I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom.— Samuel West
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It would've been hard to do something else, to as it were, run away from the circus and become an accountant.
At heart, this job is about continuing to make great theatre for the people of Sheffield - a city I've known and loved since childhood.
Of course 'Hamlet' is a debate about the nature and morality of revenge and whether it is right to do something to assuage your angry feelings.
I'm not very good at relaxing. Reading's the main thing. On the bus, on the tube, on the loo. Literally all the time. I mean, I don't think there's a moment of the day when I wouldn't be if I was left alone.
We'll be back. I promise you that.
I mean I think children love the idea that there are different viewpoints and different words for things and different worlds. And the more that they pretend to be other people, the harder it is for them to hate them and misunderstand them when they grow up.
The idea that if you are very clever you shouldn't be an actor would be laughable in Russia.
What did my parents say when I told them I wanted to be an actor? 'Be a plumber.'
I absolutely love working with my dad because there is such an ease about it, and I also love his company.
When people say, 'If I had my life over again I wouldn't do anything different,' well, I'd do everything differently just for the variety.
Stamps from Afghanistan are hilarious.
You can tell when the revolutions are because suddenly they stop having pictures of the mullahs and the independence monument and they start having fish on them.
I'm rather proud of having been a trainspotter.
Most good art is left wing. It's a moot point whether there is any good right-wing art.
I usually play toffs and soldiers, with a sideline in mass murderers.
Books don't exist unless you read them.
And it's a two way process - you write the book as you read it and you fill in the gaps. You discover it and you put the marks together and without you doing it they're just marks.
What I do believe is theatre is a medium with a peculiar ability to air vital issues.
I'm lucky enough to work with, I think, the greatest writer there's ever been, Shakespeare. Whose collected works would always be under my pillow if I was only ever allowed one book to keep, and who never bores me.
Shakespeare I love, but for an English graduate, I'm incredibly badly read.
When you are in a bad production there are two things you can do.
You can do your best or you can leave. I chose to do the third thing which was sulk.
[P]erfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to natural law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the law of nature and reason, he . . . introduces confusion and disorder into society . . . [thus] where licentiousness begins, liberty ends.
I am a coward, basically, but one of the things about acting is that you are always putting yourself through yet another test.
My one remaining professional ambition is to read the shipping forecast. I live in hope.
If you play a part that's been done before, on stage for instance, you feel like you're carrying a torch and staggering under the weight of it for a bit and then passing it on to somebody else.