Maggie Smith

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Cush Jumbo: ‘The reality is that actors wish they could choose jobs.’ Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Even virtually, Cush Jumbo’s energy enters the room before she does, which is at a run, with the force of someone just ejected from a cannon. “I don’t(...)

Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty: ‘My first thought was that this would be really challenging.’ Photograph: Steffan Hill/World Productions/BBC

Kelly Macdonald’s roles are typically quiet and fraught with internal conflict, and entailing journeys that are more reflective than active. As a(...)

Zendaya: 'I think there are aspects of my life where maybe I felt overlooked or not appreciated for something that I’ve put so much into'.  Photograph: Chantal Anderson/New York Times

From Disney via the Marvel universe to HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya has done a lot of growing up on screen. But for her new film, Malcolm & Marie, t(...)

A new play seeks to challenge Samuel Beckett’s instructions that only men may appear in Waiting for Godot. Photograph: Ali Wright

A dead man’s voice can travel a long way. In 1988, Samuel Beckett sued a Dutch theatre company for casting women in his existential drama Waiting for (...)

English actress Diana Rigg as Emma Peel: a cool all of her own. Photograph:   Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images

Dame Diana Rigg, who died on Tuesday aged 82, will have long known that all her obituarists would find space for Mrs Emma Peel in their opening p(...)

Harlots: Samantha Morton (front) as Margaret Wells. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/Monumental/BBC

After a while you can recognise the main male actors in Harlots (BBC Two, Wednesday) by arse. “Look at him pumping away there. Those are definitely th(...)

Hollywood stars: Olivia de Havilland, Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep

Anyone who gives a heck about Hollywood was moved by the death of Olivia de Havilland at the weekend. The last surviving star of Hollywood’s golden er(...)

Betty Gilpin as Crystal in The Hunt, directed by Craig Zobel

It’s here. The Blumhouse shocker that is (depending upon which nut you heed) either a right-wing screed or a liberal wet dream has finally made it int(...)

Elizabeth McGovern: ‘I did feel like a fish out of water for a long time. I don’t anymore.’ Photograph: Aaron Richter/New York Times

The British period drama Downton Abbey launched in a nice teatime telly slot on ITV in 2010, looking decidedly out of place on a medium then defined b(...)

Downton Abbey: disarming and charming

Allow me a moment of TV archaeology. Close to 50 years ago, Upstairs Downstairs, the unmistakable forerunner to Downton Abbey, almost shook apart over(...)

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