Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Thom Yorke's reported £13 million BitTorrent success is 'totally and utterly false'

Call for the karma police - Tomorrows Modern Boxes may have been downloaded 4m times, but Yorke hasn't found a solution to the music business' woes

Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) in Happy Valley ((C) Red Productions/Ben Blackall)

Happy Valley voted best TV programme of 2014

Poll shows our love of quality crime and detective drama is alive and well

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver offered role in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by Peter Jackson

Would the TV chef have made a 'pukka' hobbit?

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson wrests number 1 spot back off X Factor rival

Ed Sheeran, meanwhile, is back on top of the albums charts with X

Adele confirms she and Simon Konecki are 'still very much together'

The singer has contradicted reports they are leading separate lives

Legendary jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco dies on Christmas Eve aged 91

He pioneered the bebop style for the notoriously difficult instrument

David Ryall in Harry Potter

David Ryall dead: Harry Potter, The Village and Outnumbered actor dies at 79

The actor played Elphias Doge, a contemporary of Dumbledore’s, in 2010 film The Deathly Hallows Part 1

Hackers revealed Oscar-winning actress Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars in American Hustle

Jennifer Lawrence number one Forbes’ top-grossing actors list

This is despite the actor having reportedly earned less than her male counterparts on American Hustle

British actor Idris Elba is in line to play Bond

Idris Elba responds to James Bond rumours on Twitter

'007 is supposed to be handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot!'

Sir Winston Churchill flashes the V-sign, June 19, 1963

Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals

He might have been a staunch protector of the British Empire, but the British Prime Minister had a love of the Orient and Islam

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee