“Never a fan of school, I was always a bit of a dreamer. I began a law degree, but my heart wasn’t in it and I always knew I would never graduate. Every time I opened a textbook I would just fall asleep – I slept on chairs, the kitchen table, on top of a piano, under the piano, anywhere. So it became clear I was going to have to think of something else to do, and quickly. The cinema was always a huge draw for me and I realised that someone had to be helping the actors to become the characters they played. After researching this, I discovered there is a job called make-up and hair design. The BBC, at the time, had an excellent training programme, so I left home and entered its selection process (which whittled 3,000 applicants down to six).