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  1. I find when I get on set that my energy comes.
  2. I’ve known great happiness.
  3. I don’t like spending money.
  4. I get lots of letters, and I reply to them all personally.
  5. I can play CDs and I can use an ordinary mobile.
  6. I got a grant for the Old Vic Theatre School in London, which had just started. It was only five terms; they used to break you down and never quite put you together again but it was an excellent training.
  7. I’ve had two pensions each that have gone down by 50%.
  8. I used to take the children to work with me.
  9. When I was 17-and-a-half I volunteered for the Wrens. I auditioned for a play and we took it round the Southern Command area and I really enjoyed it. I got laughs and that was when the bug got me.
  10. Turmeric is good for the brain.
  11. In 1930, when I was three and my sister was four, my father sent us to Miss Tracy’s, a little ‘dame’s school’ in Ipswich. I do remember playing with an abacus. He took us away after a term because he thought we weren’t learning anything.
  12. I am never going to be made a Dame doing Dot.
  13. I don’t believe anything is going to happen until it does, until you see your name on a paper or it actually happens and you have something in your hand.
  14. I felt an intense loneliness after my sister died. I was seven at the time, she was eight, and I realised after her death that she accepted me for who I was.
  15. You’ve always got to have something to say, haven’t you? For an interview. Something to talk about.
  16. I trust that I will die well.
  17. All the women in ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Brookside,’ they are all so funny. A lot of women bore me, but I love the strong women in soaps.
  18. I say sorry for everything.
  19. I’m absolutely pedantic about language; it must go back to my schools.
  20. I want to wear colours that cheer people. Forget all this navy and beige and black.

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