I remember, when I was a teenager, 'Pride And Prejudice' came out. We hadn't had a period drama for ages, and were all glued to it, and for the next three years, Jane Austen series were being made.
I remember trying to explain the class system to a Canadian friend when we started at RADA. The funniest thing was when I told her what bonfire night is all about. It's quite dark when you start breaking it down.
My parents are really honest when they watch something. My nan is brutally honest. She'll tell me, 'Oh, you looked awful in that scene,' and I'm like, 'Well, I was giving birth at the time, so it probably worked with the character, Nan.'
I miss everyone on 'Coronation Street,' but I don't miss playing Becky.
When I left 'Coronation Street,' I wondered if I could ever be lucky enough to work with such a unanimously wonderful company of good people - and I've just come to that good bunch again.
The RSC changed my career, and 'Coronation Street' changed my life.
I initially went into 'Coronation Street' for three months. If they had said back then, 'Do you want to do it for six years?' I probably would have said, 'I don't think so.'
I would always consider going back to 'Coronation Street.'
I've had a fantastic time at 'Coronation Street,' and I'm chuffed at the reaction to Becky. It's been this lovely redemption story, and I think that's what the viewers have enjoyed about it.
I always took 'Coronation Street' a year at a time anyway. It was the 50th anniversary; I'd been there five years. It just felt right to leave.
The novelty of corsets and dresses and hats very soon wears off.
There's no point daydreaming about what you want to play, because there might never be a script with that part in.
Don't be fooled. Looks can be deceptive. Like every working mother, I'm paddling away like a duck beneath the water.
I always look so different in different roles, people are never quite sure. Which is the way I like it.
We take each week as it comes; we're juggling just like everybody else. It's all about spinning plates.
In the evening, we either go to the cinema or stay in and get a takeaway - my favourites are Chinese or Indian.
I'm really looking forward to filming in Glasgow with a top-class cast and crew.
You just need a good plan and then a back-up plan!
I can't imagine soaps will ever stop, because people will always watch as long as they have great stories and characters. But the soaps will have to keep evolving, won't they?
I've got a green card, so I can work there any time, but I hate reading about actors going to America, because it's not like that anymore.