A few of my favourite things

The ac­tress is best known for her role as the feisty, yet vul­ner­a­ble, nurse Trixie Franklin in the BAFTA award-win­ning Call the Mid­wife, cur­rently air­ing its sixth se­ries on BBC1. She has re­ceived great ac­claim on both the big screen and on stage–par­ticul

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

My leav­ing present from the Strictly Come Danc­ing arena tour was a per­son­alised pass­port holder from Aspinal of Lon­don. I com­pleted the set at Christ­mas this year when I got the clas­sic-look­ing Lot­tie purse and match­ing travel pouch with my ini­tials etched on them. I en­joy pre­tend­ing I’m a 1950s film star ev­ery time I bring them out of my bag. Purse, £140; travel pouches from £50 (0845 052 6900; www.as­pinaloflon­don.com)

My won­der­ful hair­dresser Bryn at Eas­ton Re­gal rec­om­mended Olaplex

hair per­fec­tor when my hair started snap­ping off due to over-styling. I leave it on for an hour, twice a week, and it’s to­tally changed the con­di­tion of my pre­vi­ously bro­ken hair. £32 (0845 077 3277; www.olaplex.co.uk)

I dis­cov­ered Mrs H. S. Ball’s Orig­i­nal Recipe Chut­ney when I was film­ing in Cape Town and now I can’t eat a meal with­out it. I try to eat healthily at home, which in­cludes a lot of dark-green veg­eta­bles such as kale and chard, but they al­ways taste bet­ter with some of this chut­ney. £1.89 (www.ocado.com)

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