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Friday People: Connor Phillips

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MY BEST FRIENDS

Kevin Fearon is my best mate from home – we call him Rooster. We started playing football together in south Armagh when we were around 10 or 12. Rooster manages a kitchen fitting company and keeps me grounded. I could be talking to the world's biggest film star in the morning, but when I head home to Armagh that afternoon he wouldn't care a jot. There are a few friends from the world of the media up here. Rebecca Leonard used to be a presenter at Cool FM and now works in London, and Holly Hamilton, who reads the news here, too. Finally, Darren Fowler, who manages the Cash 4 Kids charity at Cool FM, is great if I fancy a pint during the week.

MY PARENTS

My parents, Maureen and Terry, are still in south Armagh; mum works as a nurse and dad works in sales. I'm the middle child, as there's also my brother Damien and sister Ciara.

I go home at least every second weekend and we're a very close family. They're great when it comes to advice and, again, keeping me grounded. My mum is my biggest fan but she keeps me right and reminds me where I'm from, which is something I'm proud of.

I actually started out as an actor – I did drama at Queen's University, and then three years in the West End, London

Mum did suggest I get a teaching degree to fall back on but as I was about to do it an opportunity to work in radio presented itself.

Mum's motto has always been to follow your dreams but if you're going to do something make sure you're the best at it. That's always stuck with me.

WHO I GO TO FOR ADVICE

That's any of the four in my family. Mum is the woman who keeps my finances right, my dad is the least showbiz person you'll ever meet so he knows nothing about the industry. It's great when he gives you advice because it's from a blank canvas. My brother is a financial advisor and my sister is great to run material by. They're all great to go for a drink with too.

MY MENTOR

My uncle, Sean Murphy, is the finance manager for a TV company. He knows the media very well and has always mentored me and looked after me. There's never an ulterior motive because he's family.

MY SECRET CRUSH IS...

I could go with the obvious ones like Mila Kunis or Kelly Brook but I'm going to choose Lorraine Kelly. She's cheeky and makes me laugh and isn't averse to wearing the occasional low-cut top. When we get married we'll have good fun at the dinner table.

MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY

The comedian Lee Evans, as he's like me with high energy levels and he's had an amazing life journey.

Next, I would ask Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool FC captain. He's the one person on my list I'd really like to interview and haven't yet managed to.

Then, I would ask my grandfather, Jim Murphy. He passed away when I was about 14 and his personality was very similar to mine. I would have liked to have known him a bit better.

Finally, I will go for the singer David Gray because his Babylon album is the one I keep coming back to time and again.

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