GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>
Where is home?
I’m in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the moment, playing the White Witch, so touring to lots of different places. I’ve just bought a house in the mountains outside Valencia and will be moving there in the new year.
Three reasons you love where you live?
Hopefully, because it’s remote, it has the ability for sustainable living, so solar panels and growing my own food. And a lot of space for my dogs.
THE DAY JOB >>
What do you do for a living?
I am an actor/singer.
A day in the life of you?
If I’m at home, I wake up in the morning. Put a big coat on and do the ponies and dogs. My partner and I then drive around 10 minutes to the woods and will walk the doggies, then come back.
If it’s a good day, we’ll light the fire in the back room and just potter about. And that will be really cool. Then we’ll make dinner and just chill. If it’s a workday, it will be me waking up and going for a walk in whatever city I’m in and then going into the theatre for flying rehearsals and fight rehearsals.
Going into the dressing room and preparing for the show and then in between shows, trying to find something to eat.
Any recent, ongoing, or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?
Trying to set up a wellness retreat in our new house in Valencia, which was previously an old tourism hotel.
What does downtime mean to you?
Downtime means dogs, walking and not a lot of people. Just my partner and my kids.
LESSONS IN LIFE >>
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I didn’t really have any ideas about what I wanted to do, but I loved music. I grew up around music and had a really good ear and I loved mimicking people.
What is your greatest fear?
I suppose anything happening to people that I love and not being able to get to them.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
My daughter, Lily Rose. She’s a very balanced and very kind individual and she never has a bad word to say about anyone, and I really love that about her.
LIVING LUXE >>
What is top of your bucket list?
To get to Valencia and try and get my work-life balance more manageable.
What is your most treasured possession?
Photographs of my family. That’s the first thing I would go back for if there was a fire. Pictures of my grandmother, of my kids when they were born. And my dad’s guitar.
I have it in my dressing room with me. He had the same guitar for years and years. He passed away a while ago. He was always with his guitar.
What does the weekend mean to you?
On tour, not a lot because on Saturday you have two shows, and on Sunday you are travelling. If I’m not working, it’s really nice because the whole family gets together.
I’m very close with my ex-husband Mark. So Mark will normally drive to the house so we all spend the weekend together. So the three kids, Mark, my partner Olly, Lily and the dogs.
We will walk over to the pub and have a nice meal. My son Ben, when he’s not at Uni, works in the local pub so we get a good discount. We sit down and make him serve us.
A memorable holiday?
Mauritius. It was the first very remote, beachy holiday I’d ever done. I normally do walking or active City breaks but Mark and I and took our son Ben, when he was about 2 to Mauritius and it was a very different holiday to what I’d done before.
It was very luxurious and incredibly beautiful. I don’t think I could do that now, though. I get bored.
I hate dressing up and I hate dresses. I do too much of that at work. Probably the most important dress I have is Lily’s little handmade dress that was made for my wedding. I still have that. It looks tiny now and I still have it. It’s a very sweet dress.
Who would be your top three dinner guests?
It would actually be my grandmother, my dad, who have both passed and Oliver Reed to keep it interesting.
The last place you ate?
It was actually in bed after the show last night.
The last book you read?
I read the Kite Runner again.
The last thing you listened to?
My daughter singing. She sent me a song she’d written. She’s studying music in Liverpool.
The last thing you watched?
A self-build programme about a sustainable house being built.
Your three luxe things in life?
My house in the mountains. It’s absolutely huge and is surrounded by mountains so feels luxurious and private.
My rescue dog from India. It cost a fortune to bring her back and she also knocked my nose when she got in the back of the car so that cost me a lot of money to have it looked at.
My third luxury thing is Badidas – my retro bubble bath…