Inside the mind of Danny Boyle

27 July 2012The rumours about Danny Boyle started swirling around in the summer of 2010. He was going to be involved with the opening ceremony of London 2012; he was going to be advising fellow director Stephen Daldry; he was actually going to direct the ceremony. I...

Richard Hawley on beating drugs and bullies

Bullied at school, addicted to drugs, washed up by Britpop — Hawley is now one of our most celebrated singer-songwritersJuly 14 2012As the lights go down in the Bouffes du Nord, a dilapidated 18th-century theatre in a bleak, unloved area behind Gare du Nord in...
Who is Pharrell Williams?

Who is Pharrell Williams?

  He’s the enigmatic musician-slash-super-producer who made Justin Timberlake cool, sees music in colour, and designs not one but two clothing lines. Amy Raphael gets a rare audience 14 July 2012 On a sunny afternoon in central Paris a people-carrier with...

Rising son: Rafe Spall’s time has come

Timothy Spall’s once wayward son is as comfortable playing a goofy sidekick as he is a psycho killer. Now Ridley Scott has cast him in this summer’s sci-fi smash Prometheus. Amy Raphael meets rising star Rafe Spall 25 May 2012 Rafe Spall turns up at Soho...

Adam Deacon: from Hackney to Hollywood

May 2 2012 He grew up on an estate and paid for drama lessons by stacking shelves. When the film industry shunned Adam Deacon, he made his own movie – and won a Bafta It’s a sharp, damp April day in East London and Adam Deacon is huddling against a wall,...

Jon Hamm: I’m not Don Draper

March 24 2012: Amy Raphael meets the 41-year-old actor and finds he has all the looks but none of the attitude of his Mad Men character. Plus, are you cool at 40? Take our test Jon Hamm is six minutes late. I pace up and down a Soho hotel corridor. I keep thinking of...

The Next Big Thing

In the vast world of contemporary art, which upcoming talent will be a sure- fire investment? Amy Raphael asks some leading experts for their views and tips, finding that the best bet is just to go with the pieces you fall in love with. They say you have to buy art...

Get Smart

The talented British actor has the knowledge to quote Polonius at will and the nous to land work for Branagh and Spielberg When Tom Hiddleston arrived at RADA after graduating from Cambridge with a double first in Classics, his teachers assumed he would be an...