It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there's a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it's more valuable.
I think all good writing is a struggle. To write as well as you feel you can has to be a struggle, almost by definition, because you could always improve.
I look at myself objectively and in a way I see myself as a commodity. Your name becomes somehow outside yourself. Now, when I'm at home being Mrs. Scarfe, that's when I'm most myself.
I think one wants lots of different lives.
Having cakes as a business certainly changes things for me - I don't now sit at home doing a cake for the fun of it anymore. But it's an extremely happy and pleasureable business to run because people are generally buying cakes for celebrations.
I try to be classic without being mumsy.
My mum taught me that redheads shouldn't wear pink, red or orange, but if you choose the right shade, such as a bright orange or a cherry red, it can look fabulous.
Acting has been very useful to me.
I swim more or less every day.
People ask what the secret of a happy marriage is. If there is one, it's 'don't talk about it.
Spreadable butter is wonderful for cake-making: it's much easier to cream than the block type and slightly lighter because it's blended with oil.
The rehearsal time is almost my favourite part of being an actress, particularly if you're working on a play that hasn't been done before.
I was always very determined, as was my husband, that we wouldn't let any of our children act when they were young.
I'm a creature of habit, so I like going to boutiques, rather than larger stores, where I know I'll find something that suits me every time.
Listening to my regular favourites - Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and so on - I always feel, quite misguidedly, that nothing can be too bad if such beauty and brilliance exists in the world.
The things you leave school knowing - some dates and long division - so much of it has been of no use to me. Schools should teach the basics of cookery, first aid, how to look after your money and how to speak foreign languages. Useful things.
I learnt basic cookery by watching my mum.
I know some actresses who used to be older than me who are now younger than me - I don't know how they do it.
An actor's job is about putting across the author's intention; I don't think of myself on the same level as a creator.
As a child, I wanted to marry a farmer, but no doubt the reality would have been very different to the idyll in my head.
I adore food and always have.
I do enjoy fashion - a lot of runway clothes are pretty unwearable, but if moderated, the trends can be worn by just about anyone.
I do find modern jazz quite tricky.
I don't agree with the whole 'my mother's my friend' approach, because you're their mum and there has to be a difference between the generations.
I am proud of my cake-making image but life is not that perfect. There are socks in my fruit bowl.
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