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" The main fear about growing old as an actor is not losing the looks. I never had any to speak of, and what I had I've still got, but losing the memory is another matter. "
" I've never been someone who is cast for having a lovely figure but for whatever qualities I could possibly bring to a role, so I'm still castable. "
" I've been fat my whole life and pretended I don't mind. But I do mind. It's really stupid that I've gone on being greedy and fat. "
" People seem comfortable with me. And maybe that's got a lot to do with shows like Graham Norton. You just tell it like it is on those programs. "
" I had a very good kiss from Bob Monkhouse once. I thought, 'If I was straight, I would go for Bob.' "
" My looks have changed, but I was never beautiful, so I'm not any less beautiful now. "
" I wouldn't consider retiring to India: there are too many people, and it's difficult walking along the pavements. I'd love to spend two or three months a year there. "
" I don't think people realise how important it is to have your blood pressure checked. Stroke is so sudden, so catastrophic. "
" I've been very lucky - I've worked consistently, and I haven't had to kiss a lot of people on stage. "
" I'm a silly little needy person sometimes, and I crouch in a room all alone and think of all the people that I wish were with me. "
" I studied English literature in university, and then I went straight into radio. "
" Communication is something we all take for granted. "
Take For Granted
" I believe Jews are compassionate people because of what we've suffered. We must not put that suffering onto others. "
" As long as I am working, I am grateful and happy. "
" I don't like 'comedy,' I like 'life,' which has everything in it. "
" Getting older is a hideous experience; I'm so glad I only have to do it once. But I've kept my mind, my career, my relationship, and I have enough money - I've been blessed. "
" It makes me very sad. Everyone's afraid of each other - Jews are afraid of Palestinians, Palestinians are afraid of Jews. Everywhere I see fear, not understanding. Reason went out of the window a long time ago. "
" I think I should be described as 'bi' - not bisexual, because I'm not - I'm gay - but 'binational' because I retain British nationality, and I add to it being Australian, which is like having your cake and eating it. "
" There's a strong melancholic streak in me. "
" I'd have thought my particular brand of quirkiness, combined with sharp intelligence and a fine voice, would have yielded more. But it hasn't. Yet! "
" Nobody likes Jews. You can't say people like Jews. We're not popular. We're too smart to be liked. But it has been unacceptable to express anti-Semitism since the Holocaust. "
" It would be absurd to say I'm not British - you can hear it when I speak. "
" Israel is stupid for allowing people to vent their anti-Semitism. "
" Unfortunately, I don't know many black people. "
" I have a class prejudice - against the upper class, which is foolish. "
" In terms of my development as an artist, playing Professor Sprout wasn't all that important because she is well within my capabilities as an actress. But in terms of marketability, it made an enormous difference. "
" I'm not sure I approve of theatre as a university course. I think theatre's something you do. I mean, literature is a subject; theatre is practical. "
" I was waiting for a train at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. My knee was hurting, so I asked a young man for his seat. He replied, 'There's one over there'. I said, 'Please', and when he refused I poured my water over him. "
" People who were gay were pitied and ridiculed by my parents - they had no modern sense of people being allowed to be who they were. "
" I don't understand why gay people are so anxious to get married. "
" I think Britain is a bit class-ridden. People tend to be judged by how rounded their vowels are. "