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Born: 1964-02-16
Profession: Actor
Nation: English
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I don't like to watch playback. But being on the set, watching the way the camera is being moved and the way the light is being used, you do get an idea of it.

Tags: Idea, Light, Used

I got a tiny part in a play, auditioned for another one and got that as well. Not only that, the first finished on the Saturday and the other started on the Monday which is like an actor's dream!

Tags: Another, Dream, Started

I love my accent, I thought it was useful in Gone In 60 Seconds because the standard villain is upper class or Cockney. My Northern accent would be an odd clash opposite Nic Cage.

Tags: Gone, Love, Thought

I want to direct but I think I'd be bloody awful and I don't want to produce but I think I'd be a very good producer because if I believed in something I'd be able to protect it.

Tags: Able, Good, Protect

I wasn't always such a great fan of Shakespeare, mind you. I can guess we all at one time had it rammed down our necks at school, which tends to take the edge off it.

Tags: Great, School, Time

I went being unemployed for three years to being the lead in a British feature in the days when we only made two a year, 1990. It was ridiculous really.

Tags: Days, Three, Year

Many times I've sat with a camera and another actor and seen all their fears and insecurities and struggles. You want to support them and help them as much as you can.

Tags: Another, Help, Times

My parents always knew I was hopeless at everything else, I was fortunate in that I was backed all the way. I came to it late and only because I thought there'd be loads of women and drinking!

Tags: Parents, Thought, Women

On The Others, very atmospheric and probably mysterious is how I would say it felt to be on the set. It felt just a little uneasy, the atmosphere that we were trying to capture.

Tags: Felt, Others, Trying

Rather than disliking theatre, I've expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre.

Tags: Able, Rather, Small

The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are.

Tags: Crisis, Father, Mother

Theatre is expensive to go to. I certainly felt when I was growing up that theatre wasn't for us. Theatre still has that stigma to it. A lot of people feel intimidated and underrepresented in theatre.

Tags: Felt, Growing, Theatre

Any horror element is as much psychological as special effects.

Tags: Effects, Horror, Special

I think theatre is by far the most rewarding experience for an actor. You get 4 weeks to rehearse your character and then at 7:30 pm you start acting and nobody stops you, acting with your entire soul.

Tags: Character, Experience, Soul

Often as a child you see someone with a learning disability or Down's Syndrome and my mum and dad were always very quick to explain exactly what was going on and to be in their own way inclusive and welcoming.

Tags: Dad, Learning, Someone

I don't see a lot of films. I'm quite choosy, but there's certain films that stick out.

Tags: Films, Quite, Stick

I had bags of energy as a kid.

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I had to help to coax the performances and I really enjoyed that extra responsibility.

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I heard the various terms of abuse at school and probably indulged them in the way you do as a kid.

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I know exactly where I've come from, I know exactly who my mum and dad are.

Tags: Dad, Exactly, Mum

I love Dead Ringers. A democratic set, the work was taken seriously.

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I only ever worked on interiors, and an interior is an interior. I don't know what they did about exteriors.

Tags: Interior, Interiors, Worked

I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium.

Tags: Actor, Film, Theatre
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I think the themes of belonging and parentage and love are obviously universal.

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I used my instincts. It's very easy to imagine how you'd feel, actually. I just had to tell the narrative.

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I've never been up with the times, always been slightly out of step.

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It can be very difficult to trace your birth parents.

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Jacobean plays, before Shakespeare, were particularly visceral.

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Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney.

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Television, although It's in steep decline, still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices.

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The money is better in films and television. But in terms of acting, theatre is more rewarding.

Tags: Acting, Money, Theatre

The person who gives you your first job is so important in any industry.

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Twelve years on sets watching directors, I've taken a bit from everybody and rejected a lot.

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We all need a firm sense of identity.

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We like to think that our parents made a decision to bring us into the world.

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What goes down on film is different to what you see with the naked eye.

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I care more about telly because it made me an actor and there's a much more immediate response to TV. You can address the political or cultural fabric of your country.

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They say Formula One is a market which it can't be, obviously. Our market is independent, it's a sport.

Tags: Formula, Market, Obviously

What we need now is a Treaty of the World not a Treaty of Rome.

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People want to build new circuits around the world and they say: 'We'll come to Silverstone and have a look how it's done', and I tell them to stay away.

Tags: Away, Done, Tell

I am suspicious of what people might want from me. Do they like me, or my money?

Tags: Might, Money, Suspicious

I love accessories. I'm a girl. I love shoes. I love handbags.

Tags: Girl, Love, Shoes

I realize I am very privileged. But there's a difference between being spoiled and privileged.

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I'm a hard-working girl. I go to the office. I work a normal 9 to 5 job most days.

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My grandmother worked on a fruit and vegetable market stall.

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My mom came from such humble beginnings and especially my dad as well. He didn't go to university.

Tags: Dad, Humble, Mom

No one ever talks about the good in me; they just say that I'm spoiled.

Tags: Good, Spoiled, Talks

At the end of the day, I don't need to work, and I think it's good that I have the drive and willpower to get up and do something in the morning even though I don't need to.

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Before getting meningitis, I was such a hypochondriac, worrying about the slightest ache. Ironically, I overlooked meningitis because the symptoms seemed like flu. I guess you don't realise how healthy you are until it is taken away from you.

Tags: Away, Getting, Until

My dad has worked so hard his whole life. He doesn't deserve to see his daughters going out embarrassing themselves and flashing their knickers. I want to make my parents proud.

Tags: Dad, Life, Parents

My parents were very well-off, but we didn't have a crazy-huge house. We didn't have thousands of workers and staff; it was just my mum doing the majority of the housework. We didn't have nannies. I wasn't brought up in any sort of extravagant way.

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So in some ways my life, my background has been isolating and I think I'm a bit more scared as a person. I don't walk alone or in the dark. If I go out the driver will wait for me to go into the house.

Tags: Alone, Dark, Life
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