My Weekend: Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe
Christopher Marlowe
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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?

Reality shows.

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.