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Letter To My Younger Self

Glenda Jackson: ‘What made me give up acting and go into politics was Margaret Thatcher’
Letter to my younger self

Glenda Jackson: ‘What made me give up acting and go into politics was Margaret Thatcher’

She went from hiding in a cupboard to winning Oscars, then blazed a trail for women in Parliament

Dame Margaret Beckett: ‘I hope I’ve helped the women who have come after me’
Letter to my Younger Self

Dame Margaret Beckett: ‘I hope I’ve helped the women who have come after me’

She’s not very good at putting up shelves, but when it came to showing her colleagues what female politicians could achieve, Margaret Beckett did it all herself

Steve Lamacq: ‘I’m still doing what I was doing when I was 16’
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Steve Lamacq: ‘I’m still doing what I was doing when I was 16’

He’s made a career out of telling people what they should be listening to, and still enjoys being argumentative about it

Alison Hammond: ‘I knew very little about my own Black history in Britain’
Letter To My Younger Self

Alison Hammond: ‘I knew very little about my own Black history in Britain’

Bruce Hornsby: ‘Having a laugh or 20 is an enjoyable and healthy way to live’
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Bruce Hornsby: ‘Having a laugh or 20 is an enjoyable and healthy way to live’

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Joe Wicks: ‘My own childhood made me think about the kind of parent I wanted to be’
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Joe Wicks: ‘My own childhood made me think about the kind of parent I wanted to be’

‘Mistakes are not a failure, they are part of the gig,’ says TV presenter Angela Scanlon
Letter to my younger self

‘Mistakes are not a failure, they are part of the gig,’ says TV presenter Angela Scanlon

Screenwriter Abi Morgan on the dramas in her own life that rival anything she’s written
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Screenwriter Abi Morgan on the dramas in her own life that rival anything she’s written

Parminder Nagra on Bend It Like Beckham’s legacy and celebrating birthdays with George Clooney
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Parminder Nagra on Bend It Like Beckham’s legacy and celebrating birthdays with George Clooney

Ben Okri: ‘War taught me as a kid that there is no certainty in this world’
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Ben Okri: ‘War taught me as a kid that there is no certainty in this world’

Jimmy Webb: ‘I came pretty close to the edge of the abyss on a number of occasions’
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Jimmy Webb: ‘I came pretty close to the edge of the abyss on a number of occasions’

JJ Chalmers: ‘In some ways, it’s like I was born again after Afghanistan’
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JJ Chalmers: ‘In some ways, it’s like I was born again after Afghanistan’

Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like my life is a series of beautiful interventions’
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Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like my life is a series of beautiful interventions’

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Will Young: ‘I worked out that nothing really matters, then found simplistic joy in everything’
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Will Young: ‘I worked out that nothing really matters, then found simplistic joy in everything’

Alex Winter: ‘Keanu and I never thought Bill & Ted was going to be a big movie’
Letter To My Younger Self

Alex Winter: ‘Keanu and I never thought Bill & Ted was going to be a big movie’

Lloyd Cole: ‘My younger self would probably be appalled I’m still performing with grey hair’
Letter To My Younger Self

Lloyd Cole: ‘My younger self would probably be appalled I’m still performing with grey hair’

Clive Myrie: ‘You see the very best and very worst of human nature in a conflict situation’
Letter To My Younger Self

Clive Myrie: ‘You see the very best and very worst of human nature in a conflict situation’

Dr Hilary Jones: ‘I always try to be kind and compassionate, and grateful for what I have’
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Dr Hilary Jones: ‘I always try to be kind and compassionate, and grateful for what I have’

Louis Theroux on childhood worries: ‘I wondered if I would ever get any proper tackle’
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Louis Theroux on childhood worries: ‘I wondered if I would ever get any proper tackle’

Clive Myrie: ‘I’ve been in some dangerous situations, but I don’t think I ever thought about the danger’
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Clive Myrie: ‘I’ve been in some dangerous situations, but I don’t think I ever thought about the danger’

Louis Theroux: ‘If I could see Jimmy Savile again I’d take one of his victims to confront him’
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Louis Theroux: ‘If I could see Jimmy Savile again I’d take one of his victims to confront him’

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Monica Ali: ‘You have to have a core of self-belief to be a writer’
Letter To My Younger Self

Monica Ali: ‘You have to have a core of self-belief to be a writer’

Russell Watson: ‘I never had any ambition to be a singer at all’
Letter To My Younger Self

Russell Watson: ‘I never had any ambition to be a singer at all’

Barry Cryer: A life ‘dogged by good luck’
Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer: A life ‘dogged by good luck’

Sally Dynevor: ‘It’s about time people got to know who I am’
Letter To My Younger Self

Sally Dynevor: ‘It’s about time people got to know who I am’

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’
Letter To My Younger Self

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’
Letter To My Younger Self

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’

The best of The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self from 2021
Letter To My Younger Self

The best of The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self from 2021

Michael Sheen: ‘I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor’
Letter To My Younger Self

Michael Sheen: ‘I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor’

Simon Le Bon: ‘I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole’
Letter To My Younger Self

Simon Le Bon: ‘I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole’

Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘I’ve lost fortunes, my dear. Fortunes’
Letter To My Younger Self

Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘I’ve lost fortunes, my dear. Fortunes’

Frankie Dettori: ‘I was a disaster. Trust me.’
Letter To My Younger Self

Frankie Dettori: ‘I was a disaster. Trust me.’

Naga Munchetty: ‘Immigrant families have to be that bit better’
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Naga Munchetty: ‘Immigrant families have to be that bit better’

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