It was a wonderful experience to live the life for a year; to spend all day doing Shakespeare and then do a play in the evening.
When I was a kid doing television, they'd stick a leather jacket on me, and I would be the thug.
It's great to do small plays in the theatre and then go off with Blur and play in front of thousands of people.
In my game, you get brokenhearted a bit. You do a play, get a bad review in the papers... actors are sensitive; you think of all the work you've done, and it breaks your heart, but you learn to shrug it off and to carry on.
Being a part-time pop star was perfect, really, when I wasn't worn out by the partying.
I like people like Robert De Niro and Anthony Hopkins. And Gianfranco Zola, who played for Chelsea and Italy. He's an artist with his feet.
'Vinyl' is a good look at the music industry. The script was honest.
Acting is my passion, and Chelsea FC is my hobby.
I grew up near King's Cross station in London, living in an apartment block where my dad was a caretaker.
My philosophy is to enjoy yourself. Do the things you want to do, like play golf!
I found that golf saved me from going to the pub every day, so instead, I play golf with other unemployed actors. I'm a member of the Stage Golfing Society, and I play golf with all sorts of people.
Acting is a tough industry. There are a lot of kids out there at drama schools and not a lot of money about, especially as the arts are being cut.
I don't miss 'EastEnders.' I did a two-stretch. That was enough.
I think that's what keeps you grounded - having your own life that's not directed by your job.
I used to go into bars on my days off, and I decided that wasn't too good for me.
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