Rafe Spall – The son also Rises

One of the most versatile actors of his generation, Rafe Spall discusses the pros and cons of his father Timothy being a national treasure, and claims that failing his drama GCSE was just a bump in the road I grew up in a big house in Honor Oak Park in south-east...

David Morrissey – All in the… timing

Whether he’s in the Scottish play or zombie-slaying, David Morrissey says, timing and rhythm are crucial to holding together the entire production For an actor, timing and rhythm are all about the writing. With Shakespeare it’s about iambic pentameter; we...

Bill Nighy – Urbane hero

Despite enjoying filming the new Richard Curtis movie in Cornwall, Bill Nighy feels more at home at a London café. But wouldn’t he be suave and relaxed anywhere? Sitting with Bill Nighy for a few hours on the pavement outside an Italian deli in Notting...

Ralph Fiennes – The maestro

Sometimes Ralph Fiennes finds it hard to let go. He loved playing Charles Dickens so much in The Invisible Woman that he was reluctant to shave his beard off at the end. ‘I kept telling myself we might have to reshoot some scenes. I lived with this beard for...

Martin Freeman – Man of the hour

When Martin Freeman was shooting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in New Zealand, his assistant Seamus decorated his Winnebago with record sleeves from the Sixties and Seventies. And when he wasn’t being Bilbo Baggins, Freeman would pop along to Slow Boat...