Brenda Blethyn has admitted she considered giving up her stage and screen career to join an amateur dramatics company.
The two-time Oscar nominee, who is currently playing the lead character in detective drama Vera, made her name working with acclaimed director Mike Leigh.
Brenda, 67, told Reader's Digest that the last time she thought about retiring she "got a ton of job offers".
She said: "Somewhere in the back of my mind, though, I do think it might be nice to do nothing for a while. Just potter around. I'd probably get involved with amateur dramatics in Thanet. Start a little theatre group."
Brenda was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1996 for her role in Secrets And Lies and best supporting actress in 1998 for Little Voice.
She was given an OBE in the New Year's Honours list in 2002.
:: The full interview appears in the August issue of Reader's Digest which is out on July 19.