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'Outlander' Star Caitriona Balfe to Be Honored at Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)
The actress from Dublin is up for a Golden Globe for a second straight year on Sunday.

The actress from Dublin is up for a Golden Globe for a second straight year on Sunday.

Caitriona Balfe, who stars as nurse Claire Randall on the acclaimed hit Starz series Outlander, will be feted at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards next month.

Balfe, a BAFTA Award winner, is up for a Golden Globe on Sunday night; she has been nominated for best performance by an actress in a television series (drama) for a second straight year.

The Oscar Wilde Awards will take place on Feb. 23 at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica, and the filmmaker hosts the casual, awards-season event. He directed Balfe in Super 8 in 2011.

Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter from Once who also starred and performed in The Commitments, will be honored as well, and the Irish duo Glenn & Ronan will open for him.


The US-Ireland Alliance created the bash to recognize the contributions of the Irish (and even some who aren’t Irish) in film, television and music.

A Dublin native who also has worked as a model, Balfe has distinguished herself on Ronald D. Moore’s Outlander as the heroine Randall, who is transported from the World War II era to Scotland in 1743.

“It’s been a great year for Irish actresses, and we’re delighted to honor one who is receiving well-deserved recognition for her success in Outlander,” Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance, said in a statement. “Given Caitriona’s intense schedule of time travel and the cold and rainy Scottish weather, our event should be relaxing for her. The one thing that Outlander and the Oscar Wilde Awards have in common is whiskey.”

Balfe, 37, recently appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, and she’s been in other films like Escape Plan (2013) and Now You See Me (2013).

Congratulations to Caitriona Balfe!

The Flash: Harry Potter’s Tom Felton Joins Season 3 as Series Regular

Felton will play Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation.

The English actor is best known for portraying cunning sorcerer Draco Malfoy in all eight Harry Potter films, from 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethrough to 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. On the TV side, he co-starred the first season of TNT’s anthology drama Murder in the First and has had roles in DirecTV’s Full Circle and the historical miniseries Labyrinth.


Patrick Jake “P. J.” O'Rourke (/rʊərk/; born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist at The Daily Beast.[1] In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s.

He is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O'Rourke’s articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a libertarian perspective.

The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

O'Rourke’s original reporting, irreverent humor, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject.[2]

His Parliament of Whores is a scathing yet humorous indictment of the U.S. Federal government best summed up by the quote “if government were a product, selling it would be illegal.”


Hatley House and Buchard Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - August 2011

Facebook kindly reminded me today that on this day in 2011 I was in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Pictures above were taken at Hatley House (part of Royal Roads University) and Buchard Gardens.

It was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on

p.s geek points to anyone who knows which films / TV series have used Hatley House as a filming location without using google search. ;-)
Chris Colfer (2011) - Golden Globes - 19 Great Acceptance Speech Sound Bites -

Chris Colfer (2011)

“To all the amazing kids that watch our show. And the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told no by the people in their environments, by bullies at school. That they can’t be who they, or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids.” —Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV Series, Comedy for Glee


David Tennant down through the years at the TV Choice Awards
(alternate title: lots of photos of David holding that 3-starred trophy)

  • 2006 - David and Billie won the Best Actor and Best Actress Categories and  Doctor Who won “Best Loved Drama”
  • 2007 - David won “Best Actor” and  Doctor Who won “Best Loved Drama” 
  • 2008 - David (who couldn’t attend due to Hamlet) won “Best Actor”, Catherine Tate won “Best Actress”, and Doctor Who won “Best Loved Drama”
  • 2011 - David won “Best Actor” for Single Father
  • 2013 - David won “Best Actor” and Broadchurch won “Best New Drama”. David was also called to the stage (and photo session) for the acceptance of the “Outstanding Contribution to TV” award for Doctor Who
  • 2015 - David won “Best Actor” and Broadchurch won “Best Drama Series”


was recently named one of “Eight Actors Who Turned Television into Art,” by the New York Times Magazine for her performance as the provocative Kalinda Sharma in CBS’s hit show “The Good Wife.”  Panjabi won an Emmy Award for her performance as Kalinda in 2011 and has been nominated twice.  Additionally, in 2013 she was honored with a Golden Globe award nomination, won an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012, and was nominated in 2013 and in 2014.  She was acknowledged as Breakout TV Star of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Most Original Performance in Prime Time by People Magazine and was “One of the Top 10 Faces on TV to Watch,” by Variety.

Panjabi was seen opposite Gillian Anderson in seasons one and two of the critically acclaimed BBC drama “The Fall,” which became the highest rated drama series on BBC Two for the past 11 years.  She also continues to lend her voice to the stop-motion animated children’s series “Postman Pat.”

She most recently starred in “I Origins,” a feature film starring Michael Putt and Brit Marling and produced and directed by Mike Cahill. The film premiered in January 2014 at The Sundance Film Festival where it received rave reviews and won the prestigious Alfred. P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.  She also starred as one of the leads in “The Widower,” a three-part ITV drama written by multi award-winning producer Jeff Pope.

Panjabi made her film debut as tomboy, football-mad Meenah Khan in the critically acclaimed “East is East,” which received a 10 minute standing ovation at Cannes and won a BAFTA award for Best Picture of the Year in 2000.  She went on to star in “Bend it Like Beckham,” for which she won a BBC Mega Mela Award, and the film was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Starring as the young Muslim woman in the title role of “Yasmin,” Panjabi won Best Actress Awards at the Reims Festival and Mons International Festival where she received The Shooting Star Award.  She then appeared with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener,” which won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in 2005.

Alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut-wrenching “A Mighty Heart,” Archie won the Chopard Revelation Award at The Cannes Film Festival.   She also appeared in the spy thriller “Traitor,” opposite Don Cheadle, and charmed audiences as Russell Crowe’s mischievous and savvy assistant in the comedy “A Good Year,” for director Ridley Scott.

Panjabi’s unique voice and broad range of accents have been used in numerous commercials, documentaries and animated projects.  She provides several of the voices for the well known children’s series “Postman Pat,” on BBC and PBS, and recently recorded the audio book I am Malala, about the 16-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for standing up for education.

Panjabi has gained worldwide recognition for her contribution for philanthropic endeavors. She is the Rotary International Global Ambassador for the We Are this Close campaign to eradicate polio in partnership with UNICEF and The Gates Foundation.  In April 2013, she emceed the first ever Global Vaccine Summit attended by world leaders in Abu Dhabi where she, alongside Bill Gates, helped raised just under $5 billion to end polio over the coming 6 years. She also spoke at World Polio Day at Northwestern University, Chicago, in October 2013.  Panjabi fronted the Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, which eventually brought about several policy changes in support for victims of violence.   She was also a guest speaker at the Harvard University prestigious Artist in Residence Program.

Panjabi has a degree in Management Studies and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, Brunel University, England, for her contribution to the Arts. She continues to works closely with the university alongside Professor Ian Rivers, one of the top experts to study bullying behavior both in the UK and the US.

Archie was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Mumbai.

Golden Globes: 19 Great Acceptance Speech Sound Bites
Chris Colfer (2011)
“To all the amazing kids that watch our show. And the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told no by the people in their environments, by bullies at school. That they can’t be who they, or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids.”
—Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV Series, Comedy for Glee