My Weekend: Matt Merritt

Matt Merritt and Stephen Fry
Matt Merritt and Stephen Fry

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Matt Merritt, 32, from Cosham runs a music website called callupontheauthor.com and appears in Blackadder at Station Theatre and Ferneham Hall next month.

When did you last go away and where did you go? 

My wife and I went to Edinburgh to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It has so much macabre and fantastic history. We visited the underground vaults, the castle, a wonderful little independent cinema called The Filmhouse and the zoo. Seeing Tian Tian the panda was very exciting.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to? 

Brian May and Kerry Ellis at The New Theatre Royal. Queen was the first band whose music I really cared about so it was amazing to see Brian in such an intimate space.

What about the last theatre show you saw?   

Twelfth Night at the Apollo in London. It was an all-male production with Stephen Fry (who was happy to be pictured with me) as Malvolio and was about as perfect a rendition of Shakespeare as anyone could hope to see.

The last book you read?   

I’m currently re-reading all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories. It’s great to compare the very human Bond of the books with the larger than life version we’re used to seeing in movies. He seems very aware of his own mortality and a lot less of a superhero.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?  

The Hobbit. I really enjoyed it. It’s a very different story to Lord Of The Rings, because it was originally written for children and has a much lighter tone to it. At least until the scene with Gollum… (pictured right).

What’s your favourite way to relax?  

Curling up on the sofa with a good book and a big slab of cake.

What do you watch on TV?

Old episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?  

Any staged reality shows… Made In Chelsea, TOWIE. I just find them too fake to hold any interest.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with? 

Stephen Fry. I’ve always been a big fan.

Where do you shop? 

On the internet. And I keep meaning to head to Pie & Vinyl (pictured right). Any place where I can get a steak pie and a bunch of new albums is all right by me.

Where do you eat out? 

Chimi Changa in Port Solent. I’ve got a weakness for Tex-Mex and they do the best ribs.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?  

Beans on toast.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go? 

In the summer, I head to Spice Island for a cold pint by the water. And the Belle Isle has a really nice atmosphere.

Where’s good for a day out locally? 

You can’t beat a nice walk along the seafront and a bite to eat in Gunwharf Quays.