Late on a Monday in May, Frances Barber's mobile phone starting pinging. "Are you Ok?" the first text read. A handful more followed from friends with the same message. They were responding to a preview of the next day's Daily Telegraph front page that was dominated by a huge photograph of Barber – "bigger than Pippa Middleton" – and feared the worst.
Eventually, the 54-year-old actress tracked down the story: "Honest to God, it was like I'd died. My obituary won't be that big; my obituary will be two lines. I thought: 'What have I said? Am I going to be arrested?'"
Barber had, in fact, made a quip – she insists it wasn't serious – to the Radio Times that she was saving up for a facelift so