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The trouble with being poleaxingly beautiful is that male directors are usually so busy ogling that they forget to help an actor build a performance. This explains the mixed career of Greta Scacchi who turns in good performances in films as diverse as Good Morning Babylon and The Player and is left completely stranded in the recent The Red Violin. There have been few opportunities to see her on stage - although she was smartly cast as Yelena in Uncle Vanya opposite Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce, but now she is joining the Coward centenary celebrations by heading the cast of his play Easy Virtue. And, what's more, she's joined by another screen legend: Wendy Craig.

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Masterly portraits in pain

Starting with a childhood role as Desdemona, followed by a detour through academia, thence to the stage and television success, the decidedly non-matinee-idol Simon Russell Beale is now one of Britain's most remarkable actors. James Rampton grabbed an hour of his time

Row over fees set to silence TV's golden-voiced stars

A number of Britain's leading actors may become embroiled in a dispute between Equity, their union, and the advertising industry over rates of pay for voice-overs.

A century of cinema fangs

Feminism apart, Wilderness is not exactly exploring uncharted territory, Ivan Waterman writes. Werewolf films date back to 1913, when the Canadian director Henry McRae hired Watuma, a Navajo, to become a wolf for his silent adventure.

The first woman werewolf howls into view

At last there's a TV serial that feminists can really get their teeth into. Ivan Waterman reports

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