My sailing mate Andy. He dived as a volunteer for a decade in the 70s and 80s to help find and retrieve the precious Mary Rose after it sank with 500 men during Henry 8th’s Battle of the Solent. It was a massive operation. In the first pic he’s posing with cartoon to show how they did it. Zero visibility. Probes. Very thin homemade wetsuit. Primitive facemask. The timbers and booty came up in the 80s but were only ready for display recently, when the Mary Rose Museum finally opened in Portsmouth Dockyard. It’s a really entertaining visit, made all the more special cos Andy and his lovely wife Sue took me and Jay. Fab day!
Tonight @thelasttreefilm opened in (wait for it) LAGOS plus a Bafta screening and q&a with @sholaamoo @myfhopkins and yours truly feeling very lucky in the sensational Soho House screening room #lush #thelasttreefilm #lappingitup #lovefilm
Walking the dogs after visiting mum’s grave #remembrancesunday
Last night the Tonic Ska Choir popped up in the No6 bar before the screening of #thelasttreefilm and created the most wonderful atmosphere - they made my heart sing too. I was bricking it and why? This was a screening in my home town in front of family, school friend, old friends and many wonderful new ones. I don’t normally suffer too much from nerves but last night I did. I needn’t have worried. The joyous music in the cafe settled a great crowd down and then The Last Tree wove it’s magic. In a magic venue (I have never seen such a big screen). #nighttoremember #dreamcometrue @tonicmusicmh @tonicskachoir
Omg I #loveliverpool
Here I am at the UK Theatre Awards 2019 and I’m the lucky girl announcing 3. I won one last year and I haven’t stopped working. I believe some of our greatest theatre happens in the regions. I know it does, I’ve been lucky enough to work all my life up and down the country. And look how happy these guys at my table from #Storyhouse, Chester are - and that was before they won #mostwelcomingtheatre #uktawards
And here I am in the thermal sulphur baths of Tbilisi (hot pool, sauna, cold plunge, body scrub) smelling of old eggs (memories of the Dead Sea), scrupulously clean and technically incapable of tension. Amazing.
Anyone know where I am?
Long ago, just 10 years into being a largely unemployed actress, I got my telly break in Sherlock Holmes on ITV directed by Pat Lau (who I worked for over and over and to whom I am forever indebted) starring Jeremy Brett. It was the first day in makeup. I was bricking it cos my distressed hairdresser had just split up with his boyfriend and inadvertently dyed my hair black which no longer matched the very expensive hair extension makeup had made for me....when Mr Brett suddenly appeared in my mirror. He inhaled, flared his nostrils, looked at my reflection quizzically from this way and that and finally said: “interesting. You can plan pretty, you can play plain. You’ll never be out of work”. I felt blessed. #nomakeupmakeup #jeremybrett #sherlockholmes