I’ve had tragedy in my life, but I think that gives me a depth that I can bring to my work. I’d like to see more older women on TV because they can bring that life experience and emotion to a performance.
I’m not bragging but I used to be rather beautiful, with lovely legs, and people would always ask me to dance. But suddenly people didn’t take any notice of me any more. I was at a party in my 50s and was forced to dance with a chair because nobody wanted to dance with me.
Old people are considered worthless fuddy-duddies and often overlooked, which makes them sink into loneliness. I noticed it as soon as I started to age.
The elderly in Britain aren’t really given enough respect.
I don’t believe anything is going to happen until it does, until you see your name on a paper or it actually happens and you have something in your hand.
I like silence.
I used to take the children to work with me.
I was quite a clever child, I don’t know what happened later on.
I find when I get on set that my energy comes.
When you’re acting you are in love with someone, it’s very hard not to think you are.
I’m a perfectionist – but as someone once said, ‘What else is there to be?’
I didn’t want my book to be soapy – maybe it’s my vanity but I think I can write better than that.
I was always in love, constantly.
I can talk through anything. I even talked while I was having my tonsils removed in Ardentinny when I was in the ATS.
Many gays have a good sense of humour and they like the wit I hopefully put into my performances.
All the women in ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Brookside,’ they are all so funny. A lot of women bore me, but I love the strong women in soaps.
I’m always doing that, going off at a tangent.
No, I wouldn’t vote Labour, dear, if you paid me. I vote Conservative.
Don’t like makeup. I don’t use it much unless I go out – I think it makes you look older.
You’ve always got to have something to say, haven’t you? For an interview. Something to talk about.
Sometimes I’ll feel down and realise it’s because of a depressing plot.
I didn’t know much about the East End and I didn’t go trudging round to research it – couldn’t be bothered with all that – but my grandmother was a cockney so I used her voice for Dot. I don’t think it sounded very real at the beginning.
A little girl once wrote to me saying she was coming to live with me – because Dot always stuck up for her son.
I say sorry for everything.