Sometimes the darker the work, the more fun you can have.
When we were doing 'Criminal Justice,' they were filming 'Clash of the Titans' nearby and we kept nicking off to their catering tent and going, 'Look what they've got!'
I think all things are political... How women are portrayed - that's a big thing for me. What is this role trying to say about women? Is this woman weak or victimised, and, if so, do we get to understand why?
It's interesting when people say, 'You always play strong women,' because as far as I'm concerned, women are strong. I think that's what women are. We have got that vulnerability, but we have got that strength. We are survivors.
Male? Female? It's not always relevant to some people. They are who they are - they might not fit into a specific box.
Sometimes it feels like the feminist movement never happened.
I reckoned my accent and class would count against me; I didn't see actresses as being working-class.
I'm always an advocate of 'acting is reacting,' which can be difficult.
Everybody's in a situation; everybody has a story. It's about finding out why.
We take things at face value, don't we? You form an opinion about something immediately, but you ought to step back a bit. Take in the vista first.
There aren't that many great female roles in Shakespeare - none that I'd be desperate to play.
We need a wider sense of community because we're all on the same planet.
I watch 'Take Me Out' mainly for Paddy McGuinness. When we were younger, we worked together as lifeguards at the Bolton Leisure Centre.
I take bits and pieces from everything. But I think the Method can be very isolating, and sometimes it's more about ego than playing the character truthfully.
I'm not a fan of reality TV.
I'm a big techphobe. Someone else helps me run my Twitter; I wouldn't be able to trust myself.
I'm inspired by films from the early '50s, especially Jean Simmons in 'The Clouded Yellow' - and by vintage swing, psychobilly gigs, sea shanties, and English folklore.
If I were to appear in a programme like 'Sex and the City,' I'm sure I'd be cast as the downtrodden one staying at home and having seven children while the others jet-setted around the world.
Cooking, you can keep. I've not the slightest interest in it.
Music is a huge inspiration to my style. I first got into it when I was 10: the new wave mod scene.
I care about my work, but I don't care about getting it wrong. The more you do, the more you realise nobody's going to die.