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...

Lara Pulver – In the ascendant

Often when a director asks an actor if he or she can ride bareback, ski down black runs or jump out of planes without a parachute, they nod enthusiastically and panic later. When Lara Pulver was asked if she’d be happy to scuba-dive in a bikini alongside Dominic...