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" Am I a household name? I still can't get my head around that. "
" 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. "
" I'm more rooted in new plays and new writing. "
" 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 single, I'm looking for something meaningful. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I can pretty much say all of us know when 'Downton' is going to end. This is a show with a finite life. "
" I'm going to be 50 soon. 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 took a gamble in becoming an actor and my dream job has been realised. "
" 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. "
" 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.' "
" The qualities I am looking for in Miss Right are intelligence and humour. "
" You get a lot of people requesting photographs but I tend to keep myself to myself, pull my cap down. "
" Sometimes I think I missed out on things like travelling. I'd have been terrified of missing an audition. I didn't start a family because that's not something I take lightly. Acting meant so much to me. "
" I think great humor lies in playing the truth of a situation. "
" I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn't going to make the grade. Luckily I was told by the age of 13 that I wasn't good enough. That's not a bad thing. You see this 'X Factor' generation of kids now who don't accept that they're not good enough. "
Not Good Enough
" 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 see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy. "
" 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. "
" I left school at 16 but I wish I'd gone to university - I think I would have studied English literature. I had a knack for that. But I don't think you have the kind of wisdom at 16 to make that decision. "
" I had to escape the destruction of my father's bankruptcy and all that difficulty. "
" Acting meant so much to me. "