What’s your perfect night of TV – and what would be your character Linda Carter’s?
Curled up with red wine and blue cheese watching back-to-back Breaking Bad or Sherlock. Danny Dyer always teases me that I fancy Benedict Cumberbatch, but I really don’t. I just think he’s brilliant in that role. Linda would be curled up with a white wine spritzer watching all the soaps. I reckon she’s even hanging in with Neighbours and Home and Away.
What makes you turn the TV off ?
Shows in which celebrities have to do things – I’m a Celebrity or Strictly. I’m just not interested. Maybe it’s just me. For instance, I’m not on Twitter or Facebook. I don’t care what people are having for their breakfast. I love the people who are genuinely in my life, as opposed to those who’d be in my life via the internet.
What are your earliest memories of watching TV?
I used to watch a lot of old films with my nana and granddad, classic musicals like Singin’ in the Rain. I also remember watching T-Bag on Children’s ITV and really wanting to be the girl in it. And then, of course, I did eventually get to play the girl in that show
Who was your first TV crush?
Phillip Schofield. Easy. Back when he was in the broom cupboard with Gordon the Gopher on BBC1. I still have a bit of a crush on him now that he’s a silver fox.
Who’s in charge of the remote control in your house?
My two-year-old son. He has me leaping about to Tree Fu Tom. Thanks to children’s TV, I now have no clue about what’s going on in the world. The other week, I got to stay in a hotel and it was truly incredible to be able to watch BBC Breakfast for half an hour.
Are you worried about Linda alienating viewers because of her old-fashioned attitude to her son Johnny being gay?
I don’t have the same opinions as Linda and I was a bit concerned about how it would come across. But you have to be able to reach everybody who watches the show and it wouldn’t have been truthful if all the Carters had been pleased that Johnny is gay. Linda wouldn’t say she was homophobic – she just doesn’t want it to be her son, which I believe is a far more common reaction in parents than we think.
It’s unusual for soap couples to not cheat – do you hope Mick and Linda remain faithful?
Danny and I would really fight for them to stay faithful. We’re both absolutely adamant that that’s how we want it to be. If either Mick or Linda had an affair, it would be a cop-out.
What were your expectations of Danny Dyer and what’sthe reality?
I didn’t think he’d be an ogre, but I thought he’d maybe be a little bit arrogant or selfish. But he’s a dream. He’s ten million times nicer than I thought he was going to be. In fact, I couldn’t have asked for a better TV husband.
What do you make of Linda’s fashion sense?
Well, her disco pants are quite uncomfortable on a hot day! She dresses completely differently to me, but I love her look. She really is a Pink Lady through and through. We have to do a mock Grease some time. Danny could be Danny and I’d be Sandy. We should do it for Children in Need.
Tennis or football? I love Wimbledon.
Pointless or University Challenge? I went on Pointless once with Tim Bentinck from The Archers and we won!
Wallander or Happy Valley? Wallander. But I haven’t yet seen Happy Valley and I really want to.
Graham Norton or Alan Carr? Graham Norton
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