My Weekend: Roy Charles

Roy Charles
Roy Charles
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Roy Charles is a 48-year-old magician, comedian and children’s entertainer. Roy lives at Portchester and runs party agency childrensentertain .

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

It was a Caribbean cruise. We had been promising ourselves a nice holiday for a few years and after my wife Nikki was ill with breast cancer we thought we’d go for it when she was well enough. It was fantastic, we visited nine islands and found everyone, without exception, to be so nice and friendly.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

The last gig I went to was to see Peter Green’s splinter group at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea. Peter Green was one of the founder members of Fleetwood Mac, they were brilliant.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

The last show we saw was Shrek The Musical and we loved it. It goes down as one of my favourites. But it also has a sad memory attached as when we got out of the theatre I had a phone call to tell us that my stepdad had passed away.

And the last book you read?

I don’t really get a lot of time to read but the last book I read was a crime thriller called The West Leigh Murder, which is set around our local area.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

I went to Port Solent with my wife Nikki and daughters Rhiannon and Megan to see We’re The Millers. It was so funny, I was crying with laughter.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to relax by thinking up new gags and ideas for my stand-up act and also following my beloved football team Pompey.

What do you watch on TV and which programmes do you avoid?

On TV I like to watch Sons of Anarchy. I first saw it while we were working on the cruise ships. They used to show it in our cabins every night and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. The TV show I’d avoid is the Eurovision Song Contest. I think it’s too political with all the countries now voting for their nearest allies.

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

I’d love to have spent a weekend with Tommy Cooper. I think the man was a comedy genius. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly when I was about 12 at a magic shop I used to go to in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

Where do you eat out?

We very rarely have time to eat out but if we do, we go to the Green Farm in Portsmouth for their carvery. And our favourite meal is vindaloo so we either go to the River Spice in Portchester or Cafe Tusk in Fareham.

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

My signature dish is red hot chilli cooked from scratch. Both Nikki and myself love spicy food .

Where’s good for a day out locally?

We often go to Hundred Acres for a trip out where we can walk our dog Levi and clear our heads from work.