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Martine McCutcheon: Queen Of The Road

Actress and singer martine mccutcheon is known for her former role in 'eastenders', but she also drove an all-woman car at the gumball race. she tells elisa bray about life, acting and motors

I entered the Gumball Rally because...

I love seeing all the gorgeous cars, seeing all the parts of the world, and having all my girlfriends in the only all-girl car. We got all the CDs ready and the iPod. I'm a real disco queen. I got excited and nervous!

A phrase I use far too often is...

"Things are not always what they seem" and "What will be, will be".

I wish people would take more notice of...

People's pluses rather than their minuses.

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

Being offered the role in Love Actually [as the tea-girl with whom the Hugh Grant character falls in love]. I was shocked, but I was ecstatic. I loved it. I don't think I'll ever have an experience like that again. I was euphoric the whole time on set.

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm ruthlessly ambitious.

I'm not a politician but...

I'd definitely make traffic wardens disappear.

I'm good at...

The spoof game, where you have three coins in your hand and have to guess how many the opponent has moved into their other hand. Last Monday, I was at the restaurant Frankie's for lunch and because I was getting hooked after 15 minutes, Marco Pierre White asked me to the world tournament and I was runner-up.

But I'm very bad at...

Organisation. I'm really untidy. I want to be a tidy, neat person.

The ideal night out is...

Going to a gorgeous restaurant with all my girlfriends, then going out for a dance later.

In moments of weakness, I...

Have that extra piece of chocolate.

You know me as an actress, but in a truer life I'd have been...

An actress, because that is what I truly should be.

The best age to be is...

I turned thirty this year and I'm enjoying it. My friends say that it's the best decade as you have many family members older than you, you're settled in your own skin and there's a piece of you there that wasn't there in your twenties.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is...

You've only got one life, so live it.

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