I've never particularly liked the idea of looking back; I'd rather look forward.
My mum taught me that redheads shouldn't wear pink, red or orange, but if you choose the right shade, such as a bright orange or a cherry red, it can look fabulous.
The rehearsal time is almost my favourite part of being an actress, particularly if you're working on a play that hasn't been done before.
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.
I think all good writing is a struggle. To write as well as you feel you can has to be a struggle, almost by definition, because you could always improve.
People ask what the secret of a happy marriage is. If there is one, it's 'don't talk about it.'
I do find modern jazz quite tricky.
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.
There's also something of an illusion in that, you can perhaps record a TV thing one month and complete a book the next and then be in a play. Then, if they all come out at once, it looks as if you're actually juggling a million things.
I do enjoy fashion - a lot of runway clothes are pretty unwearable, but if moderated, the trends can be worn by just about anyone.
Acting has been very useful to me.
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.
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.
I adore food and always have.
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.
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.
I learnt basic cookery by watching my mum.
I swim more or less every day.
I think one wants lots of different lives.
I try to be classic without being mumsy.