Paul Ready: ‘We’ve all got Motherland’s Kevin in us’

The actor on working with his wife, Michelle Terry, taking the rap for blowing up Keeley Hawes and the perils of real-life parenting Birmingham-born Paul Ready, 41, joined the National Youth Theatre in his teens and trained at Lamda. He’s a regular at the National and Royal Court theatres. On TV, he is best known for playing Kevin in the BBC Two parenting sitcom Motherland . Other screen credits include Bodyguard , The Death of Stalin , MotherFatherSon , The Terror and Utopia . He’s married to Michelle Terry , artistic director of the Globe theatre, and they both appear in its new production of The Taming of the Shrew . Director Maria Gaitanidi ’s take on The Taming Of The Shrew has been described as experimental. How so? It’s a different way of looking at a play. I initially approached Taming of the Shrew with trepidation, because of what I thought it was and what I’d been told. The gender politics presents challenges to a modern audience, for example. But Maria’s process drills down into the essence of the