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Credo: Actor and horror-film director Eli Roth on phobias, nightmares - and romcom tears

I love to terrify people As things get worse in this world, and people feel a loss of control over things, they need an outlet, a place they are allowed to be really scared. Where better than horror movies?

Simon Russell Beale: 'My character has to chuck a glass of whisky in somebody’s face, and then do it again! I thought that was fantastic, and so exciting.'

Simon Russell Beale: King Luvvy pauses... for Pinter

Our greatest living stage actor is a Shakespeare specialist, but he's made an exception just so he can throw whisky in someone's face, twice. Nick Duerden meets Simon Russell Beale

Could former porn star Sasha Grey be the next EL James?

The 25-year-old former porn superstar has reinvented herself as a novelist, and her first book, The Juliette Society, revolves around a woman's introduction to a highly secretive sex club.

Dog days: Goldie at home in Hemel Hempstead. ‘The Nineties were brilliant,’ he remembers. ‘But I’m still scratching my head at the Noughties.’

Goldie: Mellow yes, but he's still in a rush

As a new career 'best-of' provokes retrospection, the newly chilled musician-artist-actor-whatever insists he still has his best work ahead of him. Nick Duerden meets Goldie

Actress Anna Friel

Anna Friel in The Look of Love: 'Am I dramatic? You could say that'

She scandalised the nation as a teenager. Now, as she stars in a racy Soho biopic, Anna Friel is focused on her craft – and preparing for middle age. Nick Duerden meets her

Back in black: Brett Anderson on Britpop blow-ups, going solo and the triumphant return of Suede

Brett Anderson released four solo albums between 2007 and 2011. The Suede singer once cut a daring swathe through a staid music scene with records that were pop landmarks and some seminal live performances: he was one of the few British rock stars who could look threatening in a big girl's blouse.

Confessions of a sex-farce writer: Timothy Lea's sexual misadventures to be published as e-books

The sexual misadventures of Timothy Lea are to be published for the first time since the 1970s. But is there an audience for low-rent smut in the wake of the Savile scandal? Yes, says their author. And put the books on the GCSE syllabus too...

Jonas Jonasson's Centurion becomes a Swede sensation

Arguably the biggest word-of-mouth literary sensation of the decade is neither Nordic crime fiction nor vampire romance, but rather a fable about an old man stumbling through momentous events of the last century after escaping from an old people's home. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, five million copies sold and currently number six on Amazon's chart, has become everybody's commute-read with neither hype or a media campaign.

Jessica Brown Findlay: 'My poor mum was in bits when she watched me die on screen'

Jessica Brown Findlay, 23, is an actress. 'Labyrinth' will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday on Channel 4, and will be released on DVD on 1 April
Billy Bragg's new album features sad and bruised love songs

Billy Bragg: He's back... and this time it's personal

Never mind the politics, our leading troubadour insists it was always the love songs that meant the most. In his new album they're sad and bruised – and he's thrilled about it. Nick Duerden meets Billy Bragg

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