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" Acting is my passion, and Chelsea FC is my hobby. "
" When I was a kid doing television, they'd stick a leather jacket on me, and I would be the thug. "
" It was a wonderful experience to live the life for a year; to spend all day doing Shakespeare and then do a play in the evening. "
" When my daughter was born, I called her Ella Bella Mandela, because she was born the day after Mandela was released from prison. "
" Being a part-time pop star was perfect, really, when I wasn't worn out by the partying. "
" I'm famous for being a silky midfielder. "
" I had a weimaraner for 11 years called China, and he was a great dog, a bit mad. They're massive, weimaraners; they've got big floppy ears. They look like a pointer, but they're liver-coloured. "
" Acting is a tough industry. There are a lot of kids out there at drama schools and not a lot of money about, especially as the arts are being cut. "
" I think that's what keeps you grounded - having your own life that's not directed by your job. "
" I found that golf saved me from going to the pub every day, so instead, I play golf with other unemployed actors. I'm a member of the Stage Golfing Society, and I play golf with all sorts of people. "
" I get on with actors, and when I'm doing a theatre show, it's great being with them all the time. But we're all alike, and it's much nicer being with people who are different. "
" I grew up near King's Cross station in London, living in an apartment block where my dad was a caretaker. "
" It's never gone so far as me wishing I'd never done 'Quadrophenia,' but there was a time when I wouldn't talk about it because I wanted people to be interested in me for other things as well. "
" I used to go into bars on my days off, and I decided that wasn't too good for me. "
" In my game, you get brokenhearted a bit. You do a play, get a bad review in the papers... actors are sensitive; you think of all the work you've done, and it breaks your heart, but you learn to shrug it off and to carry on. "
" My heart's in stage. Making 'Quadrophenia' was exciting because we were riding around on scooters with no crash helmets. But 'hurry up and wait' is the anthem of films. Everybody wants you ready, and then you sit doing nothing. "
" My acting career began when I walked into a drama school class run by Anna Scher in Islington. Anna discovered a lot of people: Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke, Gary and Martin Kemp, and Dexter Fletcher were among my contemporaries. "
" I don't miss 'EastEnders.' I did a two-stretch. That was enough. "
" My philosophy is to enjoy yourself. Do the things you want to do, like play golf! "
" I like people like Robert De Niro and Anthony Hopkins. And Gianfranco Zola, who played for Chelsea and Italy. He's an artist with his feet. "
" It's great to do small plays in the theatre and then go off with Blur and play in front of thousands of people. "