The pay’s the thing

23 Nov 2003: Kelly Macdonald made a huge impression in State of Play, now she is making films with Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. And yet she’s still looking for work. By Amy Raphael. Kelly Macdonald says people have started to look at her strangely. She always...

His Royle shyness

5 Oct 2003: He keeps a caravan in Benidorm and isn’t one for small talk. But even Ricky Tomlinson had to open up when his wife negotiated an £800,000 deal for his life’s story, including his radical political transformation. Ricky Tomlinson leans...

So it’s hello from him – and hello from me

31 Aug 2003: Matt Lucas and David Walliams are inspired by the Two Ronnies. Now their comic sketches on suburban life are moving from radio to TV. Matt Lucas and David Walliams are going to be the funniest double act on television this autumn. Little Britain, which...

One big star with a Jewel personality

10 Aug 2003: The formerly folky singer has gone all J-Lo on her new album – in both sound and image When an artist has sold 25 million records by the age of 29, you hardly expect them to go to all the bother of reinventing themselves. If you’ve been...

Straight from the Lip

29 Jun 2003: He calls Richard Ashcroft a ‘pompous fool’, finds Beck prissy and Radiohead dour. But Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips, knows a good tune when he hears one. Just ask him about Cat Stevens. Hyde park, one glorious June morning. Through...

Sweetness follows

22 Jun 2003: Siobhan Donaghy quit Sugababes at 17, disillusioned and on the edge of a breakdown. Two years later, she’s back. Siobhan Donaghy sits in a restaurant in Primrose Hill, north London, sipping mineral water. Talking comes easily; she is, after all, one...

Fears of a clown

30 Mar 2003: He’s the rubber-faced joker with millions in the bank and a 007 spoof on the way, yet Rowan Atkinson would still swap the burden of comedy for the joy of fixing a plug. In early 1976 a group of young Oxford students would meet to discuss sketch...

A nose for trouble

23 Mar 2003: Interview: Two Oscar wins don’t guarantee future success. Just ask Roberto Benigni, whose Pinocchio has been savaged by the critics. Los Angeles, March 1999. The last Academy Awards of the last century. Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte and Ed...

Home thoughts… from abroad

2 Mar 2003: It’s not often a multi-million pound international footballer is prepared, or indeed able, to talk about the political turmoil of his homeland. But then Seba Veron is no ordinary player. Amy Raphael finds Manchester United’s Argentine star to...

A moment on the lips

29 Dec 2002: As Sophie Ellis Bextor prepares for a nationwide tour, the girl called Rhombus Face at school reflects on her million-selling album, living with a pin-up mother and Jade Jagger’s cheap joke. She is not particularly dressed up: grey zip-up top, denim...