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Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton

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First broadcast: Sun 30 Mar 2008

Stage and screen actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actress Penelope Wilton. Her first love is the theatre and she's been highly acclaimed for her stage work in plays by Ibsen, Shaw, Shakespeare, Beckett - she relishes and shines in the difficult roles. Yet as one of our leading classical actresses she has no qualms about turning her talents to TV and film - Calendar Girls, Shaun of the Dead and Dr Who are among her more recent on screen appearances.

In-spite of being one of our best regarded actresses she is intensely private, intent upon disappearing into the lives of her characters. Penelope says that thing about being an actor is that you turn into other people, you have to hide yourself a bit in order to let that other person come out. People should see the character on the stage, not the actor.

Penelope grew up the middle of three girls and says that her mother was frail and often ill - she says this taught her to be self contained: "I was always worried that I would hurt her by taking a different view so one was sort of being terribly amenable - well of course that’s not in one's nature, I’m quite sharp and rather argumentative."

Choices

Edward Elgar

1.

Edward Elgar

Serenade for Strings In E minor

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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Jean Sibelius

2.

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D major - 4th movement

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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Charles Trenet

3.

Charles Trenet

Que reste-t-il do nos amours? What remains of our love?

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

5.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

Orchestra: Hollywood String Quartet Conductor: Felix Slatkin

Others who chose this artist

Dmitri Shostakovich

7.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 5 in D minor

Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra Conductor: Nima Jarvi

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Book

An anthology of 20th Century European poetry by

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Luxury item

An open-air cinema with a selection of films

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