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, also recently opened, starring Imelda Staunton, to mostly five-star reviews.

That’s not to say there aren’t amazing directors who don’t involve you very much, but I’m not interested in working like that. It’s so hard getting up there eight times a week – it’s so frightening – so it has to be worth it.” Continues… I’ve been a big fan of actors like Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Linda Bassett – women that when I started were a bit older than me and I aspired to. Do you have any theatrical superstitions or rituals?

But she’s also quite clearly a grafter; she’s worked at it, as she does on every stage of the acting process.

Asked for advice on how to tackle auditions she replies: “Really do the work. I work really hard, I think very deeply about what I’m doing and spend a lot of time poring over the script and trying not to miss anything.” She takes none of this for granted: she approaches theatre as a serious matter, but a uniquely fun and nourishing one, too.

They put some of us into the original production of Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money.

It was my first real experience of professional theatre, and we played the traders on the floor and I had one line.

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