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Me and my health: Ciaran Nolan discusses his lifestyle

 

By Helen Carson

The 31-year-old actor, who is starring in Crazy at the Grand Opera House, lives in west Belfast with his partner Paula and their two, children Cian (5) and Rosie (2).

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: While I don't go to the gym I play five-a-side football three times a week with my mates at leisure centres such as Whiterock of Grosvenor Road - wherever there is a good pitch.

Q: What's the worst illness you've had?

A: When I was 10 months old I had meningitis. I was hospitalised and left fighting for my life, but thankfully recovered. I haven't had any serious illnesses since then. My daughter Rosie also had meningitis when she was just seven months old and it was the nurses and the doctors at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, who saved her. Now she is a happy, healthy child.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: It could be better, I don't claim to be a healthy eating person. I'm lucky in that I can eat what I want without putting on weight - I've always been a skinny big drip. Breakfast is usually just a glass of orange juice then a coffee. About an hour later I will have cereal, whatever is in the house - Cheerios or Cornflakes, and I love Weetabix - then a piece of toast. Lunch can be anything from pasta to a sandwich or chips. Dinner is always a family meal cooked by Paula. We were both brought up with spuds, veg and meat and our kids like to eat that too.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Skipping meals - I'm not great with breakfast.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?

A: I smoke, but 20 cigarettes will last me from Monday to Friday, unless I'm going out for a couple of pints - then I'll go through the whole packet. I blame smoking outside - you feel you have to have another cigarette when you're having so much craic with people. The last time I had a drink was at a wedding last weekend and I have no plans to go out again next weekend. I like to drink beer, but enjoy a gin and tonic at the end of the night.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: No, I'm a bit phobic about taking tablets. I prefer to get any goodness I need from my food. There are tablets for everything now, you could be taking 15 a day. If I'm feeling unwell I'll go to the doctor and if he says I need to take something then I will.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Playing football and watching it on TV. I'm a big Manchester United fan so I never miss a game. I enjoy a good movie too, something like Sexy Beast with Ben Kingsley which was on the television recently. I hadn't seen it in years and it was like watching it for the first time all over again. Also independent films or anything by Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese or starring Brendan Gleeson or Conleth Hill.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Very well, like a baby. Paula and our kids are the same. I never go to bed later than midnight and am up again at 7.30am.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I've started to worry about ageing as I'm getting older. Not so much for myself but I want to stay healthy for my children and be around for their childhood, their school years and more. I would never do anything to put myself in jeopardy because of my two children. I have a few grey hairs now, but I don't mind them... maybe I am like wine and will get better with age!

Q: What it your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: I love the new Vit-Hits (low calorie vitamin drinks) and had an elderflower and apple one this morning. They give you a wee kick and I always feel better after I've had one. Although no doubt, there will be some report out in six months which says they're bad for you.

  • Ciaran Nolan co-stars in Crazy with Caroline Curran and Marty Maguire, written by Brenda Murphy and directed by Martin Lynch, at the Grand Opera House from Tuesday, May 23-Thursday, May 27. Tickets cost from £18.25-£26.25. Visit goh.co.uk for details

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