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All the best: Richard Croxford on his favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 54-year-old actor is about to take on the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Mac Theatre. He lives in Glenavy with his civil partner Noel.

My best moment

Noel and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and a wonderful moment was proposing to him at Machu Picchu 11 years ago. We had a small civil partnership afterwards in Armagh and broke the news to friends and family by throwing lots of dinner parties.

My best song

That's What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick. It's our song and at the time it did a lot to raise awareness of HIV and Aids.

My best way to relax

A massage, ideally a reiki massage. I'm a reiki master - it involves using the body's energies to clear itself both emotionally and physically. It's very relaxing but combined with a physical massage it's total bliss.

My best advice

Always treat others the way you want to be treated - my dad taught me that. I'm a very positive person so I like to look for the good in people and situations and give them the benefit of the doubt.

My best job

When I was director of Replay Theatre Company for eight years. The company creates theatre for children and young people and it enabled me to work with some brilliant people. The work was incredible - at that stage what was going on for young people was more exciting than what was happening for adults. Our productions covered issues such as bullying and drug abuse. Also, one of the last projects I worked on was a scientific production of Macbeth at the Crumlin Road Gaol as part of the Belfast Festival. It was such a hit that we had to close the waiting list when it hit 1,000.

My best film

The Sound of Music because it reminds me of family. I have a brother who is very macho and a rugby player - and it's his favourite film, too. He's getting married soon and for his stag do we dressed him up as Maria von Trapp.

My best achievement

The opening season of the new Lyric Theatre when I was the artistic director. Having Kenneth Branagh, Rob Brydon, Simon Callow and Adrian Dunbar there, among others, was amazing. In the first year we had loads of nominations in the Irish Times Theatre Awards where previously Northern Ireland had been overlooked. Since then, the Lyric has gone from strength to strength.

My best gift

My boxer dog Darcy. She's no longer with us but she was just an incredible pet - she was a birthday present one year. She was a bundle of joy and cheekiness.

My best buy

My first iPhone and iPad after that. I was just gobsmacked at what they could do and how easy they made life. I could connect everything from my computer at home and access emails everywhere I went. And the iPad because I could watch videos anywhere.

My best book

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irvine is a great one. It has a great moral that everyone is here for a specific reason. It's funny, heart-rending and very human.

  • Richard will be on stage in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Mac Theatre, Belfast from Friday, March 24 to April 15. For tickets and information visit themaclive.com

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