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Me and my health: Actor Valene Kane on her lifestyle

 

The 31-year-old actress, from Newry, is married to Ed Cooper Clarke. She is best known for her role in BBC2 BAFTA-nominated series, The Fall, and is currently appearing opposite Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys in Death and Nightingales on BBC2.

Q: Do you take regular exercise/If so what ?

A: I love Pilates. Reformer Pilates has changed my scoliosis and helped my strength so much and I love that it makes me feel long and stretched. I try and walk everywhere.

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

A: I had two back-to-back bouts of shingles that took me out for weeks. It was bad.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I'd say I'm the healthiest I have ever been. I've become a bit of a health witch. Something recently that changed my life massively was giving up sugar for a while. I met the writer, Sarah Wilson, when I was filming in Australia and she very kindly sent me her book on anxiety, First We Make The Beast Beautiful, which is brilliant - everyone should read it. Then I tried her 'I quit Sugar' programme - and it totally changed how I view food. I am now so much more aware of sugar and its effect on the mind and body. I find that I am a lot more balanced now. I've started eating sugar again, but it's an aware choice now rather than an everyday.

Q: Any bad habits? Do you drink/ smoke and how much?

A: I love wine. And chocolate. Wine is probably my bad habit - and staying up late. Dinner parties with my best friends and lots of Bordeaux is the best way to spend an evening. I am also a massive foodie, and love to try new restaurants. A lot of my good friends are chefs, so I am lucky in that regard, but it means I sometimes indulge a lot in food.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: I take loads of different supplements, depending on how I'm feeling, but my constants are collagen every morning (in my Matcha) and magnesium at night.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I go for a lot of long walks. I find walking and running lines very meditative. I am also a fan of Jivkamukti yoga. And reading. I read constantly. I didn't go to university (I went to drama school instead), so I'm forever trying to educate myself more.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I am a terrible sleeper. I have an insane night-time routine to help (eye mask, lavender spray, and white noise machine). Travelling so much for work and staying in hotels and doing split days and night shoots have created havoc. CBD is my newest discovery in helping me sleep. The teas are amazing.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: For the first time ever, I am noticing a difference in how my body responds to things. I'm healing slower, I used to love running and my body doesn't like it anymore, so in that sense, I worry, but I think each year I'm learning and understanding myself more and I'm more excited about getting old than anything. Who knows what life is gonna bring me?

Q: What is your go to product?

A: I have a lot of go-to products. I love Boiron homeopathic products for flu and cold symptoms. I make a lot of turmeric lattes and bone broths and, as I said, I have collagen every day.

I have also noticed a massive difference in my mood and wellbeing from mushroom adaptogens. I have a Chaga drink in the mornings and a Reishi milk every night.

Valene appeared in the recent Sharon Horgan comedy, Women on the Verge on Channel W, and plays the lead Olivia in the Australian comedy, The Other Guy, currently showing on Hulu in the states. She will take the lead in BBC's Counsel in January, playing a high court barrister who gets involved with her young client. Death and Nightingales is on BBC2, Wednesday at 9pm

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