Cultural Life: Kara Tointon, actress
Friday 27 January 2012
Theatre: I try to go to the theatre as much as possible. I saw 'The Ladykillers' at London's Gielgud Theatre, which was hilarious. The run has been extended because it has been so popular. It was some of the best stage acting I have seen, with a very clever set.
Film: 'Drive' was brilliant and such a stylish film. I loved Ryan Gosling's performance. 'My Week with Marilyn' is another beautifully directed and produced film. I am fascinated by Marilyn's life and Michelle Williams is exquisite as her – definitely worthy of an Oscar. I was bought 'Bridesmaids' (below) for Christmas on Blu-ray. I saw it in the cinema last summer and found it hilarious. It's a real chick flick that you can watch over and over again.
Music: I recently completed the film 'The Sweeney' with Ben Drew (Plan B), who plays George Carter in it. I am such a fan of his. He is undoubtedly one of the finest new talents of the last couple of years. He constantly reinvents himself, combining urban music with other influences like soul and Motown; he's one of the most talented people I've met. I also love Adele, as I think everyone does! I saw her last year at the Hammersmith Apollo and it blew me away. I think she is a genius – her voice is so beautiful and her lyrics are so heartfelt that I think everyone can relate to them in some way.
Books: I've just finished 'A Gentleman of Fortune: Or, the Suspicions of Miss Dido Kent', a 3-part series by Anna Dean. It's a murder mystery about a spinster who is visiting her cousin when a neighbour dies. The wealthy woman left all her money to her nephew. He becomes a suspect. It's 'Pride and Prejudice' meets 'Midsomer Murders'.
'Absent Friends' is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1 (absentfriendstheplay.com) to 14 April
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Boston Marathon runner's search for mystery man she kissed ends with letter from his wife
- 3 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 4 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
- 5 Chinese theme park sets up 'death simulator' where volunteers can experience being cremated
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils