As a major Hollywood presence over the last five decades, it's no surprise that Star
Trek has picked up a few traditions along the way, one of which
is somewhat ironic. In contrast to international, even interstellar crews working together since the days of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, it now seems as
though those who hail from England are seen at the other end of the
Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg have both been unwavering pillars of
integrity, but they did so as a Frenchman and a Scot respectively.
Meanwhile in Enterprise it was Malcolm Reed, hailing from a strong
family line of Royal Navy officers, who was given the dubious back
story with the notorious Section 31: a far cry from Dominic Keating's
days at Channel 4 sitcom Desmond's.
Not that this is a
problem however, as many English actors in fact revel in their
performances. As veterans including Charles Dance often
note, villains are in fact the most
interesting characters to play. In an ad for Jaguar
which tries to explain the Hollywood trend, Tom Hiddleston himself
states that “we're more focused, more precise”, as well as
“obsessed by power.” Pretty much what you'd expect from the
English actor du jour who rose to fame in Marvel's Thor
& Avengers films.
Here then are those English
thespians who have antagonised Starfleet's best and brightest in order to prove Sir Ben Kingsley right when he says
that “it's good to be bad.”