Share Are you in a relationship at the moment? In my industry, everybody wants to know everything about you, and it's just dumb. I think the only way of maintaining some of that mystique is by not giving away too much about yourself.
It has served me well so far. I never want to feel up for grabs. Do you ever regret not marrying and having children? My pets - two dogs, two cats and an axolotl Mexican salamander - are like family. I think marriage would be quite good for me, but I'm not going to just go out and hire someone. I think, intermittently, that you find Mr Right, but you have to get lucky. I don't rule out having a family - it just hasn't happened for me yet.
Does work get in the way of romance? It's difficult to keep in touch with someone when you're moving around all the time. I've decided that you can have it all, but you can't have it all, all of the time. Were you a happy child? Child, yes; teenager, probably not, but then what teenager is? I got into quite a bit of trouble at school, particularly in Latin and French. It wasn't that I planned to be disruptive, it's just that I could do it like that snaps her fingers.
I spent much of my time being bored. I don't think it's useful to go through life blaming people, but I do think my education was very patchy. But I had the fortune to have a wonderful English teacher, who encouraged me to act. When did you realise you wanted to act?
When I was in junior school, when I moved into a new class. There was a class favourite who had been away in hospital, which made her very mysterious to start with. And when she came back, there was this air about her. The whole class was just drawn to her. I remember thinking, 'What's so special about her? I've never lost that. I'm quite happy to be other people for a bit, getting into someone else's mindset.
And the bonus, of course, is that you get to be called anything but Miranda Richardson. For a little while, at least. What's wrong with your name? I just don't like it. It doesn't sound right. You know when you say a word like, well, 'crab' and it sounds like the silliest thing in the world? That's how I feel about my name. It's the same with the word 'actress', it makes me cringe. It's the idea that when you say 'actress', people think of an airy, floaty, no-brain person, which of course you can't be if you are an actor.
It is an unfortunate word, which is why, for a time, I hung on to 'actor', because it just seemed more workmanlike, you know, like you say 'woman doctor' not 'doctoress'. Playing Queenie in Blackadder must have been great fun? I didn't really enjoy it at first. I agonised too much over the script. I think I investigated the role too much. Well, over-analysed it, I suppose. You need to think about who a character is, even one like that, because it does have to be based on a kind of reality.
It has to have a truth about it to connect with people. It's not just all bonkers. The Young Victoria is in cinemas now. Share or comment on this article: Until Mr Right happens to come along, actress Miranda Richardson says she's quite happy with her pets Most watched News videos.