You appeared in last year’s Boxing Day Agatha Christie adaptation, Witness for the Prosecution, and you will be in two of the biggest novel adaptations of this year [Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach and Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending]. How did you become Britain’s literary film star?
Suffice to say it wasn’t planned. It’s just sort of happened that way. While I grew up in a house surrounded by books, I wasn’t an avid reader. That said, I was a fan of novelists like Ian [McEwan] and Julian [Barnes]. When scripts of their books turned up, I had to go for it.
While researching characters, do you read the books or do you prefer to stick to the script?