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Friday people: Caroline Curran

- MY FIANCE CHRIS

Chris is the brother of one of my friends from childhood. We met by chance eight years ago. He asked me out and it just went on from there. He works at the Stormont Hotel – so he's a normal person! I had no idea that he was going to propose, but he even went to my parents and asked their permission. I came in late from rehearsals and was eating dinner and the next thing I knew he was there with the ring and asking me to marry him. I nearly choked on my chicken.

 

- MY BEST FRIEND

My best friend of 25 years is Claire Murphy. We went to school together from the age of four and she lived across the street – she still lives round the corner from my mum, actually. She has three daughters now and is an amazing person. I don't know what I would do without her.

There are a few more very good friends I want to mention – Julie McCann, Elaine Barnes, Neil Keery, Fion Kennedy, Joe Donnelly and Patricia Downey. They all keep me grounded.

- MY PARENTS, EILEEN AND OWEN

I bounce back and forth between my parents' house and my fiance's house – that's when I'm not travelling for work. When I was little they used to sing around working men's clubs and pubs but they've retired now.

My dad used to own a shop and mum was a housewife. I have two brothers, Kevin and Damien, and I'm the baby of the three.

Mum and dad have seen the play Fifty Shades, but it took them a while to realise that it was a character I was playing and not me – my dad took about 25 minutes to switch off, but I think once they managed that they really enjoyed it. They also enjoyed other people's reactions to it too.

I left school at 16 to study drama and mum and dad were worried because they know how hard the industry is.

My brother told them to let me do it for a couple of years and then I would go and work in a bank. Two years later they came to see me perform Shakespeare and the same brother told my mum: 'I don't think she's going to work in a bank'.

- WHO I GO TO FOR ADVICE

That has to be my mum, she's intelligent and very aware of people. She can read a situation that I can't – I'm too busy catching butterflies. Mum keeps me grounded and helps me through sticky situations.

My secret crush is ... Phillip Schofield

He's so funny when he hosts This Morning during the week. To be honest, I've always had a bit of a secret crush on him

- MY MENTOR

Patricia Downey runs Spanner In The Works Theatre Company and also acts as my agent. She picked me out of general auditions at the Lyric Theatre when I was in my early 20s. She recognised something in me and has really pushed me over the last few years.

- MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY

I would have the ultimate woman, Marilyn Monroe, and then the funniest man that I can think of, Peter Kay.

Next, I would invite my favourite actor, Kevin Spacey, and the chef Gino D'Acampo – he could do the cooking!

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