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" Anything where people have to work together makes me cry. "
" Before every performance, I think I am about to keel over. "
" It's the same as any role and I find that you can't lump characters together; because they all have different life experiences, different reasons for being the way they are. "
" I hate that people think going to the theatre is a special occasion. I wish people would treat it as normally as going to the cinema. "
" I always think 12 times before saying anything. "
" I've never done a big studio film, I've only ever done little ones. "
" I always considered myself very successful even before the success of Secrets and Lies. "
" When I left drama school, there were dozens of rep theatres you could apply to where you got a good training. "
" I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles. "
" Maybe wanting to retire is my ambition. "
" I've done a lot of costume drama and theatre - the National Theatre and In fact, most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway, was period. "
" In fact at home I sometimes like to be quiet and hear the sounds of the world outside. "
" I think behind closed doors people behave differently no matter what period we're looking at, because people have to stand up straight in public but can slouch behind closed doors - can you imagine wearing those corsets? "
" Being a secretary was considered a very good job in those days. "
" The strange thing is that since I've been offered lots of films I think that maybe they think that I've sold out to Hollywood. Which is not the case if anybody's listening. "
" Even if I hadn't have been nominated for an Oscar, to have won the Golden Glove was just fantastic. "
" I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom. "
" Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre. "
" I've made six films since I made Secrets and Lies but I still live in London and I'd love to do theater. "
" The academy awards in England; it's a classy affair as well. "
" I knew Secrets and Lies was a great film, but I didn't expect it to get the attention it did because none of his other films had and I thought they were just as good. "
" It's a real leveller, you know, to do theatre at least once every two years. "
" I love silence. "