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She has also been described as the most sensuous woman alive.
In my imagination, she amounted to a bit of a handful.
She has a healthy scepticism about the more luvvie-ish extremes of thespianism, yet nevertheless is a connoisseur of her craft and at her most relaxed when talking about her work, whether it be the daily anxiety of appearing on stage ('That's why actors are such a nightmare'), or about how her voice – crystal clear and chocolatey – is the most important weapon in her armoury: 'In the theatre, once you've gone about eight rows back, everybody else is just listening to you.
You're very small and nobody can really see what you're doing.' Indeed, in terms of tricks of the trade, there's very little that Annis won't have seen or experienced.
'Just so you remember when you hear my voice back on the tape, that I'm eating…' she mumbles, mouth full, smiling disarmingly.
But, as she strides towards me across the café where we have arranged to meet, one thing's for sure: she's not tall.
As for the rest, well, in the course of an hour's conversation there are flashes of impatience, glimpses of froideur, but all in all Annis confounds my expectations.
It couldn't, says Annis, be more topical: 'It's all about people with money and expectations and all the money disappearing.
They're all quite self-satisfied and complacent and then it just evaporates. You thought the future was secure and now…' A bit of film, a bit of theatre: Annis has moved seamlessly between the two forms throughout her career. 'I like working in theatre now and I think that once you've done a certain amount of films most actors love working in the theatre because of the camaraderie. In films people basically work for the camera, you know, and that's why actors can hate each other and not be speaking to each other and still look as if they're in love because really they're loving the camera loving them.' Later, Annis characterises her profession – 'I'm generalising, OK,' she says – as 'pretty narcissistic and vain.