My Weekend: Emelye Dwyer

Emelye Dwyer
Emelye Dwyer
Former Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu takes part in a 24-hour treadmill relay at Portsmouth University Gym to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Fellow participant Dannii Hutchins gives support. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (180224-1)

Bake-Off star organises 24-hour charity run at University of Portsmouth

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Emelye Dwyer is a 25-year-old actress who lives in Titchfield. She can currently be seen on stage in Portsmouth playing Princess Jasmine in Groundlings Theatre’s panto Aladdin.

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

Oh, a long time ago! I last went to Dahab in Egypt. It’s a very traditional town on the south east coast of the Sinai Peninsula. There was lots of hibiscus tea, shisha pipes and coral reefs. We went scuba diving and climbed Mount Sinai, reaching the top in time to see the sun rise.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

I go to a lot of festivals and the last one was Bestival on the Isle of Wight. It’s huge and full of quirky things to see and get involved with. Bastille were incredible. I try to see Kate Rusby, the folk singer, when I can as well. Her voice is like liquid gold.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

The dark comedy Cooking With Elvis by Lee Hall at the Derby Theatre. My good friend Adam was one of the four actors – and it was hilarious.

And the last book you read?

It was a James Franco novel called Actors Anonymous. Most people just know James Franco as an actor, but his writing is very sophisticated.

What was the last film you saw?

I took my mum to see Philomena – I couldn’t have missed it. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in one film was too much excitement to handle.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to work out – spinning, pilates, yoga, weight training, you name it, I do it. It clears my head and keeps

me very fit. Double the benefits.

What do you watch on TV?

I love watching period dramas. BBC’s The Paradise has just finished and it was fabulous. The detailing is exquisite and the story gripping.

And which programmes do you avoid?

I loathe reality television and TOWIE/MIC. The only exception is Strictly Come Dancing. It’s great for a bit of light relief.

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

I would love to spend the rest of my life (nudge nudge, wink wink) with Tobey Maguire. An unconventional crush, apparently, but I think he is gorgeous, and he is a vegan! Which is a huge plus for me. Ricky Gervais is another one – hilarious.

Where do you shop?

I’m a fan of Urban Outfitters and Rokit (a vintage chain based in London). For basics you can’t beat a classic H&M cardigan or a New Look skinny jean.

Where do you eat out?

I adore Wagamama in Gunwharf. They have so many vegan options. The food is fresh and delicious.

What’s your signature dish?

My spicy South African curry. It’s full of dried fruit, kidney beans, peppers, 
tomatoes and onions. I 
serve it with brown rice, toasted pine nuts, chopped banana and a squeeze of lemon.