Zawe Ashton: I can't sleep at night if I feel I'm hindering women

To many, Zawe Ashton will always be known as Vod, the zany English student in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. In real life she relates to Vod’s general “rage against the machine” attitude, but definitely doesn’t share her character’s poor work ethic. It seems as if Zawe (pronounced Zaw-ee) never stops. Since her break-out role in Fresh Meat, she has edited an edition of Woman’s Hour, starred in Channel 4 comedy, NSFW, directed an art documentary for the Tate, appeared in the West End, and written, prod

Nadiya Hussain: I suffer with panic, some days I can't get out of bed

Nadiya Hussain is still smiling – for good reason. Two years on from winning The Great British Bake Off, the 32-year-old has released three cookbooks and a novel, presented two of her own TV series, and baked the Queen a birthday cake, all while earning herself one-name celebrity status. It’s quite a transformation for “Nadiya”, whose self-esteem was once so low she avoided going out in public for fear of being judged. When she told the camera in tears after winning Bake Off, “I’m never going t

Julie Walters: I'd be letting myself down if I had a facelift

Julie Walters talks candidly to Daisy Wyatt about the iniquities of plastic surgery,  the impact of Brexit on her family’s farm and the spectre of sexual harassment In her four-decade career, Julie Walters has sung from the Greek rafters in Mamma Mia!, taught Billy Elliot how to dance, posed nude in Calendar Girls, dabbled in Harry Potter’s dark arts and shaved her head to play Mo Mowlam. Yet of the 100 characters she has portrayed, it is Victoria Wood’s tea-pouring Mrs Overall who still holds

James Norton has this to say about being objectified

James Norton has barely been off the television this year. After starring as Prince Andrei in War and Peace, he is currently playing psychopath Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley and will return as crime-solving Rev Sidney Chambers in ITV drama Grantchester. Unsurprisingly, the actor has also been touted as one of the contenders to take over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. Despite helping War and Peace earn the nickname “Phwoar and Peace”, Norton is modest about his fan following. He s

The Voice winner Jermain Jackman on his friend, Ed Miliband

Jermain Jackman was never meant to win The Voice. The 19-year-old from Hackney had a place at Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, but no scholarship. He applied for the BBC talent show hoping he would get through to the live heats and persuade Berklee to give him full financial backing of £134,070 for the degree. His plan worked, and when he made it through to the finals the university agreed to give him a scholarship. And then he won. On the S

David Oyelowo's solution to stop talented black actors leaving the UK

David Oyelowo has called for greater diversity among the decision makers at TV channels and film production companies to prevent black and minority actors leaving the UK. The Oxford-born actor, who moved to the US to further his career due to the lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK, said the only way to stop the “talent drain” in Britain was to improve the representation of bosses who commission TV shows and films. “I think that the way to stop the talent drain is to really examin

Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything

Felicity Jones, who plays Stephen Hawking’s first wife in the forthcoming biopic about the scientist, said she did not want to portray her as a “saint”. The actress appears as Jane Wilde who married Hawking after they met at Cambridge University despite being told by doctors he only had two years to live. Wilde stayed by Hawking’s side as his Motor Neurone Disease deteriorated, transforming him from an able-bodied doctoral student to a quadraplegic unable to speak. Their love story is told in

Zach Braff in talks to make new comedy TV series with Scrubs creator

Zach Braff has revealed he has plans to return to TV with a new comedy series and has not ruled out the possibility of a Netflix show. The actor and director, who first appeared as JD in Scrubs over ten years ago, said he was in talks with the comedy’s creator Bill Lawrence about creating a new show together. The 39-year-old said he would like to act and direct in the comedy series, which is still in development, adding that it was an “exciting time” for TV at the moment. He said: “I’ve been

Noah star Logan Lerman: Percy Jackson 3 could still happen

Logan Lerman has said Percy Jackson 3 could still go ahead, dismissing reports that the film has been scrapped. The actor said he had signed a contract to star in three films, and would appear again if a third instalment of the franchise was given the green light. “If we want to make a third one I have to do it, I’m contractually obligated to three movies. I love those movies, they’r e a lot of fun to make,” he said. Rubbishing claims reported last week that he said the film "wasn't happening

Eddie Izzard: 'If I'm made Mayor of London I won't give up comedy'

Eddie Izzard has assured fans his comedy career will not end if he is elected Mayor of London in 2020. The comedian said his stand-up career would go into “deep hibernation” for the period of time he was in office, but he would return to the comedy circuit. Speaking to The Independent, he said: “My comedic career will end for that period. It will go into hibernation, deep hibernation”. Izzard told the Labour Party Conference in September that he wanted to stand as a candidate in the London Ma