Cultural Life: Ruth Bradley, actress


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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.