Actually, I watch the BBC quite a bit. I love "Keeping Up Appearances", most flavors of "Doctor Who", there was a miniseries I think called "Ultraviolet", that deal with modern vampires that I thought was absolutely brilliant, and for the life of me I wish i could remeber the name but it was a Sci Fi miniseries about these aliens that came from a 5th dimension who used humans to create hormones. Theere was a benevolent alien (who was blue) who landed in London in WW2 and was the one who inadvertently lead the aliens to Earth, it ended sadly as it seemed there was not way to stop them from using mankind as a sort of "chemical cattle". I happen to love British movies and TV shows. I love the dialogue. I find that as opposed to American TV they don't assume your stupid.
I am really bad at remembering any type of celebrities, whatever country they are from. I saw the Fry interview on BBC and know he generated quite a bit of surprise at his opinions on the subject.
I certainly do not hope you think that I am one of those Americans who think that the U.S.A. is the center of the world. I happen to be Hispanic and have suffered racism most of my life. I have very low regards for the "Hollywood crowd", I could not care less about any celebrity but if they are talented I applaud their performance, regardless of nationality. Since I speak Spansh fluently and a little German I get to watch more than some of my fellow monolinguistic compatriots. I also love Russian movies, I think "Solaris" was one of the best Sci Fi movies ever made and what the American version did was akin to an abortion. I am sure I could mention some pretty influential people you have never heard of, it's just a matter of what one is exposed to.
I spent 3 months in England and it was one of the most memorable times of my life. I took a 20 mile hike starting in Glossop, road the rails everywhere I could, and those grand double decker buses. I ate more Fish n Chips that one could think is humanly possible and still have never found anywhere in America that can reproduce real British Fish 'n Chips.
When I got chased down a side street in Manchester being called a "dirty Paky" (that gives you an idea of my skin tone), I finally stopped and asked them why were they chasing me and what was a "Paky"? The group of kids stopped and exclaimed, "He's American". I hung out with those kids for the rest of the summer. I love England, I love the British people. When I was in England I spoke with a Spanish accent as many of the Americans I came across embarrassed the hell out of me, I was not from their socio-economic class. I hope that clarifies my ignorance, it is not a matter of national pride, I just don't follow celebrities that much. (I also cried when Lady Di's life came to an end.).
I get the impression you have got me all wrong. I hope this clarifies things a bit. I am not one of them.