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Penny Ash­ton, 43, is an ac­tress, co­me­dian, cel­e­brant, and “all-round show off ”. She lives in San­dring­ham, Auck­land, with her hus­band Matthew Har­vey, 41.

We’ve lived here for al­most seven years. It’s the flat my now-hus­band and I moved into when we first de­cided to live to­gether. We’d been go­ing out for about 10 months. We don’t own it, be­cause, don’t be ridicu­lous.

The land­lord grew up in the house. It was dec­o­rated in the 70s and noth­ing has changed, which we love. It’s got pol­ished cork walls in the kitchen, which is painted turquoise and yel­low.

The bathroom has crazy wall­pa­per – it’s pur­ple and turquoise with a re­ally elab­o­rate pat­tern.

We love the house. We’ve got a Formica din­ing ta­ble and a gi­ant, three-seater, pink vel­vet couch, and a turquoise couch. It’s all very colour­ful. It suits me par­tic­u­larly.

My hus­band just sort of goes, “What­ever dar­ling.” My hus­band is also a per­former and a poet. He was do­ing a show called Dan­ger Man and we did this pho­to­shoot that was kind of James Bond-y. I needed a new shower cur­tain and I found this site which prints them. He came home one day from work and I was like, “Go to the bathroom.” He was like, “What the f...!”

When­ever any­one goes to the toi­let, they look at him. We don’t have pets, or kids. I had a plant once but it died. That’s the most re­spon­si­bil­ity I want in my life. We have a tonne of fake plas­tic flow­ers all over the house be­cause when we got mar­ried that’s what we had at the wed­ding.

I like the fact the house is open-plan – I do all the cook­ing, and we can talk to each other while he’s in the lounge.

We spend quite a lot of time binge-watch­ing TV. The couch is a very good snug­gle site.

The land­lord re­cently painted the out­side of the house. We had painters Fred and Dan out­side for three months. They be­came quite good mates. By the end they were buy­ing me cof­fees, they were de­light­ful.

I do a lot of trav­el­ling with work, and love to col­lect fridge mag­nets. I’ve also just made Matt some pic­tures for the walls. I drew a car­toon of a pig wear­ing a swan cos­tume – BjpÖrk – and one of a pig DJ with the cap­tion “Pork scratch­ings”. I was very pleased with them.

I did MC Ham­mer, Ham­let. I gave them to him for our first an­niver­sary a few weeks ago.

Penny Ash­ton will per­form her solo mu­si­cal, Olive Cop­per­bot­tom, in Auck­land April 18-22 and in Welling­ton May 9-27.

In­ter­view/ Britt Mann Pho­to­graph/ Pa­trick Reynolds

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