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MATT TORNEY

e My wife, Kara

Kara and I met when I was 19 and studying at Trinity College, Dublin. I spent a summer in San Fransisco with university friends who she knew.

She's originally from New York but had spent a year at Trinity before I got there.

We stayed in touch and got closer and closer over the years until we started having a long distance relationship.

Then I finally got the chance to move to New York. We got married three years ago and are based in New York but we do come back and forth to Ireland.

Kara works as a production designer who has featured on television programmes like Law And Order and White Collar. It certainly helps being with someone in the industry – they understand how intensely involved you can get with your work.

E MY BEST FRIENDS

My brother Ben is certainly one. He's two years older than me. He works as a firefighter in Belfast so I get to see him when home. Another close friend is the actor Nick Lee. We studied at Trinity and know each other since we were 18. He's quite a successful actor now.

E MY PARENTS, MAY AND PETER

My mum was a counsellor and my dad (right) was a lecturer in psychology at Jordanstown until he retired recently. I also have a stepfather, Bill. As well as Ben I have four sisters; two stepsisters and two half-sisters. I come in the middle.

My parents have always been supportive – mum was more enthusiastic but dad was a bit cautious until he saw I could make a living out of the theatre. Now of course he's very proud of me too.

E WHO I GO TO FOR ADVICE

Without a doubt that has to be Kara – we make all of our decisions together.

She's strong-minded and has all of my best interests at heart.

My secret crush is ... Mila Kunis

It's no secret around our house. I have a thing for Mila Kunis. She's drop dead gorgeous.

E MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY

I'd like to invite Jacques Cousteau as he was so inspirational – someone who devoted his entire life to one thing and was adventurous with it. He was also passionate about ecology and the environment, two things that are very close to my heart.

Then I would ask Samuel Beckett because although he was a great playright, apparently he was also a great talker and drinker, so he was great to have around. Then I would ask Hillary Clinton because she would have so many stories from behind the scenes of American politics. I also think she has been and remains a great instrument of change.

Finally, to lighten the mood a little, I would ask George Best. I think he would liven things up a bit.

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