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Letter To My Younger Self

Paul Giamatti: “Acting is harder than I thought it would be”
Film

Paul Giamatti: “Acting is harder than I thought it would be”

Gene Simmons interview: “My mother saw her mother walk into the gas chambers”
Music

Gene Simmons interview: “My mother saw her mother walk into the gas chambers”

Salman Rushdie: “My son’s whole childhood was shaped by the fatwa”
Books

Salman Rushdie: “My son’s whole childhood was shaped by the fatwa”

David Haye interview: “I don’t want my son to be a boxer”
News

David Haye interview: “I don’t want my son to be a boxer”

James Naughtie: “People’s capacity to survive is the most thrilling thing”
Culture

James Naughtie: “People’s capacity to survive is the most thrilling thing”

Geoffrey Rush: “I foolishly thought I wanted to be an astronomer”
Film

Geoffrey Rush: “I foolishly thought I wanted to be an astronomer”

Nick Knowles: “I had an affair, and hate it that I hurt people emotionally”
TV

Nick Knowles: “I had an affair, and hate it that I hurt people emotionally”

Laurie Anderson: “I didn’t love my mother – but I did admire her”
TV

Laurie Anderson: “I didn’t love my mother – but I did admire her”

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Rufus Wainwright: “My dad was tremendously jealous of me”
Music

Rufus Wainwright: “My dad was tremendously jealous of me”

George Galloway: “In terms of my personal life, I have lots of regrets”
Politics

George Galloway: “In terms of my personal life, I have lots of regrets”

Julian Fellowes: “I proposed to my wife 20 minutes after we met”
Politics

Julian Fellowes: “I proposed to my wife 20 minutes after we met”

Paul Merton: “I wanted my dad to be a hero, but he was very distant”
Culture

Paul Merton: “I wanted my dad to be a hero, but he was very distant”

Ken Livingstone: “My mum didn’t think anyone would marry me”
Politics

Ken Livingstone: “My mum didn’t think anyone would marry me”

Sue Johnston: “I toured with The Rolling Stones. That was quite a week!”
Music

Sue Johnston: “I toured with The Rolling Stones. That was quite a week!”

Charles Dance: “The BBC would have pulled the plug on Game of Thrones”
TV

Charles Dance: “The BBC would have pulled the plug on Game of Thrones”

Tom Hollander interview: “I’ve never got over being bullied”
TV

Tom Hollander interview: “I’ve never got over being bullied”

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MacKenzie Crook: “At 16 I I had no chance of getting a girlfriend”
TV

MacKenzie Crook: “At 16 I I had no chance of getting a girlfriend”

Clarke Peters: “I don’t feel safe walking or driving in the States”
TV

Clarke Peters: “I don’t feel safe walking or driving in the States”

Jools Holland: “I was always a bit of a show-off”
Music

Jools Holland: “I was always a bit of a show-off”

Roger Allam: “The arts have become elitist”
TV

Roger Allam: “The arts have become elitist”

Jimmy Carr: “My mum showed me the power of comedy. I owe her everything”
TV

Jimmy Carr: “My mum showed me the power of comedy. I owe her everything”

Roger Waters: I’m happier when it’s accepted that I’m the leader of the band
Music

Roger Waters: I’m happier when it’s accepted that I’m the leader of the band

Anastacia: “Getting breast cancer was a great irony…”
Music

Anastacia: “Getting breast cancer was a great irony…”

Simon Mayo interview: “Radio is full of shy people”
Radio

Simon Mayo interview: “Radio is full of shy people”

50 Cent interview: “My grandmother was the love of my life”
Music

50 Cent interview: “My grandmother was the love of my life”

Tom Jones interview: “The women, the sex… I don’t regret anything”
Music

Tom Jones interview: “The women, the sex… I don’t regret anything”

Sue Perkins interview: “My long-term boyfriend also turned out to be gay”
TV

Sue Perkins interview: “My long-term boyfriend also turned out to be gay”

Shaun Ryder: “I still have to go to Mass every week”
Music

Shaun Ryder: “I still have to go to Mass every week”

Michael Palin: “These are scary times. Everything is for sale”
TV

Michael Palin: “These are scary times. Everything is for sale”

Wilko Johnson: “I believed I was going to die – then started to feel alive”
Music

Wilko Johnson: “I believed I was going to die – then started to feel alive”

Bear Grylls: “I start every day on my knees praying by my bed”
TV

Bear Grylls: “I start every day on my knees praying by my bed”

Lee Mack: “Like most of the nation, I’m a bit addicted to drinking”
Culture

Lee Mack: “Like most of the nation, I’m a bit addicted to drinking”

Sir Chris Hoy interview: “It’s not about winning…”
News

Sir Chris Hoy interview: “It’s not about winning…”

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