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The actor, 43, on his terrible temper, playing Tony Blair and an obsessive fear of breaking the rules

It can be hard to describe who I am at times. It's very messy being an actor, especially when you play lots of "real" people. I find bits of my personality that I can relate to Kenneth Williams or Brian Clough or anyone else I've played.

I have a terrible temper. I have absolutely no problem with getting shouty or a bit physical. It's not something I'm pleased about and it doesn't happen very often, but it's very much there.

Being funny can get you out of trouble. I was taller than my mother by the time I was 12. She's 4ft 11 and a half inches. If she told me off I would pick her up and put her outside. She'd be shouting at me through the letterbox and laughing so much she couldn't »

- Shahesta Shaitly

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