My favourite things celia im­rie talks about what she trea­sures the most

The award-win­ning ac­tress tells Nathalie Whit­tle about the mo­ments, mem­o­ries and pos­ses­sions she trea­sures the most...

Woman & Home - - Editor’s Letter - Celia’s lat­est films, Find­ing your Feet and Mon­ster Fam­ily, are in cin­e­mas now w&h

Celia, 65, lives in Lon­don and has a grown-up son, an­gus. her lat­est novel, Sail Away (Blooms­bury), is out now.

fideLiS mor­gan’S BookS she’s writ­ten a se­ries of four, which are about the Count­ess ashby De la Zouche, a for­mer mis­tress to King Charles ii, who ends up work­ing as a jour­nal­ist for a scan­dal sheet. i’m des­per­ate to get them made into a film.

my Lucky charm, “doggy” He’s a toy dog that my nanny gave to me when i was about five and he’s come to ev­ery dress­ing room on ev­ery first night with me. He’s cov­ered in lip­stick now be­cause i al­ways kiss him be­fore i go on stage.

gian Lorenzo Bernini’S ScuLp­tureS

i went to see “The ec­stasy of Saint Teresa” at rome’s Santa maria della Vit­to­ria when i was film­ing my lat­est movie, Find­ing Your

Feet, and it was breath­tak­ing. Joanna lum­ley [Celia’s co-star] came too and she felt the same. my “won­der” cream Ev­ery year, i go to the Roscoff onion Fes­ti­val in France where they sell these lovely nat­u­ral cos­met­ics, in­clud­ing my favourite, tha­l­ado Crème Régén­er­ante. be­lieve it or not, it’s made from sea­weed. Who knows if it re­ally does any­thing, but you have to have a cer­tain amount of be­lief in some­thing if it’s go­ing to work mir­a­cles, don’t you?

danc­ing the night away My son bought me tick­ets to a burns Night ceilidh at bat­tersea arts Cen­tre and i’ll never for­get it. there were 80 of us danc­ing around with a bril­liant live band. a freShLy Baked Baguette i have a lit­tle apart­ment in France and there’s some­thing won­der­ful about buy­ing a warm baguette and not be­ing al­lowed to bite the top off un­til i get home – be­cause the French never eat walk­ing along the road.

Swim­ming in the Sea

i don’t mind where or when it is, i’ll al­ways dare my­self to go in. i’ve even been known to go in the sea in eng­land in the mid­dle of Jan­uary be­fore... wear­ing all my clothes! my oLd BLue cardi­gan i re­mem­ber be­ing in a re­hearsal room with Hugh bon­neville not so long ago when he turned to me and said, “Celia, i think you were wear­ing that same cardi­gan when i last saw you 15 years ago.” i didn’t think there was any­thing wrong in it, but he thought it was highly amus­ing.

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