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Don Gallagher is currently starring as 'Bernadette' in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre
Place of Birth?
Selkirk in the Scottish Borders
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
Briefly tell us how you became involved with Priscilla.
Auditioned for the production in 2008 and again in November last year and was thrilled to be given the chance to play the role of Bernadette
Briefly tell us about the character of Bernadette
She likes to think of herself as a class act. She dresses rather like a 50s film star, but because of living through difficult times with the sex change etc. she can be tough and knows how to take good care of herself.
Your first stage performance?
The Mad March Hare in ‘Alice’
Career highlight to date?
Film – The Bank Job/ Javert in Les Mis/ Priscilla
What roles would you most like to play?
Sweeney Todd. Leontes in The Winter’s Tale
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep smiling and don’t fall over the furniture
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Walking onstage in As You Like It – a scene too early!
What is the most annoying part of your job?
Painting my nails everyday.
If you had not been a performer, what might you have done instead?
A landscape garden designer
Favourite after-show haunts?
Soho House, Spice of Life, Shadow Lounge
Who are your favourite actors/ actresses?
Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, Bette Davies, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt
If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favourite authors?
I read a lot of garden design and plant books
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favourite movies?
A Single Man, Midnight Cowboy, Far From Heaven, All About Eve and Gladiator
Favourite TV programmes?
Shameless, Prison Break, The Good Wife
Favourite holiday destinations?
Do you have any hobbies?
Do you have any superstitions?
Mentioning ‘The Scottish Play’ in the theatre.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My cats, a case of good red wine and the complete works of Shakespeare.