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I love drama, maybe I could play a crack dealer in Love/Hate

I never saw myself as a being a musical star, but if that's what I'm famous for, then I'll go with it.

If it gives me and my family good food and an education, then that's the main thing.

Acting is in my blood as my dad was an actor and my wife, Ange, is a stage manager so we're all pretty connected. They like seeing me perform, I am very lucky I have a great family. Not everybody gets that.

The week started off on a bright note as I did an audition for a TV series in Australia. So we'll see how things go with that.

CONCENTRATING

I haven't really mapped the landscape beyond my current musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert because I'm going to be busy with that through to next year.

I am one of those people who never rules anything out when it comes to work.

However, I am concentrating on more straight drama at the moment, which I love.

I have heard about Love/Hate in Ireland and that it's quite good. Maybe I could play a crack dealer in the show?

I would definitely take a role in a crime drama, I don't see why not. As an actor you have to be asked to do an audition but I always keep my options open.

I also did some work on my house in London at the start of the week and attended a few dinner parties with Ange near where we live. I am very settled at this stage so I love nothing more than to light a fire and have some red wine.

It's nice to just enjoy my time with my wife and my children. It's hard when I am away from them for a prolonged time with the shows and we miss each other a lot.

But it's not like I am in Afghanistan fighting a war.

So when you think about it like that, it's a pretty good deal that I have. You get rewarded for it so you can't complain. Priscilla is a great show.

It was an early start on Thursday as I came over to Dublin ahead of the arrival of the musical here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on October 15.

I haven't been on for the show in two weeks so we hit Bradford next week and then the following week I will be back here in Dublin.

It's great to be back in Ireland, the people are always warm. I don't get to come here that much, the last time I was doing the Sound of Music and that was for months so it was a long time. I hope Irish audiences come to see the show because it is a good story and it has great songs in it. It's a long time since my pop career was in full flow, but I don't think it will ever really leave me. I still sing some of my songs.

I think the main reason I did Priscilla is that those songs never go away to a generation.

But I can't just keep going out and singing Seal it With a Kiss or Too many Broken Hearts for the rest of my life.

MUSICALS

You can, but it's not moving forward.

Sometimes I get fans who are still nostalgic coming up and asking me to sing for them, but I just walk away at that point.

So I don't think I will be releasing a single anytime soon, but at least I still get the buzz of performing through musicals.

I like to go and see some musicals when I am off and maybe I will catch some gigs when I am in Ireland. I will be staying for two weeks which is a nice amount of time.

I will spend one week in the city and another week outside of Dublin so I will get to take in plenty of the place.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from Tuesday, October 15 until Saturday, October 26


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