If you’re visiting Southsea’s Kings Theatre in the next few weeks, you’ll see Christopher Marlowe in some ‘stunning’ frocks. The 57-year-old actor is playing Queen Gertie the Gorgeous in Sleeping Beauty.
When did you last go away and where did you go?
I went to Barcelona in May with my partner Colin. It was a fun holiday, we had lots to eat and drink. We love Spanish, especially paella and a glass or so of Rioja.
What was the last gig or concert you went to?
We went to the Players’ Theatre in London – a small theatre near Charing Cross – to see 4 Poofs and a Piano. It starred a very good friend of ours, Bobby Crush, and was great.
What about the last theatre show you saw?
The last show was Company at Chichester by CCADS, a very good local group. I really enjoyed it – an excellent production performed to a high standard.
And the last book your read?
A biography of Doris Day, which was very revealing. She definitely was not the girl next door that her image suggested, but a sexy lady. Say no more.
What was the last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?
Behind the Candelabra – the biog of Liberace, who was excellently played by Michael Douglas. A brilliant portrayal!
What’s your favourite way to relax?
I love cooking anything with a continental flavour and I also find tropical gardens with palm trees very relaxing.
What do you watch on TV?
I usually watch documentaries and films.
And which TV programmes do you avoid?
Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?
Su Pollard because she is so full of energy. I think she’d be a lot of fun.
Where do you shop?
Waitrose – I think it has an excellent standard of food and service.
Where do you eat out?
Spanish, Indian and Chinese restaurants – they’re very much my taste.
What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?
I think it has to be my slow roast leg of lamb and asparagus rolls. I did that dish when I appeared on Come Dine With Me on Channel 4. I won so people must think it’s okay.
What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?
I most regularly go to Cha Chas café and wine bar and The Phoenix pub in Southsea – full of lovely eccentrics.
Where’s good for a day out locally?
Chichester because it has really good restaurants and shops.
And what about a day trip further afield?
I really like going to Padstow in Cornwall, particularly to visit Rick Stein’s restaurant.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love gardening and cooking. I find them both very relaxing.