I'm a freelance translator, part-time actor and full-time dog owner. Although I've called Manchester home for the past eight-ish years, my origins lie in the Yorkshire Dales and I've come here via Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, London and Paris. Manchester really feels like home now, although I do have a hankering for living in a rural idyll at some point in the future.
When not in rehearsals for some play or other, I like to fill my spare time with as much enjoyable stuff as I can. Chief among these would be badminton. It's the best fun ever. That's not an opinion - it's an indisputable fact.
I love to get out and explore everywhere - town or country, with my dog walking by my side (or rather pulling me all over the place) and my camera - trying to get that perfect shot (not easy while trying to control a hyperactive pooch).
Live music is a necessity in life, be it at the Bridgewater Hall or Band on the Wall. I'm currently dredging up long-forgotten memories of childhood piano lessons to make my purchase of a digital piano more useful than just a pretty piece of furniture. Music is a constant in my life. Although I probably don't look the part of the Northern Quarter hipster, I do own a record player and listen to classic jazz albums on it regularly. Otherwise, it'll be Björk, Rachmaninov, Radio 3, Radiohead, and I'll leave it there. Listing obscure, cooler-than-thou artistes isn't really the done thing.
I almost like going to the gym. Still a bit of a chore though. I wouldn't call it fun - but I'm seeing results! I also go running at an ungodly hour of the morning, as often as I can rouse myself to do so.