Looking back, there were signs very early in our relationship that things were not as they should have been. One incident in particular should have given me pause for thought, but I chose to ignore the warning bells…
All three of my girls have performed on stage in West End musicals and my younger two are about to start shooting a film. It's hard to believe. I sometimes look at my life and think, how did this happen?
I loved every moment of my childhood, from eating mackerel-and-clotted-cream pasties to rounding up the cows after school. Rampaging bulls, freedom to roam and a rat up my trousers meant there was never a dull moment.
I first met my granny in 1935 when I was three years old. From then on, I often used to go and stay with her in Devon, travelling alone on the train from Birmingham with my ticket in a little bag round my neck.