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  1. Drama aids self-discovery like nothing else. In removing it from our schools, we remove the inestimable benefits of it from our society. No amount of studying oxbow lakes was ever going to help me emotionally through the death of my father.
  2. I get antsy if a year goes by without doing a play. I don’t go to the gym, so this is my way of trying to live longer.
  3. I sort of understand why there is a brotherhood of Hamlets. It’s a nice part of acting; you do get to be part of gangs.
  4. There are a lot of actors out there who are able to engage with something in themselves which isn’t necessarily their brain. But personally I find it very intellectually satisfying: doing your research and then burrowing as deeply into character as you can. I’m a naturally inquisitive person, too, and acting does feed into that.
  5. Writing will remain a passion project.
  6. When you’re 15, you’re not really talking about the vicissitudes of fate and failed love and poetry and swordfighting — not a lot is necessarily touching on your own personal experience.
  7. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t become an actor. If perhaps I’d stayed on at university and become an academic.
  8. Both Othello and Iago seem a bit cracked. If you spend 15 years being responsible for death and destruction, that sense of suppressed horror is strong.
  9. I’d not really ever expected to play anything like ‘Hamlet.’ I hadn’t seen myself as a natural Hamlet, whatever a natural Hamlet is, and I quickly realised there is no such thing.
  10. In some ways, I’ve been left with this great ‘idolic’ image of my father, but there’s a sense of absence, too. You miss his advice and, also, his getting to know the person I have become.
  11. I’m not a snob… there’s room for entertainment that reaches a lot of people and can be really good, but you don’t just have to be one kind of actor.
  12. Having gone to a public school, I thought I knew about posh people. But I didn’t know anything until I went to Oxford.
  13. It’s quite easy for schisms to develop in societies, in villages, cities or countries.
  14. The more rarefied a life you live, the easier it is to think that those who don’t share it could be demonised. To find the common humanity becomes more of a struggle the more you surround yourself with nice things.
  15. The nice thing about doing a weekly record is you’re rehearsing all week and working on getting the script better. Come Friday, when it’s time to actually film it, you feel like you’ve done most of the work!
  16. I used to go to Sheen High Street with my dad on a Saturday, and there was a butcher next door to the fishmonger. I hated the smell of the fishmonger, but I found the smell of the butcher’s much more appealing. And I liked the big knives. I thought it looked like a decent job.
  17. I think having a dispassionate eye is a good way of making art. When you don’t know the structures of a place, you are unencumbered.
  18. Without being overtly political about it, if people with severe disabilities are calculated in societal terms purely as a monetised unit, in terms of how much they cost in terms of care, you lose an important sense of who they are and the effect they have.
  19. If you lose a parent, no matter at what age, every five or 10 years you have a different way of missing them and a different way of getting on with your life.
  20. When I was about 12, I spent the summer writing four plays on my dad’s old typewriter for a school play competition. And I wrote little comic bits at secondary school and at university.

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