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With roles in Martin Scorsese's latest and Sam Mendes's next Bond film, Helen McCrory has joined the establishment – on her terms

It is nine-all on the outdoor table-tennis table in Regent's Park, London, a score arrived at somewhat chaotically due to the fallen autumn debris on the playing surface. The match began with Helen McCrory protesting a lack of interest in the score, but things have become more intense as the winning 11-point mark approaches, and the 43-year-old actor (soon to appear as a Parisian grande dame in Martin Scorsese's children's film, Hugo) has put on glasses. She's stubbed out her cigarillo. As a shot missiles by she says, "Lucky bounce! The ball hit a twig!"

Ten-nine ... understandably she's stopped paying our interview such careful attention. Earlier, a question about Hugo elicited a brilliant digression about life on a "family-like" Scorsese film set, always waiting for a »

- Tom Lamont

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