Olivia Cole rss

Bill Nighy

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

29 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

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


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

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


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

Celebrating extremes

21 October 2009

Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell Alison Jacques Gallery, 16-18 Berners Street, London W1, until 21 November Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1985 self-portrait with little devil’s horns is one of the most… Read more

‘There is no higher visibility than this’

24 June 2009

Olivia Cole celebrates the Venice Biennale’s role in bringing Australian artists to the world’s attention Venice gives everyone and everything the most surreal setting imaginable. Along a canal by the… Read more

Keats would be proud

10 June 2009

Olivia Cole salutes Jane Campion’s success in bringing poetry to the big screen with Bright Star For anyone who has ever read, studied or become slightly obsessed by the English… Read more

Imagination takes flight

13 May 2009

Tastemakers have sometimes highlighted the way in which, in particular, the work of the well-known Papunya Tula artists chimes with the ideals of Western abstraction or minimalism. But whichever way… Read more

Is Oxford voting for a celebrity or a poet?

13 May 2009

People who wouldn’t dream of having anything so trashy as Grazia on the coffee table, who claim not to be the slightest bit interested in the state of Brad and… Read more


How to put the nation’s pupils off great art for ever

11 March 2009

‘Bathers at Asnières’ is a dreamily double-edged impressionist painting: an idyll as tricksy as the tiny dots, instead of brushstrokes, that Seurat used to paint. Young Parisian workers are stretched… Read more

Meet the new eco-toffs: Champagne Swampies

21 January 2009

Olivia Cole says that the row over Heathrow’s third runway has revealed that despite the credit crunch there is a resilient class of celebrities and toffs with expensive green tastes… Read more

The art world’s newest inspiration: Obama

10 December 2008

My favourite ever line overheard at Art Basel Miami Beach, in a broad growl, is: ‘I gave my wife an unlimited budget… and da-ya-know-what, she exceeded it.’ This year, however,… Read more

Lost in translation

9 October 2008

Five years ago in a seminal essay, Michael Billington, the critic for British newspaper the Guardian and long-term cheerleader for Australian theatre, wondered why Australian cricket gets a fairer exchange… Read more

Hippie-hippie fake

2 October 2008

‘Yesterday’s bohemian is now today’s trendy — yesterday’s avant garde is today’s kitsch.’ says Australian filmmaker and Oz pop artist Philippe Mora. And, you might add, almost bound to be… Read more

Dancing through danger

9 July 2008
The Return Victoria Hislop

Headline, pp.420, 17.99

Olivia Cole on Victoria Hislop’s second novel Married to a permanently well-lunched Englishman, Sonia Cameron, the half-Spanish heroine of Victoria Hislop’s second novel The Return, seeks escapism — first in… Read more

All at sea in Shanghai

13 February 2008
My Favourite Wife Tony Parsons

HarperCollins, pp.374, 17.99

The conquering white male, guiltily plundering, seduced by exoticism and abundance but never quite sure that he’s not just the clueless foreigner being taken for a ride: so we have… Read more