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I try to remain apolitical but, yes, unlike many in the arts, I’m certainly not on the extreme Left.” It has to be said, he dresses the part, too, today wearing a silk kerchief in his breast pocket and a signet ring on his finger.It seems reasonable, then, to ask him what he makes of the new generation of “posh” actors, all those public school-educated Cumberbatches and Redmaynes.“It made me think: don’t drink so much bloody water.” ‘The Syndicate’ starts on BBC One on Tuesday, June 2 at 9pm The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?The third series of The Syndicate flips the “upstairs, downstairs” idea on its head, with Andrews’s character living above stairs in genteel poverty as the cooks and cleaners below stairs discover they have won the Lottery.The upstairs world is something with which he is familiar in his private life, given that he is a part of the horsey set where he lives on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border — indeed, the Princess Royal is godmother to one of his three children.Does he feel some sympathy for the stick they get for it, think: been there, done that?“Not really, because these actors attended the premier schools and they came away with premier levels of confidence.” His own alma mater, the Royal Masonic Boys School in Hertfordshire (now closed), was rather different. It was a peculiar place, run as a charity for children of masons who had hit hard times, with a terrible culture of bullying and unbelievably strict — I was thrashed twice a month.
Curiously, there is lightness to him, like Sebastian. Perhaps there is even a certain Sebastian-like shallowness to him. Example: in 2003 he suffered hyponatremia – an abnormally low level of sodium in your blood – after drinking too much water (almost two gallons) during a performance of My Fair Lady (heatwave, three-piece tweed suit).“I remember ringing Georgina from the car at 11.30 on a Saturday night and the next thing I knew it was Tuesday afternoon and I was in intensive care.In the final stage your brain swells and your organs shut down, then you go loopy and pass out.” So what, I ask, did he learn about himself from that near-death experience, about life, about mortality?Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.