You can't converse with Alzheimer's sufferers in the way you do with others; the dialogue tends to go round in circles.
Dementia is often regarded as an embarrassing condition that should be hushed up and not spoken about. But I feel passionately that more needs to be done to raise awareness, which is why I became an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.
My mum Mary was always a bright, confident and fiercely independent lady.
The more telly you do, the more it feels like a factory.
I never have liked detective dramas. I try to watch all of them to see what's going on, but I don't like them.
Put me on telly, and I think I have a relaxation on camera that makes an audience relax, too. It's not a conscious thing. Cameras don't bother me, whereas other people try to perform to them.
With all the lines I have to learn for TV scripts, I don't think I have any problems with forgetfulness - that's brain exercise enough for me.
With something like cancer, there is a feeling that you can fight it in some way or control your response to it, but with dementia there is the fear of losing control of your mind and your life.
I wanted to be a stage actor but I got stuck on television. It took a couple of years to get used to.
Walking is my main method of relaxation. I don't go over my lines or try to solve the world's problems, I just enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.
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