23 7 / 2014

happymathilda:

Downton Abbey season 5 spoilers:Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton). Speaking of admirers, Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) is still making his interest known, but she’s not having it and confides in the Dowager Countess, who is suitably amused. (x)

One of the wonderful exchanges between Lady Violet and cousin Isobel, in regards to Lord Merton: Isobel: “He wants something from me I cannot give,” to which Violet says, “He wants what every man wants. … Don’t be ridiclous, I was referring to companionship. I hope you were.” (x)

happymathilda:

Downton Abbey season 5 spoilers:
Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton). Speaking of admirers, Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) is still making his interest known, but she’s not having it and confides in the Dowager Countess, who is suitably amused. (x)

One of the wonderful exchanges between Lady Violet and cousin Isobel, in regards to Lord Merton: Isobel: “He wants something from me I cannot give,” to which Violet says, “He wants what every man wants. … Don’t be ridiclous, I was referring to companionship. I hope you were.” (x)

06 7 / 2014

Favourite film

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday by Jacques Tati is a perfect film by a master director. It’s the most wonderfully paced comedy, about a reticent man to whom life is a series of surprises.

Favourite music

Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea is a brilliant live recording of piano standards: you can hear the audience bristling with excitement in the background and the great man grunting over his keyboard as he plays.

Favourite TV programme

I was at home with a very small child at the time Kojak was on, and used to look forward to it for its comfort value. Telly Savalas, with his lollipop in his mouth and his hat pushed back on his head, was so good.

Best live event

Seeing Rostropovich conduct Shostakovich at the Barbican was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. The atmosphere was electric. At the end, Rostropovich turned round and kissed the score.

Favourite artist

Rembrandt put paint on canvas so brilliantly, but he also took you to the very heart of the human condition. All these years later, looking at his self-portraits — that journey from youth to old age — is incredibly moving.

Creative hero

I’ve learnt an enormous amount about theatre from Harold Pinter. He is a great distiller of emotion, capable of capturing the essence of something profound in very few words.

Penelope Wilton is appearing in `The House of Bernarda Alba’ at the National Theatre, London SE1 (020 7452 3000), until June 18.

Interview by Benjamin SecherThe Daily Telegraph (x)

05 7 / 2014

Martin: But I know you like Violets.

02 7 / 2014

the manuscripts of the masters: classical music

bach
beethoven
chopin
rachmaninoff  
rimsky-korsakov
schubert
tchaikovsky

(Source: holodecked, via illaine)

02 7 / 2014

"Well, nearly all; just Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton are missing."

30 6 / 2014

"I wish I was Maggie Smith," she confides, as if slightly shocked by the admission. "She’s someone I admire enormously. She has a particular quality. Some actors develop a style very early on. Judi Dench always had that lovely cracked voice. I don’t have anything like that." (x)

"I wish I was Maggie Smith," she confides, as if slightly shocked by the admission. "She’s someone I admire enormously. She has a particular quality. Some actors develop a style very early on. Judi Dench always had that lovely cracked voice. I don’t have anything like that." (x)

29 6 / 2014

28 6 / 2014

bluepueblo:

Lily of the Valley, The Enchanted Wood
photo via judy

bluepueblo:

Lily of the Valley, The Enchanted Wood

photo via judy

(via batwings79)

27 6 / 2014

happymathilda:

Isobel: "I will do whatever needs to be done"

(via ainda-mais)

24 6 / 2014

24 6 / 2014

loquatly:

the queen of england  ?

loquatly:

the queen of england  ?

(via fuckyesdamejulieandrews)

20 6 / 2014

Isobel, I forbid you to leave!

17 6 / 2014

costumefilms:

Marie Antoinette (1938) - Norma Shearer as the protagonist wore a lace cape designed by Adrian. The lace has a floral and foliate pattern and is embellished with hand sewn artificial pearls and scattered celluloid sequins of varying sizes with scalloped edges. It was worn by the character during the ceremonial blessing of the bed. 

(Source: marthajefferson)

12 6 / 2014

however-whatever-whenever:

Ed Cooper Clarke will be portraying TIM GREY in  S5E1. Thank you angel-princess-anna for reminding me that he would be Lord Merton’s son and Larry Grey’s brother.

So his brother is returning as well… http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/charlie-anson/

however-whatever-whenever:

Ed Cooper Clarke will be portraying TIM GREY in  S5E1. Thank you angel-princess-anna for reminding me that he would be Lord Merton’s son and Larry Grey’s brother.

So his brother is returning as well… http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/charlie-anson/

12 6 / 2014