The qualities I am looking for in Miss Right are intelligence and humour.
When I was in my 30s, I was at the end of a long-term relationship and going through a very hard time. I’d had about 15 different addresses and a series of relationships. I thought, ‘It’s time to have a look at yourself.’
I’d seen a play of ‘Richard III’ in Coventry when I was 15, which sowed the seeds that you could act for a living.
I’m more rooted in new plays and new writing.
I’m single, I’m looking for something meaningful.
By the time you’ve been single for quite a long time, you can get quite specific about what you can and can’t put up with.
I can pretty much say all of us know when ‘Downton’ is going to end. This is a show with a finite life.
I think great humor lies in playing the truth of a situation.
It’s not something that’s at the forefront of my mind, but I think I’d regret it if I didn’t have children.
Acting meant so much to me.
Britain’s a funny place and there’s a lot of funny people coming out of there and a lot of people are finding mediums to express themselves.
My dad was a master butcher and I trained to be a butcher when I left school. I didn’t enjoy it at the time but I love cooking now, so perhaps I would have been a chef.
I see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy.
If this TV success had come in my twenties and I’d become a heart-throb, I would have been very stupid. I would have got into a lot of situations that I really wished I hadn’t.
You can’t be a casual observer of something humorous – you have to engage, you have to find it funny for the relationship between actor and audience to work.