With the free play initiative, it encourages as well as advises how to let children just have a hour a day to themselves to play and learn the skills they need for their lives, it does them the world of good.
You have just finished filming your latest TV role for Boy Meets Girl; what is that about?
It sounds odd but watch it anyway! A girl and a guy get electrocuted and swap bodies, its got Martin Freeman and Rachael Stirling in it as well as myself and Marshall Lancaster. Martin Freemans character goes missing and we set out to find him. Its a comedy drama which is fun as well as being fantastic! The director also directed Spooks, so its very clever and something well worth watching out for.
Do you ever miss being part of a long-running series or soap such as Holby City or Corrie?
I suppose I do but it seems that every part I play goes on for years! Boy Meets Girl is probably one of the shortest ones. Cutting it went on for five series and Im also going back to Waterloo Road, you feel like you become part of the company and stay with them for quite a while.
What else do you have planned for the future?
Im going back to Waterloo Road in August and Im also doing a play at the Grand Theatre in Leeds for a week which is a play of monologues with Prunella Scales and I am absolutely terrified, but thats essentially why I wanted to do it because its so rare to get a job now which makes you really nervous!
We ask everyone we interview to come up with a question for the next person we interview....and Finley Quay wants to know who your favourite painter is?
My favourite painter would be my daughter Tallulah.
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