Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


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The actress meets her grandmother at Fortnum's and is a regular at the King's Head on Upper Street

Where do you live and why?

Just north of St Paul's. I can walk into town from there and still get to the Hackney Empire easily.

How long have you lived there?

Since childhood, in Islington and Hackney.

Name five shops/places you rely on.

All on Upper Street, Islington - my patch: Diverse, a women's clothes store; Reckless Records, which sells rare vinyl; the Screen on the Green cinema; Ottolenghi Italian restaurant, near Almeida Street; The Little Angel Theatre, with a puppet workshop.

Also SoboyeSoong on Calvert Avenue, E2, for exquisite clothes and cushions.

What have been your most memorable London meals?

Moro in Exmouth Market, which does a delicious yoghurt cake with pistachios.

I also love Mango Room in Camden Town for their red snapper.

For dim sum, the Wong Kei in Chinatown.

What is your earliest London memory?

My first day at nursery school in William Tyndale Primary on Upper Street, when I was two and a half.

What do you miss most when you're out of London?

The skyline along the river from Blackfriars.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I would make transport fully accessible to the disabled and renationalise our buses and trains.

It could take a little longer than a day - am I allowed six months?

What is your life philosophy?

Love well.

How do you get around town?

On the No 19 and 38 buses - I love the Routemaster. At night I drive, and take the river route if possible.

What do you listen to on your iPod?

Jeff Buckley's Live at Sine or Good Times by Joey & Norman Jay.

What are your current projects?

I've just shot Perfect Creature with Dougray Scott in New Zealand, and I'm rehearsing The Earthly Paradise, a play about William and Jane Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Bookworm What were the last books you bought?

I am finishing a remarkable book, The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates, so have just bought her essays on writing. I get my books from Jake Fior in Exmouth Market, a brilliant, rare bookshop where they source requested books, first editions etc - very good for presents. …

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