Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 36

INTERVIEW Celia filming in India with Dame Judi Dench because she wanted to be a ballet dancer. Her other passion is classical Greek dancing, and Celia is thrilled to have been asked by the island’s Dance Festival to give a special cup for that category. However, after being told she wasn’t the right shape for ballet she decided to pursue a career of ‘anything to show off ’, even though to this day there is a certain lack of self-confidence about her incredible acting talents. “I had a wonderful childhood and was brought up by a nanny. In those days I thought it was too posh to say we had a nanny, but of course a lot of working mums do have one now,” she said. “My mother Diana didn’t work; she was too busy throwing parties. She was hardly ever there, but was a glorious person. She is in every part that I ever play. “I was in school plays, and perhaps that was when I realised I wanted to be centre stage. If you do something and people like it and are laughing, then it is the most intoxicating feeling. When you have a whole audience laughing it is thrilling. Any actor will tell you that laughter is much better than applause in the end. “Of course I like to be known for comedy roles, but I like to surprise people as well and not be pigeon-holed. I do have a lot to thank Victoria Wood for because people associate me with Miss Babs and I am very proud of that.” But as if to plant her feet firmly back on the ground, she says: “This business is so up and down, a constant roller being recognised everywhere she went, she smiled: “It depends whether I have lipstick on or not. That really is true.” And with that flirtatious smile she added: “I put some on especially for you.” She continued: “The truth is that part of me is thrilled when I am paid a compliment, but I can feel my toes curling in my boots, and if I didn’t have make-up on my face would go bright red. It is thrilling, but there is something that makes me want to hide from it, and I don’t know what it is.” Celia had already become an established actor when she was spotted by Victoria Wood while appearing on a New Year’s Eve TV programme in Scotland, where she played Lady Di. It was the year Charles and Diana were married and was called ‘81 –Take Two’. Victoria saw it, and the rest is history. Celia has been in so many fine productions it is difficult for her to pick out a favourite – but if really pushed she agrees that the film Nanny McPhee is high on the list because the children in it hardly dared speak to her 'If you do something and people like it and are laughing, then it is the most intoxicating feeling' 36 coaster. So you must never think ‘this is the moment’ because as soon as you do it’s gone. If someone tells me they look on me as an accomplished actress, I think they are talking about someone else. I find it hard to accept; anyway it is dangerous to sit still. It is always on to the next thing. Most actors are constantly unsure, and rightly so. It would be hopeless if we were sure.” When I asked Celia if it was difficult