War­wick Davis

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Magazine - - My London -

The ac­tor buys snazzy suits on Ber­wick Street and eats at The Ivy with Ricky Ger­vais

Where do you live? Peter­bor­ough. But I should live in London be­cause I’m there so of­ten. What was the last show you saw? Hans Klok’s The Hou­dini Ex­pe­ri­ence at the Pea­cock Theatre. Hav­ing been in a lot of mag­i­cal films over the years, I’ve been taught by ma­gi­cians to do var­i­ous tricks, so I loved it. What ad­vice would you give a tourist? Go to Baker Street to check out where Sher­lock Holmes came from. Which London shops do you rely on? Be­ing 3ft 6in it’s hard to go to just any clothes shop. I go to Boys Base in West­field be­cause the clothes there are just smaller ver­sions of what an av­er­age-size per­son might wear and they don’t look like kids clothes. For books and scripts I go to Foyles (top right). For shoes I like the Dr Martens shop on Neal Street; I’ve got my eye on a ze­bra-striped pair at the mo­ment. As a teenager I used to go to the Vin­tage Mag­a­zine Shop in Soho for film mag­a­zines (above right). It still ex­ists and I some­times swing by if I’m feel­ing nos­tal­gic. What’s your ear­li­est London mem­ory? Go­ing to Sel­fridges to visit Santa’s grotto, aged six. How would you like the open­ing line of your obit­u­ary to read? ‘Shame he’s dead, re­ally.’ It would be nice if peo­ple thought that. What’s the best meal you’ve had in London? An ap­ple, wal­nut and cheese salad and a very sim­ple chicken dish at The Ivy with Ricky Ger­vais. Do you have a re­cur­ring dream? When I’m feel­ing anx­ious I dream that I’m about to go on stage but can’t re­mem­ber my words. It’s a dream that’s com­mon to ac­tors. What an­i­mal would you like to be? A sausage dog be­cause they’ve got short legs, which suits me. What was the last al­bum you down­loaded? It was the sound­track to Drive [star­ring Ryan Gosling, right]. I feel cool when I put it on in the car. What would you do as Mayor for a day? I’d sort out the one-way sys­tems. I’d TAK­ING THE BIS­CUIT The star may have been mar­ried to ac­tress Sa­man­tha Davis for more than 21 years, but when asked, ‘ What is love?’, while be­ing hyp­no­tised by Paul Mckenna, War­wick replied, ‘Choco­late bis­cuits.’ get rid of the lot so you could go any­where you want, up any street. What’s your big­gest ex­trav­a­gance? Buy­ing a Seg­way for $ 6,000. I take it when I do film shoots. It was very use­ful when I was do­ing Harry Pot­ter. What’s the best ad­vice you’ve been given? Just af­ter we did Wil­low, Ge­orge Lu­cas said, ‘Things are go­ing to change for you af­ter this. Al­ways stay true to who you are, al­ways re­mem­ber who you are and don’t let peo­ple change you.’ I’ve lived by that ever since. What are you up to at the mo­ment? I’m do­ing some work for the Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour London: The Mak­ing of Harry Pot­ter. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the rest of the cast at the grand open­ing. Which is your favourite London shop­ping street? The whole area around Covent Gar­den and any street that has an Ap­ple Store. Where do you stay in London? I re­ally like the W Ho­tel on Le­ices­ter Square ( left). It’s new and snazzy, and you walk out the door and you’re in The­atre­land. Who’s your hero? John Candy, who very sadly died too young. He was a bril­liant comic ac­tor. What do you most like wear­ing? Suits with snazzy linings. My tai­lor, Chris Kerr on Ber­wick Street, made all my suits for Life’s Too Short. What’s the first thing you do when you ar­rive in London? Eat pie and mash ( be­low). Have you ever had a run-in with a po­lice­man? I was once driv­ing around in a new Ford Es­cort which at the time, in the 1990s, was quite sought af­ter. Three po­lice cars sud­denly swerved in front of me. They all leaped out and asked me to get out of the car. I stepped out, you know, 3ft 6in, and they im­me­di­ately re­alised there was no way I could have stolen the car. They were very apolo­getic. Tell me some­thing I don’t know about London… You don’t know what it looks like from my level. It looks a lot big­ger and you see a lot of legs. Where were the last three places you went on hol­i­day? The Lake Dis­trict with my fam­ily. We stayed in a tour­ing car­a­van, which was a nice change from ho­tels. I learned my script for Life’s Too Short sit­ting on a beach in Barbados. Be­fore that the fam­ily went to Or­lando, which is not much of a hol­i­day be­cause you end up do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties all the time. (war­wick­davis.co.uk)

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