A few of my favourite things
Perhaps best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny alongside Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, the British actress has also appeared in countless television dramas such as ITV’S Downton Abbey, as Lady Rosamund Painswick, and Frances Barden in the Second World
About a year ago, we moved house and a leaflet got popped through the door advertising Freddie’s Flowers. You pay £20 a week and, every Thursday, a new box of flowers arrives. You don’t know what they’re going to be, but they arrive with advice as to how best to arrange them and a sachet of flower food, which means the bunch will last a full fortnight. It’s absolutely delightful. My house is always full of fresh flowers and I’m even learning some of the names. £20 per delivery, plus £2.50 if you live outside the M25 (www.freddiesflowers.com; 020Ð 8396 6696)
It’s not something I usually do in my private life, but being able to fly business class is one of the great perks of the job. The first time I flew business, I was working on a show for the BBC called The Ginger Treeñi was 26 and didn’t know that travel like that existed. I really got the bug when I went to New York to do a play called Amy’s View with Judi Dench. I’m a very nervous flyerñi loathe aeroplanes, so the luxury of being given a business ticket cannot be over-emphasised. Every time the plane bounces, I burst into tearsñbut when you’re in business, there are more stewards and stewardesses on hand to look after you. If I were a millionaire, that’s what I’d do all the time.
My son’s girlfriend, Sarah, introduced me to a Neal’s Yard reed diffuserñshe gave it to me when we put our last house on the market. People tell you to brew fresh coffee or to bake bread, but the diffuser sorted everything for us. You get beautiful smelling oils, a very charming holder and it means the room smells fresh and lovely and clean. It’s a simple, silly thing, but I love it. (£23.50, 01747 834634; www.neals yardremedies.com)