Interviews

I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.

If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.

Leonard Cohen Interview

Leonard Cohen – A Yiddle in monk’s clothing

The singer and producer Anjani Thomas has just incinerated a locally bought bagel in the kitchen of the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester. A slight, quiet man appears in the kitchen. “Leonard,” cries Thomas, his romantic partner, “you must have a bagel, these are really good.” Leonard Cohen gravely accepts a bagel smothered in smoked […]

  • 20 July, 2007

Andrew Sachs: Manuel’s German roots

Before Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs’s biggest drama was his escape from the Nazis. By Jenni Frazer. Andrew Sachs has a slightly evil gleam in his eye. He is speaking of his secret ambition to work on Coronation Street: “I fancy being Norris’s twin brother. We would drive Rita Fairclough mad.” Playing the twin brother of […]

  • 11 May, 2007

Christopher Hitchens: “Bellow, Amis and me.”

Combative political commentator Christopher Hitchens discusses Jews, friends and enemies with Jenni Frazer. Former radical Trotskyist, Christopher Hitchens is in fine form — even after an overnight flight from Washington, countless cigarettes and a couple of double measures of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky. He is in London to take part in a double act […]

  • 2 March, 2007

Vanessa’s real-life story

With a TV show and a burgeoning film career, Vanessa Feltz is putting the bad times behind her. She talks to Jenni Frazer. Vanessa Feltz is in love… with Russell Brand. “I absolutely adore him,” she declares. The affection is mutual — the comedian, who is the hottest property on TV at the moment, was […]

  • 22 December, 2006

Still happy days for the Fonz

Legendarily hip actor Henry Winkler tells Jenni Frazer about his rift with his parents, his phonetic barmitzvah, the hit ’80s show that hasn’t gone away — and Captain Hook, angry pantomime Jew. The man who, for a decade straddling the 1970s and ’80s, was the coolest man on the planet is, at 61, happily still cool. […]

  • 1 December, 2006

Martin Amis: The JC Interview

Martin Amis talks about his new ‘Jewish’ novel, his Jewish daughters, his ‘mentor’ Saul Bellow, ‘vile, poisonous’ Islamist violence and the complacent critics of Israel. By Jenni Frazer. No one can curl a lip quite like Martin Amis. The writer and essayist, a winningly crumpled 57, has reservoirs of contempt for any number of things […]

  • 6 October, 2006
Jonny Geller Interview

Writing: is it good for the Jews?

Jonny Geller is the hot London literary agent. But now he has crossed to the other side and written a humorous and highly Jewish book. Jenni Frazer discovers the many sides of this former actor and door-to-door salesman So Jonny Geller, star London literary agent for the likes of Vikram Seth and Tracy Chevalier, was at a Penguin publishers’ sales […]

  • 8 September, 2006

William Hague Interview: “Iraq should not inhibit our Iran policy.’

The man who may be Britain’s next Conservative Foreign Secretary defines his foreign-policy agenda in terms of the three I’s — Israel, Iran, and Iraq. By the time of the next General Election, he warns, the convulsions in the Middle East — not least Iran’s determination to develop nuclear weapons — may be uncontrollable. Hague […]

  • 2 June, 2006

Leon Brittan – Out of the mafia

Jenni Frazer meets a deeply experienced politician, a Conservative Europhile, who recalls how his career had its roots in his time at university amid a like-minded crowd. It is an odd reflection that, if the voters of the London Borough of Brent had been a bit more enthusiastic, Britain might have lost one of its […]

  • 29 April, 2005

Vidal Sassoon: Razor Sharp

Jenni Frazer meets one of the enduring personalities of the Swinging Sixties, who is still so much more than a tonsorial Titan I am sitting taking tea in the Savoy Hotel with Vidal Sassoon, wondering whether I can restrain myself from asking him what he thinks of my haircut. It’s not often, after all, that […]

  • 25 April, 2003