TV hits including Shameless, The Village, Silk and Black Mirror and hard hitting Movie roles in Peterloo, and Funny Cow. As well as presenting for BBC Radio 6 Music.
Always moving to the beat of her own drum she is a Feminist and Socialist and wearer of Dawson Denim which is why we are so proud to have recently interviewed her, so here we go!
DD: Why do you like Dawson Denim?
MP: It’s just very cool and very stylish.
DD: What’s your favourite piece of clothing that you own and why?
MP: It’s a khaki woollen Coat by Margaret Howell. I bought it in sale about 15 years ago. It’s a little worn now but it’s a fabulous shape and colour. People still comment on it.
DD: What’s a must-have clothing item everyone should own?
MP: A good well cut pair of jeans!
DD: Vintage or new?
MP: A little bit of both.
DD: Who’s your style icon - past and present
MP: Katherine Hepburn past...Kevin Rowland present.
DD: Current style influence
MP: Japanese work wear is where I seem to be leaning towards but then I’m loving a little bit of french Avant Garde
DD: Favourite brands
MP: Dawson D..LeMarie, Too Good, Egg and studio nicholson.
DD: Project you’re working on:
MP: Alan Bennetts Heads at The Bridge Theatre in London till October 24th alongside the magnificent Tamsin Greig.
DD: Latest hobbies or side projects during lockdown:
MP: Cycling. I’ve bitten the bullet and joined Rapha cycling club in Manchester.I love it! It’s tough but it’s so rewarding. I just wish I started a good 20 years ago!
DD: Favourite movie:
MP: Tough choosing just one...but Opening Night with the Peerless Gena Rowlands directed by John Cassavettes.
DD: What are you currently reading?
MP: I have to admit I usually do two books at a time..at the moment..I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman and Sisters by Daisy Johnson...Both are superb.
DD: What song can you listen in repeat:
MP: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.
DD:The best way to unwind:
MP: A cup of tea and a toasted crumpet in front of Talking Pictures TV
DD: What’s one city you’ve always dreamed of travelling to?
DD: Three best spots to eat in your city:
MP: My city is Salford so I will say the Italian, Vero on chapel st and Urban Village Eatery in Monton for a healthy Breakfast and then jump over the border to...
The Sparrows, Manchester for pasta and spätzle.
DD: What’s your latest fast food order?
MP: Fish and chips always!
DD: Favourite drink?
MP: A grown up cider.
DD: Favourite snack?
DD: Best compliment you’ve received:
MP: I can only ever remember criticism!
DD: What makes you smile the most?
MP: Kindness ..
DD: Things you can’t live without:
MP: My Dog Castro and my Partner Pawlo
DD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
MP: Your Career is made on what you don’t do not what you do..
DD: Do you have a motto? If so,what is it?
MP: ‘Oh just have a go!”
DD: What’s the one talent you wish you had?
MP: I wish I could do impersonations.
DD: What’s your guilty pleasure?
MP: A Hot chocolate and Gogglebox
DD: Time & place for your favourite day
MP: Late Afternoon late Autumn walking in Rivington (West Penines) with Pav and Castro.
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