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Amy Robbins currently plays ''Mrs Johnstone' in Blood Brothers at Phoenix Theatre
Date of Birth
18th Feb 1971
Place of birth?
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Briefly tell us how you became involved with Blood Brothers
I auditioned for Mr. Kenwright and he very kindly gave me the part!
Briefly tell us about the character of 'Mrs Johnstone' that you play in Blood Brothers
She’s like so many women I was brought up with – including my own Mum. Strong – warm, funny – in the face of huge adversity
Your first stage performance?
Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, age 14, at school. Very Risqué!
Career highlight to date?
This, of course! Although I did perform for the Queen at Buckingham Palace a few months ago – that was very exciting.
What roles would you most like to play?
Ok, I’ll just say it… I want to be in Corrie!
What's the best advice you've ever received?
In Life? Be kind. In Acting? Tell the truth
What is the most annoying part about your job?
Not being able to put the kids to bed.
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
Would love to have been a Doctor – in my dreams!
Favourite after-show haunts
I wish I had time to have some! I have to dash to catch my train most nights.
Who are your favourite actors/actresses
I love the American “Method” set- Meryl Streep etc. Also, absolutely love Emma Thompson, she seems without guile or vanity.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
My Mum and Dad. They passed away a few years ago. I would have loved them to see “Blood Brothers”
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favourite authors?
“Solar” by Ian McEwan – one of my favourite authors.
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favourite movies?
Last film I saw was “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Ha,Ha. Loved it because I love Jim Carrey.
Favourite TV programs?
Like millions of others, I have a soft spot for “Doc Martin”. My husband Bob has just done an episode of it which was very exciting for me.
Favourite holiday destinations?
We go to Spain a lot, as we have family there. Love Lyme Regis too.
Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking, Playing the piano.
Do you have any superstitions?
Loads. A Catholic Mum who unwittingly instilled us with many – don’t cross on the stairs, new shoes on the table, don’t stir with a knife. Like Mrs. Johnson, it’s all part of daily life.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Can I say my husband and 2 daughters? If not, a cup of tea, some chocolate and a good book.
What are your future plans?
I’m here until January, and then….. More lovely parts I hope, T.V. or Theatre, and get our entire house re-decorated.