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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.

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45 minutes

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Fri 18 Jul 2014 09:00

Music Played

  • Barbara Cook

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    • Legends of Broadway.
    • Master Works - Broadway.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    How high the Moon

    • The Ultimate Diva Collection.
    • Verve.
  • Charles Trenet

    La Mer

    • Charles Trenet – Greatest Hits.
    • Replay music.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Bill Evans

      Lucky to be Me

      • Everybody digs Bill Evans.
      • Original Jazz classics.
  • National Symphony Orchestra

    Bells are ringing

    • Overtures of Broadway.
    • Jay records.
  • Chris Botti

    Deborah's theme

    • Italia.
    • Decca.
  • Pat Metheny

    Always and Forever

    • Secret Story.
    • Geffen Records.
  • Barbara Cook

    Look What Happened to Mabel

    • Barbara Cook’s Broadway.
    • DRG.
  • Book Choice

    • The Complete works of George and Ira Gershwin

  • Luxury Choice

    • A piano

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Anne Reid
Producer Paula McGinley

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