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James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch… was Starter for 10 the film that kicked off a new era for British movie stars?
It was the story of a working-class underdog in 1980s Bristol, but the star-studded cast of 2006 film Starter for 10 have become huge global stars in their own right.
The film followed student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) as he embarked on his first year at Bristol University, battling cliched opposition from peers as he attempted to get on the popular TV show, University Challenge.
So, let’s see which familiar faces got their Starter for 10 correct with the film:
He’s our Sherlock Holmes here in Wales thanks to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s character for the BBC hit, but back in 2006 (or 1985) Cumbers was the snotty nosed team-mate of McAvoy’s Brian.
Since 2010 he’s been filming Sherlock in and around Wales, but he’s also gained notoriety from Hollywood thanks to roles in The Imitation Game, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, 12 Years a Slave and as the voice of dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Probably on his way to becoming the most recognised Brit in America, Corden shocked everyone when he scooped the job of hosting The Late, Late Show on CBS.
He’s starred in musical hit Into the Woods (pictured above), befriended Arnie and Tom Hanks, sung with Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson, and he still finds time to come home and film Sky 1 quiz A League of Their Own.
But, of course, he’s loved here in Wales for co-writing Gavin & Stacey with Ruth Jones, in which he played lovable idiot Smithy.
In Starter For 10 he was Motorhead-loving Tone.
Any fan of comedy would recognise Gatiss as one of the League of Gentlemen, but it wasn’t until Sherlock he became a household name.
In the 1980s movie he portrayed University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne who puts the main characters to the test on national TV.
In Sherlock (which he co-created) Gatiss also plays the titular character’s brother, Mycroft.
Gatiss also has a small recurring role in Game of Thrones.
Now known for her striking role in Star Trek: Into Darkness as Carol, Eve has a pretty busy CV since appearing as Alice Harbison in Starter For Ten.
She’s been in Sex and the City 2, Entourage, The Raven, Men in Black 3, Before We Go, Dirty Weekend and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Cooper is a familiar face for anyone who’s seen Mamma Mia in which he played Sky. But more recently he’s been seen as Howard Stark (father of Iron Man, Tony Stark) in the Captain America films and Agent Carter TV series.
He also portrayed James Bond author Ian Fleming in the mini-series Fleming, last year.