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Born: 1977-07-18
Profession: Actress
Nation: English
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We live in a celebrity-obsessed society.

Tags: Society

When I was younger, I used to write to directors when I was unsure I could play a role. I'd say: 'You've made a terrible mistake.'

Tags: Mistake, Used, Write

When it comes to my work, I'm fearless. I go with my gut.

Tags: Fearless, Gut, Work

Auditioning is a horrible experience because you know you are being absolutely scrutinized and judged. There are days where you can do it and days where it's just not happening, and I feel like that's how it is with all artists; you have some days it kind of works.

Tags: Artists, Days, Experience

I hate to say that my mother was 'just a housewife', because in addition to that she has had lots of part-time secretarial jobs in factories and hospitals, always working really hard for our family.

Tags: Family, Hate, Mother

My personal life, my normal life, is so important to me. To be able to go back to my personal life and leave characters behind is important; I don't keep them with me.

Tags: Able, Keep, Life

Obviously, education is hugely important, along with healthcare. They're the basics and you're hurting your own country if you don't pour money into them.

Tags: Country, Education, Money

The British theatre and establishment is so hard to penetrate, and there are so many talented people involved in it. So, to be counted among some of those actresses... It doesn't get better than that.

Tags: Hard, Involved, Theatre

You know, I really enjoy longevity. I see actors in their forties and they just turn out these really fabulous roles and characters. You know who they are, but you wouldn't necessarily know their names.

Tags: Enjoy, Fabulous, Turn

You put yourself on tape as an actor a lot - and you send them off, they go out into the ether, and you have no idea what's going to come back, or when.

Tags: Off, Put, Yourself

My dad is such a good man, hard-working.

Tags: Dad, Good

Women do well in their thirties. They put their bags down and say, 'This is who I am - like it or lump it.' There is a more relaxed quality, which I like.

Tags: Put, Quality, Women

Acting has always been such escapism for me.

Tags: Acting, Escapism

As an actor, you always want to keep it different, change it up, and, you know, just to keep yourself inspired and work with interesting characters.

Tags: Change, Work, Yourself

At my school, Shakespeare wasn't on the syllabus - at least not for me.

Tags: School

Being at the pinnacle of my career is not to turn up in some multiplex blockbuster.

Tags: Career, Pinnacle, Turn

Every job feels like my first.

Tags: Feels, Job

I act because I have to, because I need to find out whether I can do it or not - that's what drives me and excites me and lights me up.

Tags: Act, Lights, Whether

I don't want to be doing fashion shoots and being interviewed about where I shop. Who cares?

Tags: Cares, Fashion, Shop

I love actresses who are brave and don't do what's expected of them or don't play off how they look or take risks.

Tags: Brave, Love, Off

I love strong women in films that are allowed to play women and not male fantasies.

Tags: Love, Strong, Women

I need someone who understands an artist's mentality. I couldn't be with someone who wouldn't let me have my freedom.

Tags: Artist, Freedom, Someone

I think when you're an actor and you're drawing on your emotions all the time, you need to be quite steady.

Tags: Actor, Emotions, Time
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I'd love to work on a real girl piece with some fabulous actresses. I feel like I've worked with so many men.

Tags: Love, Men, Work

I'd prefer to go under the radar and just do the acting without being famous for it.

Tags: Acting, Famous, Radar

I'm a theater actress. I love rehearsal. I could have six weeks of rehearsal and think it's not enough. But on film, you don't get that luxury.

Tags: Enough, Film, Love

I'm not a show-off; I'm not an exhibitionist.

Tags: Comedy, Coward, Girl

I've no wish to appear in celebrity magazines.

Tags: Appear, Celebrity, Wish

It's lovely to work with a group of actors who make you laugh and smile.

Tags: Laugh, Smile, Work

Literally, I don't know where life is gonna go from one day to the next, and that's as exciting as it is tiring.

Tags: Exciting, Life, Next

My family believe you should never be flashy about anything. Maybe that handicapped me a little bit, that extreme humility.

Tags: Family, Humility, Maybe

The reason I act is because I'm trying to understand why people are as they are.

Tags: Trying, Understand, Why

Theatre is where my heart is. It's where I can do my best work. And even if I do films and TV, that's what I want to come back to.

Tags: Best, Heart, Work

There is a part of me that is not fulfilled by acting. It is a self-involved life; it can feel shallow, but not very often.

Tags: Acting, Life, Often