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  1. Of all the things I do, acting is the thing that grabs most, but there’s another level on which it strikes me as being a little silly. In the end you’re dressing up and deciding to be somebody.
  2. I adore food and always have.
  3. I know some actresses who used to be older than me who are now younger than me — I don’t know how they do it.
  4. Acting has been very useful to me.
  5. Spreadable butter is wonderful for cake-making: it’s much easier to cream than the block type and slightly lighter because it’s blended with oil.
  6. It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there’s a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it’s more valuable.
  7. Thank God I’ve never had the sort of intense fame that means you can’t walk up the road. That sort of blazing stardom must be difficult to cope with and maintain; my career has just bubbled along happily.
  8. I don’t agree with the whole ‘my mother’s my friend’ approach, because you’re their mum and there has to be a difference between the generations.
  9. An actor’s job is about putting across the author’s intention; I don’t think of myself on the same level as a creator.
  10. I enjoy the crafts on the show enormously, too, when we have experts in showing how to make things. You watch them thinking you’ll go home and do the things yourself, which is fun. Some I have done myself later on.
  11. I try to be classic without being mumsy.
  12. I look at myself objectively and in a way I see myself as a commodity. Your name becomes somehow outside yourself. Now, when I’m at home being Mrs. Scarfe, that’s when I’m most myself.
  13. I think one wants lots of different lives.
  14. Having cakes as a business certainly changes things for me — I don’t now sit at home doing a cake for the fun of it anymore. But it’s an extremely happy and pleasureable business to run because people are generally buying cakes for celebrations.
  15. I’m not advocating we should all be back in the kitchen and cooking all the time, because life’s too short and we’ve got more interesting things to do. But to rediscover the intense pleasure of making a cake and putting it down on the table is ridiculously satisfying, out of all proportion to the work.
  16. We get a lot of overseas people wanting to order cakes.
  17. As a child, I wanted to marry a farmer, but no doubt the reality would have been very different to the idyll in my head.
  18. I’m a creature of habit, so I like going to boutiques, rather than larger stores, where I know I’ll find something that suits me every time.
  19. I’ve never particularly liked the idea of looking back; I’d rather look forward.
  20. I do find modern jazz quite tricky.

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