Q) Why did you choose to do a panto at Watersmeet?
It is very convenient for me, as I went to school in Northwood and have many friends in Rickmansworth, so as soon as I heard Jordan Productions were going to produce this year’s Pantomine, I got straight on the phone and said ‘I want Ricky’. I am thrilled to be in Rickmansworth, though I now live in Windsor, I still feel very at home here at my old stomping ground.
Q) Are you an outdoors person?
I loved horses growing up and if I had a lot of money, I would have probably wanted to do that more. I love the country, but I am a town girl at heart, so I enjoy the buzz of shops, theatres and cinemas. In Windsor, I can enjoy the lovely royal parks.
Q) What bores you?
Reality television is ghastly and cookery/home improvement shows bore me to death. I used to cook when my children were growing up, however, when my husband retired, I enjoyed handing it over to him. Not enough money in the world would get me on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than eating those creepy crawlies.
Q) What excites you?
I love the theatre business, whilst I have had stage fright during period of my careers, you wouldn’t get frightened if the reward is thrilling and you didn’t enjoy the adrenaline rush. Family is very important to me.
Q) You enjoy travelling – what is your favourite place and why?
In 2008, I did the Vagina Monologues, which was terrific with Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street) on the P&O Cruise Ships and we had a great time travelling. To cut a long story short, P&O seem to like me and I have been lucky enough to do several shows on cruise ships and see places in the world I never expected to see with my husband, who helps with the production. I will be going to Antigua as soon as I finish panto. It’s like a holiday for us. I would like to visit Alaska, Panama Canal, Prague and Budapest.