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5 minutes with Pauline Daniels

Pauline Daniels

What are the three things I love most in life?
My man, my mum and my daughter.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Sadly taller, it just never happened, I actually wanted to be a stage actress, I cried the night of my first "legitimate" theatre job, Mama Morton in Chicago, my background was a comic and singer from the working men's clubs and I just looked in the mirror and said,"mum, dad, I did it, I finally did it". They were on holiday and so on my first opening night I was alone, I'd cancelled my holiday to do the show oh and am I glad I did.
What is your earliest memory?
Walking around the ballroom in Middleton Towers holiday camp at 2am while my dad sang to me.

What makes you happy?
Spending time with Frank my wonderful other half.
What makes you angry?
Not being able to talk to my dad he passed away almost seven years ago and I miss him so very much oh and liars, they make me angry and people hogging the middle lane on the motorway and ...........
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
A massive strawberry tart and a cup of tea and getting into my PJ's and sitting in Frank's chair when he's out. He's got one of those recliners.

Matthew Kelly as Toby Belch & Pauline Daniels as Maria in Twelfth Night at the Everyman. Photograph by Stephen Vaughan.
Matthew Kelly as Toby Belch & Pauline Daniels as Maria in Twelfth Night at the Everyman. Photograph by Stephen Vaughan.

Which play changed your life?
Shirley Valentine, it was a dream come true to perform it put me well and truly on the map I was finally accepted as an actress and over the years I've been able to perform the play and raise a lot of money for different charities.
What's exciting about joining The Company?
Everything, being part of a team and literally going back to the future, it's amazing.
What are you looking forward to doing when you're in Liverpool next year?
Showing the cast who don't know the city some hidden treasures and being at home for six months and using my bus pass.
What was your first experience of the Everyman?
Comedians by Trevor Griffiths, originally written for an all-male cast, changed to all female and we had to gather material, I learnt so much I was working with the fantastic Anne Mitchell and I'm eternally grateful for the experience. 
If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) for a drink in the bar, who would it be and why?
Bette Davis I just love a good gossip and I'd really like to know everything that went on between her and Joan Crawford I'd love to do Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.
What is the most valuable lesson you've learned as an actor or the best advice received?
Learn to enjoy daytime telly, you'll be watching a lot of it, no I was lucky enough to play Maria in Twelfth Night when the Everyman reopened and whilst recovering from breast cancer I discovered that if you are struggling with anything in life, try and learn Shakespeare, you forget everything else. I had Nick Wodeson and Matthew Kelly hold my hand all the way through the rehearsal process and that is experience you could never afford to buy if indeed it was ever available to buy.