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The actress on her starring role in the Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who, working on Mistresses and her forthcoming Eileen Gray film

"It was exhausting to be young," Irish actress Orla Brady, 52, tells me frankly. "There was this critical voice going, 'Hopeless.' And now I like life to be a little bit easier, so I consciously switch it off."

It's hard to believe Brady was once a chubby convent girl with self-esteem issues. In the flesh, she's radiant.

On Christmas Day, she stars in Doctor Who – The Time of the Doctor, playing Tasha Lem, a "galactic nun", an old ally of the Doctor's.

She applauds Steven Moffat for casting actresses over the age of 40. "He's not looking for that babelicious thing you see on TV, where you start to think stories aren't relevant to those of us our age."

Brady has been based in La for the past decade, »

- Liz Hoggard

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