The 5-minute Interview: Mary Tamm, Actress
'I'm a raver on the quiet. I find that gay clubs play the best music'
Monday 24 September 2007
Mary Tamm, 57, was Lady Romana in the 1978 'Doctor Who' series Key To Time. She has since appeared in a string of television hits, and played Penny Crosby in 'Brookside' from 1993 to 1996. Today, her Lady Romana can be seen again with the DVD release of Doctor Who: Key To Time.
If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be ...
On my computer, probably defragmenting or something. I am a bit of a computer nerd you see. I'm self-taught and fascinated by how they work.
A phrase I use far too often ...
"Can I get a discount on that?" or "Can I get it cheaper?" I even try it at Harrods. There's no harm in asking.
I wish people would take more notice of ...
Recycling. I'm a bit of a green nut. I go to the supermarket with my own bags and it drives me mad seeing people grabbing for the plastic. I have even said in a loud voice, "I've brought my own bag." Some people look but I don't care. We have to fight for the environment.
The most surprising thing that happened to me ...
Becoming a grandmother. I feel too young to be one. I feel like I am 16.
A common misconception of me is ...
People think I'm posh because of my accent. But I am from York and my real accent is a Yorkshire one. When I went to acting school, that was one of the first things I worked on. People are surprised that's where I come from.
I'm not a politician but if I were ...
I'd take a bribe any day. Coming from a family of refugees, you have a different view on politics. But I would take a bribe and it wouldn't take much. Just a discount really.
I'm good at ...
Yoga. I've been practising for four years and it's marvellous. I like that you aren't in competition with anyone. I started it because of a bad back and I can now stand on my head.
I'm bad at ...
Lying. People think actors are good liars but we are truthful. I am constantly looking for the truth when acting. I can see instantly when I'm not believed.
The ideal night out is ...
Clubbing. I love it. They say I'm too old but I'm always dragging the young ones out. I'm a raver on the quiet. I find gay clubs are the best because they play the best music.
In weak moments I ...
Spend too much money, usually at Poundland. I'll buy something because it's cheap, even though I know I'll probably never wear it.
You know me as an actress but in another life I'd have been ...
An RSPCA inspector. I have two cats, which were both rescued. I actually always wanted a snake.
The best age to be is ...
Two-and-three-quarters. That's my grandson's age and he's the best, so it must be good.
In a nutshell, my philosophy is this ...
Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars.
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