Walking is my main method of relaxation. I don't go over my lines or try to solve the world's problems, I just enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.
With something like cancer, there is a feeling that you can fight it in some way or control your response to it, but with dementia there is the fear of losing control of your mind and your life.
With your own children, you love them immediately - and with grandchildren, it's exactly the same.
Dementia is often regarded as an embarrassing condition that should be hushed up and not spoken about. But I feel passionately that more needs to be done to raise awareness, which is why I became an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.
From the time you are a tiny baby, a parent's love is usually unconditional. Whatever you do, your parents think you are the tops, but when their memory goes, you stop recouping the love you've put in.
With all the lines I have to learn for TV scripts, I don't think I have any problems with forgetfulness - that's brain exercise enough for me.
You can't converse with Alzheimer's sufferers in the way you do with others; the dialogue tends to go round in circles.
Before my mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's, I had heard of the disease, but hadn't known anyone who had suffered from it.
I wish people would take more care of the countryside.
My mum Mary was always a bright, confident and fiercely independent lady.
Being a grandparent is whole new phase in your life.
Being in Oxford can be a bit like being on holiday - there's plenty of time spent in the pub.
I don't like two-dimensional characters who are obviously villains from the moment they walk on stage.
I don't see why it gives people the right to know about my private life if I don't want to talk about it.
I feel very at home in woodlands and could easily live there. I should have been one of Robin Hood's men.
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