You said you nearly went mad playing Alan Partridge for so long when making the film, have you recovered?
I have yes. Alan is a funny character for ninety minutes, but if you spend seven weeks constantly being him, always stuck in a room with him - imagine that. It does send you a bit crazy. Plus, filming was very intensive, I was shooting scenes, then running back up to the writing room to work on scenes.
Did your work start to take over your life?
It did. I often found myself thinking “What would Alan say about this?”. You start having conversations in your head - but that’s good because that’s how you come up with ideas. I did find myself muttering on the train as Alan and suddenly realising that people were looking at me, though.
Have you got a lot in common with Alan?
Alan is a lot of my worst fears, so sometimes the things he says are the things that I really hate. For example, I might put the kind of thing that people with really odious views might say. But other times, Alan might say things I secretly think but haven’t got the guts to say. Alan is quite liberal, as am I, but sometimes I want to say quite illiberal and un-enlightened things out loud too.
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(please supply brief biogrpahy - name, age, organisation - and headshot)
1. Where did you grow up?
2. On a scale of 1-10 rank how happy you are with your lot.
3. What would it take to get this to 10?
4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
5. If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
6. When was the last time you cried and why?
7. What’s your greatest achievement?
8. What three things would you still like to do before you die?
9. What’s your favourite food?
10. Where was the last place you went on holiday?
11. What was the last book you read?
12. What’s the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
13. If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out.
14. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
15. Name three guests, dead or alive, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party.
16. Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
17. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
18. Do you have any regrets?
19. What makes you see red?
20. In no more than five words, write your own epitaph.