My favourite things... Ac­tress Celia Im­rie

The novelist and award-win­ning ac­tress tells Nathalie Whit­tle about the mo­ments, mem­o­ries and pos­ses­sions she trea­sures the most...

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

Celia, 66, lives in Lon­don and has a grown-up son, An­gus. Her lat­est novel, Sail Away (Blooms­bury), is avail­able now on

FIDELIS MOR­GAN’S BOOKS She’s writ­ten a se­ries of four about Count­ess Ashby de la Zouche, a for­mer mis­tress to King Charles II, who ends up work­ing as a jour­nal­ist for a scan­dal sheet. I’m des­per­ate to get them made into a film.

MY LUCKY CHARM, ‘DOGGY’ He’s a toy dog that my nanny gave to me when I was about five, and he’s come to ev­ery dress­ing room on ev­ery first night with me. He’s cov­ered in lip­stick now be­cause I al­ways kiss him be­fore I go on stage.


I went to see The Ec­stasy of Saint Teresa at Rome’s Santa Maria della Vit­to­ria when I was film­ing the movie Find­ing Your Feet, and it was breath­tak­ing. Joanna Lum­ley [Celia’s co-star] came, too, and she felt the same way.

MY ‘WON­DER’ CREAM Ev­ery year, I go to the Roscoff Onion Fes­ti­val in France, where they sell th­ese lovely nat­u­ral cosmetics, in­clud­ing my favourite, Tha­l­ado Crème Régénérante. Be­lieve it or not, it’s made from sea­weed. Who knows if it re­ally does any­thing, but you have to have a cer­tain amount of be­lief in some­thing if it’s go­ing to work mir­a­cles, don’t you?

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY My son bought me tick­ets to a tra­di­tional Scot­tish-dance night and I’ll never for­get it. There were 80 of us dancing around to a bril­liant live band. A FRESHLY BAKED BAGUETTE I have a lit­tle apart­ment in France, and there’s some­thing won­der­ful about buy­ing a warm baguette and not be­ing al­lowed to bite the top off un­til I get home – be­cause the French never eat walk­ing along the road.


I don’t mind where or when it is, I’ll al­ways dare my­self to go in. I’ve even been known to go for a swim in the mid­dle of win­ter be­fore... wear­ing all of my clothes!

MY OLD BLUE CARDI­GAN I was in a re­hearsal room with Hugh Bon­neville once, when he turned to me and said, “Celia, I think you were wear­ing that cardi­gan when I last saw you 15 years ago.” I didn’t see any­thing wrong in it, but he thought it was highly amus­ing. Celia is in the se­ries Hang Ups this month on ITV Choice, Dstv chan­nel 123.

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