It’s, well I’ll say it, it’s extraordinary to find someone who is both attractive and otherworldly at the same time, but here she is.

A supremely gifted actress. By far, the best performance in the severely underrated Bubble Boy, she was wonderful as the funny, appalling and bigoted mother of Jake Gyllenhaal.


She was astonishing in Liar Liar.


Brilliant in Dangerous Liaisons, a great foil for Cristine Rose in Heroes.

Dangerous Liaisons

She’s just all round amazing.

I understand her name comes from Swoose – half-swan, half-goose – which was the name of the bomber her father flew in during the Second World War.

I can say with some authority, when you have an unusual name, the best thing in the world is for there to be a good story behind it.