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Actor Ben Freeman is about to embark on a UK tour of the new musical Happy Days as seen on the Channel 4 documentary The Sound of Musicals.

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Ben Freeman (The Fonz) with co-stars Cheryl Baker (Joanie) and Heidi Range (Pinky)
Ben Freeman (The Fonz) with co-stars Cheryl Baker (Joanie) and Heidi Range (Pinky)
© Paul Coltas

1. Where and when were you born?
Windsor, 1980

2. What made you want to become an actor?
Time out of lessons to do school plays!

3. If you hadn't become an actor, what might you have done professionally?
Chef

4. First big break?
Grange Hill

5. Career highlights to date?
The first night of Legally Blonde

6. Any regrets?
None

7. What was the first thing you saw on stage that had a big impact on you?
The Phantom Of The Opera

Ben Freeman as The Fonz
Ben Freeman as The Fonz
© Paul Coltas

8. And the last?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

9. Who are your acting/singing idols?
Christopher Walken, Ryan Gosling and James Dean

10. What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Stay on centre

11. Why did you want to get involved in Happy Days?
How many people get asked to play The Fonz?

12. How have you prepared for the role of The Fonz?
YouTube'd Happy Days to death

13. Has Henry Winkler given you any advice?
Connect with each other, think big, make brave choices

14. Favourite song in the show?
"Happy Days"

15. Any rehearsal room mishaps?
Luckily not

16. What do you hope people take away from the show?
How good it was!

17. What's your favourite post-show hang out?
South West Trains

18. How do you unwind?
Watch a film on my iPad

19. If you could swap places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Barack Obama

20. What's next?
Brighton and world domination

''Happy Days'' begins its tour on Saturday 11th January 2014. More information available at happydaysthemusical.com

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