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" A few things make a person stylish: honesty, imagination with a sprinkling of humour. I still keep an eye on trends, but I don't follow them any more. "
" I don't really engage with that world of technology, which might be to my detriment. "
" There aren't that many great female roles in Shakespeare - none that I'd be desperate to play. "
" Cooking, you can keep. I've not the slightest interest in it. "
" Male? Female? It's not always relevant to some people. They are who they are - they might not fit into a specific box. "
" Sometimes it feels like the feminist movement never happened. "
" If I were to appear in a programme like 'Sex and the City,' I'm sure I'd be cast as the downtrodden one staying at home and having seven children while the others jet-setted around the world. "
" Nobody's impressed back home. All my friends were going, 'Oh right, so you're doing a play up in Leeds? Another depressing one is it? Do you mind if we don't bother coming?' I love that. "
" The 'Bolton News' is the best place for online comments. They say I'm an absolute idiot and a communist anarchist. I was never an anarchist; I was a communist! "
" When I graduated, I was my biggest ever: 15 stone, with a boyfriend - my first - of just 11 stone. I was 23 years old. It wasn't just affecting my career: it was a health issue as well. "
" People think I'm clever, which is hilarious. I'm like, 'When did this happen? People used to think I couldn't string a sentence together.' "
" When I was growing up, because I was a bit overweight and boyish, I thought I wasn't attractive to the opposite sex, but I have since met lads from my school who said I just seemed unapproachable. "
" I've always fancied being a bit of warrior, on a horse swinging a sword around, sorting out the men... Oh yes, that sounds lovely. "
" If I dress up, I try to wear something that's still a bit me, but then I regret it when I see that everyone else has dressed up more and looks amazing. "
" I find these dramas fascinating - it's a world that many of us fortunately don't dip into. The legal system is all around us, but the majority of us don't have to go into a court, so it's a way into another world that is unusual. "
" The films, the music, the telly that I like is always a little bit more on the margins. "
" The women I play don't sit in the corner eating lettuce leaves and talking about what designer shoes they have. "
" When we were doing 'Criminal Justice,' they were filming 'Clash of the Titans' nearby and we kept nicking off to their catering tent and going, 'Look what they've got!' "
" I wasn't an obvious actress in any sense of the word. "
" I get very irate with actors when they talk about how distressing it all is. I mean, it's only acting. Please. "
" When I'm going to work, I often stop and wonder how I've got here. I don't mean literally, but just thinking back to when I first had the idea of being an actress, it seemed so unreal, so unlikely. People like me just didn't become actresses. Every new job I get comes as shock. It's almost as if I'm waiting to be found out. "
" I think people expect me to dress a bit like Veronica from 'Shameless,' in vest tops and denim skirts. "
" I actually used to compete at show-jumping when I was a young'un. "
" I love 'Splash!' and 'Take Me Out.' Not that I'd ever do 'Splash!' It's the parading on British TV in a swimming costume I couldn't handle. "
" Generally, I am losing faith in telly, as we do have good dramas but not as many as there should be. "
" Unfortunately, at the end of the day, when you watch yourself on the screen, you are always you. "
" I went to Salford Tech. They did a two-year performing arts course. I went there singing and dancing - I had a terrible time. I turned up in green dungarees and German power boots. I was into prog rock at the time - Gong and Hawkwind - and I was clumping around. "
" Everybody's in a situation; everybody has a story. It's about finding out why. "
" You want to go to your deathbed saying, 'I didn't sell out.' But it's a tough business to keep to what you believe in and get through and do well. "
" When I was a little girl, there was this unbelievably cool female bus driver who'd work near us. I remember thinking I'd like to be her when I grew up. "
" I care about my work, but I don't care about getting it wrong. The more you do, the more you realise nobody's going to die. "