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" And then it was working with Bob Hoskins, who I had never worked with before - except radio. It was like being given a wonderful meal - full of the things you love most. "
" I've got what my ma had, macular degeneration, which you get when you get old. "
" Some things you know about, you know what the ingredients are - maybe not all of them. But it's up to you to put in the amount. It's up to the director to nag you until you get it right. "
" I work out the other bits, too, but I need to know what I look like, very early on. And then it's like a template; I'll fill that person out. If I get that out of the way, then I'm all right. "
" The Lord Chamberlin was censoring scripts when I first came into the theater. "
" I'm very conscious that I'm in the minority in that I love what I do. How big is the number of people who are running to work to do a job that they like? And how lucky to be employed at it - how incredibly lucky. "
" I'd rather do a part because I want to, not because great things are expected of me. "
" I've always loved painting, although I never show anyone what I've done. Mainly because I don't do it well. But it's like a form of visual diary for me. A way of fixing things in my mind. "
" I think you've got to have your feet planted firmly on the ground, especially in this business, and you must not believe things that are said or written about you, because everything gets out of proportion one way or the other. "
" There are very few things that surprise me. "
" Since Michael died I think I've worked constantly. Friends and colleagues are very sustaining. They're the people who get you through it... It's no good to be on your own. "
" I would hate people to think bossy is all I can do. "
" I have no control over a film. I don't know what will be left on the cutting floor. "
" The more I do, the more frightened I get. But that is essential. Otherwise why would I go on doing it? "
" I don't really want to retire. I intend to go on working as long as I can because I still have a huge amount of energy. "
" People seem to have this idea that I've always been very ambitious. Nothing could be further from the truth. "
" It is true that there are few plays of Shakespeare that I haven't done. "
" I love being part of a company, and telling a story. "
" I was in Yorkshire. We were a family of five and I used to be sent sometimes to get the rations for the week and I was easily able to carry them back. It was like one egg and a tiny bit of tea. "
" Sometimes nudity is gratuitous. We just live in a society where everything goes. "
" People think you know beforehand when you win an Oscar - I can assure you you don't. "
" In the theatre you can change things ever so slightly; it's an organic thing. Whereas in film you only have that chance on the day, and you have no control over it at all. "
" Seriously, though, I think I never ceased to be grateful of the fact that I am able to do a job that I really love - I never got over that. "
" It was good to learn so early. They're not going to be kind to you. You have to do it and get on, and then gulp down and get better. "
" Frankly, I never had any intense desire to go to India. I know that sounds a bit strange, but it just never was someplace I had a burning desire to visit. "
" I don't think that care homes are all rotten old places that ought to be shut down. "
" The theater is the thing I love doing most. "
" I've figured out what to do so far, but it's always the next thing you come to where the man with the bucket of ice cold water is waiting - whoosh! in your face. That's why you work with directors who know what to tell you to do. "
" I wanted to be a set designer when I was young. "
" It actually was a complete departure having a woman playing M. I didn't realize at the time that it would be so noticed. "
" Actually, what I miss are people corpsing on stage. "