I think behind closed doors people behave differently no matter what period we're looking at, because people have to stand up straight in public but can slouch behind closed doors - can you imagine wearing those corsets?
I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles.
Being a secretary was considered a very good job in those days.
I've done a lot of costume drama and theatre - the National Theatre and In fact, most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway, was period.
Even if I hadn't have been nominated for an Oscar, to have won the Golden Glove was just fantastic.
The academy awards in England; it's a classy affair as well.
My dad gave me threepence to pay the fine but I spent it on a Wagon Wheel
Maybe wanting to retire is my ambition.
I've made six films since I made Secrets and Lies but I still live in London and I'd love to do theater.
I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom.
I hate that people think going to the theatre is a special occasion. I wish people would treat it as normally as going to the cinema.
I always considered myself very successful even before the success of Secrets and Lies.
When I left drama school, there were dozens of rep theatres you could apply to where you got a good training.
I always think 12 times before saying anything.
Before every performance, I think I am about to keel over.
I've never done a big studio film, I've only ever done little ones.
I knew Secrets and Lies was a great film, but I didn't expect it to get the attention it did because none of his other films had and I thought they were just as good.
Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre.
Anything where people have to work together makes me cry.
In fact at home I sometimes like to be quiet and hear the sounds of the world outside.
People say to me that I cant be nervous because Ive had such a wealth of experience, but I tell them that I have never done this particular part before.
Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think thats because we were trained - until now - in theatre.
At the risk of sounding naff, it is having hope fulfilled