• People who are exceptionally intelligent are often lonely because there are few people as intelligent as them. I have two little children and everyone says: 'I hope they're doing well in school. I hope they're bright.' And I think: why would anyone want their children to be the brightest? Academia is a lonely world.

    "Helen McCrory: 'Most of the attention I get is from younger men'". Interview with Kate Kellaway, April 13, 2013.