Obviously, education is hugely important, along with healthcare. They're the basics and you're hurting your own country if you don't pour money into them.
Literally, I don't know where life is gonna go from one day to the next, and that's as exciting as it is tiring.
It's lovely to work with a group of actors who make you laugh and smile.
Auditioning is a horrible experience because you know you are being absolutely scrutinized and judged. There are days where you can do it and days where it's just not happening, and I feel like that's how it is with all artists; you have some days it kind of works.
My dad is such a good man, hard-working.
At my school, Shakespeare wasn't on the syllabus - at least not for me.
I hate to say that my mother was 'just a housewife', because in addition to that she has had lots of part-time secretarial jobs in factories and hospitals, always working really hard for our family.
The British theatre and establishment is so hard to penetrate, and there are so many talented people involved in it. So, to be counted among some of those actresses... It doesn't get better than that.
You know, I really enjoy longevity. I see actors in their forties and they just turn out these really fabulous roles and characters. You know who they are, but you wouldn't necessarily know their names.
Women do well in their thirties. They put their bags down and say, 'This is who I am - like it or lump it.' There is a more relaxed quality, which I like.
Acting has always been such escapism for me.
As an actor, you always want to keep it different, change it up, and, you know, just to keep yourself inspired and work with interesting characters.
Being at the pinnacle of my career is not to turn up in some multiplex blockbuster.
Every job feels like my first.
I act because I have to, because I need to find out whether I can do it or not - that's what drives me and excites me and lights me up.
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