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When I was at drama school, they told me it would be incredibly tough when I left, and it really was. I did work. It was fairly consistent. And I never really gave too much stock to what the realities were, because it seemed even to my infant mind that nothing interesting got done if you accepted the limitations other people put on you.

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Do you think you’ll be hanging up your corset for good? [Laughs] For a while. I really do love my history, so I’ll never say never to getting back into the corset for the right role. I said that I wouldn’t for a while and then I read The Scandalous Lady W and found myself in a corset much earlier again than I had anticipated. It really depends on the script, but my next handful of movies are contemporary based so at least for the immediate future there will be some jeans and a t-shirt. – Natalie Dormer

I think it’s just about changing the name of the character. John can become Jane, John can become Sanjid, Gloria who used to be Peter. I don’t think you need to write a ‘female role’, I don’t think you need to write a ‘black role’, you write a human, a three-dimensional complex human and then cast whoever you want to cast. I think if people are liberated in that way in their casting choices, then maybe we’re halfway there. (credit)