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Rose Leslie Though the housemaid she played in Downton Abbey left to become a secretary during the first series, Rose…

‘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…

30 Mar 2014

Life cycle

‘As a heads up,’ says Sir Chris Hoy’s PR lady in that breezy-yet-bossy voice that is public relations, ‘Chris doesn’t…

30 Mar 2014

Escape from deco hell

When the ceiling in our sitting room fell down last month, we descended with the thudding plaster and the lathe…

30 Mar 2014

Maker’s marques

Back in the pre-war era, cars were invariably bought in the form of a naked chassis for which a specialist…

30 Mar 2014

The art of war

In November 1943, when it looked like London was going to be subjected to a new aerial barrage from Nazi…

30 Nov 2013

The monuments man

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

30 Nov 2013

Back to bespoke

Did you know we were in the middle of another industrial revolution? Perhaps, like me, you’ve been too busy fretting…

30 Nov 2013

Smoke rings

Despite the draconian smoking bans which have come in across Europe over the last decade or so, cigar smoking is…

30 Nov 2013

Small audio dynamite

Not long ago, the Fawn came about as close as she ever has done to crossing the red line marked…

30 Nov 2013

Clothes force

Like many men, I’ve never got used to the idea that Mother doesn’t dress me any more. I tried in my…

30 Nov 2013

Dream machine

The fear began as soon as my bum settled into the leather seat. It rose from my foot to my…

30 Nov 2013

Clockwork culture

The watch world’s enthusiasm for selling products by linking them with dangerous sports is well known — diving, driving, flying,…

30 Nov 2013

Hands on

Ewan McGregor caught the tinkering bug from his grandfathers. One of them, on his father’s side, was a motoring obsessive…

30 Nov 2013

Striking again

In a studio above the Clink prison museum near London Bridge, Richard -Hoptroff shows me his latest invention: the world’s…

30 Nov 2013

Simpler times

The first time I saw an Ochs und Junior watch was on the wrist of my Swiss friend Fabian. It…

30 Nov 2013

Fiennes’ art

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

30 Nov 2013

Jack and Jacques

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

21 Sep 2013

Viva la diva

Tamara Rojo has been enjoying a very high profile during her first year as player-manager of English National Ballet. Photogenic,…

21 Sep 2013

When Sam met Sam

Recently, the Welsh actor Rhys Ifans made headlines by walking out of an excruciating interview with the Times. Every actor…

21 Sep 2013

Gagging Orders

The formats of BBC radio comedy seem stuck in the past. A comedian takes a sideways look at something. A…

21 Sep 2013

Inside the bubble

The Frieze Art Fair, its offspring Frieze Masters, and the various exhibitions that open at the same time, send us…

21 Sep 2013

Stitching for the stars

Though the firm was established in 1849, H. Huntsman & Sons’ most famous clients are from the Hollywod golden age:…

21 Sep 2013

Rocks of ages

As I sit at the computer with my fingers dancing across the keys, the monotony of their black squares and…

21 Sep 2013

Making waves

Shaq looked lackadaisical; but really he was very precise. Action betrayed him. He tightened the toggle on his old straw…

21 Sep 2013

The Wish List

Left to right: diamond and citrine in yellow gold basket ring, £3,500, Annoushka; Sevillana ring in 18k gold with lapis…

21 Sep 2013