Shakespeare's Globe

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This bulletin was composed with questions sent in by schools who adopted Juliet.

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This bulletin was composed with questions sent in by schools who adopted Juliet.

How did you become involved in acting; who or what inspired you?

Apparently when I was little somebody asked me ‘What do you want to be when you’re older?’ I’d been saying that I wanted to be a nurse or a lawyer but this time I said ‘I have decided I’m going to be an actress!’ I don’t know where that came from; I think I’d done ‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’ at nursery school! I continued being interested in acting through school. Then I met my stepfather, Mark; I think he inspired me more than anything or anyone else. I did my training at RADA.

Who do you admire most in the public eye and why?

My parents. The way my mother [Claire Van Kampen] works on five shows at the same time and writes the music that she does is incredible! Another person I really admire is Vanessa Redgrave; she is a wonderful actress and does so much work campaigning for humanitarian rights. She uses her talent for good causes.

What hobbies and interests do you have apart from acting?

I love painting – I went to art school for three weeks before I decided that I had to go to drama school. I still paint a lot. I also like skiing and swimming and reading and dancing.

Would you like to be in a ‘blockbuster’ film?

The simple answer is yes, I would! I’d like to be in a film version of Shakespeare, perhaps As You Like It. Or in a scary film, a lawyer chasing a serial killer would be good!

What are your goals and ambitions for the next five years?

I would love to come back to the Globe and play more Shakespearian characters before I get into the age bracket where that becomes difficult. I would like to do more film. I’ve done some producing and would like to do more of that too – short films, maybe some plays. I’d like to work on Iphigenia, a play by a fourteen year old girl called Jane Lumley, who translated it during the 1500s. It's amazingly well written.

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