I'm always surprised when people say, "Crikey, we didn't know you could do comedy!"[on his favourite film] I think my favourite is a Swedish one called Fanny and Alexander (1982).I find "Desert Island Discs" very moving - something about the combination of music and people's stories, and imagining why they've chosen certain tracks.I've pondered what mine would be of course - doesn't everyone?
We would think it was incredibly snobbish and elitist, but it wasn't for him.It would have been a big admission, and he would have found it very vulgar.It's a bigger divide than it would have been then is what I'm saying.[on approaching the character of Mr.The lovely thing about being an actor is being anonymous, it's never having to explain yourself.
And that's what I find interesting about actors or painters I admire. I don't really want to know what Anthony Hopkins has for breakfast. [on his rich and rolling timbre, which he attributes to having been a smoker] It does help. That's nice.[on his role as Arthur Clennam in the BBC's Little Dorrit (2008)] Arthur would never imagine that Little Dorrit would fall for him.
He is also known for portraying John Birt in the political drama Frost/Nixon, as well as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC series Ripper Street.