‘I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about’.
‘I thought, if people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity’.
‘My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder’.
‘Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it’.
‘I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything’.
‘If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me’.
‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be a lot freer’.
‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’
‘For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that man and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.
‘Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals’.
‘Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents’.
‘I’ve learnt that through life you just get on with it. You’re going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies’.
‘My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons’.
‘I am a mixture of idealist and realist’.
‘If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now’.
‘My acting range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’’
‘The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don’t work as well, you can’t run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can’t lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn’t feel any different’.
‘We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate’.
‘I’ve only ever trusted my gut on everything. I don’t trust my head, I don’t trust my heart, I trust my gut.’
‘There’s a saying, ‘It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.’
‘I like the idea of helping people help people.’
‘I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.’
‘I’ve never been enamoured by the idea of being a celebrity.’
‘I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.’
‘I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.’
‘I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected. ‘
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‘Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.’
‘Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes.’
‘And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.’
‘I love perfumes. Every morning when my girlfriend and I come down to the courtyard in our block of flats we’re assailed by the most delicious scent – jasmine round a doorway. It almost makes me swoon.’
‘If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.’
‘I’ve never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.’
‘I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.’
‘I’m an actor. If you had said to me before I started acting that I’d get two bites of the cherry – you would do things that people will remember forever like ‘The Brothers’ which I did in the ’70s and now ‘Doctor Who’ – I’d have been overjoyed and I still am.’
‘As any actor will tell you, the hardest thing to do is small parts, because you focus all your attention and concentration on that small part. When you’re playing the lead part, you don’t have time to think about the whole of it, so you just have to steam on and get on with it.’
‘One way of watering down the effects of violence is to approach it in a more light-hearted way. I don’t mean to say that you laugh when somebody has their arm sawn off, but you can diffuse fear with humour.’
‘I could, I think, quite easily have gone to Oxford. I got four good A levels, but my father’s income was such that I wouldn’t have got a grant, and he wouldn’t let me go to university, and that was the end of it.’
‘I’ve mellowed quite quickly.’
‘If you turn down work because you are frightened of getting typecast, you’ll never do anything good.’