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She told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that her role was a reason to get up in the morning and said: "As soon as I get on the stage it's as if I have energy." A smoker in real life too, Brown chose tobacco seeds as her luxury item. Asked by host Kirsty Young how she keeps her energy levels up to act, Brown said: "I haven't really got very much now but I find when I get on set, my energy comes. "It's like people can go on stage and break an ankle and they don't notice till they come off. "I can be feeling like death warmed up when I come in, and then I'm alive. It keeps me alive."