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INTERVIEW SERIOUSLY funny Miranda Hart is every bit as serious as she is funny. The actor and comedian tells School Notices about her debut children’s novel, the importance of being yourself and why fame is thoroughly overrated What you were like as a child? I was quite a serious child. I used to eavesdrop and soak up people’s conversations – my mother had to stop me staring at people with my mouth open – and whenever I went to the theatre or watched a comedy I would be completely seriousfaced and then say at the end: “That was hilarious!” Who inspired you and made you laugh growing up? All the greats of the 1970s and ’80s, particularly Morecambe and Wise. When did you first realise you could get a laugh? I remember when I came home from school one day and did an impression of my headmaster to my mother, who fell about laughing, and I thought: “Wow, that felt good!” And did you always want to be famous? I think there was a time I was intrigued by fame and felt that it might solve any feelings of insecurity, but as I got older it was just about wanting to be a jobbing actor. Fame doesn’t provide anything you think it might. You have to love the work you are doing and that is what your job needs to be about, not about any trappings that come with it. You went to Downe House aged 11. How formative was your schooling? I have certainly used my schooling and some of the people in my work – or exaggerated versions of them. I think as a writer you absorb things, knowingly or not, throughout your life. I adored school so my main focus was just having fun there. “YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE WORK YOU ARE DOING AND THAT IS WHAT YOUR JOB NEEDS TO BE ABOUT” What advice would you give your schoolgirl self? Just be yourself, don’t be swayed by peer pressure and stop worrying, it all turns out fine. And those wanting a career in showbusiness? I would ask them: ‘Why?’ If the answer was because they love to act; they want to tell good stories; they adore to sing; or direct; or whatever role in the arts they love, they can’t imagine not doing it, and they want to move audiences, then go for it! Because if you have real desire and a real purpose then that’s what’s fulfilling and that’s what will keep you going. The rest is just vacuous noise. Sorry to burst your bubble. And it’s a hard job. It’s a very real job. The arts are a vital business. Don’t let anyone tell you they are second to anything, because where would we be without them? You’ve done radio, TV, the West End, Hollywood, comedy, drama. Which do you enjoy the most? It depends on the part, and the people around it. I loved doing the Hollywood film Spy because some of my favourite performers were involved in it, and we filmed on location in Budapest so I got to travel, too. The West End was wonderful because the show got such a great response every night. And my sitcom was probably the hardest work and most stressful job, but the reward of people liking it gave me huge pleasure. Which has been your favourite character to play? That is actually impossible to call. They all gave me different challenges and characteristics I love. ›› 14 ★ W I N T ER 17


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