Kirsty Young interviews actress Anne Reid.
Actress Anne Reid is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.
For a long time the bedrock of Anne Reid's successful career seemed to be her perfectly nuanced portrayal of a variety of northern mums - what she calls "skirt and jumper roles". Her first major role was playing Valerie Tatlock in Coronation Street - her character's funeral was watched by millions.
In 2003 the skirt and the jumper came off when she and Daniel Craig starred in the highly acclaimed movie The Mother, about a frumpy looking woman in her late 60s who passionately seduces her daughter's boyfriend.
Anne Reid has appeared in Victoria Wood's comedy series Dinnerladies and is currently playing Celia in BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax about two widowed septuagenarians finding love again.
She says, "...inner talent gives you that ease. It's not a remarkable thing - just a knack that gives you a very nice life."
Producer: Paula McGinley.