I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium.
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.
I loved playing [the Doctor], and taking part in the basic essence and message of the series which is, it's a short life, seize it, and live it as fully as you can. Care for others. Be respectful of all other life forms, regardless of colour or creed. To be part of that was fantastic.
No matter how big a name you are, how many big series you've been in or how good looking you are, in the end, all actors are secondary to the writer.
The money is better in films and television. But in terms of acting, theatre is more rewarding.
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.
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.
When you seek revenge, be sure to dig two graves.
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.
We all need a firm sense of identity.
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!
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!
I know exactly where I've come from, I know exactly who my mum and dad are.
It can be very difficult to trace your birth parents.
Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney.
I don't see a lot of films. I'm quite choosy, but there's certain films that stick out.
I had bags of energy as a kid.
I had to help to coax the performances and I really enjoyed that extra responsibility.
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.
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.
I think the themes of belonging and parentage and love are obviously universal.
I've never been up with the times, always been slightly out of step.
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.
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.
What we have is the here and now, and what we have is each other, and let's find a way to deal truthfully with each other.
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