The 5-minute Interview: Paddy McGuinness, Actor and comedian

'I try to keep calm with breathing techniques, especially when flying'
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McGuinness, 34, played Paddy in 'Phoenix Nights' and the spin-off, 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere'. His new series, 'Rory and Paddy's Road of Sport', airs on Five next month and his tour starts on 21 August

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

On a train going home.

A phrase I use far too often...

Probably an expletive.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Climate change. I'm just a simple man from Bolton but I think we should use more natural sources.

The most surprising thing to happen to me was...

Yesterday, I was at Soho Hotel and as the lift doors opened, who was there but James Bond! Old Daniel Craig – wearing his shades in the lift.

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm a womaniser.

I am not a politician but...

I'd like people to be more aware of the benefits of communities. Lots of problems could be solved that way.

I'm good at...

Being a happy individual and making others laugh. I'm also a good cook.

I'm very bad at...

Remembering things and time keeping.

The ideal night out is...

Going for a meal with friends, cocktails and a dance then heading home for more drinks.

In weak moments I...

I try to keep calm with breathing techniques – especially when flying.

You know me as a comedian but in truer life I'd have been...

A hairdresser, with a traditional barber's shop.

The best age to be is...

Thirty-four. You can converse with older generations and be a mentor to younger people.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is...

Just treat people how you would like to be treated.

Miranda Bryant

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