Top 52 Quotes of Tim Pigott-Smith

Your response to literature is to do with maturity; if you don’t respond to a book or a poem when you are 12, you might when you are 13.

Tim Pigott-Smith

You wouldn’t read ‘Anna Karenina’ and try to work on the computer at the same time, would you?

Tim Pigott-Smith

You normally either get bitten by a character and decide that is the way to play it, and then that begins to inform everything you do, or you decide, ‘I don’t need to use much character in this – I have basically got to be me’.

Tim Pigott-Smith

You never learn to act in front of a camera. You never learn anything in front of a camera. But you learn to act in a rehearsal room with a good play and a good cast and a good director.

Tim Pigott-Smith

When you’ve won the war, you’re faced with the problem of winning the peace.

Tim Pigott-Smith

When you’re in a good play and a good production, you find that you’re in something that has a life beyond you. You think, ‘Oh my goodness, this play’s alive.’

Tim Pigott-Smith

When ‘Jewel’ was screened, old friends from school and university got back in touch. More than one of them told me that their partners hated Merrick so much they could not think of having me in the house. This kind of audience identification does not happen in any other medium.

Tim Pigott-Smith

When I was 16, we moved to live in Stratford-Upon-Avon. That was the year of Paul Scofield’s ‘Lear.’ I think he is still widely perceived as the only actor who has got his flag at the top of the mountain.

Tim Pigott-Smith

When I have a good performance, I’m wrecked at the end of it. I feel completely empty, and tears are pouring down my face – I’m just gone.

Tim Pigott-Smith

When I grew up, in the time of ‘Look Back in Anger,’ the theatre was very exciting, a place where you felt that social comment could lead to social change.

Tim Pigott-Smith

What makes Biarritz special, as far as I’m concerned, are the fantastic coastline, the beaches – such as the Cotes des Basques – and the sea.

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What a wonderful life I’ve had – absolutely amazing.

Tim Pigott-Smith

Villains are always the best roles, but that meant that for months afterwards, all I got offered were absolute cads and bounders and really nasty pieces of work, as well as a lot of people who only had one arm. Such is the limited imaginative power, you see, of a great many casting directors.

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The worst nickname I ever had was Tim Pig-ears-Smith. I had big ears. When I was younger, it was more pronounced. So I felt huge sympathy towards Prince Charles over that.

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The ‘reality’ shows on television, the Internet, these things have encouraged people to behave with less and less restraint. We are broadcasting our emotions in public in a way that has never happened before.

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The Almeida’s artistic director, Rupert Goold, brought me Mike Bartlett’s ‘King Charles III’ with the slightly apologetic warning that it was in blank verse, but, of course, that appealed to me.

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Slower television actually credits the audience with a higher level of intelligence.

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Performing King Charles in Mike Bartlett’s astonishing play in London and New York has been one of the high points of my career.

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People wrote about me and started calling me a star, and I just hated it. There are aspects of it that are great – I mean, you can ring up any restaurant and get in, can’t you.

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One of the functions of drama is to teach.

Tim Pigott-Smith

Of course there is a danger of typecasting, and since ‘Jewel in the Crown’ appeared, I have had countless offers to play sadistic policemen and middle-class misfits.

Tim Pigott-Smith

My wife is a fantastic traveller. She’s good fun and very optimistic. Even if things get bad, she’s good at seeing the light side.

Tim Pigott-Smith

My parents were fantastic. I was an only child, so I had a lot of love and too much attention. I don’t think I was spoilt. My mother was quite a disciplinarian, but I did have a lot of attention and quite a lot of pressure to do well at whatever I was doing.

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My memory is quite good, except when I’m off stage.

Tim Pigott-Smith

My first arrival in India was memorable – landing at Delhi airport at 2 A.M. to start filming ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ in the Eighties. The man who was supposed to pick me up wasn’t there, so I spent a very uncomfortable three hours phoning around hotels to find out where I was supposed to be. It was a major culture shock, but I adored India.

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‘Jewel in the Crown’ is the biggest exposure I’ve ever had on television.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I’ve played quite a lot of real people, and it carries a special responsibility.

Tim Pigott-Smith

It’s not legally possible to put an image of a member of the royal family on the Tube!

Tim Pigott-Smith

In England, anybody who was alive remembers an interview between the press and Charles and Diana, right after they became engaged. One of the press asked Charles if he loved her. And he said, ‘Oh, well, whatever love means.’ Boy, it was a terrible answer.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I’m quite sharp but not particularly academic.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I’m not a big fan of the Mediterranean, but being in the Bay of Biscay, the sea is forever changing, and on a clear day, you see as far as Spain. It’s incomparable.

Tim Pigott-Smith

If you can’t educate your citizens and you can’t keep them healthy, you can’t begin to be a society.

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I would say that the money that was invested in me by Warwickshire Education Authority, which they did for five years, has been repaid a hundred times over. I have paid a lot more back to them in tax than they paid in support to me, but they helped me on my way – they launched me; they got me going.

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I was really uncomfortable with fame. I mean, it’s lovely and flattering, and you enjoy all the razzmatazz and being flown around, but when people suddenly call you a star, you think, ‘I’m not a star, I’m just playing a star role.’

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I used to think the actor’s job was immersing himself completely in another personality.

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I seem to get cast as one of two extremes. Either I play the butch heavy or totally nice guys.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I love Stevie Wonder for his sense of rapture in the music. He can swing through a zappy tune, lift your heart, or drift into a sad ballad with consummate ease.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I like songs to mean something as well as sound good, and Paul Simon is a maestro. While Art Garfunkel was a voice and moved on to other things Simon remained the genius lyricist and composer.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I like jazz, and Martin Taylor and his band have it all, including a wonderful saxophonist and very fine accordionist, so you get a rather unusual range of sound.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I have only met Prince Charles once, when he was very charming and easy to chat to. I have always had a soft spot for him, and I admire our constitutional monarchy, but Charles often comes across as eccentric, and he has a mixed press.

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I especially like the Padstow area and the south coast near Portloe. It’s lovely, though I do wish it was a bit closer to London.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I didn’t like my first primary school in Leicester very much. As I was going home on my tricycle one day, I said, ‘There’s no reading, no writing and no arithmetic – it’s really boring!’ So I was sent to St John the Baptist Church of England Primary.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I always remember to go on the Staten Island Ferry because it’s the most amazing view of New York. And it’s free! You see Ellis Island, and it conjures up something of that great moment: you know, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It’s staggering.

Tim Pigott-Smith

I adore Biarritz. I first went there in the Eighties, and my wife and I liked it so much that we ended up buying a holiday home there.

Tim Pigott-Smith

For sheer excitement, a weekend in New York is unbeatable. Arrive on Friday morning, leave on Monday night, and don’t worry about jet lag – just buzz for four days.

Tim Pigott-Smith

Drama at Bristol was an academic course: you were judged on your A-levels, and there were no auditions. I did a BA General degree.

Tim Pigott-Smith

By early 1971, I had been acting professionally for 18 months – theatre work and my first telly, an episode of ‘Dr. Who.’

Tim Pigott-Smith

As a child, we lived in flats, and I was never allowed pets.

Tim Pigott-Smith

America is very generous, but it’s also a bit wacky, you know.

Tim Pigott-Smith

After ‘Jewel In the Crown,’ I hardly worked at all for about six months – which came as a bit of a surprise, I have to admit.

Tim Pigott-Smith

After ‘Jewel In the Crown,’ I hardly worked at all for about six months – which came as a bit of a surprise, I have to admit.

Tim Pigott-Smith

After a West End run, in which I was promoted to Laertes, I joined the RSC in 1972. I had fulfilled my dream.

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