Brits VS Americans Round 1

I have been watching a lot of BritBox shows and suddenly I am inundated with detectives and police types. One of things I noticed this week after gorging myself visually for a couple of months is the difference in the female leads on American shows versus Brit shows.

Karen Pirie and Big Sky female lead actresses labeled Brits VS Americans Round 1

The American women are almost always fully glammed up. Hair, make-up, jewelry. Clothes are always trendy and tight. Brits seem to far more often show a much more realistic approach. The women frequently wear natural looking makeup and sometimes their clothes are rumpled or quirky.

No conclusions here, just noting.


  • Susan Joos

    November 19, 2022 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Yes! I have noticed that, too,

    At first it kind of shocked me. But a lot of the BritBox detective shows that I’ve looked at seem grittier in general. At least until a couple of seasons in, lol.

    • Tracy

      November 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm Reply


    • Tami B

      November 20, 2022 at 12:56 am Reply

      I like it. I was born to be a Brit. (My redheaded grandpa was from there. ) And it’s the only accent I can do. If fact Jude does it too. We did it through the store today. I was surprised when I said a sentence and he picked right up flawlessly. 😁

      • Tracy

        November 20, 2022 at 1:33 pm Reply

        Ha, I wish I had seen that!

  • Mark Pacheco

    November 19, 2022 at 10:04 pm Reply

    As a Brit. Women on the force dress to be practical so make up is natural as “slapping it on” before a shift is time consuming let alone removing after a shift. That’s the reality of it.
    Fashion is business like with practical shoes.
    However, in general women office attire is more like “dress for job you want, not what you have” since it’s very competitive to get edge over man in the UK.
    If we are talking about British TV they try to make it more to reality than fiction, there is no real glam unless you were born into elites and live among Chelsea types.

    • Tracy

      November 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm Reply

      I find the discrepancy between American TV & Brit tv very interesting.

  • Nina Brown

    November 19, 2022 at 11:26 pm Reply

    Very interesting. And quite frankly, I love Brit TV

    • Tracy

      November 20, 2022 at 1:33 pm Reply

      Me TOO!

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