Wednesday 21 February 2018

Loves of my life: Lavinia Keely, actress

'Scorchio' star Lavinia Keely
'Scorchio' star Lavinia Keely

Her husband and parents feature high on her list of loves while drivers who don't show appreciation when you let them out at junctions are a pet hate for actress.

The person

My husband, Ian. He is so funny and supportive, and he always encourages me in all that I do. He is my rock

The memory

Driving down to Galway on a lovely summer's day. I picked up my 94-year-old granny, Julia, and we went sunbathing in Kinvara, by the sea. We always had great fun together. She had such a great sense of humour, and lived until 101

The moment of the day

Hitting the beach in the morning with my dog is pretty special

The song

La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz

The movie

I have always loved Woody Allen, and I think my favourite film is Annie Hall. I've seen it a hundred times

The hero

My parents are my heroes. They have showed me how to be strong and courageous and to keep trying, even when things get difficult. Their west-of-Ireland no-nonsense attitude has rubbed off on me

The book

I recently read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I'd love to say it is my favourite, but it took a while to read, so I'll say Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is my real favourite. It's a very gripping and moving read

The outfit

A raw-silk grey playsuit, which I have only worn once. I need an occasion to wear it again! I also love to wear my leather jacket and black skinny jeans

The gadget

I love my phone holder in my car, so I can chat away without the gardai stopping me for points!

The pet hate

People who can't say sorry. I hate stubbornness. I also hate when people can't muster the energy to thank you for letting them out at a junction. I just don't get it

The friend

My friend Mua Mindy. She is Ireland's Biggest Influencer. Everybody wants to be like her. She is on Facebook and Twitter. Look her up!

The beauty product

I love Charlotte Tilbury make-up

The holiday

My trip around the world. My favourite places were Mexico and New Zealand. I felt so alive surrounded by the Mexican culture, the salsa music, the Spanish language, and the beautiful architecture. I also found the most spectacular beach, called Mazunte. If you're travelling to Mexico, that's a must!

The piece of advice

Life is not a dress rehearsal, so embrace every moment

The accessory

My sunglasses. They can hide a multitude!

The drink

A Kir Royale

The hotel

Monart Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. They have the most comfortable beds in the world. It's my secret escape!

The bar

The Merrion hotel bar is so relaxing and unpretentious. It's my favourite place in Dublin

The hobby

I love to surf, ideally on the west coast. The sea air and waves invigorate my soul

The part of my body

My mouth - I'm always doing impersonations, mimicking people and trying to do every accent under the sun!

The celebrity

For comedic actresses, I think Tina Fey is the best there is. I also love Michael J Fox, and the tireless work he has done to find a cure for Parkinson's disease

The virtue


The vice

I'm not a big cheese person, but I discovered Stilton with apricots last week . . . it's dangerous!

The smell

I love the smell of a log fire and a real Christmas tree

The taste

Italian lemonade, hand-made with fresh lemons and sparkling water

Lavinia Keely is an Irish actress from Castleknock, D15. She is best-known for her characters on the hidden-camera comedy TV show 'Scorchio'.


Twitter @Liv_Keely

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