Your favourite TV double act?
Vic and Bob were my heroes when I was a teenager and they remain so. They have known each other so long that if one is setting up a joke, the other is ready to bat it back. They also seem to find each other very funny. You believe it goes to the heart.
Do you have a fellow actor you’ve clicked with?
I wouldn’t like to single anyone out but I love working with actors who surprise me. In Southcliffe I was by myself in most of my scenes, driving or walking around, which I struggled with. I far prefer the collective experience – the job is responding to what’s happening around you and if that’s unexpected and truthful it makes it a rich experience. You don’t often surprise yourself.
Do you enjoy being alone?
With a two-month-old daughter I do like escaping for a bit of peace! I like walking around London by myself. I find it the best way to learn lines or get to grips with a part. I particularly enjoy the walk from my house to the National Theatre. It’s 25 minutes each way – just the right amount of time before you start losing your mind.
Who should win RT’s Audience Award?
I haven’t watched any of them, not one. My friend wrote the music for The Great British Bake Off, so I'll go for that.
British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 18 May at 8:00pm on BBC1.