Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

Mary Poppins never tired of reminding her charges, ‘I shall stay until the winds change.’ The weather has rarely been…


Let's turn London into Venice: Thomas Heatherwick interviewed

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175 million and he will turn London into Venice

A saltwater pool at Jake’s Hotel

Jamaica's literary side

Jamaica, land of sun, sea and literature festivals

Editor’s letter

Seven years ago I came up with a list of Conservative would-be MPs to photograph and profile: the now infamous…


'You're very Canadian!': Sarah Gadon on the challenge of playing a young Elizabeth II

The Canadian actress Sarah Gadon sparkles as a young Princess Elizabeth escaping the palace on VE night. Now there’s just one huge question: will the Queen like it?


Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers…

Old mill boards and sea-green slates: Yeats’s tower

On the Yeats trail in Galway

The Go Galway bus from Dublin sounds an unlikely pleasure, but it is both comfortable and punctual. There is free…


Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

From deepest darkest Peru to Elstree Studios: Olivia Cole talks to Paddington Bear


Don't scoff at luxury brands sponsoring the arts

The rise of luxury brands that sponsor arts

Editor’s letter

For our cover story, Harry Cole spent a month getting to know the Home Secretary’s friends and enemies. If you’re…

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

While it may be time, for now, to put away the sun block and bikinis, there’s plenty of vicarious travelling…


‘Artmaking is a drug’ - interview with poet Paul Muldoon

Olivia Cole talks to Paul Muldoon about the extraordinary buzz that writing gives him

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

If you were to ask for one word that sums up the summer issue of Spectator Life, it should be…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw interview: 'There is a change in coming in terms of how history is responding in film’

Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Austen, ambition and her breakthrough role

Bill Nighy

Interview: Bill Nighy on David Hare, luck and fear of failure

Bill Nighy on hard work, luck, success and the fear of failure

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

Ahead of the Scottish referendum in September, and as the country prepares for the Commonwealth Games, Spectator Life caught up with…

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

The late Anthony Minghella described our cover star, Ralph Fiennes, as a ‘held, slightly unknowable person’. Though I’ve long admired…

Sam Epstein, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban in The Monuments Men

Grant Heslov and George Clooney's screenwriting lesson

Grant Heslov, the screenwriter and producer of the monuments men, talks to Olivia Cole about the way he writes screenplays with George Clooney, and how the looting of museums in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was similar to the Nazi looting of art in the second world war


Ralph Fiennes: 'Human life is messy, people do messy things'

The actor-turned-director Ralph Fiennes on Dickens, love and privacy

The San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain ranges, which give Palm Springs its sheltered microclimate

Palm Springs is still the perfect antidote to Hollywood

Off to Palm Springs, the pressure valve for Hollywood stars in the golden age


Remembering Jacques Lowe, personal photographer to JFK

Jacques Lowe was John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer. His priceless archive of negatives was lost on 9/11, three months after his death. His daughter Thomasina tells us about a new exhibition of his work

David Gandy and Olivia Cole host a dinner on board John Walker & Sons Voyager

Spectator Life meets Johnnie Walker and David Gandy

Last night Spectator Life and friends boarded Voyager and set sail on a tidal wave of Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Diane Kruger, wears the new Reverso Cordonnet Duetto by Jaeger LeCoultre Photo: by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre

Film star Diane Kruger on teenage modelling and roles for women

She has moved seamlessly from ballet to fashion to film stardom. But can Hollywood supply the grown-up roles to match her ambition?