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“I don’t think RADA wanted me, actually. When I was at Oxford I had a boyfriend at Central [School of Speech and Drama] and it looked like the most fantastic life, but I think not going makes you more free. Nothing can teach you what it’s like to work on a film set, and the best education there can be for an actor is to walk up the street and observe human nature.”

“I think you can make a choice with that kind of thing. You can certainly keep a low public profile if you want to. Ideally, I’d like to be living in upstate New York, in a house that I could renovate and fill with books and clothes, while being offered the kind of parts that are currently going to Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman.”

“I think it’s OK to play to your strengths, and if I have a quality of Englishness that people like, I won’t hide that. I’m probably not going to play a junkie and that’s OK because there are other people who will do it better. A view that’s been held for a long time is that the best way to prove oneself as an actor is to play the grittiest roles out there. I don’t agree with that.”

“I’d love to say I was the kind of person who has an outline. But the only outline I have is that I want to carry on doing this all my life.”