Shipping to
United States
Mr Ed Stoppard

Fast Facts

Biography

The son of the Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Sir Tom, Mr Ed Stoppard has carved out his own career as an acclaimed actor. He’s starred in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist and Brideshead Revisited, and also had prominent roles on TV, too, including in the BBC’s Upstairs Downstairs and ITV’s biopic of Cilla Black’s life, Cilla.

Mr Stoppard's Recommendations

note

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“At the moment, it's Soseki in London. It's a traditional Tokyo sushi restaurant and it serves the very best Japanese food I have tasted.”

BEST BAR

“I'm not a big drinker – but I had a memorable time in the 02 Lounge on top of the Ritz Carlton in Moscow. Excellent vodka – check. View of Kremlin – check. Beautiful Russian women – check.”

VACATION CHOICE

“We visit family in East Hampton, New York, each year and the Atlantic beaches are the most beautiful of their kind anywhere. It revitalises me to be there.”

note

TOP CITY

“Zero out of ten for originality, but – Venice. How can one not? The romance, the beauty of the architecture, the fascinating history, the uniqueness. I ate one of the very best meals of my life in Trattoria Dalla Marisa, where whatever the kitchen has chosen to cook is simply brought to you, plate after plate.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“In Fort Kochi in Kerala, there is a small hotel on the edge of the village green called The Malabar House. The rooms are not lavish, but comfortable. The kitchen serves exquisite local cuisine. You can enjoy the beautiful peninsula and watch the ancient fishing nets dip into the sea as the sun sets.”

note

TYPE OF BAG

“I have two bags: a rucksack for when I've got heavy scripts and books to carry, but for preference I use a Harris Tweed satchel from Brora, bought for me by my wife Amie. I have lost count of how many people in my profession have coveted it.”

FAVOURED BRAND

“I do like Richard James , for my more modern look. Clean, elegant but with some edge. I would also have to include Paul Smith , as I have one or two absolute favourite items from him, but also because there is always something that catches your eye. He also uses traditional English cloth and patterns, and that is me all over.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“At the moment, it would be a Sims & MacDonald coat I had made. Dark brown Harris Tweed, a short coat with a waisted shape and wide lapels, with a bottle-green silk lining to bring out the flecks in the cloth.”

note

STYLE ICON

“Tricky. Robert Redford would be up there for his ruffled hair and similarly loosened tie look. Then for something classic, a young Terence Stamp, for the sheer attention to detail.”

note

STYLE TIP

“Dare to edge out of your comfort zone. Nothing radical, because if you don't feel good you won't look good. But try different cloths and patterns to your usual fare and combine slightly conflicting styles, though in moderation. As Woody Allen once said, "You don't wear an argyle suit with navy socks."”

note

TAILOR

“I have inherited from my wife's uncle a tailor known to me as Fred the Stitch. He works in a garret on Clifford Street, off Savile Row. Anything requiring skill goes to Fred. He is ex-Anderson and Sheppard, and the first time I went to see him I pointed to a beautiful crimson cavalry jacket. "Oh yeah, that's for the Sultan of Brunei." Enough said?”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

“I used to buy shirts from Emmet but the patterns weren't really me. I like classic white and have just bought two Richard James ones from a film I've just completed. Neat, flattering shape and perfectly designed collars for taking a tie – or not.”

FAVOURITE SUIT

“I recently received a suit from Hardy Amies, and it is exquisite. Grey with a fine check, not too structured. Otherwise, I always find something I want from Ralph Lauren Purple Label . Surprise surprise, classic tailoring and beautiful cloth – it's not rocket science.”

CUT OF TROUSERS

“I have a pair of split falls made by Jose Levy. It's amazing how often I go into my wardrobe and come out with these.”

JEANS BRAND

“I've never been a huge jeans man. I prefer a slimmer cut nowadays and reckon Diesel do a pretty good job. Or for a treat, SBU in Rome.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“I have to tell you, I was given some Marc Jacobs boxer briefs and they are seriously nice. Otherwise, M&S do a perfectly good job.”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“Three-button in a mid-weight worsted. I own far too many that fit that description. Paul Smith , Ralph Lauren, Hardy Amies.”

note

SHOE MAKER

“I have a high-ankled shoe made by Pollini. It's tan nubuck and has never let me down in 10 years. If not, burnished chestnut Derbys. Edward Green makes a beautiful pair.”

note

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Cologne.”

note

DREAM CAR

“A Lancia Aurelia for me, and a Jaguar Mark 2 for taking the kids to school.”

note

WATCH BRAND

“Cartier.”

note

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“A pencil.”

BEST BOOK

“The complete works of Shakespeare. I'm an actor, but you could spend a lifetime reading the plays and still be making new discoveries.”