Interview: Sinead Keenan , actress

ACTRESS Sinead Keenan will be starring alongside David Tennant in the two-part festive special of Doctor Who (BBC1, Christmas Day, 6pm, and 1 January, 6.40pm). She will also be seen in Victoria Wood's Christmas special, alongside Julie Walters

Describe your perfect weekend

Country. Pub. Beach. Walks. Fire. Predictable but perfect.

What would you do if you ruled the world?


What one thing would improve your life?

The ellusive gift of organisation.

Who did you last receive a text from and what did it say?

My sister Grainne. It said, "Cool." She's a woman of few words.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Having a cheeky peek at the Perez Hilton website. I hang my head in shame.

When did you last feel sorry for yourself?

I had a wee tummy bug a couple of weeks ago and was vomiting every hour, on the hour. Woe was me.

What do you wish you had never done?

Tequila shots at the UCD arts ball in 1999.

Would your mother be proud of you?

I hope so. And my dad too.

Who would you like to say sorry to?

The Killiney Castle flowerbeds after the UCD arts ball in 1999.

Who does the cleaning in your house?

I wish I could make peace with cleaning but that has yet to happen. Needless to say, it's rarely me.

What's the most expensive purchase you've ever bought, apart from a car or property?

A very good camera. It was a Christmas present for a former boyfriend.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?

Once again, I refer you to the UCD arts ball in 1999.

How old are you?

Ehm... Sorry... I don't understand the question.

What is your earliest memory?

Taking my baby brother Rory to hospital when I was two and a half. My mum was there too – I wasn't that advanced.

Should you vote? If yes, how did you vote? Yes. That would be telling.

What worries you in the wee small hours?

Life, love and loans.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Jeanette Krankie.

What song is the theme tune to your life?

On a bad day, Desperado, by The Eagles. On a good day, Walking On Sunshine, by Katrina and the Waves.

Who was your favourite teacher and why?

Miss Shanahan, my economics teacher, for believing in my ability to master the micro and the macro.

Who is your fantasy date?

Dermot O'Leary.

Any place. Anytime. Anyhow.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family. Not that I own them, you understand. That would be weird.

If you didn't have your current career, what would you do?

Cry and then train to be a barrister or a nurse.

When were you last naked in front of another person?

A couple of weeks ago, in front of the entire crew of Being Human.

When did you lose your virginity?

I'll tell you if you tell me...

What do you remember better, your first car or first kiss?

I remember them both equally, but for very different reasons.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Taking a year out after graduating to try my hand at acting.

What would you do if you were invisible?

I would sink to unhealthy levels of nosiness.

What do you think of celebrity?

Here today, gone tomorrow.

This article was first published in the Scotland on Sunday on December 20