Thomas Denney

The British Airways Safety Videos

If you're a frequent traveler (or were, back in The Good Old Pre-Corona Days), you may have seen the British Airways Safety Video or its sequel. These videos are played at the start of flights with in-flight entertainment systems and feature British actors and celebrities but are otherwise like any other in-flight safety video.

The two videos feature Gillian Anderson, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Rob Brydon, Asim Chaudry, Warwick Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ian McKellen, Thandie Newton, Gordon Ramsay, Naomie Harris, Michael Caine, Joanna Lumley, Jourdan Dunn, David Walliams, and Olivia Colman.

Whilst watching these videos I've often wondered what else these actors have appeared in together: the videos deliberately have ensemble British casts, as do plenty of other films and TV shows (Love Actually, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, etc). Sadly I've now found time to assemble that list. Films and TV shows with more than two of the collaborators are in bold.

  • 2012: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton
  • A Cock and Bull Story: Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Naomie Harris, David Walliams
  • Accused: Naomie Harris, Olivia Colman
  • Animals United: Jim Broadbent, David Walliams
  • Any Human Heart: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent
  • Arena: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • BBC2 Playhouse: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • Billionaire Boy: Warwick Davies, David Walliams
  • Black Books: Rob Brydon, David Walliams, Olivia Colman
  • Blackadder and Blackadder's Christmas Carol: Jim Broadbent, Rowan Atkinson
  • Boogie Woogie: Gillian Anderson, Warwick Davies
  • Children of Men: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine
  • Cold Comfort Farm: Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley
  • Comedy Lab: Warwick Davies, Olivia Colman
  • Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death: Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley
  • Comic Relief: Upstairs Downstairs Abbey: Joanna Lumley, Olivia Colman
  • Coronation Street: Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley &emdash; this surprised me!
  • Cruise of the Gods: Rob Brydon, David Walliams
  • Doctor Who: Warwick Davies, Ian McKellen, David Walliams, Olivia Colman
  • Exiles: Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
  • Extras: Rob Brydon, Warwick Davies, Ian McKellen, Gordon Ramsay
  • Gangsta Granny: Rob Brydon, Joanna Lumley, David Walliams
  • Half of a Yellow Sun: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davies
  • Hot Fuzz: Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
  • How to Lose Friends & Alienate People: Gillian Anderson, Thandie Newton
  • It Was An Accident: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton
  • Johnny English Reborn: Gillian Anderson, Rowan Atkinson
  • Jonathan Creek: Warwick Davies, Joanna Lumley
  • King Lear: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • King of Thieves: Jim Broadbent, Michael Caine
  • Little Britain: Rob Brydon, David Walliams
  • Little Voice: Jim Broadbent, Michael Caine
  • Look Around You: David Walliams, Olivia Colman
  • Love Actually: Rowan Atkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Maleficient: Mistress of Evil: Warwick Davies, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Marple: Rob Brydon, Joanna Lumley, David Walliams
  • Maybe Baby: Rowan Atkinson, Joanna Lumley
  • Mr Morgan's Last Love: Gillian Anderson, Michael Caine
  • Murder in Mind: Rob Brydon, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Not the Nine O'Clock News: Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent
  • Paddington: Jim Broadbent, Asim Chaudry
  • Paddington 2: Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley
  • Play for Today: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • Prince Valliant: Warwick Davies, Joanna Lumley
  • Pudsey the Dog: The Movie: David Walliams, Olivia Colman
  • Red Nose Day Actually: Rowan Atkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Revolting Rhymes: Rob Brydon, David Walliams
  • Richard III: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • Room on the Broom: Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, David Walliams
  • Run Fatboy Run: Thandie Newton, David Walliams
  • Screen Two: Jim Broadbent, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Shaun of the Dead: Rob Brydon, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Sherlock Gnomes: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story: Warwick Davies, Thandie Newton
  • Spider-Plant Man: Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent
  • Stardust: Ian McKellen, David Walliams
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Warwick Davies, David Walliams
  • The Crown: Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson
  • The Five(ish) Doctors: Ian McKellen, Olivia Colman
  • The Iron Lady: Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
  • The Magic Roundabout: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley
  • The One Ronnie: Rob Brydon, David Walliams
  • The Simpsons: Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen
  • The Wednesday Play: Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley
  • This is Jinsy: Rob Brydon, Olivia Colman
  • Twist: Michael Caine, David Walliams
  • W1A: Asim Chaudry, Olivia Colman
  • Walliams and Friend: Joanna Lumley, David Walliams
  • Walter and Walter & June: Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellen
  • War and Peace: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent

The following lists the number of times each actor appears in the above list. Jim Broadbent and David Walliams must have superb agents as they clearly lead the pack.

  • Gillian Anderson: 10
  • Rowan Atkinson: 8
  • Jim Broadbent: 23
  • Rob Brydon: 13
  • Asim Chaudry: 2
  • Warwick Davis: 11
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor: 11
  • Ian McKellen: 15
  • Thandie Newton: 6
  • Gordon Ramsay: 1
  • Naomie Harris: 2
  • Michael Caine: 6
  • Joanna Lumley: 13
  • Jourdan Dunn: 0
  • David Walliams: 20
  • Olivia Colman: 14

The list excludes cases where actors appear as themselves, nearly all of them have appeared on The One Show or The Graham Norton Show at some point, but it's unlikely that any of them will have appeared at the same time (and would probably be far too much research on my part).