Leeds-born actress Angela Griffin appears in the ITV series Brief Encounters about the first group of women to become Ann Summers party hosts
How do you take your tea?
I like builder’s tea, with a little bit of milk
Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?
Ryan Gosling. He’s gorgeous! We could do a little cultural exchange. I’ll introduce him to the tea-drinking culture of England.
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
When I was 14, I got a job sticking little bows onto shampoo bottles in a factory. I wasn’t supposed to be working at all, but I lied and said I was older than I was. I lasted about two and a half hours before somebody grassed me up to the managers.
When did acting become part of the picture?
My auntie Linda had been taking me to drama classes at Leed’s Children’s Theatre since I was 5. I had an agent by the time I was a teenager, and had done some children’s television programmes. Acting was my passion, but we weren’t a well-off family so if I wanted to buy something I had to earn the money myself.
Were you quite an independent teenager?
I guess so. I landed my first role in Coronation Street when I was 17, and moved into a flat on my own. By my 18th birthday, I’d signed the deeds to my first house in Leeds.
What did your parents think of your acting career?
They were just happy that I had a passion. Acting’s not their thing at all. My dad was a cleaner and my mum taught office skills at college. But they were glad I had something to aim for. I feel the same about my two daughters.
Your daughter Tallulah, 14, is now a working actress herself [she appears in CBBC’s The Worst Witch]. Do you worry about the pressure the industry places on young actors?
Things are so much tougher for the youngsters now. It’s not just about the talent anymore. You’ve got to have the looks too. And there are some real scoundrels out there, but luckily I can guide Tallulah because I know how the business works.
Do you tell Tallulah what she can and can’t do?
Until she’s 18, yes definitely! She’s mine, I own her. But I’m not one of these Victorian mums. If she needs to go away for 16 weeks to film a series then I will let her. I’m very open-minded to it all, but I’m not going to let her do a Lolita role or go live in America on her own at 14. I know how these things should go.
What would be your dream role?
I’d love to do a Shakespeare play in The Globe, something completely different from anything I’ve ever done before. People say I should play Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
See Angela Griffin in the Brief Encounters TV Series, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment and available now to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and own now on iTunes.