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" Coming from a family where the parents had been together for 40 years, you never imagine that divorce is going to happen to you. "
" I prefer watching movies on the sofa rather than sitting next to Bob Geldof at a premiere and wanting to kill yourself. "
" Yes, I'm anal. I am just really organised. "
" I hope to be still acting when I'm 70 on TV, film and theatre. "
" When I grew up in central London, we had six pavement slabs for a garden. "
" I've nothing against stay-at-home mums, but I love going to work, I love what I do and I wouldn't want to start resenting my home life if I was staying home 365 days a year. "
" My husband is the chef of the family; he's a brilliant cook. Actually, it makes you quite lazy when you have somebody that's so good at cooking under the same roof. It's all beans or spaghetti when I'm left to run it. "
" I have quite a lot of anxiety dreams. "
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" I don't punish myself. Life's too short. "
" I've stopped worrying about whether people think what I do is any good. I've taken stick in the past, and I've genuinely worried and got incredibly upset. "
" There are all sorts of ways you can take somebody's identity or change your own, and a million things you can do with it once you have. It's quite incredible. "
" There's always a sense of tragedy with icons. It happened to both the Princess of Wales and Diana Dors. A lot of people had grown up with them, and everybody loved them. Then, when they had at last found happiness, they were taken in the most dreadful way. "
" I was never one of those teenagers who sang into their hairbrush. "
" There are lots of actors who are posh and stick with that, and there are lots of actors who are cockney, and that's what they do. That's fine, but I don't think that could be said about me. "
" There's nowhere to hide in the theatre. You can't be the one in rehearsal who doesn't know their lines. "
" It's a healthy thing to get some bad criticism. I'm still here and I'm fine, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't get to you reading the negative stuff. "
" My beauty regime is very simple. I just take my make-up off before bed. And oh, I always put moisturiser on. But that's about it, apart from a bit of soap maybe. "
" I think if you do a lot of interviews, you're laying yourself open. If you put yourself out, accept every invitation to every premiere, then you can't really complain when people knock on your front door and photograph you in the street. "
" I love fashion; I adore it. I love the madness of it. "
" I happen to know there is nothing sexy or romantic about love scenes. They are just awful to do. "
" The Turkish people are the friendliest I've ever met. "
" If I was ambitious in my career, then I would have moved to the United States and given it a good go at films. "
" If there's room for 30 reality shows, surely there's room for two amazing costume dramas. "
" There have been times in my life when I have felt like I can't go out without my makeup on. But now I just put on some dark glasses so people can't see if I look rough! "
" Things can change on a daily basis in television. You can be introduced to aspects of your character that you had no idea existed because they didn't exist a week before. The next week it might be taken away from you in some way that you can't control. "
" 'Upstairs Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey' appeal to people because they're about our history, they look so beautiful, are written by amazing writers and have high production values. "
" When you get into your 40s, the roles do tend to drop off, and I've seen it happening to friends of mine. Hopefully it is improving, and there are female TV executives now who are championing women of all ages in leading roles. But I'm not counting on it. "
" When you think about such fine actors as Maggie Smith or Michael Gambon, they do all mediums. I think it would be quite sad and a bit dull just to have to stick to one. I like all of them. "
" I'm a total stationery fiend - I have drawers and drawers of lovely printed cards and wrapping paper. "
" I do love playing aristocrats, probably because it's so against type. So much more interesting than playing a version of yourself. "
" I went on two holidays as a child. It wasn't what people did where I grew up. "