I’ve always been a big fan of vintage,” says actress Keeley Hawes. “I think it started when I was about 12, growing up in [London’s] Marylebone. There used to be a Saturday bric-a-brac market on Bell Street and one day I got talking to an old chap called John who ran a stall there. He said, ‘Why don’t you come and help me on Saturdays?’ So I did and loved it! John became part of my life until he passed away – he was like a grandad figure, so I feel very at home in that kind of environment.
“I love to come to antique markets on my day off and explore. It’s completely random and exciting, as you just never know what you’re going to find. My eye tends to go to the smaller shiny objects or the annuals I might have had when I was growing up, like The Beano or Mandy. It takes you back to your childhood and makes you reminisce about things you had long forgotten.
“My style at home is slightly vintage-y – it’s a bit of everything. But I do have to live with my long-suffering husband [actor Matthew Macfadyen] so I try not to push things too far in my direction. And the kids are growing up so it has to be something that everyone likes. I’m 38 and a mum of three, so when it comes to my clothes too, I try not to embarrass my children. I tend to go for a classic look – I’m quite strait-laced really.
“A day off in my household will often involve Matthew cooking something like a roast and everyone will keep saying, ‘We’ll get ready in a minute’ – but then we’ll end up eating it in our pyjamas. We all have such busy lives, it’s nice just being together.
“I’ve just finished filming the new series of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi and, I must say, having seen him at work, he is absolutely terrific as the new Doctor. I can’t say very much about it because it is shrouded in secrecy – and quite right too – but I play Miss Delphox, an intergalactic banker who runs the most secure bank in the universe.
“I’ve also played a few police officers. With Line of Duty [the BBC2 police drama] we were all aware that the writing was great; there were lots of aspects we knew would work, but you never know how much something will fire people’s imaginations. I loved playing Alex Drake [in the BBC1 series Ashes to Ashes] too, though that felt more like a sci-fi show. [Alex] was a police officer in a coma travelling back in time – it was a riot in the costume department!
“I got into acting at the very young age of nine when the Sylvia Young Theatre School moved opposite the flats where I grew up. It all looked very exciting, so I auditioned and, one way or another, we [as a family] made it work. I think my very first paid job on set was cycling around [EastEnders’] Albert Square and I remember the cheque arriving for £19 and thinking, ‘Big time’.”
1. CHILDREN “The kids are at a great age where they can start being introduced to films that I loved growing up. We’ve watched Dirty Rotten Scoundrels eight times now!”
2. MR DARCY “My husband is a brilliant actor. I thought he was excellent in Pride and Prejudice [opposite Keira Knightley] – it’s great being married to a real-life Mr Darcy!”
3. HOME “Ever since I moved away from my parents, my home has always had an aspect of flea market to it. It doesn’t always go to plan, but it’s endlessly interesting.”
4. COMIC BOOKS “I grew up reading Mandy and got the annual for Christmas from my grandmother. It’s things like that that make you reminisce.”
5. BRIC-A-BRAC “I have this big silver lamp from a sanatorium that has always fitted in wherever we go. I’m not quite sure what it used to be, but we love it.”
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