The actor rents films from Close-Up, sips wine at Noble Rot and fancies living in Kenwood House
Islington, I love it. I come from Paris and we moved a lot when I was a kid so it’s very important for me to have somewhere to come back to that I love.
Which hotels do you stay at
Claridge’s, for its elegance and history. If those walls could talk I’d ask them about Audrey Hepburn going through the service entrance because she wasn’t allowed in the tea rooms in trousers.
Which shops do you rely on?
There’s a great deli called Weino Bib, Close-Up cinema for its extensive collection of films to rent, Lizzy’s on the Green for my caffeine addiction, Church Street Bookshop and Diptyque for obvious reasons.
Have you ever had a run-in with a London police officer?
No, only French ones.
What was the last thing you googled?
How to make gratin dauphinois.
Best meal you’ve had?
I love going to Noble Rot, it has an incredible menu. It’s old school, understated and has the most amazing wine cellar with my favourite tipple by experimental winemaker Josko Gravner.
What makes someone a Londoner?
I’d say someone who is curious, intrepid and has a dark sense of humour. Londoners are what made me fall in love with the city, they are one of a kind.
Where do you go to let your hair down?
I like having too many cocktails at The Royal Oak on Columbia Road or lots of plum wine at Cafe Oto in Dalston.
Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you?
One cabbie asked me if
I wanted to drive his cab for a bit as he said he knows how hard my job can be.
I almost took him up on the offer for fun but had an audition to go to.
Who is your hero?
Gena Rowlands has always inspired me for her fearlessness and talent. And more recently Andrea Riseborough, too.
What’s your London secret?
They’ll never advertise it, but order the double portion of pasta at Osteria Wolf in Stoke Newington. It’s so worth it.
What do you collect?
I probably shouldn’t say this but I collect little souvenirs from dinner events or ceremonies. It can be a small spoon or a napkin from Clarence House…
If you could buy any building in London and live there, which would it be?
Kenwood House to have Hampstead Heath as my garden. I would ask Rose Uniacke to design the interiors.
Who do you call when you want to have fun?
I have a very tight-knit group of people I call Brendas. Usually it starts with me hosting a very big dinner and losing track of time.
Which podcast are you currently obsessed with?
I love The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Francis-White makes everything better in my opinion.
Most important thing you’ve learnt during the lockdowns?
How lucky I am to be in London with the people I love.
What are you up to at the moment for work?
The Serpent has just come out on BBC One. And in a few months, pandemic permitting, I’ll be shooting with Brady Corbet on his third feature, The Brutalist, with Marion Cotillard.
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