|||> My mum made a conscious decision not to teach me any Indian languages so I wouldn't talk with an accent.
||| > I never felt at home in London, because people were constantly telling me I didn't belong here, so after a while, you tend to believe that.
||| > I already had a fraught relationship with my parents, who were very traditional. They wanted me to get a proper job, like any right-thinking parents would.
||| > I was always in trouble from an early age. I had a fraught relationship with my parents, who were very traditional. Doing plays at school was a joyous release.
||| > My dad was violent. Things were getting really bad and if I'd stayed, I might not be here now.
||| > I've been playing the guitar since I was twelve. If I had any other job apart from acting, that's probably what I would have done.
||| > I would have liked to have traded places with Jimi Hendrix for a day just to have that kind of mind in terms of playing. There were things that Hendrix did that I think would be impossible for anybody else to get. They were things that will never happen again.
||| > Just because I never went to university doesn't mean you can't read, although I do feel a bit uneducated from time to time.
||| > I've always been attracted to older women, because they know who they are, they look infinitely better to me.
||| > Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles.
||| > I hate watching myself on screen. It physically makes me sick, but tonight I have no choice and will have to bear it.
||| > I couldn't bloody believe a prime-time TV show would have an Iraqi ex-Republican Guard torturer as a main character.
||| > We're dealing with an immense kind of pressure to keep the quality up. It's make or break this season, quite frankly. ... We have an audience now. We can't let them down.
||| > We're in the 9 o'clock slot now. Men and women alone on the island, they have needs. Needs that must be fulfilled.
||| > I think we're sort of pushing the envelope in that way. You won't see this kind of cast anywhere else. It's highly unusual, and if people can learn from that, that would be good.
||| > It is not easy to get parts in mainstream films for most people of color. Hollywood and British writers are not writing parts for us, or the directors are not interested in casting us in parts that are color-blind.
||| > The highest compliment I've ever received is when people have come up to me and said, I don't watch TV, but I watch your show. That's the best anyone could hope for.