Cultural Life: Ruth Bradley, actress
Friday 20 April 2012
Television: I really enjoy 'Mad Men', but I'm hugely into 'Homeland'. The characters are very well drawn and complex. All too often, female characters in particular aren't multi-layered enough. Claire Danes is brilliant playing Carrie Mathison, the chemically imbalanced CIA agent. Sergeant Brody, played by Damian Lewis, is brilliant too. You're always waiting for the next thing to happen or trying to anticipate the plot twists. It's flawless.
Ballet: When I was filming in Budapest for ITV's 'Titanic', I realised I'd never been to the ballet before so decided to see a production of 'Giselle'. I went on my own. As it was my first ballet it was a very bizarre and interesting experience, but very enjoyable.
Films: Most recently I saw 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', though that was an in-flight film on a plane. It's an independent film with Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, who is one of my favourite actors. I saw 'The Help' on DVD. I was blown away by Viola Davis: she really straddled that fine line in the plot between what was tragic and what was heart-warming. 'The Ides of March' is very good, too.
Music: At the moment, I'm really into the band Metronomy. I can't get enough of them. I've had a fix on my iPod for them since Christmas. I've just discovered that great music for running to is chill-out and techno. I like all kinds of music: jazz, dance, chill-out, electronica, though I wouldn't be able to tell you what's in the charts at the moment.
Theatre: I don't go to the theatre very much, but one of the best things I saw recently was 'London Road' at the National Theatre. It's a series of testimonials from the Steven Wright murders of five women in Ipswich in 2006, taken verbatim and put into song. It's a stunning musical performance and one of the most exciting things I've seen.
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Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 4 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 5 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
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Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine