Brideshead Revisted actress Diana Quick may have years of experience acting and plenty of long term relationships with leading men like Bill Nighy and Alfred Finney, but that doesn’t mean that she is immune to the pressures of looking good. In an interview the actress, who most recently portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in a documentary drama fro television, admits to having considered plastic surgery over the years.
67-year old Diana Quick once held a reputation as a great beauty, playing Lady Julia Flyte in the 1981 TV series Brideshead Revisited. These days, however Diana says she hardly recognizes the image she sees in the mirror from her glory days.
“I had to go through some old pictures recently and was absolutely surprised by the changes on my face,” she said.
Although Diana never opted to go under the knife, she is fine with people that do take the plunge.
“It was like looking at someone else. I don’t think it’s ungracious to seek cosmetic help – it has crossed my mind from time to time and I have been tempted. But it’s too short-term. Once you start down that road, you have to keep going.”
“They say you have to do it in your 40s to get the full benefit, so it’s far too late for me. In any case, I come from a family of surgeons and I think it should only be used as a last resort. Good looks are not something you earn. But as you get older how you look is a reflection of the life you’ve led.”
While Diana is right that plastic surgery often yields the most natural looking results when one starts young, she isn’t too late to try some procedures. She still looks great and could use just a little Botox to help the 11s between her eyes and maybe a chemical peel or laser treatment just help her skin look less dull and a little more refreshed.
“If you try to live as well as you can, then hopefully your face will reflect that. But it’s unfair that we put so much pressure on women to look good and then give them so much stick when they go under the knife to achieve this.”
Despite never having a large body of film work, Diana has had an outstanding career on both the small screen, film and stage. Part of the reason for her lengthy career is that while some women bemoan the lack of roles for women, Diana has settled into a niche of character parts, which means she is always working.
“That’s because I chose to become a character actor,” she explains. She is also the director of the annual Aldeburgh Documentary Festival.
And, in fact, as she was interviewed by the Daily Mail about her thoughts on plastic surgery, she was also preparing to star in a new play by Dan LeFranc and directed by Michael Boyd at the Ustinov Studio in Bath, called The Big Meal.