"Luvvie" is a slang word for actor originating in British theater, from the tendency of stage actors to call each other "love" and "darling" (apparently because when you're going from job to job it's easier than remembering people's names). The people it refers to tend to be posh and classically trained, and it connotes a certain amount of [[SmallNameBigEgo pomposity]], [[LargeHam effusiveness]], [[RantInducingSlight sensitivity]], and/or [[NostalgiaFilter sentimentality]].

As you might expect from that description, "luvvie" itself is a generally derogatory word, and this trope is double-edged: the existence of people like this in show business is obviously TruthInTelevision, and some actors will take huge offense at this perception of their profession, [[NotHelpingYourCase inevitably displaying all of the above qualities in the process of denying it]]. On the other hand, this trope is easy to overdo, especially in conjunction with an unfair portrayal of the whole art of acting as a self-indulgent sham requiring no work -- any actor who talks about their job in public at all, no matter with how clear a sense of proportion, [[FanDumb stands a chance of being accused of being like this]]. Actors who possess a sense of humor often [[InvokedTrope invoke]] or {{lampshade}} this trope about themselves for SelfDeprecation purposes.

Expect to hear ContinuityLockout nicknames and references, long-winded stories about working with stars from the previous generation, ComplimentFishing, fits of rage and depression over bad reviews, catty remarks about some colleagues and gushing praise for others, obsession with who wins awards (while pretending not to care), and constant soul-searching and navel-gazing. A luvvie trying to function outside the context of work is often a sad sight to see. He may consider himself a a SadClown, BlessedWithSuck for being so very talented in a world that doesn't understand. He may actually ''be'' that talented -- or [[GiftedlyBad not]]. Despite having any or all of these traits, these characters are often regarded affectionately -- this is usually WriteWhatYouKnow, and after all, they have to be played by... actors. [[{{BRIANBLESSED}} There are plenty of people in the real world who are massive luvvies and well liked for it.]]

The [[TropeNamer Oxford English Dictionary's first recorded use of the word]] is an interview StephenFry did in [[BritishNewspapers The Guardian]] in [[TheEighties 1988]] and subsequently forgot all about, though the word and the concept are older.

Compare ShakespeareanActors, LargeHam, ClassicallyTrainedExtra, WagTheDirector. A particularly unsympathetic portrayal might make them NiceCharacterMeanActor. They live in the same world as the PrimaDonnaDirector and CausticCritic. Luvvies are AlwaysCamp, even the women.

!!Examples:

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* Withnail of ''Film/WithnailAndI''. Marwood's relatively more adult attitude ends up getting him a job, while Withnail is left performing ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' to some captive wolves.
* Part of the joke of ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' is assuming that actors 400 years ago were already like this.
-->'''Ned:''' ''[about Christopher Marlowe's death]'' Marlowe attacked and got his own knife in the eye. A quarrel about the bill.\\
'''Fennyman:''' The bill? Oh, vanity, vanity!\\
'''Ned:''' Not the ''[[CreditsTropes billing]]''. The ''bill''.

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* ''I, An Actor: Another Great Actor Exposes Himself'' by "Nicholas Craig" (see below).
* In ''The Man In The Rubber Mask'', Robert Llewellyn's autobiography, he keeps track of his own luvviness, at one point comparing himself to the aforementioned Nicholas Craig.

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* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' naturally featured this a little bit.
* In early seasons, ''Series/{{QI}}'' used to have a "Luvvie Alarm" they would set off when a panellist was judged to have crossed into this territory while telling a story. StephenFry and John Sessions were both guilty. In the "Films & Fame" episode (for the sake of which it was a good thing they'd retired the alarm a long time before, or else Sessions would have singlehandedly caused a power outage in the studio), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll_-VT1LusM we got this exchange]]:
-->'''Creator/EmmaThompson:''' You know the word "luvvie"?\\
'''Stephen:''' Yeah?\\
'''Emma:''' What do you all feel about it?\\
'''Stephen:''' ''[sigh]'' I mean, I'm not going to get as upset as some actors do -- some actors say, "We do a bloody hard job of work, we're serious people, you know, it's a coal face, doing a play! How dare they call us luvvies!" I think that's a bit overdone. On the other hand, it's a bit tedious when the ''Daily Mail'' says "luvvie couple XYZ," or something....\\
'''Emma:''' Do you know what the first citation of it is in the OED?\\
'''Stephen:''' No.\\
'''Emma:''' [[TomatoInTheMirror It's you.]]\\
''[cue MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction from Stephen; eventually the previously-retired Luvvie Alarm goes off in reaction to the discussion]''
* Both parties in the above example were in the Cambridge Footlights together, and each had a sketch in their revue where they played this type of character (him as a host of an acting masterclass show dispensing idiotic "wisdom" to a student played by Hugh Laurie, her as an actress obnoxiously receiving an award).
* Later, in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', there was a sketch where Laurie was a luvvie claiming he used to know "absolutely everyone" in the business, and Fry was an interviewer who got annoyed and started asking about various made-up people with UnfortunateNames ("Fenella Hahahahahaha!spuit?"). Laurie kept pretending he recognized them, until the punchline: "Creator/DickVanDyke?" "You just made that up!"
* ''Inside the Actors Studio'' is often accused of this -- comedian David Cross hates it, and has a long routine making fun of the way James Lipton fawns over guests whether they've done anything to deserve it or not.
* The Nigel Planer character Nicholas Craig, star of ''Nicholas Craig -- The Naked Actor'' and ''The Nicholas Craig Masterclass''.
* In ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' one sketch series follows a pair of luvvies that bad mouth upcoming talent, cry that their lackluster careers are actually by choice and they prefer the intimate relationship of the smaller crowd and detest the impersonal nature of massive venues, they bitch rivals that win awards and they actually dislike each other to boot. The joke is that they're actually footballers (soccer) not actors.
* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', especially ThoseTwoGuys, Frank and Cyril.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had judges acting like this "backstage" in the courthouse.

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* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' has a feature called "Luvvies" specifically for quotes from actors that exemplify this trope.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Alex}}'': In one strip, Alex and Clive are in a bar discussing Creator/QuentinTarantino's plan to make a Creator/WilliamShakespeare movie. Clive makes a joke "I can see it now: Quentin Tarantino's 'F*@# Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'." One of the other patrons objects to Clive's language and he immediately apologises and corrects himself to 'F*@# [[TheScottishTrope The Scottish Play]]' as the final panel reveals the bar is full of luvvies.

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