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Me and my health: Caroline Curran on her lifestyle

The 31-year-old actress is best-known for playing Maggie Muff from Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue. She lives in Belfast and is currently starring in the play's follow up, Maggie's Feg Run at the Grand Opera House, Belfast

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

A: I have just started Zumba classes twice a week and it is a great way to get fit. I need all my stamina in my role playing Maggie on stage every night, so I have a treadmill at home, which I use everyday for as long as I can. Walking with friends is also another favourite activity as I find gyms boring.

Q: What's the worst illness you have ever had?

A: As well as being a chronic asthmatic, I was diagnosed coeliac five years ago, so I cannot tolerate gluten or wheat. I'm also allergic to lactose, so I cannot eat any dairy.

A nebuliser keeps the asthma in check, and I can manage my allergies pretty well, too - you will see me in supermarkets reading the back of packets.

It's surprising how many things contain milk.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty healthy, except when I'm touring, as it is difficult for me to just grab anything to eat. I don't have breakfast which I know is bad. It harks back to childhood when I couldn't eat anything due to my allergies. Now, I will have two eggs in a cup at 11am, then chicken or fish at lunchtime. I love chicken and eat it everyday. On my day off I will treat myself to a slice of pizza. I miss eating crisps as so many of them have milk in their ingredients. My mum has changed the entire way she cooks just to accommodate my diet.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Drinking a lot of coffee and tea.

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

A: I don't smoke, but I will have a glass of red wine after the show every night, and I also love a blue WKD as it's gluten free or a glass of Prosecco.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: I take five vitamins everyday including Vitamin C, Iron, B12, Calcium and Vitamin D because of the restrictions on my diet. It's to compensate for what may be missing from my food.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Watching documentaries about serial killers and TV series such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. When the show finishes I will binge watch House of Cards. I also love reading thrillers and my favourite authors are James Patterson and Tess Gerritsen.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Well enough, but after weeks of rehearsals, I have been nervous in the run-up to the show.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Not really, I tend to take each day as it comes. When I look at my parents, they are still enjoying their lives and having a laugh. And that's what life is all about isn't it - about having a laugh and making the most of everything.

Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Probably Manuka Honey, as it coats your vocal chords, which is important in my profession. I can't stand the taste of it, but I always keep it on hand because it is so good.

  • Caroline Curran stars in Maggie's Feg Run which is at the Grand Opera House, Belfast until Sunday, August 14; Tuesday to Friday 7.30pm; Saturday 5pm and 8.30pm; Sunday 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50-£28.50 visit

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