I wasn't always such a great fan of Shakespeare, mind you. I can guess we all at one time had it rammed down our necks at school, which tends to take the edge off it.
Thank you to everybody who voted for me, and to the British public for their encouragement over the last 17 years
Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney.
Rather than disliking theatre, I've expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre.
Television, although It's in steep decline, still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices.
Theatre is expensive to go to. I certainly felt when I was growing up that theatre wasn't for us. Theatre still has that stigma to it. A lot of people feel intimidated and underrepresented in theatre.
The money is better in films and television. But in terms of acting, theatre is more rewarding.
I've never been up with the times, always been slightly out of step.
Many times I've sat with a camera and another actor and seen all their fears and insecurities and struggles. You want to support them and help them as much as you can.
I think theatre is by far the most rewarding experience for an actor. You get 4 weeks to rehearse your character and then at 7:30 pm you start acting and nobody stops you, acting with your entire soul.
I had to help to coax the performances and I really enjoyed that extra responsibility.
I don't like to watch playback. But being on the set, watching the way the camera is being moved and the way the light is being used, you do get an idea of it.
I love Dead Ringers. A democratic set, the work was taken seriously.
I love my accent, I thought it was useful in Gone In 60 Seconds because the standard villain is upper class or Cockney. My Northern accent would be an odd clash opposite Nic Cage.
I think the themes of belonging and parentage and love are obviously universal.