The big advantage, traditionally, of filmed Shakespeare is intimacy: with no need to project, your Iago can whisper, your Hamlet can murmur. But this starrily-cast, modern day version by Richard Eyre for the BBC and Amazon rarely takes advantage of this.
Andrew Scott, 41, was born and raised in Dublin. Recently seen in the BBC adaptation of King Lear, he is best known for playing Moriarty in Sherlock, and for starring in Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet, which transferred from the Almeida to the West End last year. In 2008, Simon Stephens wrote Sea Wall – a monologue about grief – for Scott; it is being revived as part of the Old Vic’s bicentenary celebrations. Continue reading “Andrew Scott: ‘There was no Hamlet rivalry with Benedict Cumberbatch’”
I interviewed Billie Piper for The New York Times, on Yerma transferring to Broadway, her youthful career as a pop star, her time in Doctor Who and her new writing projects. See the full profile here.
From council estate to outer space: Michaela Coel’s career is going stratospheric. You’ll know her as the writer and star of the adorably filthy, funny, London-set comedy Chewing Gum, a sleeper hit for Channel 4 that went worldwide after being picked up by Netflix. But the 30-year-old is next to be seen in the new series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Continue reading “Michaela Coel on her Black Mirror episode & future of Chewing Gum”
I reviewed W. Sydney Robinson’s biography of Ronald Harwood for the TLS – take a look here.
To have one iconic part you’re associated with forever can be a joy, or a drag. Stockard Channing has two. Continue reading “Stockard Channing: ‘I like to think there could be a return to civilised discourse, intelligent diplomacy…’”
Sophie Okonedo was born in 1968 in London and studied at Rada. She has worked extensively across theatre, film and TV and was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. Continue reading “Sophie Okonedo: ‘My body is my barometer – my instincts are physical’”
Ten years ago, Skins sauntered onto our TV screens, spliff and vodka bottle in hand. It showed a bunch of teenagers in Bristol getting messy and messing up, but had a big heart too. The smartest move was casting unknown teenagers – but Skins alumni have gone on to conquer the West End, TV schedules and Hollywood. Continue reading “Freya Mavor: from Skins to stardom”
Fourteen years after it first schmaltzed up our cinema screens, Love Actually is back. Richard Curtis has filmed a short reunion for Comic Relief. Obviously, that’s a marvellous cause and everyone please give generously to charity. But if there’s one film which does not deserved to be looked on charitably, it’s surely Love Actually. Continue reading “Why Love Actually is not the heartwarming rom-com you’re remembering”
The Girls have grown up. The show’s creator Lena Dunham is now in her 30s and the sixth season of her caustic, Brooklyn-based comedy will be the last. It starts this weekend on US TV, and from the trailer it appears there’s as much hook-up angst, mad dancing, and messed-up – but deep-running – friendship as ever. Continue reading “The women making fearless sex comedies”