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Series 24, Episode 6 - Claire Foy, Kurt Russell, David Walliams, Lee Evans, Mumford & Sons

Kurt Russell says life with Goldie is spectacular; Claire Foy reveals her love of fighting; David Walliams talks about his OBE; Lee Evans says he's still trying to retire; and Mumford & Sons performs live in the studio.

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Kurt Russell, talking about playing Santa in his new film The Christmas Chronicles, and asked how he approached playing someone everyone loves, says, "I was thrilled. Christmas is huge in our family and I was excited to have the opportunity to play an iconic character. I felt a great pressure to create a real Santa Claus. The film presents a very different Santa. It was a total blast."

On his beardedness for the film, he says, "It was full on and took about four months to grow. Goldie hated the look I had for The Hateful Eight - actually I hated it too - but she was much better with the big Santa beard."

Talking more about Goldie Hawn, his partner of 35-year, and people's endless fascination with their relationship, he says, "It's been spectacular and can't believe that it was destined to be. At the same time, we live a normal life and have all the same issues that other people with four kids have."

Claire Foy, talking about her latest film The Girl in the Spider's Web and asked if she jumped at the opportunity to do something so different from other roles she's had, says, "Originally I thought, 'Not on your nelly!' Not because of the contrast, which would have been extreme anyway, but it was more the fact that two other actresses have played the character to great acclaim and, because it is such a loved set of novels, you are going into it thinking you can only lose."

Asked about the action sequences and whether she did the stunts herself, she says, "If time wasn't an issue, I'd love to have learnt to ride a bike but they wouldn't let me. I had three incredible women stunt doubles but I did the all the fight scenes myself. I loved it and could do it all the time now!"

Talking about The Crown and asked if she misses it, she says, "It's been a year and half ago since we finished. I do miss everybody but it goes on. I hear amazing things. Olivia Colman is loving it I think and is having an amazing time. I genuinely think that when it starts people will say, 'Who was it that played it before?'"

David Walliams, talking about receiving an OBE, says, "It's a nice thing. I wanted it to happen for my mum. I knew she would enjoy the day out." Revealing his mum (who is in the audience) doesn't always want to accompany him to Graham's show, he says, "She always asks who else is on and if she approves she will leave the house and come along."

Lee Evans joins Graham for a chat about starring in Harold Pinter's one act plays. Asked about meeting the playwright, he says, "He was formidable. It took me two weeks to get up the courage to say hello. He was a brilliant bloke."

Talking about coming out of retirement for the role, he says, "I am trying to retire because my wife wants me at home after all the touring. It got really massive. I thought I would be at home for a couple of years and she would get fed up with me and make me go back!"

Mumford & Sons perform Guiding Light live in the studio, before Marcus and Ben join Graham for a chat about their new album and tour.

Broadcast details

Friday 2nd November 2018
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
David Walliams Guest
Marcus Mumford (as Mumford & Sons) Guest
Winston Marshall (as Mumford & Sons) Guest
Kurt Russell Guest
Claire Foy Guest
Lee Evans Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Kate Radcliffe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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