Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Not Much Room for a Man: Friel on Acting, Ageing and Being Single

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Not Much Room for a Man: Friel on Acting, Ageing and Being Single

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

ANNA FRIEL has spoken about the pressures on women in the acting industry, warning: "If it's all about your looks, once you start to age your career's over."

The actress, 39, is soon to be seen playing the title character in ITV crime drama Marcella. She said: "If there were two people in a room, of equal talent, up for a part, it would be a lie to say they wouldn't think of the one who looks after themselves above the one that doesn't.

"There is a certain pressure in the industry but I've tried to get away from that by playing as many different characters as I possibly can so I am not boxed in. If it's all about your looks, once you start to age your career's over. I would hate it to be dictated to me in that way."

The actress, who has a daughter Gracie with David Thewlis and has also dated Rhys Ifans, is single and said work meant "there was not much room for a man". She told The Times: "It's through choice, not something that's been put upon me, and I don't think there should be a stigma to that. …

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