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The actor, 39, on being pushed to the limit, admiring artists, coming out and texting GodI texted God when I was 18. It cost 30p to message him with y

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The actor, 39, on being pushed to the limit, admiring artists, coming out and texting God

I texted God when I was 18. It cost 30p to message him with your question. I asked if I’d make it as an actor. Yes, came the reply, but you’re more Littlewoods than Hollywood. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed.

I was an eccentric child, obsessed with history. For my eighth birthday I demanded to be taken to a rock and mineral convention. I’m lucky my parents always encouraged my geekiness, but at secondary school I made myself seem stupid to fit in. It took a long time for me to stop apologising for my enthusiasms. I’ve been much happier ever since I did.

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