Shakespeare showed me that once I understand the rules, I can break them.
Shakespeare's taught me that there are more words in the English language than I have got in my head.
And children? 'I don't have any regrets about not having had children. What's the point? It's just something else to beat yourself up over.
I'm constantly intimidated by Shakespeare's work. Trying to decipher what he's saying and holding on to that thought - not just as an actor, but as a human being - is a rigour.
My mother was adorable, a great giggler. My father was very strong and could be quite frightening.
I don't want to be a director, or to have responsibility for hundreds of people.
I absolutely hate clothes shopping, though I love clothes. It's my idea of heaven to be handed things to wear.
As You Like It' was the first Shakespeare production I ever did.
I don't know any woman who is happy with her looks. I certainly wouldn't want to be friends with anyone who was.
I have lots of passions - gardens, art, music and reading. I have eclectic taste and read a huge variety of books.
I dont have the confidence to be a personality.
My father's death from prostate cancer in 1993 was tragic. He never complained about pain. He was a fighter. By the time he was ready to die he wasn't able to die in the way that he wanted to, which seemed an outrage to me.
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