The Fall actress Orla Mullan reveals her best moments
The 30-year-old is currently on our screens as a control room officer in BBC2 drama The Fall. This Christmas she will be playing Fairy Rose Petal in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry where she lives with her boyfriend Keith Lynch.
My best moment
It was the day I came home from school and the letter from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with an unconditional offer in it had arrived. It was a spontaneous moment and my mum and I started jumping up and down around the kitchen as we were so excited.
My best way to relax
Being on the sofa with a good box set. I like The Good Wife and Homeland — anything that’s got a really good script.
My best job
My best job outside of being an actress was when I worked in the office of Marie Curie. I made some really good friends there and it was also humbling to see first-hand the dedication of the nurses. My best acting job has to be The Fall — my first episodes have just aired. I filmed it in April and May this year and it was a great experience working with Gillian Anderson as all my scenes were with her. It’s the show everyone is talking about at the moment. I love the fact that it is filmed at home and also the fact that I was working with Gillian, who is such a massive name.
My best song
At Last by Etta James would certainly be one of my favourites as well as Smile by Charlie Chaplin. I have quite a jazzy voice and I sang both of those recently at the Derry Jazz Festival. Smile is a real tear-jerker and I think the lyrics are beautiful.
My best advice
From older actors and performers the two pieces of advice you always get are to stick with it and to never give up, as well as to be true to yourself.
Self-belief is massive in acting — you have to believe in yourself to do it or you might as well go and do something else.
My best gift
On November 30 last year my boyfriend arrived at midnight with a home-made advent calendar. It was full of really nice things like jewellery, perfume, chocolate and socks.
It was so thoughtful and I got really spoiled. He won major brownie points for that one.
My best achievements
Drama school was tough but I worked as hard as I could and ended up graduating with a first and being the only girl in my class to do so.
It’s something I’m still proud of.
My best buy
A plane ticket to New York. It’s my favourite place in the world and I’ve always wanted to spend time there so I took the opportunity to go when a good friend moved out there with her husband. I went over for five weeks in 2012 and we had a ball hanging out.
My best film
It's Life Is Beautiful with Robert Benigni and I think it's the best film ever - the music, the story, everything about it is so wonderful that I don't even mind the fact that it has subtitles. My other all-time favourite is one I first watched years ago - Wayne's World. I think I could recite the entire script.
My best book
I’m not a massive reader but someone gave me Eat, Pray, Love as a present. The book is much better than the movie and I really found it life-affirming.
- The Fall is on BBC2, Thursday, 9pm. Jack & The Beanstalk is at the Millennium Forum, Derry, until January 4. For tickets and information go to www.millenniumforum.co.uk