Were I to create my own British detective, she would be based upon this lovely woman, Emma Thompson, and of course I would cast Thompson in the lead, were this hypothetical mystery series ever to become a big hit. :)
Emma Thompson won my heart long ago, when she made this Oscar speech:
In dedicating her award to women and their potential, Thompson not only earned my devotion, but made an important statement to Hollywood. Women still struggle, of course, to find roles that are as good, as powerful, as those written for men. Thompson herself has played many memorable roles, and she wrote some, as well, in her Oscar-winning script for Sense and Sensibility.
Today Emma Thompson, born in 1959, celebrates a birthday. I hope she's spending time with family and friends, and that while she contemplates those birthday candles she is dreaming of the great roles still to come.
Maybe one of them will be that awesome British detective.