Jennifer Ellison, 34, starred in Brookside from 1998-2003, won Hell’s Kitchen in 2004 and has worked continuously in theatre, TV and is a regular guest panellist on Loose Women. She is married to Rob Tickle and has three boys, Bobby, seven, Harry, four, and Charlie three.
MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY
When I got engaged in the Maldives. It was the best experience ever. I was 24 and I’d never seen a place that was so beautiful, it was just paradise.
We didn’t have any children at the time so money was no object! We went snorkelling and sailing to see blue whales. I’d never seen sea so blue or the light so bright.
AND YOUR WORST?
Benidorm. I think it’s probably a great place now but we went when I was 19. There was a gaggle of us girls and it was the holiday from hell. I was in Brookside at the time so whenever we went to clubs they announced it on the PA. Nightmare. It was madness.
The sand from the beach where my husband proposed to me in the Maldives. I keep it in a little jar in a box of keepsakes. A good memory.
I bought inflatables for the pool – a stringray, a great white shark and a crocodile but when I got to the airport I had to buy another case to fit them all in.
I worked out that they probably cost me £100 each.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It gives you a very positive outlook on life. If you think positively you’ll attract positivity, if you think negatively you’ll attract negativity.
I used to get up in the morning and let one negative thing get to me and then it would snowball the rest of the day. I read it and it really changed my whole outlook and my life began to change.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY?
I like to drink cocktails, favourites are daiquiris but mojitos are so refreshing. I like to sunbathe, I love snorkelling and sea fishing. I’m a