20 Questions With... Oliver Farnworth
The actor shares his first memory, talks about DIY worries and his definition of happiness
1. What is your first memory? Walking home from nursery in the winter in rural Yorkshire. We couldn't get the car up the track due to heavy snow. I had a ski suit on and my dad would pick me up and throw me into the deep snowdrifts. It was lots of fun!
2. The last thing you think about before falling asleep is... My girlfriend and I have spent the last year renovating a house, so usually something DIY-related (will the ceiling I put up fall on us in the night?, for instance).
3. Who is the most interesting person you've ever met? My Grandad, he was a great man and a proud scouser who told endless tales over halves of Guinness in the pub.
4. Have you ever been in love? Yes, right this moment! My girlfriend Lauren is the best.
5. Who would be your ideal dinner guest? Nigel Farage.
6. Happiness is... A beer and a barbecue on a beach somewhere hot, surrounded by friends after a day of surfing.
7. Who would play you in a film adaptation of your life? Oliver Reed. As reckless as he was, he always had a glint in his eye and a zest for life and was a magnetic actor.
8. What could you not live without? Music of all kinds – I take my portable speaker everywhere with me and constantly have tunes on to suit my surroundings.
9. Tell us a secret. I've not actually read The Girl on the Train. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!
10. Why are we here? To love, laugh, help each other and be creative.
11. What's your greatest vice? Watching endless cooking programmes on tv: Masterchef, Great British menu, Saturday Kitchen - you name it, I'll watch it!
12. You are inspired by... Nature. I love the outdoors and try and get out and about as much as I can when on tour. I cant wait for some great Irish walks during our days off.
13. The song you're most likely to sing at karaoke is... Iron Maiden – Aces High. I love the guitar solos, but struggle with singing some of the top notes. I'm sure it sounds lovely though...
14. What is your guiltiest pleasure? I'm a bit late to the party, but I have started to play Angry Birds on my phone when I'm my the dressing room between scenes. It's highly addictive but frustratingly annoying at the same time.
15. What is your happiest memory? When I was young my parents took myself and my sister out of school for six months and we toured Europe in a motorhome. It was pretty epic. School was wherever we parked it!
16. Where is your favourite place in the whole world? I love Thailand and have been many times. The food, people and scenery are the best. It's great for diving, surfing, trekking and lazing on the beach in the sun.
17. The movie/s you could watch again and again is/are... Withnail and I – it's a classic that my whole family love, we always end up reciting some of the lines when we get together. Also the Blues Brothers, I have a treasured copy on VHS that belonged to my Nana (even though she didn't have a video player!)
18. What makes you angry? Intolerance of others, bigotry, homophobia, Katie Hopkins, the list goes on... oh, and those G-tech adverts that always seem to be on tv.
19. What would you like to be remembered for? As the man who accidentally gave Nigel Farage food poisoning!
20. What are you working on right now? At the moment, The Girl on the Train is a huge part of the lives of all involved, it's so nice to be immersed in such a great show with great people. On Sunday's though it's back to the DIY – it never ends!
Oliver stars in The Girl on the Train which runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from June 3 to 8. See https://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/artist/the-girl-on-the-train for more information