Londoner's Diary: That's a wrap, says rock 'n' roll fan Considine

EVEN film stars feel like quitting sometimes. Paddy Considine, the actor and film-maker, below, has decided to retire from movies at the tender age of 44.

Considine, who stars in Peaky Blinders and films such as In America and 24 Hour Party People, took to Instagram this week to announce that he has had it with film after realising that performing with band Riding the Low is more fulfilling. “You’ve got to really love rock and roll to keep playing to an empty room. I’ve played to empty rooms and I didn’t give a f***. With cinema it’s a little different. You make a film and it plays to empty cinemas and after a weekend it is dead. All of that hard work and nobody watches it. I don’t love cinema enough to just make films for the hell of it. I don’t love it enough to play to empty rooms. It is for that reason that I am done making films.”

Considine’s latest film, Journeyman, released last October, was about the struggles of a championship boxer. Paddy wrote, directed  and starred in the feature. It also stars Jodie Whittaker, who today made the shortlist for Best Actress in The Evening Standard Film Awards. In 2011 his directorial debut Tyrannosaur won a prize at the Sundance International Film Festival and snagged a Bafta for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer or Director. 

Recently, 60-year-old Daniel Day-Lewis also announced that his new film, Phantom Thread, will be his last. 

Considine’s announcement has since been deleted from Instagram. Let’s hope this was just a temporary time-out.

Max Stafford-Clark may have been removed from co-directing the Royal Court’s revival of Rita, Sue, and Bob Too but his spectre remains. The theatre is selling a new version of the play text, written by the late Andrea Dunbar, and it comes with a slip of paper. “This playtext was printed in August 2017,” it reads. “Max Stafford-Clark (credited here as co-director with Kate Wasserberg) left the production three days into a five-week rehearsal period.”

Oh my Lords, someone said the c-word

Filthy chamber: the House of Lords (Photo by Dan KitwoodWPA Pool / Getty Images) (Getty Images)

WE LIVE in coarse times: the c-word was said in Parliament for the first time yesterday. Baroness Jenkin of Kennington was citing abuse suffered by colleagues when she said to fellow peers: “I quote — and please, my Lords, forgive the unparliamentary language and block your ears if you are easily offended — ‘f*****g Tory c**t’.”

This may be the first time the word was said intentionally in the House, but it has appeared accidentally. In 2000 John Spellar, a defence minister, said: “We recognised that these c**ts in defence medical services had gone too far.” And  eight years ago police minister Nick Herbert said: “I don’t accept that those c**ts …” Cuts, gentlemen, cuts.

Quote of the day

‘Go back to your show. You’re not chairing this one’

Question Time host David Dimbleby, pictured, slapped down guest Piers Morgan, who hosts Good Morning Britain, as he attempted some audience participation

Stars and a slam dunk for Oprah at the O2

Basketballers: Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) (WireImage)

LITTLE Mix singers Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and actor Douglas Booth were among the glamorous celebrities at the NBA game between basketball teams Boston Celtics and the Philadephia 76ers, held at the O2 Arena last night. 

Naomie Harris, Bond’s Miss Moneypenny, was also there in a black ensemble, perhaps to show her support for the Hollywood actresses who did the same at the Golden Globes. She certainly raved about Oprah Winfrey’s rousing acceptance speech. “This woman! This speech!” she wrote on Instagram. “I couldn’t stop smiling!

Julian Assange is still in the Ecuadorian Embassy, so it’s Pamela Anderson to the rescue: she will represent him at a Wikileaks event. The actress, rumoured to be Assange’s beau, is on a panel discussion to publicise new book Women, Whistleblowing, WikiLeaks. It’s about the marginalisation of women in the media and is at the Frontline Club on January 22.  Authors Sarah Harrison, Angela Richter and Renata Avila will also attend. We’re sure Pammie can hold her own.

An age-defying Dame

A year younger: Dame Helen Mirren (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

WE CAN all get forgetful as the years roll on, but yesterday Dame Helen Mirren discovered that a mathematical mistake  has turned back the clock and made her a whole  year younger. And it  didn’t involve anti-ageing products.

The Oscar-winning British actress was a guest on US talk show Ellen yesterday. “You’re not shy about saying your age,” host Ellen DeGeneres said. “You’re 72.” “I’m 73!” Mirren corrected. 

“When did you turn 73?” DeGeneres asked, before a voice off-screen affirms that Mirren is incorrect. 

“Are you sure? I’m 72?” Mirren asked gleefully. “This is fantastic! I’ve just gained a whole year. My husband [film director Taylor Hackford] and I thought we were 74. Then we worked it out and, no, we’re 73. So we both went, ‘Oh, fantastic, we’ve got a whole extra year!’ And now I’ve got another whole year.” Still, she doesn’t look a day over 50.

Tweet of the day

Nick Clegg repurposes the slogan that energised his 2010 election campaign after Nigel Farage called for a second Brexit referendum yesterday

Self-parody of the day: Downing Street staff enjoyed a private viewing of Darkest Hour last night, according to Politico. The Winston Churchill biopic, that is, not a retrospective  of Mrs May’s past few months.

Kate celebrates happy bumpday

DOES Kate Beckinsale have something to tell us? The actress posted this photo on Instagram yesterday, displaying a rotund stomach outside The Portland Hospital. But she was just wishing her daughter Lily Sheen a happy birthday. “In this re-enactment [of birth] your part was played by a winter coat,” she wrote.

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