Who or what do you wake up to?
It used to be John Humphrys on Today but I’ve stopped tuning in over the past few years because all the news and debate feels a little overwhelming first thing. These days I like a bit of peace and quiet when I wake up, so I just tune in from Woman’s Hour onwards.
What programme do you never miss?
The Great British Bake Off is my favourite. It’s one of those comforting shows that’s very easy to watch. I love Mary Berry, too. She’s such a talent.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Gardeners’ World. I’ve got an allotment so I find it really useful. I’m a beginner but I seem to be pretty good at growing green beans. I’ve really started to get into gardening gadgets so I’m forever in those outdoor shops looking at the trowels and penknives.
What box set would you take to a desert island?
The Killing. I watched that recently and loved it. But I’m one of those people who has loads of box sets that I’ve never watched. I prefer watching things online. The BBC iPlayer is much more convenient than committing to a box set.
What programme would you resurrect?
Play for Today. Some of those were really good. Plus it was a great way of learning about new and different playwrights. And Tiswas! I loved its chaos and fun when I was growing up. It was the antithesis to Blue Peter, which I never enjoyed.
What was the last film that made you cry?
An Iranian drama, A Separation. That was very moving. I have a soft spot for Bette Davis, too. I used to watch her films at the Saturday afternoon matinee: she made me want to become an actress. I can remember watching them at a very young age and thinking, “Yes, that’s what I want to do with my life.”
Would you ever appear on a reality show?
I wouldn’t, because I don’t like appearing on TV unless I’m in character. I just don’t want to be well known. I still use the Tube and I’d hate to stop because I was constantly being recognised.
Who owns the remote control in your house?
My daughter. Unless Liverpool are playing, in which case my other half hogs it and forces me to watch.
Are you on Twitter or Facebook?
I am on Twitter under another name. I just like to follow random people but I don’t want them knowing it’s me. I also follow Channel 4 News and the Royal Court Theatre.
You were nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actress in Hotel Rwanda in 2005. Be honest, was it hard to not look gutted when they announced you hadn’t won?
It would have been difficult to fake if I’d been the favourite for it. But I never actually thought I was going to win [Cate Blanchett did), so it was OK. My mum was very disappointed, though.
Do you enjoy watching yourself on screen?
I hate it. I will avoid it unless it’s at a premiere or the director wants me to watch it. I just find it very uncomfortable and it makes me more self-conscious for the next time I’m filming.
Have you ever been starstruck?
Only by Sidney Poitier. He has such a presence about him that I was virtually speechless when I met him. He was so sweet-natured and gentlemanly. Even when I asked for my picture to be taken with him.
Sophie Okonedo stars in Mayday - Sunday to Thursday at 9:00pm on BBC1