Percy Courtney’s Eyebrows

Snap 2013-09-29 at 18.15.38Mr. Percy Courtney, suitor of music hall star Miss Marie Lloyd

Richard Armitage was Percy Courtney in 2007 in the BBC4 production of Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall. I watched this on YouTube and was struck by Richard Armitage’s eyebrows. In almost every scene, he expressed his emotions through his eyebrows.

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Okay, the last two aren’t eyebrow shots. But I just added them anyway.

Miss Marie Lloyd reminded me a lot of Barbra Streisand’s Funny Girl. Where she becomes a big star of vaudeville and marries a beautiful gambler. Sort of like Marie Lloyd who marries a rich man who gambles his fortune away and spends his wife’s money in gambling and orgies.

This was not a great acting role for Richard Armitage. He waggles his eyebrows a lot, and gets angry in a way that is very recognizable from his later roles. But he is not the main event of this show, and disappears without much notice.

screencaps mine




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10 Responses to Percy Courtney’s Eyebrows

  1. kelbel75 says:

    he doesn’t disappear without notice to me, but I may be a bit biased… 😉

  2. AgzyM says:

    That orgy scene doesn’t get enough screencaps in my opinion 😉 If we freeze-frame it we might catch a peek whether the eyebrows are the only things that wiggle… 😉

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  4. Sandy Sue says:

    I totally agree with your review… and Richard’s character was a creep. No redeeming qualities. Which is such a waste. Sigh.

    • Marie Astra says:

      Oh well. Every actor has a few clunkers, I guess.

      • kelbel75 says:

        I think he was fine in the beginning, maybe a bit of a creeper groupie but he was very supportive and encouraging to her. his ego got in the way though, which if you take into consideration the time period it was set in, was not at all surprising. I especially like the part where they go out to dinner and the waiter calls him “Mr. Lloyd” *yikes*

      • Marie Astra says:

        That was what really reminded my of Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. That same thing happened to Fanny Brice’s husband in that movie. With similar consequences. There are a lot of similarities.

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