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The In­be­tween­ers Movie star Ly­dia Rose Bew­ley on an­gels and orang-utans

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My ma­ter­nal grand­mother gave me this gold locket for my 21st birth­day and her wed­ding ring be­fore she passed away. I wear the ring on my right hand after a palm reader told me I’d never get mar­ried if I wore it on my left. When my other grandma died I had a rose-gold ring made with ‘I love you to the moon and back’ en­graved on it.

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about hav­ing a bit of fire in a room, so I take can­dles with me wher­ever I go. I light them in ho­tel rooms, stu­dios and trail­ers as they in­stantly cre­ate at­mos­phere and make ev­ery­thing feel all right.

I col­lect trolls – I’m not a Bar­bie kind of girl. I was given this clown troll on my sixth birth­day and have more than 100 now. I’d have closer to 150 if my brothers hadn’t mas­sa­cred them when I was grow­ing up.

When I was 19 I went to In­dia for seven weeks to get some life ex­pe­ri­ence. I took crayons and my jour­nal and drew and wrote all the time. The Taj Ma­hal was a turn­ing point for me – a man groped me, I con­fronted him and he got chucked out.

My mother Vida is a pot­ter and re­flex­ol­o­gist, but she used to be an opera singer – she played Ti­ta­nia at Glyn­de­bourne. She made a line of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream pot­tery in­clud­ing th­ese sar­dine tins with Ti­ta­nia in her flowery bower.

I take my an­gel cards ev­ery­where. I light a can­dle, pick three cards and read their pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tions. Ev­ery­one on The In­be­tween­ers set made fun of them but they all had a read­ing.

When I was at drama school we had a thing called an­i­mal stud­ies. Two morn­ings a week for three months I had to pre­tend to be an orang-utan, learn­ing their man­ner­isms and hang­ing off a fire es­cape in a leo­tard. I loved it.

My mum is a big knit­ter – she made this hat for me – and I knit, too, es­pe­cially in be­tween takes to help switch off. I’ll never for­get Danny Dyer’s shock when he came on Plebs and saw me knit­ting.

This skirt was given to me on com­edy show I Live With Mod­els, in which I play Jess, a ‘curve’ model liv­ing in New York. It’s from Coast and I’ve worn it so much that I bought it in black, too. Play­ing a model, you have to feel con­fi­dent and I felt amaz­ing in this skirt. I Live With Mod­els is on Com­edy Cen­tral UK on Mon­days at 8pm

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