but a happy one. I spent most of my time in the I was a solitary child dressing-up box wearing my granny’s old dresses and high heels, and making my family watch my epic productions.
I gave myself three years to make it I would have been a terrible barrister. in acting or else take up law. Thankfully it never came to that, although my father and I once had this ridiculous pipe dream that we would read for the bar together, studying in an attic like a pair of Dickensian codgers. Instead he carried on being a surgeon and I stayed doing this.
and thinking, You can waste a lot of time looking back over your life what if ? I loved my time at the Royal Shakespeare Company and when my contract wasn’t renewed I thought it was the end of the world. It wasn’t.
To make it as an You have to be pragmatic to succeed in this industry. actor it’s best to be thick-skinned and accept that not everything will go your way. That said, I used to be really bad at taking criticism.
Paddington appeals to people because we’ve all been that bear. We’ve been to a new school or moved to a new country or been displaced in some way. It offers us the chance to be the best of Britain and to show that we can protect the vulnerable and don’t need to completely destroy each other. His courtesy is also much needed in these times.
in my own way by buying a I’m raging against the dying of the light convertible and planting a copper beech tree. Why the tree? There was one in the garden of the first house I ever lived in and I’ve been thinking about it for years. Then I recently lost two people close to me and realised, what is the point of always thinking about this tree? Plant it now and enjoy it.
I’ve ever done. It looks loose and laidback W1A is the most difficult show but it’s really precise with such fast dialogue. It’s definitely challenging.
It was only long after she retired My mother never talked about her job. that I realised she’d worked in the old MI6 building. She wasn’t a spy, more of a diligent Miss Moneypenny, dutiful and productive.
was on the back of a lorry going from The closest I’ve ever come to death Uganda to South Sudan in 1982. We’d been told that the way to get through the checkpoints was to have trinkets for the guards and also a lad who would entertain them so they’d wave us on. Instead, one of the soldiers jabbed the end of his rifle into this boy, who became ashen and stopped talking. I sat there thinking, “Christ if he’s scared, what the fuck should I do?” Luckily the moment passed and off we went but it was definitely hairy.
I don’t think I’ve achieved anything much. Although Apart from my family I recently completed the 100km South Downs walk, which wasn’t bad for a fat man in his 50s. because of Downton Abbey . People always expect me to have a labrador They’re often really disappointed that I don’t. Paddington 2 is released in cinemas nationwide from 10 November
My mother never talked about her job. It was only long after she retired that I realised she’d worked in the MI6 building