I love TV and I love making films and I love doing plays. I feel very lucky to be able to do all three.
I don't feel like a romantic lead; I guess I feel more like a character actor.
I think people ought to do what they feel useful at the time. If I do things because I ought to do them, I switch off.
Actors have to remind people that they can do different things, not just the same style of one role.
I wouldn't want to leave it so long before doing a play again, I get very stolid and sluggish if I do too much telly.
As much as I long for a sort of security and consistency sometimes, I do enjoy sort of being busted around. I really don't know what's happening sometimes next week, let alone this year.
The actor in me would always like to be more dashing, or slimmer, or have nicer hair.
I did four or five years in telly, and by the end of it was drained. I was a bit sick of myself. I didn't feel like an actor anymore. That sounds silly, but when you're doing a play you're using different muscles, and it blew all the cobwebs away.
You never know how films are going to do and it is daunting if I think about it.
There's always a concern as an actor that you'll be boring unless your character is swinging from a chandelier.
I'd auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and I didn't get a place and it was terrifying.
The security comes, as an actor, in knowing that you're not in control. If you try to control your career, or how people perceive you, you'll make yourself unhappy, because life doesn't work like that. So much is luck. It's much better to let yourself off, to think, 'There's nothing I can do.'
I think it sits quite happily with me, the condition of being an actor. I see some people getting quite eaten up with it, with the insecurities. There are times when I long for continuity and stability, but I also love the idea of not knowing what I'll be doing next - or even if I'm going to work.
No one will guide you in the right direction, in the end you have to learn for yourself. You have to grow up yourself.
I was quite a shy child. I would get terribly nervous and throw up before my birthday party. And then I would be fine. I feel the same now. I get nervous, then it's fine.
Nobody's really unsympathetic, I think. People do good and bad things. If a character's totally unsympathetic, they're not real and I'm not interested. Even the real monsters have to have a spark of something you can relate to.
Nobody's just arrogant. I've met people who are embattled and dismissive, but when you get to know them, you find that they're vulnerable - that that hauteur or standoffishiness is because they're pedaling furiously underneath.
My vanity is I'm terribly romantic! But being married is lovely.
It must be odd, being recognisable. I would hate to lose that anonymity. It happened for a while with 'Spooks.' No one notices me now.
What's exciting is there's a curtain that divides the audience from this other world. You want to see behind.
Some British actors are snobby about telly, and I don't understand that.
It must be odd, being recognizable. I would hate to lose that anonymity.
I would hate not to do a play every couple of years. I think it's not me.
I try to be fussy about the parts I play. I think that's quite prudent, it means you're stretching different muscles, and you're scaring yourself by doing something which is out of your comfort zone.
I just loved the whole idea of being an actor.
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