Some people see acting as a kind of stroll on the beach, and some people see it as a kind of skydive. And I’ve had lots of strolls on the beach in my life, so I’d like to do a skydive.
I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I’m one of many siblings.
The first time my mum and dad went to the theatre was at my drama school in third year.
I’ve come to realise I work so much better when I’m going by instinct.
My dad came over from Ireland when he was 13 and lived on the streets, working on building sites, and has just retired from his job delivering furniture for John Lewis. My mum has had the same job for 30 years as a sales assistant at Marks and Spencer. They’ve always been really great; they just want me to be happy.
No matter how brilliant an actor is, there’s always a point where they let you down, but that’s all part of their journey. They might be trying something they need to explore.