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Acting has been very useful to me.

Jane Asher

An actor’s job is about putting across the author’s intention; I don’t think of myself on the same level as a creator.

Jane Asher

As a child, I wanted to marry a farmer, but no doubt the reality would have been very different to the idyll in my head.

Jane Asher

Having cakes as a business certainly changes things for me – I don’t now sit at home doing a cake for the fun of it anymore. But it’s an extremely happy and pleasureable business to run because people are generally buying cakes for celebrations.

Jane Asher

I adore food and always have.

Jane Asher

I do enjoy fashion – a lot of runway clothes are pretty unwearable, but if moderated, the trends can be worn by just about anyone.

Jane Asher

I do find modern jazz quite tricky.

Jane Asher

I don’t agree with the whole ‘my mother’s my friend’ approach, because you’re their mum and there has to be a difference between the generations.

Jane Asher

I enjoy the crafts on the show enormously, too, when we have experts in showing how to make things. You watch them thinking you’ll go home and do the things yourself, which is fun. Some I have done myself later on.

Jane Asher

I know some actresses who used to be older than me who are now younger than me – I don’t know how they do it.

Jane Asher

I learnt basic cookery by watching my mum.

Jane Asher

I look at myself objectively and in a way I see myself as a commodity. Your name becomes somehow outside yourself. Now, when I’m at home being Mrs. Scarfe, that’s when I’m most myself.

Jane Asher

I swim more or less every day.

Jane Asher

I think all good writing is a struggle. To write as well as you feel you can has to be a struggle, almost by definition, because you could always improve.

Jane Asher

I think one wants lots of different lives.

Jane Asher

I try to be classic without being mumsy.

Jane Asher

I was always very determined, as was my husband, that we wouldn’t let any of our children act when they were young.

Jane Asher

I’m a creature of habit, so I like going to boutiques, rather than larger stores, where I know I’ll find something that suits me every time.

Jane Asher

I’m not advocating we should all be back in the kitchen and cooking all the time, because life’s too short and we’ve got more interesting things to do. But to rediscover the intense pleasure of making a cake and putting it down on the table is ridiculously satisfying, out of all proportion to the work.

Jane Asher

I’ve never particularly liked the idea of looking back; I’d rather look forward.

Jane Asher

It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework. If there’s a moral framework without all that religious stuff, it’s more valuable.

Jane Asher

Listening to my regular favourites – Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and so on – I always feel, quite misguidedly, that nothing can be too bad if such beauty and brilliance exists in the world.

Jane Asher

My mum taught me that redheads shouldn’t wear pink, red or orange, but if you choose the right shade, such as a bright orange or a cherry red, it can look fabulous.

Jane Asher

My parents were not theatrical at all.

Jane Asher

Of all the things I do, acting is the thing that grabs most, but there’s another level on which it strikes me as being a little silly. In the end you’re dressing up and deciding to be somebody.

Jane Asher

People ask what the secret of a happy marriage is. If there is one, it’s ‘don’t talk about it.’

Jane Asher

Spreadable butter is wonderful for cake-making: it’s much easier to cream than the block type and slightly lighter because it’s blended with oil.

Jane Asher

Thank God I’ve never had the sort of intense fame that means you can’t walk up the road. That sort of blazing stardom must be difficult to cope with and maintain; my career has just bubbled along happily.

Jane Asher

The rehearsal time is almost my favourite part of being an actress, particularly if you’re working on a play that hasn’t been done before.

Jane Asher

The things you leave school knowing – some dates and long division – so much of it has been of no use to me. Schools should teach the basics of cookery, first aid, how to look after your money and how to speak foreign languages. Useful things.

Jane Asher

There’s also something of an illusion in that, you can perhaps record a TV thing one month and complete a book the next and then be in a play. Then, if they all come out at once, it looks as if you’re actually juggling a million things.

Jane Asher

We get a lot of overseas people wanting to order cakes.

Jane Asher

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