My tattoo addiction
tattoos aren’t just for show – meet ink fans who’ve used skin art as a way of moving on from traumatic times and experiences in their lives. what drew you to this production? it’s milady! she’s one of the great female characters. in the past, i’ve played nice girls, but now i wanted to play something completely different. having a character to really get your teeth into like this is fun. this woman seems to leap from the page and bring a terrific energy and grit to every scene. can you fill us in on her background? milady was born into poverty. at that time, if you didn’t have money as a woman, you were in trouble. you never had a chance of marrying well – you were always going to be on the scrapheap. that hardened her and gave her great survival instinct from a very early age. she acquired a lot of skills after leaving her family aged 11 and having to fend for herself. she constantly had to have her wits about her. in paris during the 1620s, it was very easy to get killed. somebody could simply leap out of an alleyway and stab you. the stakes are high, so she can never let the ball drop. milady’s a spy for the shady cardinal richlieu (peter capaldi). what’s it like working with peter? he’s a joy. he’s at the very top of his game. humble, generous, playful and bright. he makes you feel at ease which possibly some actors of his clout won’t do. and have you enjoyed wearing milady’s sumptuous costumes? absolutely! i get the best costumes ever. they inform how you move and project yourself. some of her costumes have the feeling of a suit of armour, but she also has some that are incredibly daring and sexual. if you don’t get excited wearing costumes like these, there’s something wrong with you.