My Secret Life: Rebecca Front, 48, actor

'I told Jeremy Paxman I fancy him'

My parents were… enthusiasts. And still are. My dad was an artist and my mum was a teacher who also wrote children's books.

The household I grew up in… was very creative. Doing things, making things, writing things was the norm.

When I was a child I wanted to be… I actually wanted to be an actress from the age of about six or seven.

If I could change one thing about myself… I would like to be a little bit braver than I am. I am claustrophobic and very nervous of things like going in lifts.

You wouldn't know it but I am very good at… I can sing and I used to write songs as well.

You may not know it but I'm no good at… multi-tasking. There's a lazy belief that women are good at it. In my experience the opposite is true.

I wish I had never worn… a cape. I went through a phase when I was about 15. No wonder I didn't have a boyfriend.

What I see when I look in the mirror… Something I can work with. As an actor your appearance is your main tool. I'm fairly honest with myself. I can play this part or that part – I can look OK if I put effort into it or I can equally look pretty damn dreadful if I don't. I'm quite relaxed about it.

My favourite item of clothing… A jumper my husband bought me. I look forward to winter just so I can wear it.

I drive/ride… a beaten-up old estate car that I've had for probably too long.

My house is… quite small and I adore it.

My favourite work of art… One of Matisse's cut-outs.

My favourite building… Probably the Chrysler Building.

Movie heaven… Jimmy Stewart would be there. It would probably be the 1930s. Black and white and preferably a bit feel-good – I'm imagining The Shop Around the Corner.

The last album I bought/downloaded… 21 by Adele. My children are now at an age where they introduce me to music, which is really lovely.

My greatest regret… Not dealing with my claustrophobia a lot sooner. It has stopped me doing things. I haven't been on the Tube for over 20 years. For a long time I wouldn't fly long-haul.

My secret crush… Jeremy Paxman. But it's not much of a secret. I may have actually told him to his face.

The person who really makes me laugh… My husband.

The last time I cried… I cry all the time, at everything.

My five-year plan… I don't have one. You can't in my job. It's too unpredictable and you have virtually no control.

What's the point? To have fun.

My life in six words… Hell, let's give it a go.

A life in brief

Rebecca Front was born in 1964 in east London and went to St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her comedy career began on Radio 4 with the double-act, The Bobo Girls. The second series was produced by Armando Iannucci, beginning a long-standing creative partnership that helped Front become one of the leading figures in British comedy. Most recently she played Nicola Murray in Iannucci's award-winning comedy, The Thick of It. She stars in new comedy, The Spa, showing on Sky Living in February

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR and Payroll Manager

£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...

Recruitment Genius: Production & Quality Control Assistant

£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...

Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor - Kettering - £32,000

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Generalist

£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing