. The character of Anderson must be conveyed primarily via facial expression and body language, and he does it so well. (seancecafe)

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