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Body and soul: Elsa Jones

My parents . . .

met in the Purty Kitchen in Dun Laoghaire when my mother was over from Spain and working as an au pair. My father was an antique dealer and my mother owned a bridal shop. Thankfully, they are both happy and in good health.

The house I grew up in . . . is filled with wonderful memories. I grew up in Rathfarnham Wood in Dublin 14 and I still hang out with the same group of friends from the area. We call ourselves The Woodies.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a ballerina, but, unfortunately, I wasn’t quite as light on my feet as I thought I was. I think I was much more interested in wearing the pretty pink tutu than actually dancing.

If I could change one thing about myself . . . I would be less of a planner and more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of gal.

You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at . . . acting and doing impersonations and different accents. I do voice-over work but it’s rare that you get an opportunity to do anything other than a straight read.

You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . giving or taking directions when in a car. I hate driving outside my comfort zone for fear of getting lost. I bought a sat nav, which has improved things somewhat, but even with it I’m still challenged.

At night I dream of . . . virtual to-do lists. My husband reckons there’s a hamster on a wheel inside my head. God love Hammy — he must be wrecked.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . things that I’d like to change but on the whole I’m happy enough with what I see. Like most women I’m very self-critical, but I actually think the older you get the more comfortable you get in your own skin.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . an orange frill top I got at Ted Baker, it’s so bright and fresh and summery. I love wearing vibrant colours in the summer as I tend to wear too much black in the winter — it’s just so damn easy to wear.

I drive . . . a black Volkswagen Polo, I’m not really a car person to be honest. If I won a fancy car I’d probably just cash it in.

My house is . . . where I get to chill and have some ‘me’ time. I love cooking and enjoy nothing more than lounging in my kitchen over a nice dinner and a glass of red wine.

My favourite work of art is . . . the statue of David, by Michelangelo, in Florence — I like the way he was given realistic proportions!

A book that changed me is . . . The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, you have to take it with a pinch of salt because it’s quite cheesy but I do believe in the law of attraction to a certain extent — it has worked for me so far.

The person who really makes me laugh is. . . Jeremy Piven in Entourage, aka Ari Gold. I’m not easily pleased when it comes to comedy but he cracks me up. The way he delivers his lines is priceless.

The last time I cried was . . . when I watched The Kite Runner for the second time, it is such a heart-wrenching film.

My five-year plan is . . . to make another few series of How Healthy Are You? because I really feel it’s a worthwhile programme and making the first series was one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done.

My life philosophy is . . . the harder you work the luckier you get.

Elsa Jones is producer and presenter of How Healthy Are You?, a new series airing on TV3 on September 29 at 7.30pm and then running weekly for six episodes