Olivia Williams: ‘I have unattractive knees. They have taken offence at my scathing remarks and decided to stop functioning’

The actor on early ambitions in tractor driving, wardrobe mishaps and the body parts taking revenge

Born in London, Olivia Williams, 53, studied at Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre school before joining the RSC. Her movies include The Postman, The Sixth Sense, Rushmore and The Father, and her TV work includes Friends, the British remake of Call My Agent! and The Crown. She is in Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse in London until 4 June. She has two daughters with her husband, the actor Rhashan Stone, and lives in London.

When were you happiest?
People are often traumatised by the sleeplessness in the first years of their children’s lives, but I was insanely happy to be married and have two children. The only dark cloud was how much we were loathed for having babies who slept through the night.

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