Sunday Telegraph September column & Sunday Times interview
Thank you for the heads up for this - there is an interview with Dan in this week's Sunday Times magazine, which can be accessed via their paywall.
In the interview "The Ascent of Dan" by Lynn Barber, Dan chats about Vamps, The Heiress, his family and the Booker Prize. The online interview is highly recommended, not least for the gorgeous photos of Dan by Paul Stuart.
So, to recap, this year he’s made his own film, acted in the third series of Downton, founded a magazine, and judged the Booker. He is also awaiting the premiere of Vamps, a Hollywood film he made with Alicia Silverstone last year, which is due for release this autumn. “It’s been the busiest year I can remember, actually — absolutely crazy. It’s not something I’ve always done. I mean, I’m naturally a bit more laid-back, but I do enjoy it. But I’ve been so lucky in that my wife has been incredibly understanding and supportive. Had that not been the case, things might not have been quite so easy.”
Yes, especially as the other big event back in May was the birth of their son Aubrey, a brother for three-year-old Willow. I muttered something about sleepless nights, but apparently he and his wife, Susie, refuse to let that faze them. “Some people do rather put the brakes on and turn all their attention on their children, but I like the fact that they just fit in, and seem fine and happy. And actually, Aubrey’s been very good.” Why Aubrey? “Partly for Aubrey Beardsley, but also for C Aubrey Smith, the cricketer who founded the Hollywood cricket club. I like interesting names. And I’d never met a Willow, never met an Aubrey — and now I have.”
Dan's September column for the Sunday Telegraph is also out today, and hopefully it will be available to read online this week. An interview with him for The Telegraph is available to read here.
ETA - The Telegraph column can be read here.