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Editor’s letter

28 March 2015

Seven years ago I came up with a list of Conservative would-be MPs to photograph and profile: the now infamous ‘Tatler Tory Totty.’ When the piece came out, David Cameron… Read more


'You're very Canadian!': Sarah Gadon on the challenge of playing a young Elizabeth II

28 March 2015

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his account of the friendship between Freud and Jung, while she was… Read more


Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

28 March 2015

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers celebrating with gusto. The Bellinis flowed, and guests tucked into… Read more

Old mill boards and sea-green slates: Yeats’s tower

On the Yeats trail in Galway

24 January 2015

The Go Galway bus from Dublin sounds an unlikely pleasure, but it is both comfortable and punctual. There is free Wi-Fi if you want it, but it would be criminal… Read more


Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

29 November 2014

You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you might get on working in Hollywood? I was rather worried at first, but then I… Read more


Don't scoff at luxury brands sponsoring the arts

29 November 2014

The Spanish Steps; the Trevi fountain; the old Cinecittà studios on the outskirts of Rome; 12 galleries of the Uffizi; Tintoretto frescoes in San Rocco in Venice; the BFI’s collection of almost a… Read more

Editor’s letter

29 November 2014

For our cover story, Harry Cole spent a month getting to know the Home Secretary’s friends and enemies. If you’re trying to work out what will happen the Conservative party… Read more


Olivia Cole talks politics, class and The Riot Club with rising star Max Irons

20 September 2014

Where better for Spectator Life to meet Max Irons, star of The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s film loosely based on the antics of a drinking society of whose exploits you’ve… Read more

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

20 September 2014

While it may be time, for now, to put away the sun block and bikinis, there’s plenty of vicarious travelling to do in the autumn issue of Spectator Life, with… Read more


‘Artmaking is a drug’ - interview with poet Paul Muldoon

19 July 2014

A fellow festival-goer at the recent Calabash literary festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, enjoyed chatting to a gentle Irish poet called Paul. He told her he ‘dabbled’ in poetry, and… Read more

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

21 June 2014

If you were to ask for one word that sums up the summer issue of Spectator Life, it should be talent: Melvyn Bragg shares his enthusiasm for the opera singer… Read more

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw interview: 'There is a change in coming in terms of how history is responding in film’

21 June 2014

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s first glimpse of her character in the British film Belle came on a postcard. It was of a 1779 painting attributed to Johann Zoffany of an aristocratic African… Read more

Bill Nighy

Interview: Bill Nighy on David Hare, luck and fear of failure

30 March 2014

In Page Eight, the sophisticated 2011 spy drama written by David Hare, the MI5 agent Johnny Worricker — played by Bill Nighy — had to contend not only with national… Read more

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

27 March 2014

Ahead of the Scottish referendum in September, and as the country prepares for the Commonwealth Games, Spectator Life caught up with a new generation of fine Scottish actors who seem destined… Read more

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

2 December 2013

The late Anthony Minghella described our cover star, Ralph Fiennes, as a ‘held, slightly unknowable person’. Though I’ve long admired his work, I got to know him a little bit… Read more

Sam Epstein, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban in The Monuments Men

Grant Heslov and George Clooney's screenwriting lesson

30 November 2013

Grant Heslov, the screenwriter and producer of the monuments men, talks to Olivia Cole about the way he writes screenplays with George Clooney, and how the looting of museums in… Read more


Ralph Fiennes: 'Human life is messy, people do messy things'

30 November 2013

Secrets are at the heart of Ralph Fiennes’s new film, The Invisible Woman, which examines the life of Charles Dickens, and his young mistress, Ellen ‘Nelly’ Ternan. As the film… Read more

The San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain ranges, which give Palm Springs its sheltered microclimate

Palm Springs is still the perfect antidote to Hollywood

30 November 2013

If LA can feel like a strange place, Palm Springs, 80 miles east into the desert, is frankly bizarre. Its first Native Americans inhabitants called it ‘Se-Khi’ (boiling water). Though… Read more


Remembering Jacques Lowe, personal photographer to JFK

21 September 2013

In our more cynical age, 50 years after the assassination of JFK, why do you think that period still has such a hold on our imagination? It was an era… Read more


An eco-resort in Kenya provides the perfect spot for some environmental brainwashing

21 September 2013

Straight off the night flight to Nairobi, red-eyed, your clothes like a second skin, you are greeted in the clammy arrivals hall by a beaming long-lashed giraffe. ‘Smile, you’re in… Read more

David Gandy and Olivia Cole host a dinner on board John Walker & Sons Voyager

Spectator Life meets Johnnie Walker and David Gandy

17 July 2013

London right now feels like the Cote d’Azur and what better way to celebrate than whizzing down the Thames in the company of David Gandy…  It’s work but not as… Read more

Diane Kruger, wears the new Reverso Cordonnet Duetto by Jaeger LeCoultre Photo: by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre

Film star Diane Kruger on teenage modelling and roles for women

22 June 2013

Mention that you are interviewing the German film star Diane Kruger and boys will note that she is ‘hot’, while girls will forcibly express their love of her style. In… Read more

Above: Billy Idol, Los Angeles, 2008

A Thousand Words

30 March 2013

What is your idea of a great portrait photograph? Something that makes you stop for a second and look again. And what qualities do you most value in a subject?… Read more

Above: Off road between the towns of Tahnaout and Asni

Free Range

30 March 2013

Our trip began at Farnborough, an almost eerily zen airport. A small girl of about five was being ushered through by her parents. I couldn’t help imagining the distress she’d… Read more


The staircase too scary for Bruce Willis, and other Oscar party stories

2 March 2013

From a wedding to an awards ceremony, no self-respecting Los Angeles beano can take place without endless fixtures around the main event. The Oscars barely get a look in between… Read more