ON ACTING ‘I’ve just finished filming Cormoran Strike, an HBO and BBC series based on the books JK Rowling wrote under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. I’ve spent the last two to three months filming on location in London with Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke. Before that, I was doing was a film with Natalie Dormer [Game of Thrones] called In Darkness. It’s nice to play someone intelligent; a character with a brain. So far, I’ve always played characters with a warmth about them. I’d like to play someone really bad – it would be fun to play a sociopath.’
ON STYLE ‘I think choosing roles is a little like style; it depends on your mood. In my teens and early twenties I was much more girlie and experimental – lots of prints. At the moment, I’m a real tomboy. I still love prints, but on tailored trousers rather than a crazy dress. I’m wondering what to do with my collection of dresses that I don’t wear anymore. My life goal at the moment is to get a place with a walk-in wardrobe. And I’d love to steal Charlotte Olympia’s wardrobe – it’s amazing.
‘I have a Victorian diamond ring that I bought myself when I turned 22. It was the first big thing I bought with my own money. I’m a fan of antique jewellery. I feel like I’ve grown up a lot in the last year; that means I want everything to be a bit more refined, a bit simpler, a bit more practical. I wear flats, always – even for my own birthday party, I’d wear flats. Although, I am a magpie, and have developed an addiction to sparkly dresses…’
ON DOWNTIME ‘I live in Notting Hill with my cats, Sooty and Jasper. I like being on my own. My work is people-centric so when I go home, I really value my space. I do a lot of reading: fiction, psychology books, plays. And I exercise with boxing and yoga. I started violin lessons again for In Darkness, and I was really happily surprised – everything was still there in my head. Music has always been important to me. I still play the piano every day. And I sing – but that’s more shower stuff... ’