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" My nickname is Bondy. But not because of the Bond films - it was my surname a long time before I did those. "
" The big thing that Moneypenny changed was the amount of charity work that I was able to be involved with. "
" I get so nervous before I go on stage that I can never eat very much, so I'm always completely starving afterwards and dying for a bowl of pasta. "
" The middle-aged woman is the ground bed of the audience that watches television, and yet they are absolutely invisible. "
" Agatha Christie holds special personal memories for me because my mum, a television producer called Pat Sandys, had been the first person to persaude the Agatha Christie estate to put one of her stories on T.V. "
" If you put people up on pedestals, there's only one way for them to go, and that is down. "
" As a child, I always remember our home, which was a flat just on the Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge in London, buzzing with actors such as Patrick McGee and Peter Bowles. We were a family who were always on the go. "
" I'm an appalling flyer. I get very tense, although I no longer weep uncontrollably for no reason - I just sob if there's turbulence. "
" My best friend is my husband. "
" If I pop off and do something drastic, everyone's going to realise because they know I'm 50. Anyway, middle-aged women are sensational. "
" Sometimes I'll work through the crossword sections of three separate papers. "
" 'Downton' is one of the best jobs in the world, and I'm looking forward to the next series for Maggie Smith's wicked sense of humour. "
" One of my earliest memories is of being about three and a half, climbing through the legs of a man who I didn't know was the famous actor, Patrick Magee. "
" It's always been a dream of mine to be Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, and here I am performing alongside Robert Lindsay and being directed by a major Broadway producer. Who said dreams don't come true? "
" Not a lot of people know this, but I'm very good at mathematics. When I was an angry teenager, I used to sit in my room and do quadratic equations to calm myself down. "
" Filming is quite exciting because every day is different, but it can involve long hours standing around in chilly locations. Theatre is a very different challenge because every night you're striving to keep it fresh, even though you might have been performing the same play for months. "
" I managed to slip two children out in the middle of my career and have been lucky with all the work. "
" I lost a girlfriend when I was in my 30s. She was 46. It all sounds so trite, but I put a Post-it on my dressing-room wall. It said, 'The past is history. The future is a mystery. This moment is a gift, which is why it's called the present.' "
" I tend to opt for relaxed family holidays when I can. "
" My father Philip was an actor and appeared in everything from 'The Onedin Line' to 'Hedda Gabler' with Dame Diana Rigg. "
" I think that as you get older, you become aware of everything that could go wrong. "
" Nobody can prepare you for the loss of a parent. "
" The bravest thing I've ever done is fly to New York. I'm simply terrified of aeroplanes - I am the woman you see weeping at the airport. "
" I adore acting; it's in my blood - quite literally - but I can honestly say the most creative thing in the world for me is being a mother. "
" I've been married to the same man - even after the separation - longer than most people in this business. I'm sick to death of people mentioning it. "