Imelda Staunton has returned to the musical stage as Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. She talked to The Telegraph:
“I read somewhere that, if you want to be different, you have to be prepared to be lonely. That’s how I feel. At school, I wasn’t particularly different, but I went off on a completely different path to other children.
“Though I had a lovely childhood, there was a loneliness as an only child. And I think that fuels my ability to empathise with sadness and loneliness. It just feeds everything I do.” She gives a shy smile. “I will always look for the sadness or the pain in something because I have it there and always have it.”