Mel Smith — British Actor born on December 03, 1952,

Melvin Kenneth "Mel" Smith was an English comedian, writer, film director, producer and actor... (wikipedia)

It's a pragmatist's business, comedy. Start off with good intentions and references to the Pompidou Centre and you end up with boiled sweets and a pantomime cow.
How do we get a pantomime cow on set. Jeez, the rigours of satire.
But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.
I never met Barbara Cartland. But now that I'm working on her life, I wish I had. I think there was a lot of pathos in it and I'm intrigued by her.
I don't think London has been given enough credit in a lot of the movies that we make here.

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