Keira Knightley fakes it When Harry Met Sally-style

A series of videos celebrate the best of British acting talent, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Natalie Dormer, Jamie Dornan and another Oscar-worthy performance from Knightley...

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Americans have always loved us Brits. We’re so quirky with our funny accents and classism and everything. So it’s no surprise that US magazine Vanity Fair has gone all out to promote the British stars currently ruling the roost in Hollywood. The surprise is just how far they’ve gone.

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Instead of writing about how fine they are at acting or slapping their faces on the cover, the magazine has created a series of Second World War-style videos. The latest recreates memorable scenes from classic movies and includes a clip of Keira Knightley reenacting THAT scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Suffice to say, it puts a whole new spin on Colin Welland’s triumphant 1982 Oscar comment “The British are coming!” It’s probably enough to pick up a nomination on its own. 

Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Damian Lewis also feature, looking rather more dignified…

Over 44 actors appear in the videos, although they aren’t all aping memorable scenes from the silver screen. Eddie Redmayne, for example, simply rides a bike elegantly if very slowly…

While Jamie Dornan does a fine turn swivelling around in front of a skyline:

Benedict Cumberbatch does a Mr Darcy…or pretends to…

You tease.

You can watch the first two videos below. No, we’re not sure what’s going on either, but it’s nice to know James Corden has a future as a sepia-tinted radio announcer if the chat show doesn’t work out.

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Ps. Did you spy Benedict Cumberbatch with the Bloodhounds? Surely that must mean Bloodhounds are the new must-have accessory in Hollywood…