He’s sung with Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but until this year nobody knew who Sam Smith was. He talks about his rapid rise from cleaning toilets to being the ‘male Adele’, and his fear of losing it all

Michael Gambon: ‘You just do it. That’s what acting is’

From Harold Pinter to Harry Potter, Michael Gambon has worked with all the greats. He talks about crying on cue, his dodgy memory, and the job that got away. Full interview

Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian

Seth Rogen: older, wiser, just as stoned

He plays the sensible one in Bad Neighbours, battling against the party-crazed frat house next door. But that doesn’t mean he’s changed. Read more »

Photograph: Winnie Wintermeyer

Andrew Garfield: a sensitive superhero

Slender, soulful and British, Andrew Garfield isn’t everyone’s idea of an action hero. But he’s proving Hollywood cynics wrong as the Amazing Spider-Man, and now Martin Scorsese has come calling. He tells Will Lawrence why he’s still a little thin-skinned

Photograph: Paola Kudacki

Bryan Cranston: ‘I scare people’

The Breaking Bad star on how playing Walter White changed his life, portraying Lyndon B Johnson on stage – and on the kiss that got him into acting. Read the interview

Photograph: Mike McGregor for the Guardian

Paloma Faith: ‘I feel comfortable being observed. I enjoy it’

Life model, magician’s assistant, lingerie shop worker… Paloma Faith says she has always chosen jobs in which she gets to be watched. On the eve of her new album’s release, Tim Lewis asks the English eccentric why she feels the need to show off. Read the interview

Photograph: Andrew Woffinden for the Observer

Scarlett Johansson interview: ‘I would way rather not have middle ground’

The star talks to Carole Cadwalladr about playing an alien in Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer’s low-budget sci-fi film set in Glasgow – and her role in the recent SodaStream controversy. Read more

Photograph: Fabrizio Maltese/Contour by Getty Images

Davina McCall: in at the deep end

Last month she was pulled out of a freezing Windermere midway through a punishing Sport Relief cycle, swim and run across Britain. What’s Davina McCall trying to prove? She talks about meltdowns, addiction and family tragedy. Read more

Photograph: Nadav Kander for the Guardian

Q&A: Timothy Spall

The worst thing anyone’s said to me? ‘Sorry old boy, but you’ve got leukaemia’. Read the interview

Photograph: Camera Press