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Ruby Campbell: I'm a pretty social person but I enjoy my own company

Show time: Ruby Campbell at rehearsals for Alice: The Musical
Show time: Ruby Campbell at rehearsals for Alice: The Musical

The 24-year-old is starring as Alice in Alice: The Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. She is single and is living in London

Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

Yes, I'm a pretty active person. I love yoga and start most mornings with at least half an hour on my mat to ease myself into the day. I also love anything that gets me out in the fresh air - running by the sea, near my parents' home in Larne, is lush. I find my mental health is improved when I exercise, so make sure I do something active every day  - even if it's just a wee walk for some fresh air on my lunch break, I feel so much better. Dancing is brilliant exercise, so it's been great being put through my paces in Alice rehearsals!

What is the worst illness you've had?

Luckily, nothing too drastic. I have asthma, but it doesn't give me too much bother. I've never broken a bone (touch wood) and never had any illness bad enough to set me back more than a week. 

How healthy is your diet?

Generally pretty good - I love my fruit and veg and a good home-cooked meal (but I'm not much of a chef myself). I always find it harder to eat well at home. I don't have Mauds ice cream or my little sister's famous fifteens to tempt me in London! 

Any bad habits?

Loads! My sweet tooth is all powerful, and when I'm at the cinema, the popcorn is usually gone before the trailers are over. But everything in moderation and all that jazz...

Do you drink and smoke/ if so how much?

Drinking is quite a social thing for me; catching up with mates over a few pints in a cosy pub is one of my favourite ways to unwind. My sister is a brilliant bartender and knows lots about what makes a gorgeous cocktail, so I happily sample her handiwork quite often. In terms of how much I drink, I go in swings and roundabouts. I won't drink much when doing a show like this one that's vocally and physically demanding, but I'll probably celebrate a bit too hard when it's over. 

Do you take any supplements? 

Vitamin C and zinc, cod liver oil for my dodgy knees and echinacea to ward off the lurgy. 

How do you take time out? 

I love reading, but can find it hard to get involved with a story when I'm in the midst of rehearsals. Podcasts are great, as they don't require your brain to work too hard. The Blindboy Podcast is class. If things are a bit hectic for me, I'd chill out with a long walk in the country or by the sea - whatever dose of nature I can get - and warm up with a pint in a country pub and a good book. I quite enjoy my own company and although I'm a pretty social person as well, I need a good bit of quiet time to recharge the batteries. 

How well do you sleep?

It varies, but I always dream vividly. I'd love to know why that is! I'm trying a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow when I can't sleep, which seems to help, but to be honest with my schedule at the moment, I'm cream crackered. 

Do you worry about getting old?

Not particularly. My teenage self would think I'm already ancient and should have achieved a lot more milestones by now, but I still feel like I've got a lot more living to do. 

What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

I don't use many fancy health products, but I drink loads of water, at least 3 litres a day. I'd say the best tonic for me is a bit of sunshine  (nice if you can get it!).

Alice: The Musical runs at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, from Nov 29 to Jan 5

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