Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London

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The actor likes his liquid dinners and having a laugh with Billie Piper Where do you live and why?

I divide my time between my house in Windsor and my girlfriend's house just off Old Brompton Road. I've also recently bought a house in Cornwall.

How long have you lived in London?

On and off for about 15 years. What advice would you give to a tourist?

Walk faster.

What do you miss most about London?

The sense you get that you're in one of the world's greatest cities.

What are your favourite home comforts?

Sunday roast. My roast potatoes are the best. What are your extravagances?

Parking tickets. What would you do if you were Mayor for a day? Write myself a cheque for [pounds sterling]3,542.75 - the amount I paid last year in congestion charge fines.

What is your life philosophy?

When I got thrown out of school, my drama teacher said to me, 'Listen to everybody's advice and opinions, inwardly digest, then ignore two thirds of it, no matter who they are.' What was the last CD you bought?

Scott Matthews' Passing Stranger. He's a ray of light in a sometimes insipid bunch of young male singer/songwriters. Plus Goulag Orkestar by a great band called Beirut. What do you listen to on your iPod as you travel around London?

My girlfriend bought me an iPod and had it engraved. As yet it's still in the box.

What are your current projects?

I'm appearing in Treats at the Garrick Theatre with Billie Piper and Laurence Fox until the end of May and I've got a movie out this summer called Death at a Funeral. God knows after that.

What's it like working with Billie Piper?

It's a pleasure. She's hardworking and a lot of fun. Which is your favourite London theatre?

The Almeida, because everyone's paid the same, the salad is excellent and the theatre's great. The best crew is at the Garrick, though.

Which living actor do you most admire?

Working with Al Pacino on The Merchant of Venice was a high point, but I think that Peter Vaughan, who I did Death at a Funeral with, is a legend. …

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