Interview: Neil Jackson, actor

Who would attend your fantasy dinner party? The best chefs in the world would come to my dinner party, and they would each bring a dish.

Whom did you last text? My brother: "If you pick it, it will just grow back".

It's not cool but... Dancing like nobody is watching feels great (especially when there really isn't anyone looking).

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? See beauty in everything.

What's the worst job you ever had? Working in the cloakroom in a rock club on New Year's Eve. Too many leather jackets broke the coat rack and at 2am we had a club full of angry rockers all trying to find their similar-looking jackets.

Who is your favourite fictional character? Jesus.

What are you afraid of? Not being accepted.

Did you have a nickname growing up? Paxo. I was skinny and it rhymed with Jacko (in the bullies' minds).

What situations make you lose your temper? Bullying. People abusing their power makes me see red. Especially when they make up bad rhyming nicknames.

What would your alternative profession be? I'd like to be an inventor, as they look at the world in a different way and find solutions for making it better.

What food or drink is always in your fridge? Milk.

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? I wouldn't have to train so hard to stay in shape.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

Forward. Always forward. We know what happened, but what's going to happen is fascinating.

Saturday night or Sunday morning? Saturday night... preferably rolling into Sunday morning.

Who or what is the love of your life? I love stories - devising them, writing them, reading them, watching them, being a part of them.

Neil Jackson stars in BBC drama Upstairs Downstairs, out now, 19.99, BBC DVD.

This article was first published in The Scotsman, 19 March, 2011