Your favourite TV double act?
Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are fantastic together in The Trip. They’re a similar age to me and talk about s*** that bothers me as well. They ate at lovely restaurants, drove through beautiful countryside…
Who would you take a road trip with?
I’ve had a lot of fun in the past with John Simm and Michael Fassbender, and Helena [Bonham Carter, his Burton and Taylor co-star], actually. I’d definitely have a good time with her! But I do love being on my own and I need to be on my own quite regularly, maybe because I grew up in a very large family and now have five kids.
Where do you escape to?
I like mountains – somewhere very isolated. I’ve just been filming in Bradford and I got the train and escaped to the Yorkshire Dales. I had a great time going up Ingleborough. It’s a really good way to recharge and refocus.
Do you enjoy working alongside others?
I’ve always been more comfortable in an ensemble rather than trying to be a star but it would be great to develop a one-man show. I’m a big fan of William Morris, the arts and crafts socialist leader, and always thought I could do one on him – it’s just a question of finding the time.
Who should win RT’s Audience Award?
The only one I’ve seen is Educating Yorkshire. I went to a posh school down south, so it wasn’t very similar to my own school experience but I thought it was amazing so I’d love that to win.
British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 18 May at 8:00pm on BBC1.