Barnaby Hughes is originally from Oxford, but has lived in London for the past seven years. He’s currently in Cork for a second Christmas panto season to play Prince Charming in the Opera House’s production of Cinderella.

Best book you’ve read:

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking. Blew my mind!

Best recent film:

Arrival, with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

Best recent show you’ve seen:

People, Places & Things at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London. An astonishing play made complete by an extraordinary performance by Denise Gough.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately:

‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ by U2. I know I’m late to that party, but only discovered it recently and love it.

Pick one of first ever piece of music or show or film or gig that really moved you:

The Lion King. Mufassa’s death still traumatises 25 year old me as much as it did when I was 3.

The best stage show you’ve ever seen:

The original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I love a supernatural drama; Lost used to be my life when I was a teenager.

Radio listening:

Any station that plays 1980s power ballads.

Your three acting heroes?

These are only a few of the many: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (I’m counting them as one!); Tom Hanks; Robin Williams.

Your best celebrity encounter:

I met Jessica Alba, left, whilst working at a BAFTA’s after party. She was lovely. She must have lost my number though. I also got to cuddle Robin Williams once. That was pretty special.

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba

You can portal back to any entertainment event or period of human cultural history – where, when, and why?

Wembley Stadium, 1986, to see Queen perform live. Or November 2008 to experience Obama’s election victory again and not know/worry about who his successor is.

Do you have any interesting ancestors or family?

My great grandfather, Felix Hughes, was an Irish actor who, coincidentally, appeared in a play called Uncle Barney’s Dollars, written by his father, my great great grandfather.

Unsung hero – individual or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:

My parents (and parents in general)! They’re a source of unwavering love, support and encouragement, and work harder than anyone I’ve ever met, not for their own personal gain, but for the sake of everyone else around them.

You are king for a day – what’s your first decree?

All TV adverts must be replaced by cute puppy videos and/or videos of cats being scared by cucumbers.


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