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Body and soul: Lisa Lambe

My parents are . . . very gentle, happy people. They are both retired now. I started in drama school when I was three years old and they were always really encouraging.

The house I grew up in . . . was full of boys, and hurleys. My mother was constantly cooking and washing. I am the youngest of 10. There are seven boys and three girls, and there was an open-house policy, which meant that people were always coming and going.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a singer. My dad has a lovely voice and, being in stage school, it was all about music. I loved Kylie Minogue and I remember my dad got me a T-shirt printed with her face on it, and my name above it in velvet letters.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . have straight hair. In school I always had to keep it off my face.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . art. For a while I wanted to go to art school. Sometimes when I draw it helps me get inspiration for a character, I doodle all the time.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . spelling, and saying no to buying make-up. But, it's okay because I need it all for shows!

At night I dream . . . amazing dreams but I can never remember them all. I know they are always in colour and very vivid.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . whichever character I'm playing. With Performance Corporation there is always a huge transformation for the role.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a little black Diane Von Furstenburg dress. I bought it for the Theatre Awards two years ago.

I wish I'd never worn . . . legwarmers. I wore them a lot as a kid, over my lycra one-pieces when I was dancing.

I drive . . . a green Ford Ka. She has never let me down. We've been rehearsing in Celbridge so it gets me to and from rehearsals.

My house is . . . in Blackrock, it's a small house and I live there on my own.

My favourite work of art . . . is a painting by Jack B Yeats and it's called About to Write a Letter. The colours are really beautiful; I love most of his work.

A book that changed me . . . was Anna Karenina. I read it when I was playing the part of Anna at the Gate; it's such a fantastic, sad and beautiful story.

My greatest regret is . . . leaving Brown Thomas just when the sale started, and not buying a pair of Jimmy Choos that were reduced by 60pc!

My real-life villains are . . . clampers. I have been clamped twice in the last few months.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . Dara O Briain. He's an amazing comedian; very intelligent and has an amazing memory.

The last time I cried . . . was when I saw the movie Precious, it's a really sad story.

My five-year plan is . . . to work on a plan! With acting, you have to live in the moment so my plans come in two-month slots.

My life philosophy is . . . by Hans Christian Andersen: "Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." I also like the Chinese proverb: "The miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on water but to walk on Earth."

Lisa stars in Slattery's Sago Saga, adapted by Arthur Riordan from the unfinished novel by Flann O'Brien from July 16 at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin 14. Book at the Civic Theatre box office 01 462 7477


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