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.
We all need a firm sense of identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Television, although It's in steep decline, still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney.
I think the themes of belonging and parentage and love are obviously universal.
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.
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.
It can be very difficult to trace your birth parents.
I've never been up with the times, always been slightly out of step.
I heard the various terms of abuse at school and probably indulged them in the way you do as a kid.
The person who gives you your first job is so important in any industry.
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.
Twelve years on sets watching directors, I've taken a bit from everybody and rejected a lot.
The money is better in films and television. But in terms of acting, theatre is more rewarding.
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