Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Digital Arts Editor for The Independent. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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There will be a Downton Abbey Christmas special for series six

Downton Abbey to end after six series: Julian Fellowes' hails 'unique experience'

This year's Christmas special will be the last time we see the Grantham

The most successful children's author in the world has written a book about failure

JK Rowling's new book Very Good Lives describes her 'failure'

The most successful children's author in the world has written about failure - read an extract, details below

Rowling: The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass

Extract from JK Rowling's new book Very Good Lives

Rowling's 2008 Harvard commencement speech has been turned into a book

Jeremy Clarkson says it 'isn't hard' to create another Top Gear

Tongue-in-cheek remarks by the former BBC presenter were made in Top Gear magazine

Top Gear: Alan Yentob refuses to rule out Jeremy Clarkson return to BBC

Yentob said Clarkson would continue to be employed by the BBC until his contract expires at the end of the month

Jeremy Clarkson sacked: Channel 4 and other major broadcasters rule out hiring him

He will have to look for work further afield than the main terrestrial channels

Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, played by Richard Harris

JK Rowling defends Dumbledore on Twitter: Seven things you might not know about the Hogwarts headmaster

A look beyond the half-moon glasses at the Harry Potter franchise's most enigmatic character

Clark Gable, 1932-33, Tirage argentique

Airbrushed Clark Gable image among early hand re-touched photographs going on show

Before the dawn of Photoshop it wasn't as easy to keep Hollywood looking perfect

Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart is trending

Solar eclipse: Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' is back in our lives as Spotify streams more than triple

Dancing ninjas, weirdly oversexed schoolboys and feathered hair to make Farrah Fawcett jealous - what's not to love about this unusual video?

Rob Brydon and Sheridan Smith will star in The Huntsman as dwarves

Sheridan Smith and Rob Brydon to play dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman prequel

Brydon, who also appears in the live action Cinderella, joked he was "too tall" for the role

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...