Michael Sheen on playing Tony Blair

September 18 2010: The actor is back playing the former Prime Minister, has cracked Hollywood and is now set for Hamlet When Michael Sheen met Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister looked the actor up and down. He insisted that he hadn’t seen either The Deal, in...

Corinne Day’s photographs changed fashion for ever

September 4 2010: A lover of the grunge and charity-shop look – often modelled by Kate Moss – the late Corinne Day was a true pioneer I hadn’t been working on The Face magazine for long when, some time in the early Nineties, Corinne Day dramatically...

Bill Bailey reveals his animal passions

January 2 2010: The comedian who takes his pet cockatoos for walks in the park is bringing his passion for twitching to TV Bill Bailey sits in a collapsible camping chair, surveying the scene on the Isle of Mull. Otters frolic on the shore and a double rainbow dips...

Ken Loach teams up with Eric Cantona

May 9 2009: Ken Loach is famed for his socially aware cinema but he loves his football too. So when Eric Cantona called with an idea, Loach was happy to play ball Who could have predicted that, 12 years after leaving football, Eric Cantona would be smoking a spliff...

Rob Brydon: who are you calling nice?

April 28 2009: Rob Brydon is best known as funny Uncle Bryn in Gavin & Stacey. Does his stand-up reveal a sharper side? It’s Friday so it must be St Albans, the commuter town that, in 2007, replaced Mayfair as the most expensive square on the board in a...

Sean Bean’s brutal role in Red Riding

February 17 2009:  He’s about to play the villain in the crime drama Red Riding, but is Sean Bean as dark as his roles – and the tabloids – suggest? Sean Bean is in a faux library in a Central London hotel talking intently into his mobile phone....

Sharon Horgan – gorgeous, talented and funny

February 7 2009: The world as listed by the new queen of TV comedy Before I meet Sharon Horgan, I ask Rob Brydon if he has any profound insights into her comedy. Given that they worked together on Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, I expect a comment on her comedy...

John Simm on The Devil’s Whore

18 November 2008: After Life on Mars won an Emmy in 2006, John Simm decided to try “the LA thing”. He met the revered director-producer J.J. Abrams, who leapt off his chair, shouting: “John Simm, no way!” The Lancashire actor was taken to meet...