‘As You Like It’ was the first Shakespeare production I ever did.
I don’t have the confidence to be a personality.
I don’t want to be a director, or to have responsibility for hundreds of people.
I have lots of passions – gardens, art, music and reading. I have eclectic taste and read a huge variety of books.
Shakespeare showed me that once I understand the rules, I can break them.
I absolutely hate clothes shopping, though I love clothes. It’s my idea of heaven to be handed things to wear.
My mother was adorable, a great giggler. My father was very strong and could be quite frightening.
I’m constantly intimidated by Shakespeare’s work. Trying to decipher what he’s saying and holding on to that thought – not just as an actor, but as a human being – is a rigour.
My father’s death from prostate cancer in 1993 was tragic. He never complained about pain. He was a fighter. By the time he was ready to die he wasn’t able to die in the way that he wanted to, which seemed an outrage to me.
Shakespeare’s taught me that there are more words in the English language than I have got in my head.