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" I think everyone knows someone who's battling with dementia or caring for a relative affected by it. I've been staggered by how commonplace it is. "
" There is nothing quite like a freshly brewed pot of tea to get you going in the morning. "
" It's great playing a mature character. It adds something. "
" Normally I will have five or six cups of tea a day, and if I can have them poured from a teapot, then all the better. I think tea tastes so much nicer from a pot. "
" I think it's healthy to say, 'I'm 58 and, do you know what, this is what a 58-year-old woman looks like.' "
" I worry about the world. "
" If you find yourself caring for a relative with dementia, the chances are you'll need help. "
" I don't think you can underestimate how much carers need some support. "
" Why do people want to kill and maim and pillage? We're all in it together. "
" Sadly, my father died before I graduated, so he didn't see any of the success at all. "
" When I go out, I love to put on mascara and lipstick, but I simply don't have time for leisurely facials and treatments. Going to the beauticians is not a priority for me, as when I'm off work, there is always so much catching up in the house to do. "
" It's true as a woman, particularly: the older you get, the parts get thinner on the ground and not quite as interesting, that's for sure. "
" Because I came from a small town outside Glasgow, nobody from my school had ever gone into the acting profession. It was just something you didn't do. You joined the bank or became a teacher or whatever you did. "
" If you're going out for a meal with friends, and they say they can't afford to go to such and such a place, you can't force them to afford it. "
" When somebody's calling you 'Mommy,' it's a wonderful thing. But also to have that responsibility and to know that you and your partner have this little thing that's totally relying on you - and it made me, I suppose, less selfish. Not that I was mega-selfish to start with, but it's lovely having that responsibility. It's scary. "
" I am not much of a TV addict, and if I have a day off, and I'm pottering around at home, I will always listen to Radio 4. "
" Working is a great distraction technique. "