Cold Feet ac­tor Robert Bathurst on bird­song, bread queues and for­get­ting faces

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with Cold Feet ac­tor Robert Bathurst

Guilty plea­sure? Mrs Brown’s Boys, which is vul­gar, rum­bus­tious and the clos­est thing we’ve got to mu­sic hall. I was in an episode of the TV show and ap­peared in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. Where is home? Sus­sex. Ca­reer plan B? If I changed ca­reer now, I would like to man­age wood­land. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Jeff Daniels – I have been mis­taken for him a few times. Big­gest bug­bear? When dis­as­ters change from be­ing news into tit­il­la­tion, whether it’s 9/11 or re­cent atroc­i­ties. As a child you wanted to be… Dan Dare from The Ea­gle comic. Ear­li­est mem­ory? Walk­ing across Minch­in­hamp­ton Com­mon in Glouces­ter­shire when I was three. Se­cret to a happy re­la­tion­ship? Ev­ery­thing comes down to trust. Your best qual­ity? I’m quite friendly. And your worst? Some­times, I’m too friendly, which can lead to un­wanted in­vi­ta­tions. Most ro­man­tic thing you’ve ever done? Propos­ing to my wife Vic­to­ria. We had been go­ing out for a cou­ple of years and it was the first time mar­riage had ever been men­tioned. Last meal on earth? Crème caramel with con­densed milk. Dream din­ner-party guests? My late par­ents, to give them an up­date on what has been hap­pen­ing. They both died in 2009. On a day off we’d find you… Watch­ing horse rac­ing in the win­ter and cricket in the sum­mer. Starstruck mo­ment? Meet­ing Alan Bates at the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer. I could barely man­age to say hello. Big break? Ap­pear­ing in Noises Off in the West End in 1983, my first proper act­ing job. Ca­reer high­light? Jok­ing Apart, a TV sit­com I did in the 90s. I al­ways talk about it and will con­tinue to do so un­til the BBC re­peats it. Most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment? I think that I suf­fer from prosopag­nosia, which is an in­abil­ity to recog­nise fa­mil­iar faces. Bizarrely, I seem to for­get cast­ing di­rec­tors most of­ten, and they’re the most im­por­tant peo­ple in the busi­ness. Favourite tip­ple? A de­li­cious cock­tail called the Queen’s Cousin. Hang­over cure? Don’t fight it. Top of your bucket list? To sail round the He­brides in a beau­ti­ful, wooden boat in the early au­tumn. Se­cret skill? I can re­cite the Greek al­pha­bet. One thing that would make your life bet­ter? To be able to recog­nise ev­ery bird by its song. Last film that made you cry? Ad­dicted to Sheep, a won­der­ful doc­u­men­tary about a year in the life of a hill farmer. Where would you time travel to? A bread queue in 1980s Poland to ex­pe­ri­ence what it was like. First record you bought? David Bowie’s Hunky Dory. Most ex­trav­a­gant pur­chase? A cash­mere over­coat. Your big­gest re­gret? That I didn’t live closer to my par­ents when they were older. Phi­los­o­phy? No­body owes you any­thing. Celebrity crush? Julie Christie in Billy Liar. Hap­pi­ness is… You’re only as happy as your least happy child [Robert and Vic­to­ria have four daugh­ters].

Robert stars in the new se­ries of Cold Feet on ITV1 on Fri­days at 9pm

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