She’s best known as Sally on Home And Away, but this week Kate Ritchie takes a break from the soapie to star in ABC’s new Thursday night comedy It’s A Date. She sat down with TV Guide to share her favourite things. ENTERTAINMENT Movie: Once. It tears my heart out every time. And on a happier note, Animal Kingdom. Book: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton always touches my innerchild. It’s so nice that my friend’s children are now reading it too. TV show: UK dramas Broadchurch, The Young Ones and Luther. In fact, anything British. Band or singer: Right now, I’d have to say Beyonce. I cannot wait for Mrs Carter to come to town! Album: From The Roots Up by Delilah. Karaoke song: Karaoke? Nothing makes my skin crawl like the thought of karaoke. Gadget: I don’t do gadgets and I suppose a KitchenAid doesn’t count? LIFESTYLE Holiday spot: The Barossa, The Whitsundays and, for sentimental value, Port Macquarie. Things to do on the weekend: Eat poached eggs, walk the dog and that’s about it. Place to go to relax: Italy’s the Amalfi Coast – if only. Hobby: Collecting linen and stationery. Sport to follow or play: I absolutely love the tennis. To watch and to play (badly) but you can’t beat a game of NRL Friday night football. Dinner conversation topics: The Royal baby, internet dating and the election. HOME Room in your home: I am renovating at the moment so that is yet to be decided. My guess will be the walk-inrobe. Place to hide from everyone: If I told you that then it would no longer be my hiding spot. Art piece: A very tiny painting of a lion that I own by the artist David Shepherd. I can’t begin to explain how beautiful it is and what it means to me. Item you can’t live without: My tweezers and my Vaseline Cocoa Butter moisturiser. Luxury product: The Emirates bed. It does not encourage one to start the day, I’m afraid. FOOD Meal of all time: The fettuccine al tartufovo at Sydney’s Buon Ricordo. Dish to cook: Whole salmon because that usually means it’s Christmas. Family recipe: That would probably be tuna mornay . . . and I loathe it. Ingredient: Homemade stock. How did I ever live without it? Guilty pleasure: Schooners. Bar: Palmer & Co in Sydney CBD and Jimmy Liks at Potts Point in Sydney (pictured). Restaurant: Le Club 55 in the south of France. Cafe: The one that opens early and makes the coffee strong and snappy.
Style icon: French actor Marion Cotillard – thanks to Dior. Fashion designer: Australian designer Collette Dinnigan. Piece of clothing: The classic black Chanel jacket. One of which I am yet to own. Shop: Selfridges in London. It’s absolute heaven. Artist: Frederique Lemarchand. I discovered her work in the little French town of Collioure and bought a stunning oil painting after 1000 glasses of Rose!