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Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has promised to punish the Conservative MP who briefed a newspaper that Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner was putting the prime minis(...)

The 81-year-old actor talks about playing Picard as an intergalactic Prospero, hitting the bottle during an exhausting Macbeth and reaching page 310 of his memoir. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Patrick Stewart is slightly surprised to be talking about the impending second series of Star Trek: Picard, during a break from shooting the third in (...)

James McAvoy: ‘Scottish independence could be a fantastic thing but it needs to be done for the right reasons.’ Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

James McAvoy is talking about Cyrano de Bergerac, the long-nosed, lovestruck poet he first played on stage in 2019, and is now about to reprise. But e(...)

Brian Cox on Rogan Loy: ‘I don’t need a lot of lines. I need a few “aha”s and a few “f*** off”s. The character is really established.’ Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

The Succession actor discusses his new memoir, the social mobility of the 1960s, cancel culture and his long career   You could reasonab(...)

Ryan Griffin Vearer (17) arrives for the start of his Leaving Cert exams at Beneavin De La Salle College, Finglas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The predicted poets appeared and students had more choice and time than ever before in one of the most well-received English papers in years, teachers(...)

Isaac Newton: with no social media to distract him, the young genius retreated to his bedroom during his lockdown to develop the theory of gravity and work on what would become calculus. Portrait: Sir Godfrey Kneller

So, the day of reckoning is upon us. With Covid restrictions falling away, it’s time to audit your lockdown goals. Did you finally write the Great Iri(...)

King Lear in  a Van: Arthur Riordan in the title role. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you were loitering around Ely Place in Dublin recently you may have heard some worrying bellowing from the car park/loading bay of the Royal Hibern(...)

Christopher Lloyd in Senior Moment

It seems appropriate for a man whose most famous role had him struggling with the nature of time that Christopher Lloyd arrives for our interview half(...)

Ninety-one  newly commissioned officers in the Defence Forces celebrate after receiving their commissions at Dublin Castle. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

This week Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who also doubles up as Minister for Defence, received an anonymous letter from someone who signe(...)

The Greatest of These (1943), by Francis McManus, tells of how a priest’s insistence on setting up a school for the poor in his parish sets him on a collision course with his wealthy parishioners and, ultimately, his bishop. Photograph: Getty Images

Francis McManus (1909-1965) is known to those of us of a certain age because his novel depicting a priest’s revolt against authority, The Greatest of (...)

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