Musician Nitin Sawhney said he changed his mind about accepting an honour because he wanted to pay tribute to his parents’ “immigrant experience”.
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Woman’s Coalition veteran Monica McWilliams has recalled the day she brought a gun to school.
Louis Theroux says he is still “confused” about how he maintained a friendship with Jimmy Savile.
Martin Freeman has said it “wasn’t that much fun” to film Sherlock with his former partner Amanda Abbington while they were in the process of splitting up.
Desert Island Discs has been named the greatest radio programme of all time in a new poll.
Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller says his practical skills are of a “Laurel and Hardy standard” and he once burnt a print by David Hockney.
Gary Barlow says he wants to be open about the death of his daughter because “men don’t talk about these things”.
Gary Barlow says he takes “full responsibility” after he was caught up in a tax avoidance scandal – but admitted he does not know a thing about accounts.
Best-selling novelist Kate Atkinson has revealed one of the secrets of her success – a tidy chest of drawers.
Tracey Thorn has said it would be a “strange life decision” to reform hit musical duo Everything But The Girl with husband Ben Watt.
Composer Thea Musgrave says she still writes every day at the age of 90.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has described how he held his father’s hand when he died, and said his death left him without his “biggest cheerleader”.
Internationally renowned opera singer Danielle de Niese said she lost her voice while pregnant weeks before a major audition.
Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young will be stepping away from the Radio 4 show for a “number of months” as she is suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.
Poet and comedian Pam Ayres has revealed she has mixed feelings about her big break on Opportunity Knocks, as she feels the way she was presented on the TV talent show contributed to her being “pigeon-holed” during her career.
Hat-maker for the royals Philip Treacy has said he thought he would end up with his “head on a spike” for his design worn by Princess Beatrice at the royal wedding in 2011.
Martina Cole has told how she almost destroyed the manuscript which launched her career as a best-selling crime writer.
David Baddiel has said that there are no examples of him ever being misogynistic despite being one of the “poster boys” for the lad generation in the 1990s.
Screenwriter Abi Morgan has said that Harvey Weinstein was a deceptive man to work with because he showed great interest in “female feminist work” during a meeting with her.
Anne-Marie Duff has said she had “experiences” that “would curl your toes” in the early days of her acting career.
Director Christopher Nolan has shot down rumours that he will direct the next James Bond film.
Comedian Jack Whitehall has said he regrets making a lewd joke about the Queen several years ago, mostly because of the impact it had on his family.
Kirsty Young has to take a relaxing walk after recording Desert Island Discs as the interviews can often be “intense”, she said.
Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett has dismissed the notion that Britain has become a “foodie nation” – saying that people do not even know how to shop.
Charlie Brooker has said that he thought marriage and having children was “something other people did” before he fell in love with wife Konnie Huq.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli broke down in tears as he remembered losing a string of close friends and relatives, including his mother, earlier in his career.
Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie says she will never know what impact excessive drug taking had on the band’s music.
Kelsey Grammer has said that being a Republican Party supporter in Hollywood is like having a “target on your back”.
Comedian Micky Flanagan has spoken about visiting his father in prison as a 10-year-old and being told to keep his parent’s crimes a secret.
Novelist Jane Gardam has described penning her memoirs as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done”.