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Alice Lowe

  • English actress
  • Born April 3, 1977

Alice Eva Lowe (born 3 April 1977) is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Haynes in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch as well as Madeleine Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. She wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 movie Prevenge and starred in and co-wrote the 2012 film Sightseers. She also starred in the educational children's television series Horrible Histories.


I think comedy, so much of it comes out of the strange sort of golden instant 'cause you don't know why it's funny, but you captured it.




The irony is that we're really good at comedy in Britain, but for some reason, we make very few comedy films. And when we do, they're either quite American in style, or very Richard Curtis. And I like Richard Curtis, but I think only Richard Curtis should write Richard Curtis films, and other people should try and find their own style.




I think when a couple stays together, it's because of compromises they've both made.




We pitched 'Sightseers' as a TV idea originally, and it was rejected because it was too dark. But then things like 'Dexter' came out, 'Breaking Bad'... There are so many sophisticated dramas now with comic elements to them.




I think it's much more natural as a writer to want to tell one story rather than lots of small stories that are half an hour long.




The first time you go on holiday is the test of a relationship, when you really find out if you're compatible or not. You find out what's annoying about that person, and whether or not you're willing to put up with that because you love them and you don't want to be alone.




Confidence in a bloke would be arrogance in a woman. For years, I didn't give interviews because I was scared of people judging me or thinking I was arrogant.




I love doing comedy, and that's the thing I will always go back to, really, but I'd love to have the freedom to do sort of 'meaty' roles but also have the freedom to do the sort of films I want to make, like what Woody Allen does. You forget he's funny because you're so gripped by the story, but they still make you laugh.




If you're funny as a woman, people think it might be because someone else helped you.




The characters are not allowed to change if you write a sitcom; they're not allowed to learn anything. There's all these sorts of rules, and you go, 'I just want to be able to write one character and then leave that behind.' Also, as a performer, and I may regret saying this, but it would be my own personal hell to be trapped in the sitcom.




I studied classics, and I find it mystifying that we had Medea and Electra and Antigone and all these amazing characters, and they don't really exist in cinema now. The only person who's really doing it, and he gets loads of criticism for it, is Lars Von Trier.




For years, I didn't give interviews because I was scared of people judging me or thinking I was arrogant.




I don't have kids, a mortgage, or a car. That has let me hold out for the jobs I want to do, and to sit in a cold room in the winter with fingerless gloves, writing.




I have to be careful, as I don't want to offend Midlanders, but growing up, it wasn't like growing up in London. Anything you were interested in, you'd be able to find someone also interested in it. In the Midlands, nobody came out as gay at my school at all.




I probably revisit in my work the moment at which I realised that dreams couldn't be reality.




I don't understand why people don't use improvisation, especially in comedy films, but also, for me, you get more naturalism, and that's why I like the naturalistic performances and strange rhythms and the way that people genuinely interact captured rather than sort of very mannered performances.




I think 'Sightseers' was a bit of an epiphany, a massive learning curve, and it gave me loads of confidence to go out there, and also to create a female character which is completely unexpected and defies convention.




In film, you're painting a canvas. I got really excited about that.




One thing about television in Britain is that they're so scared about complaints. It curbs a lot of drama.




I was in something called 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' which was a real cult comedy; it's sort of a spoof horror sort of thing, and it only ever had one series, but I liked the fact that it only had one series because it's kind of got this little gemlike quality to it that there were only ever six episodes.




There are some things that as an actor scare you, and if you can capture that fear on screen, it will be interesting.




Women often have a fraught relationship with their mothers, even though that's the most important relationship in their lives.



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