Mark Strong has said his father being absent when he was a boy made him an “incredibly independent” person.
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Sophia Loren has said cameramen early in her career did not know how to shoot her and complained her nose and mouth were too big.
MasterChef: The Professionals star Monica Galetti says she was unprepared for the limelight when she joined the BBC show – and it gave her panic attacks.
TV historian David Olusoga has recalled the horrific racist abuse he and his family were subjected to in his childhood, and thanked former England footballer Paul Gascoigne for stepping in to help.
Illustrator Helen Oxenbury has said Michael Rosen was “very surprised” when he first saw her images for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
Baroness Floella Benjamin said she was warned “shut up or you’ll never work again” when she first called for greater diversity in TV.
Actress Samantha Morton said she is “incredibly sorry” as she opened up on being charged with attempted murder as a teenager.
Yusuf/Cat Stevens has said he was “cleverly framed” to look like he supported the fatwa against author Sir Salman Rushdie.
Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has spoken of a 10-year period in which she lived as a lesbian.
Steve Backshall has recalled the terrifying experience of almost drowning during a kayaking accident and said the near-miss gave him a greater appreciation of being a father.
Sharon Horgan has said she “lost her mind completely” and developed anxiety while filming her TV comedy Divorce.
DJ Annie Nightingale has revealed she knew about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship before it was made public but did not report the story for fear of breaking her bond of trust with the Beatles.
Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding has finally set the record straight – Mark Darcy is not based on Sir Keir Starmer.
Award-winning actress Helen McCrory has told other female stars to stop making roles heavily reliant on sexuality, in order to redress the imbalance of prestige parts between older men and women.
Simon Armitage says he felt a duty to write about coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown.
Desert Island Discs is asking listeners to send in their stories about a piece of music they have turned to during the lockdown.
Actor Brian Cox has said he went into “survival mode” following the death of his father from pancreatic cancer.
Daniel Radcliffe has opened up on life after Harry Potter and his decision to give up alcohol in his early twenties.
Children have an “innate grasp” of how to draw, according to author and cartoonist Chris Riddell.
Channel 4 head of news Dorothy Byrne has said the public are in danger of losing their “trust and faith in democracy”.
Melanie Chisholm has said her daughter gave her the strength to leave her ex-partner.
Zoe Ball has said that her former struggles with alcohol addiction were connected to the fact that she is “quite shy”.
Irish novelist Anne Enright has said that her Booker Prize victory made some of the men who missed out on the award “unhappy”.
Rupert Everett has admitted that living with his Brexiteer mother has created “a certain amount of friction” at home.
Director Asif Kapadia has told how his schizophrenic mother was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for electric shock treatment while he was a teenager.
Wendell Pierce has said he warned his former Suits co-star the Duchess of Sussex that her world would be “forever changed” during their last face-to-face meeting.
Radiohead star Thom Yorke has spoken of the “hard time” his family went through following the death of his ex-partner.
Lauren Laverne has thanked fans for their support after she was criticised for her performance as host of Desert Island Discs.
John Cooper Clarke has said he did not want to quit heroin.
Kirsty Young has stepped down permanently as host of Desert Island Discs, saying her break from the radio show has inspired her to “pursue new challenges”.