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Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

From deepest darkest Peru to Elstree Studios: Olivia Cole talks to Paddington Bear

A saltwater pool at Jake’s Hotel

Let’s build bridges

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175m and he’ll turn London into Venice.

Screen princess

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his…

Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers…

Please look after this bear

You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you might get on working in…

Patron Saints

The Spanish Steps; the Trevi fountain; the old Cinecittà studios on the outskirts of Rome; 12 galleries of the Uffizi; Tintoretto frescoes…

Riot act

Where better for Spectator Life to meet Max Irons, star of The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s film loosely based on…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Belle Fleur

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s first glimpse of her character in the British film Belle came on a postcard. It was of a…

‘Sometimes I think I must have done a deal with the devil’

In Page Eight, the sophisticated 2011 spy drama written by David Hare, the MI5 agent Johnny Worricker — played by…

The monuments man

Grant Heslov, the screenwriter and producer of the monuments men, talks to Olivia Cole about the way he writes screenplays…

Springs break

If LA can feel like a strange place, Palm Springs, 80 miles east into the desert, is frankly bizarre. Its…

Fiennes’ art

Secrets are at the heart of Ralph Fiennes’s new film, The Invisible Woman, which examines the life of Charles Dickens,…

Jack and Jacques

In our more cynical age, 50 years after the assassination of JFK, why do you think that period still has…

Under African skies

Straight off the night flight to Nairobi, red-eyed, your clothes like a second skin, you are greeted in the clammy…

Role model

Mention that you are interviewing the German film star Diane Kruger and boys will note that she is ‘hot’, while…

A Thousand Words

What is your idea of a great portrait photograph? Something that makes you stop for a second and look again.…

Free Range

Our trip began at Farnborough, an almost eerily zen airport. A small girl of about five was being ushered through…

Helena Bonham Carter as literature’s ultimate frustrated virgin in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations

A Parade of Pips

Film financiers justify putting money into adaptations of Charles Dickens because he is both ‘classic’ and ‘literary’ yet also (kill…

After Maggie

I first met Alexandra Roach at a Bafta dinner at Dean Street Townhouse thrown by Harvey Weinstein. As I recall,…