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Quickfire: Actor Mark Bonnar on a deep voice, didgeridoos and dinosaurs in the streets

Quickfire: Actor Mark Bonnar on a deep voice, didgeridoos and dinosaurs in the streets

Actor Mark Bonnar

Where is home? A 1925 arts and crafts-y semi in Hertfordshire, where I live with my wife Lucy and our two children, aged seven and three.

Guilty pleasure? Listening to the band Slayer. I tend to keep my love of heavy metal under the radar.

Career plan B? I tried many different things before becoming an actor, so this is my plan B.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John in the film Rocketman, or Meryl Streep who can do anything.

Biggest bugbear? Obfuscating politicians. I love people such as Mhairi Black, the plain-speaking Scottish Nationalist and youngest MP in the House of Commons who is a breath of fresh air.

As a child you wanted to be… An ornithologist – bird-watching was my first hobby.

Secret to a happy relationship? Communication.

Happiness is… My family – simple as 

Your best quality? I can laugh at myself.

And your worst? Forgetfulness – my memory is awful.

Last meal on earth? A three-ton lasagne and chips – because if it’s my final meal I want it to last as long as possible.

Dream dinner-party guests? Laurel and Hardy, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Barack and Michelle Obama, and the late comedian Bill Hicks.

Cat or dog? Cat, although we don’t have any pets. I had a cat called Pushkin when I was growing up.

Starstruck moment? Finding myself next to the playwright Arthur Miller at the National Theatre stage door. I heard this beautiful, deep American voice and a shiver went up my spine.

Big break? Appearing in the second series of Line of Duty and playing Chris in Catastrophe, two polar opposites.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? A pound-shop Clooney – which is what I was once called in PhoneShop, a sitcom that I did.

Favourite tipple? Red wine.

Hangover cure? Drinking Irn-Bru, a tried and tested Scottish remedy.

Top of your bucket list? A sky-dive. I did a bungee jump in New Zealand even though I’m afraid of heights – it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

Secret skill? I can play the didgeridoo. I love the sound they make and find it very meditative.

One thing that would make your life better? A walking, talking diary – otherwise known as a PA.

Philosophy? Keep going and don’t look back.

Biggest lesson you’ve learnt about money? Put your tax in a separate account.

Biggest lesson you’ve learnt about women? It’s not just about women: You are always learning about life, love and humans, not categories of people.

Last TV show that made you cry? I get really emotional watching Strictly Come Dancing.

Where would you time-travel to? The Jurassic era. I remember going to see Jurassic Park with my dad and being so engrossed that I came out of the cinema expecting to see dinosaurs roaming the streets.

First record you bought? ‘Run to the Hills’ by Iron Maiden.

Best present you ever received? My children.

Celebrity crush? Debbie Harry.

  • Mark stars in the new series of Catastrophe, Tuesdays on Channel 4, 10pm