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Domhnall Gleeson

Last book you read?

I read Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest and James M Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice to get my mind off rehearsals of Great Expectations at the Gate. Both great books.

Favourite book?

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov was bloody hard work but really thrilling. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien is the funniest book I've read.

Favourite film?

I'll change next week but Double Indemnity for now.

Favourite painter?

Probably Peter McDonagh, who did my parents' house. Great job and a lovely man.

Favourite piece of music?

Hmm ... I'll go for Starálfur by Sigur Rós; it's truly beautiful. Or Pale Blue Eyes by the Velvet Underground.

Favourite country to visit?

I was in Tuscany and it was brilliant, so I'll say Italy.

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Favourite TV show?

The O'Herlihy/Giles/Brady/ Dunphy quartet is pretty great. I love it when they're all on and there's an argument.

Favourite Food?

I like cashew nuts.


I'm way out of my depth with this one. Uh ... red?

Biggest influence in your professional life?

Boring answer ... family and friends and people I've worked with, I suppose. They all influence you in different ways, right?

Cultural blackspot?

The part of my brain that's meant to take an interest in art.

Domhnall Gleeson is now appearing as Herbert Pocket in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, adapted by Hugh Leonard, at the Gate Theatre (01 874 4045; www.gate-theatre.ie)

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