Do you shed roles quickly or do they linger? And what has stayed with you from Room at the Top?
MP: As I have got older - I don’t know if it is age - but they do linger a little bit. I remember Alice hung around for a bit… it is quite difficult to switch off and go back to normal. It was a pretty tragic lot for Alice. It stayed with me a bit.
Do you prefer being an outsider?
MP: Yeah, I think so… It took me a long time to get here, and I could make it easier for myself, but I never think I’m working unless it is a challenge… If I read a script and think, ‘I couldn’t play that’, I usually do it. It’s not bad now, but initially you get offered a job a lot like the last job. I have felt oddly flattered by the kind of roles that come my way. Sometimes I do laugh. Slightly complicated character, a bit odd, send it to Peake, you know what I mean!