Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; NaomieHarris Loses Herself on Hampstead Heath

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; NaomieHarris Loses Herself on Hampstead Heath

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Byline: Words by Sylvia Mulder

Home is... Wherever I am. I decided three years ago that as I travel so much for work there was no point in having a fixed address, so I put all my belongings into storage and I live out of two suitcases. I'm now tiring of the nomadic life and I'm on the hunt for a proper home in the UK.

What was the last play you saw in London?

A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse. My mate Ruth Wilson, who is in Small Island with me, was phenomenal. It moved me so much that I was crying like a baby.

What advice would you give a tourist?

Wear comfortable shoes. There's so much to see in London you'll be running to fit it all in.

Which London shops do you rely on?

Neville's Hair & Beauty in Belgravia does a manicure and pedicure while you have the best blow-dry in London. Hoss Intropia on Regent Street has ethically made shoes. John Lewis has pretty much everything. I like Planet Organic in Fulham: it's pricey but great for organic produce. Pure Package delivers healthy meals to your door; no wheat, no dairy, no sugar.

What's the best meal you've had in London?

At DeVille in Marylebone. The price made it taste even better: a first-rate three-course meal for [pounds sterling]18.50. Bargain.

What's your earliest London memory?

Eating an ice cream in Highgate Wood as a child. What would be on your tombstone? She tried her best.

What are you most afraid of?

Senseless acts of violence. What are your guilty pleasures? Chocolate and pole-dancing.

What would you do as Mayor for a day?

Get rid of stamp duty. Given the ridiculously high price of housing in the capital, I don't understand why we have to pay the government to move. What's your life philosophy? Stay true to yourself.

What animal would you like to be?

A much-loved dog: fed and cuddled, with no worries at all.

What would you save from a fire?

My tax receipts so I don't get in trouble with the Inland Revenue. I've never been particularly attached to my possessions.

What makes you laugh?

My brother, he's 13 and has a brilliant wit; he can make me laugh even if I'm in the foulest mood.

What makes you cry?

Everything. I'm so easy to get going, my family walk on eggshells around me. I was at the Black Child Annual Achievement Awards ceremony earlier this month and there was a girl who had managed to get three As at A level despite living in a hostel and having to work to support herself. I thought, 'How incredible!' and cried.

What are you up to at the moment?

I'm off to Kenya to film The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, about an 84-year-old fighting for his right to go to school for the first time.

Which is your favourite place to shop? …

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