20 Questions with ... Jill HalfpennyDate: 28 May 2012
Whatsonstage.com Award-winning actor Jill Halfpenny is currently starring in a revival of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre. The production, which is directed by Lyndsay Posner, opened in the West End on 15 May following a run at Menier Chocolate Factory in March and is due to run until 1 September.
Halfpenny is best known for playing Rebecca Hopkins in Coronation Street and Kate Mitchell in EastEnders, but has enjoyed considerable success in the West End in recent years. Since appearing in Calendar Girls in 2009, she created the role of Paulette Bonafonté in the West End production of Legally Blonde, which opened in 2010. The performance earned her the 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, as well as the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
In 2004 she won Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Darren Bennett. The pair then went on to win the programme's 2008 Christmas special.
Date of birth?
Lives now in?
What made you want to become an actor?
If you hadn’t become an actor, what might you have done professionally?
First big break?
Career highlights to date?
What was the first thing you saw on stage that had a big impact on you?
And the last?
Do you often get recognised? If so, for which role?
Are there any parts you would particularly like to play?
Favourite holiday destination?
Why did you want to get involved with this production?
Was it daunting having Mike Leigh in rehearsals?
What’s your favourite line in the show?
Have you had to change it much for the West End?
What have you got lined up next?
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