She also toured in My, What I Call, Live Show.
Her first children’s book, The Girl With The Lost Smile (Hodder, £12.99), is out now.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
by Arthur Ransome
The book I remember most from childhood.
I wanted to be with them on their escapist adventures with their boats and picnics and summer in beautiful Cumbria.
THE CAMOMILE LAWN
by Mary Wesley
One of the books that renewed my interest in reading when I turned 40, having spent 20 years focused on television.
I loved the beautiful Cornish setting and the intriguing revelation of the emotional impact of their stories of the war.
THE PRINCE, THE SHOWGIRL AND ME
by Colin Clark
Out of print
I was always fascinated by fame.
Not the desire to become famous, although I was intrigued by what it might be like, but by the unique quality and lifestyles of true icons.
They don’t get more iconic than Marilyn Monroe so I found this diary of a young man becoming her assistant riveting.
OTHER PEOPLE’S SHOES: THOUGHTS ON ACTING
by Harriet Walter
Out of print
For a time I read actors’ autobiographies more than novels and this was not only an honest and often hilarious insight into the life of a working actor but it gave useful tips about acting.
MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY
by Winifred Watson
The title invokes the joy, hope, glamour, humour and excitement the story gives us.
Miss Pettigrew is a prim, neglected woman in her twilight years and the book is set in 1930s London but we can all identify with her.
We have all felt that we may never experience the extraordinary or get out of the humdrum of our lives.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
by Thomas Hardy
Oxford Classics, £6.99
Some of the greatest descriptions of the West Country, one of the greatest love stories and one of the greatest heroines in literature.
All young women should read and garner strength from Bathsheba Everdene.