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Overview (2)

Born in Dulwich, London, England, UK
Birth NameSally Cecilia Hawkins

Mini Bio (1)

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998. Hawkins' theatre appearances include Much Ado About Nothing (2000), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2000), Misconceptions (2001), Country Music (2004), and David Hare's adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba in 2005. Hawkins made her first notable screen performance as Samantha in the 2002 Mike Leigh film All or Nothing (2002). She also appeared as Slasher in the 2004 film Layer Cake (2004). She played the role of Zena Blake in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel, Tipping the Velvet (2002) in 2002. Her first major television role came in 2005, when she played Susan Trinder in the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama Fingersmith (2005), an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel of the same name, in which she co-starred with Imelda Staunton, as she had in Vera Drake (2004). Since then she has gone on to star in another BBC adaptation, Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky. Hawkins appeared in three episodes of the BBC comedy series Little Britain (2003), in addition to Ed Reardon's Week on BBC Radio 4. She has also contributed to the BBC Radio 4 series Concrete Cow. In 2006, Hawkins returned to the stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in Jez Butterworth's The Winterling. In 2007, she played the lead in a new film of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and followed this with her critically acclaimed performance in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008). Questions and a minor controversy arose when Hawkins was not nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Poppy. It was the first year since 2000-01 that the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was not nominated for an Academy Award, and the first year since 1995-96 that no one from the category was nominated. During 2006 she also made uncredited appearances in Richard Ayoade's Man to Man with Dean Learner where she played various uncredited roles from Personal Assistant to Wife of Steve Pising in various deleted scenes included on the DVD. Hawkins' 2009-10 films included Desert Flower (2009), Never Let Me Go (2010), and Happy Ever Afters (2009). In November 2010, she appeared on Broadway as Vivie in Mrs. Warren's Profession. In 2011, Hawkins appeared in Submarine (2010) and had a supporting role in the film adaptation of Jane Eyre (2011).

In 2017, Sally was highly critically acclaimed for her role as Elisa, a mute janitor, in director Guillermo del Toro fantasy drama The Shape of Water (2017).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lily S.

Trade Mark (3)

Often works with Mike Leigh
Often portrays people of lower class.
An apologetic and grateful presence, with a shy and nervous demeanor.

Trivia (63)

Contributed her writing skills to the BBC Radio 4 comedy show "Concrete Cow".
Grew up in southeast London.
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. [1998]
Attended James Allen's Girls' School.
Born to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, noted authors and illustrators of children's books. While Sally has never written any children's book like her parents, she portrayed an author of children's literature in Paddington (2014).
Was obsessed with 1940s black and white films in her childhood.
Enjoys painting.
In 2006, she told a reporter for The Independent that she had been diagnosed with a "chronic condition" (which she did not disclose) that required treatment and which seemed to be responding to treatment.
Was an extra on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) while attending drama school.
At the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, she was the only nominated actor in attendance, not to be given a reaction shot, following her "Oscar clip". Following her clip, the monitor broke down, and a black screen was shown. When the monitor was resurrected a few seconds later, it had cut to fellow nominee June Squibb instead.
She has portrayed the mother of Craig Roberts's character twice. First in Submarine (2010), then in Jane Eyre (2011).
With her Golden Globe victory for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), she joined a small group of actresses, who won a Golden Globe for a performance that was not nominated by the Academy Awards. Other actresses include Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet.
Cate Blanchett and Hawkins became good friends after they co-starred in Blue Jasmine (2013). Blanchett won the Oscar for her performance in the film and mentioned Hawkins in her speech twice. First she thanked "the sublime Sally Hawkins" and then she thanked Carla Meyer "for getting Sally and I together".
Has one brother. He's five years older than she is and works as a web designer and illustrator.
Cate Blanchett and she jokingly considered wearing crocs and plastic bags to The Oscars (2014), if the weather was bad.
Found out about her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Blue Jasmine (2013) while she was grocery shopping.
Was originally cast in The Last Days on Mars (2013), but backed out due to personal commitments. She was replaced by Olivia Williams.
2010: Presented Robert Downey Jr. his Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Like her, he won the Golden Globe for a performance that he was not subsequently Oscar-nominated for.
Spokesperson for Oxfam's East Africa Appeal.
Some of her fellow 1998 graduates from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, includes Tobias Menzies, Robert Wilfort, Maxine Peake and Joanna Page.
Good friends with Richard Ayoade, who has directed her several times.
One of the first acting jobs she did was performing the title character in a school production of "The Emperor's New Clothes'.
Was on a lot of painkillers, when she attended the red carpet of the Golden Globes, for the first time in 2009. This was due to a painful scar she received after she broke her collarbone on a film set.
Was attached to "The Roaring Girl" for a long time, but production on the film never developed. The film was set to be a biopic of Bernadette Devlin, the woman who became, at 21, Northern Ireland's youngest female Member of Parliament.
Experienced her first desire to act at the age of 3, when she visited a circus for the first time and was subsequently inspired to perform.
Has a fear of snakes.
The role of Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) was written specially for her. Prior to filming, she prepared for the role by staying in character one day, while visiting the streets of London.
Was originally cast in Dirty Girl (2010), in an unspecified part, but later dropped out for unknown reasons.
Three of the original Dagenham seamstresses invited her for tea, prior to the filming of Made in Dagenham (2010), as they wished to inform her properly about mindset behind the strike, that she was set to portray in the film. Hawkins' grandmother also worked as a seamstress, although not at the Dagenham factory.
Her entrance to the stage, where she accepted her Golden Globe win, was briefly interrupted by fellow nominee Meryl Streep. Hawkins was awarded in favor of Streep, and on her way to the stage, she was stopped by Streep, who asked: "Are you happy now?".
She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. She has stated that acting lessons helped her to understand and pronounce words correctly.
Good friends with Colin Farrell.
Was cast in Godzilla (2014), almost three weeks after filming had begun on the production.
Plays the piano, as seen in All Is Bright (2013). Her character's brief piano-act by was performed by herself.
Her films Submarine (2010), Never Let Me Go (2010) and Made in Dagenham (2010) all premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010. Having three films premier at TIFF is a record-high number of films for an actress, and following this, she was entitled "Toronto's Belle of the Ball" by USA Today.
Was cast in an ITV production of A Passage to India (1984), opposite Matthew Macfadyen, Laurence Fox and Gemma Jones. The show was set to air in the autumn of 2009, but the production was axed due to budget restrains.
She was introduced as "The Best Actress You've Never Heard of" when she visited The Early Show on CBS in 2009.
Replaced Rachel McAdams in Maudie (2016).
One of 271 people invited to join AMPAS in 2014.
Member of the jury at the London Film Festival in 2014.
Her character in Made in Dagenham (2010) was later taken to stage at West End, London, by Gemma Arterton in 2014.
Has the rare feat of appearing in a short film that was Oscar-nominated, two consecutive years in a row: First, the animated Room on the Broom (2012) and subsequently The Phone Call (2013).
Suffered from a concussion while filming a scene for Paddington (2014), because she walked into a crane during a night shoot. However, she continued working and didn't see a doctor until the scene was wrapped.
Her brother was the first to inform her when she received her first Golden Globe nomination and the first to inform her about her Oscar nomination.
Served as the inspiration for the title character in her parents' children's book "The Crazy Cow".
Was originally unable to star in the short film The Phone Call (2013), due to a scheduling issue. However, the director Mat Kirkby decided to push the entire production, instead of finding another actress, because he eagerly wished for Hawkins to play the part. She completed her work in three days. Kirby eventually won an Oscar for "Best Short Film, Live Action", and in his speech, he dedicated the award to Hawkins.
She and Rafe Spall originated the lead roles of Marianne and Roland in Nick Payne's acclaimed play "Constellations". The play later was set up various places around the world and eventually hit Broadway, with Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead roles.
Competed in swimming in school, doing the butterfly stroke.
Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
Has starred in two short film adaptations of a Julia Donaldson book, Room on the Broom (2012) and Stick Man (2015).
Has been in nine films nominated for an Oscar, two of them being short films. The most common category among her represented films are 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' and 'Best Original Screenplay', for which her films have received four nominations.
Five of her films has been nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs: Paddington (2014), Made in Dagenham (2010), An Education (2009), Vera Drake (2004) and Paddington 2 (2017).
Her films Maudie (2016) and The Shape of Water (2017) were released in 2017, which marked the first time Hawkins has been the lead actress in two theatrical releases within the same year. In both films, she portrays a woman with a disability; In "Maudie" her character suffers from a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and in "Shape of Water" her character has a speech impediment.
During filming Maudie (2016) she had to do stretching and yoga in the evening in order to physically and mentally get out of the character of Maud Lewis.
Good friends with James Corden. They once had a deal that if they were both singles at 35, they would have babies and get married.
Originally cast in "Down and Dirty Pictures", about the reinvention of the modern day independent film industry, opposite Andy Serkis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Toby Jones, Matthew Perry, Bobby Cannavale and Hugh Dancy. The film was set to feature comic book inspired animation and claymation, but was scrapped during pre-production.
Ethan Hawke, her co-star in Maudie (2016), said it was a privilege to co-star opposite her; "I've had a few times in my life where you feel it's a privilege to be in the room, because you're the first person to see the performance. I felt that with Denzel Washington in Training Day (2001) as well. If you love acting and love what you do it's amazing and I felt that way with Sally, she's funny and brilliant.".
The part of Elisa in The Shape of Water (2017) was written with her in mind. Guillermo del Toro wanted to work with her upon seeing Fingersmith (2005). After Hawkins received critical acclaim for Blue Jasmine (2013) he decided to hurry up and offered her the part at The 2014 Golden Globes, where he approached her while being drunk.
Was writing her own screenplay for a short film about a woman turning into a mermaid when she received the script for The Shape of Water (2017).
As of 2018, she has been 2 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: An Education (2009) and The Shape of Water (2017). The Shape of Water is a Best Picture winner.
The December 2010 issue of Marie Claire (U.S. edition) said her favorite reality TV show was HGTV Design Star (2006).
Was never in any of the eight Harry Potter films (2001-2011). But was Mrs Joe in Great Expectations (2012) directed by Mike Newell, director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
In 2017 USA TODAY called her "an indie-film superstar".

Personal Quotes (73)

You only do good work when you're taking risks and pushing yourself; [laughs] and failing really badly.
[on her part in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)]: Oh, I don't even know if I made the final cut. It was one day many years ago. I was still in drama school. A friend was working on it and got me in. I was in a huge audience scene. We were replicated about a thousand times. I wore a chiffon costume. It was quite a look. And I saw Ewan McGregor. He would not remember me. I never told him. I just passed by him. He was playing football, and I was on my way to set. I was just an extra in the village. I got paid 100 quid, I think.
[on Cate Blanchett, her co-star in Blue Jasmine (2013)]: I was very lucky with Cate. She's incredible, and she's a theater actress as well. She thinks and works - I'm flattering myself by saying this - in a similar way as me. She comes from that training and we had time together in New York to get to know each other. Luckily, she was performing "Uncle Vanya" to great acclaim. That was the first time I saw her in the flesh. Then we had time to just talk and unravel the script. That was invaluable for me. It created such grounding.
I love Woody Allen because you are there to work and do your job. There is no time for the pleasantries. There's no time for chit-chat. I like that. He is very right to it. I never thought that I'd be lucky enough to work with him once let alone twice. He's incredibly precise and economical with his words. He doesn't want to hang around. He's sometimes incredibly specific. And sometimes he just lets you get on with it, and he steps away. He works incredibly economically and fast, and he doesn't smooth it over. Does that make sense? He doesn't tell you, "Oh that's amazing."
My family went to Universal Studios and did a Star Trek video spoof. My mum and dad were Klingons. I was Mr. Spock with the ears, and my brother was Captain Kirk. It's one of my most treasured possessions.
Every movie has a bit of magic in it. Even if it's just for a beat.
It's outrageous how women in the film industry are paid less than men all the time. I went to a very good school where we were encouraged to be as independent and strong as we liked and it was quite a shock when I got out into the world to discover how women were patronized and undermined in the workplace. (2010)
I loved working with Nigel Cole on [Made in Dagenham (2010)], but I have to say that now that I think about it, considering what the movie has to say, wouldn't it have been great if 'Made in Dagenham' had been directed by a woman? That would be a real sign of progress, wouldn't it?
Normally I'm the sweet little thing.
I'm not a model, and I don't want to be.
I doubt also I could do anything else. My skill set is limited I would be useless at most things! Truly. Acting I get. Mostly. And as long as I am still paid to do it I will keep going... I will keep going until I am kindly and politely asked to leave!
[on Poppy Cross in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)] It's weird because a lot of men couldn't stand her, whereas women really liked her. At least they said they did. Maybe they were just lying.
But I'm not a female lead. I don't play romantic heroines, and that's a good thing because they tend to be very dull parts. (July 2006)
[on the Oscar for Best Director in 2010] It outrages me that it took so long for a woman to win the award, and that it was so unprecedented that everyone had to make such a fuss over it. It's infuriating the way men dominate everything, from TV in the UK to indie films to studio pictures. It really bugs me.
When you say something with a smile, it makes the world a happier place and everyone appreciates it.
I am a real romantic. I cry at films, adverts. But I am also a realist.
[on the most important lesson that life has taught her] Go live it. Grab it. But be very kind on the way.
[on her character Mary Brown in Paddington (2014)] Mrs Brown's quite an iconic figure in her own right, in that she brings Paddington into the family and adopts him. She's a character who you hope everyone will relate to and love. She's got to be all-embracing and something children recognise and feel safe with.
But actually you never know whether a film is going to get made. And then the money comes, and then it's all incredibly quick.
[in 2011] Of course, I would love to have that one iconic lead role, and every actress wants that, that's the ultimate, really. ... You do wanna find that role that defines you or that you can be really passionate about. I hope that still happens (laugh), I really do.
[on what artists inspire her] This is almost impossible to answer as I am inspired by so many and all! You are influenced by everything if you are creative. Everything and everyone becomes a source of inspiration from artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Mondrian, Tracy Emin [sic], Pinter, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett, William Blake, Arthur Miller, Edward Lear (etc to friends or people you meet) From Elgar to Coltrane to Bjork! [sic] Music is a huge source of inspiration too.
I'm nowhere near interesting enough for the press to make up stories about. Which is pretty wonderful in this position. I'm not a fan of interviews. I find I never get across what want to get across and things be slightly twisted [sic] or said in a way that you think you didn't say them. So golden rule - never read interviews.
Someone once wrote I had dyslexia as a child. Then that gets repeated, rather like a Chinese whisper. It's true I had trouble with words. But acting out stories, realising I could improvise, opened up a whole new world. I would just like to say that I can read.
I love working and I love doing lots of things and a variety of things. It keeps your mind active...and you don't end up worrying about just the one thing. When I chew things over or analyze too much, that is when I can trip myself up. I work on a more instinctive level and it was good to completely throw myself into something else.
And I'm the sort of person who prefers to disappear into roles. I know how naff that sounds but I do, and besides, I'm not interesting. I'm dull!
All good stories have a sense of reality [but] we can never really represent reality or else it'd be incredibly dull on film.
[on characters affecting her real life (May 2011):] I try to be quite disciplined about that, actually. Invariably, your work life has an effect - if you've had a bad day it can just bleed into your home life, you take it home and go over it in your head and torture yourself. But the characters I really try to leave behind, so when I step out of their shoes, I step well and truly back into my own. I have to, really, because otherwise I think I'd simply drive my friends and family mad. And I do that anyway, for so many other reasons, that I have to try to at least spare them this!
[on how whenever she gets nervous, she starts to talk (September 2010):] I just can't help myself. But is it good for me? You say something, things you would rather forget, and then they are out there. It makes me anxious and I don't know why people are interested in me anyway. If I had my way, I would rather exist in a little hole and not speak to anyone.
[on whether she is a bit of a film nerd:] Yes, I'm kind of obsessed with film. I have my brother [Finbar Hawkins] to thank for my film education; he's obsessed. He sort of introduced me to Mike Leigh very early on, seeing Secrets & Lies (1996) -- I'd never seen anything like it. I remember seeing that probably before I should be watching those kinds of films.
I like eccentricity in people. I think it's something to be celebrated. My favourite kind of people are that way.
I was brought up with a fantastically bright, strong-minded, independent mother [Jacqui Hawkins], and quite shocked by how I was treated as a young woman. Even on the bus. And the subtler it is, the more undermining and dangerous it can be.
I don't find [publicity] easy and when you have someone who's difficult, it just clams me up. I'll know that they want an easy interview to pigeonhole me, or for me to come out with these amazing sound bites. But I can't do that, I'm not that kind of person. And I don't want to be, really.
[on how her Irish accent is] Pretty good. I'm half Irish.
[on the things she's been offered to play (November 2014)] Sometimes you can pick and sometimes you can't. Sometimes there's a plethora of things, but sometimes it just depends what's about.
Well my favourite elevenses would be a cup of tea, milky cup of tea, with custard creams, and I quite like Marmite on anything, preferably a crumpet.
[on what she thinks is the key to a happy marriage (October 2011):] Well if I was married, I'd be able to offer more insight. I'll be stabbing in the dark with this answer (laugh) but when I see friends who have very loving and successful marriages and relationships and when I see my own character, I think friendship is the key to a hearty, supportive marriage and relationship. Yeah, friendship and mutual respect.
[on the acting profession:] It can be a difficult profession when you're passionate about it, and especially brutal when you're starting out. You're beholden to other people giving you jobs, and it's easy to feel like a puppet. So I think it's important not to take it personally. And to remember - and it took me a long time - that you're a worthy and creative being who has something unique to bring to a script, and in bringing it to life.
I don't really follow fashion. I like to be comfortable. I'm not a glamour puss.
[on stage play Constellations (2012-2013):] I also try to do a few energy exercises to focus. I like to meditate and do a bit of yoga and stretching. The show was quite physical so this helped to warm me up. It would also calm me and my overanxious brain. I light a candle, brush my teeth, say a prayer and on we go!
Initially when I came out of college I put *everything* on my CV, like water skiing, scuba diving, and horse riding and Grade 8 Piano and things like that. So it's high exaggeration. But I think you just do, and you don't know what is expected of you or what you're supposed to do, I mean nobody tells you those things. You're sort of out there in the world and, we're certainly not trained in that at RADA [laugh], just how to cope...
Ambition in women can often be misrepresented as something ugly. But I do have it.
I don't know how women can exist and... not claim to be a feminist? I don't understand how that works. You can't be a woman and not be a feminist, I don't think.
[on her parents:] I was always very aware of how lucky I was, because I had them and their incredible, strong work ethic and mentality, which still prevails today [2010]. They work phenomenally hard. Too hard. It really instilled something in me, gratitude, really, and the fact that you have to work hard in this life if you want to get anywhere, and nothing is owed to you.
Happy, healthy, know you have a good life. I was always brought up with that.
Although uncool is the coolest, isn't it really? Bonnie Tyler, she's not uncool. Cool's a tricky concept.
[on drinking (alcohol):] I'm a huge lightweight. I can have a thimble of something, and I'm anyone's for the taking!
I've always loved water and was obsessed with swimming as a child. Guillermo del Toro and I were doing an interview this morning and he had similar dreams - swimming underwater, being able to breathe. I used to swim three times a week. But as a child, I was obsessed with water. I was a water baby, I still am.
[on what the chances are that she would fall in love with a real fish man:] I'd say, 10 in 10. There has to be chemistry there. Who are his parents? Whether he reads a lot. And whether he can make me laugh like Richard (laughs).
[on Richard Ayoade (2010):] Knowing Richard as a film geek and film buff - I mean, I think I know and love a lot of films, but then it's nothing compared to Richard. His library of films is ridiculous. Brilliant. You could be there for years. He's influenced by so many films and Taxi Driver (1976), I know, is one of the big ones.
Finding the purity of Elisa, and getting her soul right - her energy, her essence - was such a delicate, fine thing. That purity of her soul was important. She has a real gentleness of heart, and yet there's a real strength within her. I feel that so strongly because I think it's something we are often really, really missing in this world. I find that very scary, that we have become more and more cynical. True innocence, and true purity of being, has been lost.
All I'm interested in is working with great people and on projects that inspire me. If that stops then I'm probably in the wrong business and will do something else. (July 2017)
[on director Mike Leigh's method:] ...there's you, and then there's your character, and there's a danger that if you allow yourself to believe that they're you, it can get into some shaky territory.
[asked "If you were not an actor, what would you be?" (January 2012):] Not sure how good an artist I would have been, but I still like to paint. Even if it's just for me, I find it relaxing and messy! I'm bit of a hoarder so probably could open a little shop full of treasure and shiny, girly stuff. It would be selling the stuff on I'd find difficult. There'd be a few fights with customers.
I mean I'm still dealing with equal pay issues. And, that just makes me feel sick to the stomach, but... It's about, also, having true representation within industries, of all minorities. Whether that's female, although easily dismissible, whether that's the LGBT community, and all minorities, really, but just having... Yeah, I wish I was an official spokeswoman, but and instead of just rambling and put it into a very neat sound bite for you.
I like to do very different roles. I'm not recognised in the street, and I wouldn't like to be. I like to take on a different face, learn from that character and move on to another one.
I am incredibly private. It's what I value; I value that it's a part of myself, my heart, it's sacred who I am in my private life. That's for me and that's for me alone.
[on the worst job she's done:] Waitressing - silver service. I wasn't the best. I would slip up a lot and empty plates of potatoes and gravy into customers' laps.
[on Hollywood sexual predators (2017):] When rape is involved, things need to be fully accountable. And they need to be brought to justice and to be brought through the courts. And that's when things will change.
[on Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019):] Oh God, I'm so worried about that. I was lost in that world of a big-budget film. I hope I did it right.
I have lupus, the chronic fatigue syndrome. I do get quite tired, but I don't let it stop me. I've been very lucky with it, for the most part. It comes in waves. I'm not crippled with it, like some people. I just have to be aware and take it steady. (January 2018)
[on whether she ever wishes she were given darker, edgier roles (September 2013):] I feel like I've done a lot of those as well, like in early Mike Leigh films. It's just that the films that have hit a larger audience happened to be my happier roles. But I always see all my characters as different, even if they have a common light-hearted spirit. I don't have preferences, I just love working on a good script.
Love is love - and it's magic when it happens. I think we could all use a little more love in the world.
[on the 2009 Golden Globes:] I can't pretend to be one of those buffed beauties. But it's the ultimate Cinderella dream. Maybe it will dissolve as the clock strikes midnight and I'll be left standing in my pants. God, what a thought.
I would hate to lose that Englishness. The one thing that's going to get you through this business is having strong roots, being grounded and knowing what is true.
Getting dressed up is fine; wearing lovely dresses is always fun for girls, but doing press in such a concentrated, intense way is not easy for me. I don't enjoy talking about myself; I find it really difficult, actually. I value privacy and don't want to be considered as a celebrity.
But occasionally the nerves can hit me mid-run for no real reason. Nerves and stage fright can be very difficult to overcome and deal with. Rescue Remedy helps - I down it by the bottle!
My mum and my dad, they're working class, and they were brought up in that way and they worked very hard so that me and my brother had opportunities that they didn't have. ...and I have no idea where I fit in; I think I have one foot in one class, and then one foot in another through having a very nice education.
I don't have sisters, but I have an older brother who I love very much. We're very similar in some ways and very different in others. A similar sense of humour. I admire him so much. I look up to him. He works on the internet - he has his own company designing webpages - but he's a very talented writer and comic. He's very funny and could've acted as well. (2008)
I'm an actor, and I think there's a weird blurry line especially since celebrity culture just sort of exploded. I think as an actor it's difficult because you want to disappear into roles, and the more people know you, the less you can do that. That intense focus really freaks me out. It's nice when fans appreciate your work and people stay after the show to say hello and well done. That's lovely, but anything more than that is quite scary.
[on Eternal Beauty (2019)] It's a very low-budget film we shot last year with a beautiful dear friend of mine [Craig Roberts] who I've known for several years and love eternally. Again, talking of quirky, interesting characters that don't really fit, the character here, Jane, really is the essence of that. And then some. ...You want it to have a life beyond the art-house down the road. You just want its life in the world to expand beyond and beyond. You want people to see it. It's an important story, tackling mental health in a really unusual way, and I just adored, adored doing it. (2019)
I'm literally sitting in a little cafe in Putney in South London, and I got the call saying: Guillermo del Toro is interested in a merman-type story. And I sort of almost fell off the chair. I didn't know if I'd manifested it.
[on The Shape of Water (2017):] It's such a power in silence, and truth of heart, and also femininity, and that - like water, you know, it's able to sort of find its way, and... Yeah, I never think there's enough of that.
[was keen to see (January 2012):] I will be booking to see Mark Rylance in Richard III at [Shakespeare's] Globe. He is such a special theatre performer. He has a kind of magic and it's a gift to watch him.

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