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Letter To My Younger Self

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’
Letter To My Younger Self

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’

Actor, director and optimistic Tottenham Hotspur fan Kenneth Branagh describes how leaving Belfast at the height of the Troubles left a profound mark on his life.

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’
Letter To My Younger Self

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’

Actor Peter Dinklage talks about taking charge of his career, why diversity makes stories more interesting and playing the romantic lead in Cyrano.

The best of The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self from 2021
Letter To My Younger Self

The best of The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self from 2021

Every week we ask a famous face to give their 16-year-old self a good talking to. Here’s some words of wisdom gathered in 2021.

Michael Sheen: ‘I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor’
Letter To My Younger Self

Michael Sheen: ‘I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor’

Simon Le Bon: ‘I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole’
Letter To My Younger Self

Simon Le Bon: ‘I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole’

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Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘I’ve lost fortunes, my dear. Fortunes’
Letter To My Younger Self

Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘I’ve lost fortunes, my dear. Fortunes’

Frankie Dettori: ‘I was a disaster. Trust me.’
Letter To My Younger Self

Frankie Dettori: ‘I was a disaster. Trust me.’

Naga Munchetty: ‘Immigrant families have to be that bit better’
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Naga Munchetty: ‘Immigrant families have to be that bit better’

Alan Cumming: ‘My dad was a very good abuser’
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Alan Cumming: ‘My dad was a very good abuser’

Mark Strong: ‘I started a fanzine named after a Damned song and sold copies for 5p’
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Mark Strong: ‘I started a fanzine named after a Damned song and sold copies for 5p’

Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’
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Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’

Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback
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Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback

Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’
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Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’

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Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’
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Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’

Big Issue sellers share words of advice for their younger selves
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Big Issue sellers share words of advice for their younger selves

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton on her journey from homelessness to fire chief – via The Big Issue
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Sabrina Cohen-Hatton on her journey from homelessness to fire chief – via The Big Issue

Terry Hall: ‘The Specials have always been about protest’
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Terry Hall: ‘The Specials have always been about protest’

Andy Murray on childhood, success and the advice his daughter gave him
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Andy Murray on childhood, success and the advice his daughter gave him

Actor Samuel West: ‘I was a rebellious 33-year-old’
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Actor Samuel West: ‘I was a rebellious 33-year-old’

Paul McGann: ‘Doctor Who couldn’t have worked out better’
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Paul McGann: ‘Doctor Who couldn’t have worked out better’

‘I had to flee Afghanistan when I was just 12’
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‘I had to flee Afghanistan when I was just 12’

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Jonathan Edwards: ‘It almost feels like somebody else’s life’
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Jonathan Edwards: ‘It almost feels like somebody else’s life’

Peter Ackroyd: ‘When I was young I wanted to be Pope’
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Peter Ackroyd: ‘When I was young I wanted to be Pope’

Joan Armatrading: ‘I didn’t know I was breaking ground’
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Joan Armatrading: ‘I didn’t know I was breaking ground’

Ricky Ross: ‘You can avoid real life, and still get paid!’
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Ricky Ross: ‘You can avoid real life, and still get paid!’

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘The longest relationship I’ve had is with my cello’
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Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘The longest relationship I’ve had is with my cello’

Richard Coles: ‘I still don’t think David is dead’
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Richard Coles: ‘I still don’t think David is dead’

Ed Miliband: ‘I should have taken more chances’
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Ed Miliband: ‘I should have taken more chances’

Pat Nevin: ‘When I hear racist chanting… I’m not having that’
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Pat Nevin: ‘When I hear racist chanting… I’m not having that’

Joanna Scanlon: ‘I don’t see conformity as a good thing’
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Joanna Scanlon: ‘I don’t see conformity as a good thing’

Billie Piper: ‘I’ve had to prove myself twice as hard’
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Billie Piper: ‘I’ve had to prove myself twice as hard’

James O’Brien: ‘In therapy I felt my armour flaking away’
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James O’Brien: ‘In therapy I felt my armour flaking away’

Ian Wright: ‘I didn’t realise how unhappy I was’
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Ian Wright: ‘I didn’t realise how unhappy I was’