The 5-minute Interview: Angela Griffin, actress

'In moments of weakness I eat cake, any cake'
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After five years playing the hairdresser Fiona Middleton in 'Coronation Street', Griffin, 31, went on to star in the television series 'Holby City', 'Cutting It' and 'Waterloo Road'

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

At my mum's new social group; she's just started it in our home town. I've been making tea for them and I've left them all playing a game. So showbiz!

A phrase I use far too often...

"Bless him", "bless her" and "bless you". It can be patronising. When people say it to me, I feel old.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Rubbish in the streets; it's shocking how much litter people drop. There also seems to be fewer bins these days.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Getting pregnant at 27, even though we were doing the things you doto have a baby. I think it was the shock of growing up just like that and from then everything changes.

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm a party girl. I was when I was 22 and I did like going out and I got pictured falling out of nightclubs. But I'm not as bad as some I could mention and I never have been.

I am not a politician but...

I would abolish stamp duty. I'm in the middle of buyinga house. I'd also stop all those sneaky taxes like inheritance tax.

I'm good at...

Filling in forms. I really enjoy it. Any forms will do: passport, bank forms, forms on planes, medical forms. I love an application form.

I'm bad at...

Telling jokes. I just don't have the delivery skills.

The ideal night out is...

Going into the centre of London and eating at some amazing unknown restaurant.

In moments of weakness I...

Eat cake, any cake at all. I like banoffee pie, I love a scone with some cream and jam, or a brownie. I just stop caring.

You know me as an actress but in anotherlife I'd have been...

A child psychologist. I did psychology A-level and I loved it. I like the idea of working people out, why and how things happened. I like working answers out and knowing reasons for the horrendous things that happen in this world.

The best age to be is...

Twenty-three. You are out of your teens but you can still make mistakes. I think 23 was what life is meant to be about, although I like my life now.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Don't always think the grass is greener, enjoy your life and don't judge others. It's time wasting.

Catherine Gordon

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