West Wing and Mom star Allison Janney is the latest American celebrity to fall for the charms of Britain’s very own Miranda Hart.
Janney, who has just filmed scenes for the Paul Feig comedy Spy in Budapest alongside Hart, says she has become of fan of the British actress and is determined to watch her BBC2 comedy Miranda and period drama Call the Midwife, in which she plays Camilla ‘Chummy’ Fortescue-Cholmeley-Brown.
“I am now going to watch all of Miranda’s shows and Midwife Calls [sic] because I just worked with her in Budapest and fell in love with her,” said Janney, who found fame playing the rangy White House chief of staff CJ Cregg in hit political drama The West Wing.
“She’s so hysterical. I’ve got to find out how to watch all of those shows, which I intend to because she’s a genius. She’s also very tall. We bonded over our height and we had a lot of fun together.”
In Spy, Miranda plays a CIA operative in what is understood to be a double act with Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, who plays the lead part of Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who goes into the field to find the person responsible for the death of her lover.
Janney, who currently stars as the grandmother Bonnie Plunkett in the CBS comedy Mom, plays a slightly more competent CIA agent called Elaine Crocker.
Spy also features a host of top US names including Homeland actresss Morena Baccarin – who played Brody’s wife in the series – and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne. Baccarin will play one of the agency’s top spies, who is described as “extremely deadly”.
Meanwhile, Jude Law, Peter Serafinowicz and Jason Statham have joined Miranda as part of the British contingent. Law is understood to play a “suave super-spy” while Statham will play an “overconfident yet clumsy” operative, according to reports.