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Body and soul: Actress Liz Fitzgibbon

Liz (23) is from Youghal in Co Cork. She is playing the part of Tess in the Abbey's production of Christ Deliver Us! Liz graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2007. Her first performance in the Abbey was in The Playboy Of The Western World, and she also played the part of Emma in Fair City

My parents . . . run a seafood restaurant called Aherne's in Youghal. It's been in the family for three generations.

The house I grew up in . . . is in Youghal, Co Cork, overlooking the sea. It was a very open house and there was lots of fun and love.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . an actor. I was four-years-old the first time I said it to my mother and she just said: "Fine, no problem."

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . love to be able to do gymnastics. When I was a kid I tried, but popped a cartilage in my chest when I was doing a backward roll, of all things.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . kickboxing, I was a competitive kick boxer. I am also good at fire poi, or fire twirling.

You may not know it but I'm terrible at . . . spelling. I can't spell and my mum says I get that from her.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . my mum and dad, I'm a mix of the two of them. I think I have my dad's sense of humour and my mum's eyes and smile.

My alter ego is . . . a spy. Two of my aunties from Cork were spies during the Civil War, so I used to love hearing stories about them.

My real life villain is . . . Bertie Ahern, because he is not an artist, and thinks he is because of his book.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a gold vintage dress that I bought in London. It was £10 pounds in a vintage shop and I adore it.

I wish I'd never worn . . . those awful raver jeans with smiley faces on them. I would probably puke if I had to wear them again.

I drive . . . either of my parents' cars because I haven't got my own yet.

If I have five minutes free I . . . send a text message, or call my boyfriend Rory Maloney. He's in Cork.

My greatest regret is . . . that I haven't played the piano since I passed my Grade Eight exam when I was 18.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my dad (John). He's a bit of a legend.

The last time I cried . . . was in rehearsals, I cry through controlling my breathing, or, if I'm pushed, I'll think of something sad. I'm pretty good at welling up.

My five-year plan is . . . to build up my work here, do more travelling and save up a bit of money so I can buy a car of my own.

My life philosophy is . . . "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined," according to the philosopher Thoreau. And, as my Mum says: "Don't get mad, get even."

Christ Deliver Us! opens on the Abbey stage on Tuesday, February 16 (previews from February 9). It's directed by Wayne Jordan. Call 01 87 87 222, or www.abbeytheatre.ie