Norah Jones: “There could be a million nice things that people say, but the one negative is the one you remember.”

Promoting her last album in the summer of 2016, Norah Jones voiced her worry that “the world’s kind of falling apart right now”. And now here she is, four years on, releasing its follow-up against the backdrop of a global pandemic, race riots and an America more bitterly divided than ever. “Boy, if I couldContinue reading “Norah Jones: “There could be a million nice things that people say, but the one negative is the one you remember.””

Joe Wicks: “My childhood was chaotic. Doors getting slammed, shouting, food thrown about… It was manic, so I’m the opposite.”

“It’s all been a bit unexpected, really,” says Joe Wicks, reflecting on his recent elevation from successful fitness guru to – let’s not be coy – fully-fledged national hero.  “I was really excited about sharing my workouts online, and doing what I could,” adds the man whose daily P.E. With Joe exercise classes have become a centralContinue reading “Joe Wicks: “My childhood was chaotic. Doors getting slammed, shouting, food thrown about… It was manic, so I’m the opposite.””

Rob Delaney: “I don’t fight to win. I fight because there’s a fire inside of me.”

As a comedian, Rob Delaney has a favourite punchline. He’s called Rob Delaney. ‘There are some comedians who want to be cool,’ the 43-year-old tells Weekend over breakfast in London. ‘I’m not among them. I’ve got no interest in seeing a stand-up who’s like, “Hey, let’s celebrate how organised I am, or how well IContinue reading “Rob Delaney: “I don’t fight to win. I fight because there’s a fire inside of me.””

David Soul: “I got so tired of hearing myself described as a hunk. I never traded on that.”

At the kitchen table of his London flat, David Soul is re-enacting the 1974 auditions for Starksy & Hutch. Except he’s not playing Hutch – the blonde, blue-eyed California detective who made him one of the biggest TV stars in the world. He’s playing Starsky – or, technically, Starsky actor Paul Michael Glaser. ‘This guyContinue reading “David Soul: “I got so tired of hearing myself described as a hunk. I never traded on that.””

Lenny Henry: “Work is easy, life is hard. There are rungs in work. In life, you’re free-falling.”

Who is Lenny Henry? To a modern audience, he’s Sir Lenworth Henry CBE, BA (Hons), MA, PhD – comedian, actor, writer, campaigner, academic, knight of the realm and national treasure. Much of which might have come as a surprise to TV viewers in the 1970s, who first encountered him as a cheeky 16-year-old, trussed upContinue reading “Lenny Henry: “Work is easy, life is hard. There are rungs in work. In life, you’re free-falling.””

Richard E Grant: “I’ve outlived my father by 10 years, so every year is a bonus.”

Shortly after turning 40, Richard E Grant received some sobering advice from the former Hollywood child star Roddy McDowall.  ‘He said, “Your roles are going to get smaller, whatever recognition you have will diminish, and the money you have in the bank will decrease,”’ recalls Grant. ‘That made an indelible impression on me.’ Indeed, byContinue reading “Richard E Grant: “I’ve outlived my father by 10 years, so every year is a bonus.””

Nicola Walker: ‘I looked, but I couldn’t find any other children of scrap metal dealers at Cambridge…’

In a Soho hotel, Nicola Walker is considering whether her ‘feisty face’ (her description, not ours) has been good for her career. ‘I’ve often played women who are downtrodden, or who are incapable of love, but I would hope I’ve never played them like that,’ she muses. ‘The character I played in A View fromContinue reading “Nicola Walker: ‘I looked, but I couldn’t find any other children of scrap metal dealers at Cambridge…’”

Honor Blackman: “I hate the term ‘Bond girl’. Bond girls were those ladies who took one look at Bond and fell on their backs.”

Honor Blackman is used to sophisticated banter with sophisticated men. Whether trading dry bon mots with the urbane John Steed or holding her own in a sexually-charged battle of wits with James Bond, she gives as good as she gets, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. So I’m glad I’ve done my research. And as BlackmanContinue reading “Honor Blackman: “I hate the term ‘Bond girl’. Bond girls were those ladies who took one look at Bond and fell on their backs.””

Amy Winehouse: “It’s kind of crazy the stuff that’s suddenly become available to me.”

Amy Winehouse has built her reputation, one way or the other, on what comes out of her mouth. Firstly, there’s The Voice – the one that unsuspecting listeners to her startlingly assured debut album, Frank, could be forgiven for assuming belongs to a middle-aged black woman who’s lived a bit, loved a bit and lostContinue reading “Amy Winehouse: “It’s kind of crazy the stuff that’s suddenly become available to me.””