Interview: Michael Ball, Singer, actor, TV and radio host

~ - 14/04/11 ~

Date of birth:
27 June, 1962.

Singer, actor, TV and radio host.

What sort of school pupil were you?
I was rebellious. I couldn't understand why there had to be so many rules, and when I was at boarding school I would sneak out to the local cinema or pub.

Were your school days the best days of your life?
No. We moved around a lot due to my dad's job, so I attended a number of different schools – each more hideous than the last.

What was your first job?
Distributing leaflets wearing lederhosen… well, you asked!

My biggest achievement so far has been..
. Keeping all my balls in the air for more than 25 years.

My worst moment ever was.
.. Having Mel Smith stick his tongue down my throat on his last night of Hairspray.

Three words that sum up my personality are..

Loyal. Hard-working. Kind.

Favourite place in the world?
West Wittering Beach.

Three places in Edinburgh you could not live without?
The Usher Hall, The Playhouse, and The Scotsman Hotel, where I had my best ever Hogmanay last year.

Who is your best friend?
Ollie, my dog.
Which TV show do you never miss.
.. Boardwalk Empire.

If you could bring one show to Edinburgh which would it be?
Love Story - The Musical.

Name one item you not live without?
My i-Pad.

By what ethos do you live your life?
To dream of the person you would like to be, is to waste the person you are.

Heroes by Michael Ball is now available on CD, £8.99

Michael Ball's new concert show Heroes plays The Usher Hall on 27 May, 8pm

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

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