From dis­cov­er­ing shared pas­sions to get­ting in­volved in the com­mu­nity, four fa­mous faces share the changes in their lives…

Woman & Home - - Contents - FOL­LIES is on from 22 Au­gust un­til 3 Jan­uary; na­tion­althe­



55, lives in lon­don with her hus­band ru­pert wick­ham. they have two chil­dren, matilda, 21, and al­fie, 12. she is star­ring in a new pro­duc­tion of fol­lies at the na­tional the­atre.

Peo­ple say, “Make the most of the kids be­ing young be­cause it will go quickly” – i didn’t re­alise un­til now that it goes that quickly. matilda’s at uni­ver­sity study­ing his­tory of art – with act­ing, singing and com­edy along­side. she’s such a strong girl, but i’m des­per­ate to know she’s ok. i love go­ing up to visit her, even if i do spend time do­ing her wash­ing! luck­ily, i still have al­fie at home – i think of him as my baby, but he’s about to be a teenager

and he can’t bear the idea of me think­ing that.

Right now, suc­cess is about whether my fam­ily are Ok while i’m work­ing.

Keep­ing ev­ery­thing bal­anced is a very fine line to tread. the other night i went home af­ter a full day of re­hearsals, made sup­per, cleared Up, put al­fie to bed, had a chat with matilda, did the wash­ing, looked at my lines – then i woke up six hours later ready to go again. but i feel ex­cited that that is my life right now be­cause i thrive on be­ing chal­lenged.

it’s hard to keep things alive when you’ve been mar­ried for quite a few years. i have to be care­ful that i’ve got enough en­ergy for ru­pert and that we make time for each other. he is an ac­tor too, but he be­came dis­il­lu­sioned by the fact he wasn’t get­ting great parts and re­trained as a bar­ris­ter. he also plays golf, does yoga and pi­lates – he has a full life, so i have to say,

“do you fancy lunch?” we don’t see enough of each other and that’s some­thing we’ve got to look at.

Ru­pert and i have started tak­ing ball­room dance classes – it’s such fun. it was ru­pert’s idea. he started do­ing it while i was away do­ing a play and i said, “oh, you’re do­ing it with­out me?” and he said, “yes be­cause i want to be good for when you get back!” we go ev­ery tues­day and it’s won­der­ful. i’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to go some­where where we can try out our moves.

Star­ring in my new mu­si­cal, fol­lies, feels like the most won­der­ful next step. it’s about ex-show­girls who re­unite 30 years af­ter their last per­for­mance and the great thing is that it’s deal­ing with things i’m deal­ing with now – get­ting older and still feel­ing

like you can do things be­cause they’re what you used to do. work­ing with imelda staunton [janie’s co-star] has been bril­liant. we did a photo shoot and they wanted civilised, glam­orous shots – let’s just say there are a lot of pho­tos you’ll never see be­cause we’re laugh­ing hys­ter­i­cally, usu­ally be­cause of some­thing she’s said!

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