A friend recently emailed me and said this:
“Watching the waning season’s of Foyle’s War, I’m a little dismayed. All, well it seems like 80% of the actors twinkled with blue eyes. Yeah. Not sure if you’ve noticed the under-representation of non-blue eyed peoples. Is it just a casting director with Foyle’s War? ”
So of course I had to turn to my friend Google* and find out what percentage of people in the UK have blue eyes. And can you believe it? Blue is the most common eye color in Great Britain!
I don’t know why that surprises me, but it does. And blue eyes are comfortably in the majority in parts of Scotland–topping out at 57% in one region. Here’s the map of percentages.
I also don’t know that I care for the assertion in the first article that blue eyes are spreading because everyone finds blue-eyed people more attractive and seeks them out as partners. I can tell you this: I haven’t seen “Foyle’s War” yet and now I am in even less of a hurry to do so: my little secret is that I LOVE brown eyes (I guess I’ll have to go hang out in Southwest England).
Can I just add that I love my friend who asked this question? British TV, trivia, questioning of ulterior motives of casting directors…I love it when these are the topics I get to chat about with my friends.
*Not really my friend; it knows too much about all of us. But I too live in the twenty-first century and yes, I search Google a lot.