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The British actress admires Julian Fellowes after he helped launch her career

Ronnie O’Sullivan in first round action at the Crucible

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan's defence fuelled by big-name departures

Steve Davis says it will take someone special to stop O’Sullivan retaining his world title

Reanne Evans and Chloe Hamilton, right, get a grip at World Snooker’s Ladies Day

Ladies' snooker: the new maidens of the green baize

It's big in the Far East, but it still has a long way to go here. Chloe Hamilton went to Sheffield to meet some potting pioneers...

Graeme Dott

Snooker: Shock at the Crucible - literally for Graeme Dott

Static shocks affect last-16 encounter at the World Snooker Championships

Robert Milkins, right, came from behind to see off Neil Robertson

Snooker: World No 2 Neil Robertson crashes out of World Championship

Robert Milkins produced a stunning upset by knocking Australia's Neil Robertson out of the World Championship at the Crucible. In a first round that has seen a host of shocks, the win of the 37-year-old from Gloucester against the world No 2 was among the biggest.

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng

Snooker: Dechawat Poomjaeng has it all to do against Michael White

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Snooker: 'Dechawat Poomjaeng can win title,' says Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui has claimed his "crazy" friend Dechawat Poomjaeng can prove he is far from a one-match wonder by landing the World Championship title.

Snooker: Mark Davis punishes sloppy John Higgins

Four-time winner John Higgins crashed out of the Betfair World Championship today as Mark Davis sent the Scot packing.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is back on the green baize

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan under 'no pressure' on return to defend his crown

Back after a year off, the world champion is ready to go into the unknown in Sheffield

This Life stars Jack Davenport and Natasha Little are to be reunited on screen in new ITV medical drama Breathless.

This Life stars Jack Davenport and Natasha Little to reunite in ITV drama Breathless

This Life stars Jack Davenport and Natasha Little are to be reunited on screen in new ITV medical drama Breathless.

Emma Watson says she couldn't identify with her latest film role as Nicki in The Bling Ring

Emma Watson: I hate my new character - she's superficial, materialistic, vain and amoral

"I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn't want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I would never get out again," says Emma Watson.

TV Baftas set for Olympic battle between Opening Ceremony, Strictly and Great British Bake

The Olympic Opening Ceremony will go head-to-head with Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off at the TV Baftas.

The Village: Grace (MAXINE PEAKE), John (JOHN SIMM), Young Bert (BILL JONES), Joe (NICO MIRALLEGRO)

TV review: The Village gives viewers – finally – a proper, grown-up period drama

The Weekend's Viewing: The Village, Sun, BBC1 / Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1

Johnny Flynn, centre, in The Low Road, Royal Court

The Low Road, Royal Court, London

There were moments, during the three hour slog through The Low Road, when I found myself thinking that I would rather tak' any road than have to watch it again.

Great Dane: Sofie Grabol from 'The Killing'

Queens of Scandi crime: can stars of Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge find a wider international audience?

Four Scandinavian actresses have achieved international acclaim playing strong female characters in hit TV drama series. But can they cross the subtitle barrier and find a wider international audience?

Ronnie O’Sullivan announces his comeback in London

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan's back – after a few hours' practice with a delivery driver

'The Rocket' will defend his world title despite not playing at top level since quitting last May

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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