What's your nickname? The Eyebrow 

When was the first time you got drunk and what did you drink? I remember downing a whole bottle of the sweetest dessert wine imaginable in one go during a school trip to France... not a pretty sight! 

What was the first music single you bought? Living Doll by The Young Ones. 

What did you want to be when you were a kid? A train driver of high speed trains. I think I still do. 

What's your favourite book and why? Guinness Book of Records - we all want to be the fastest, best, biggest etc. 

What's your favourite movie and why? Cinema Paradiso for its charm and beauty or Austin Powers for its sheer stupidity and send-up value. 

What was your worst holiday and why? My stint as a Camp America Holiday rep in New Jersey - 16 demanding US teenagers to look after all summer. Never again! 

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Auditioning for a Nasal Spray ad as a child actor - thankfully I didn't get the gig! 

Do you have any phobias? I hate big crowds and I don't like flying much either. I'm normally the one telling the stewards that the engine's making a funny noise. 

Which celebrity would you like on your staff? Definitely Gordon Ramsay. We could do with some decent quality grub for lunch out here in the wilds of Godalming, Surrey. 

Who would you most like to sit next to on a plane? One of my old primary school friends - it would be great to catch up. 

What's your favourite chat up line? I'll get shot, but I've always liked "Get your coat, love, you've pulled". 

What luxury would you have on your desert island? Green & Black's Dark Chocolate. 

What's your biggest regret? Not following my heart into trying to produce West End theatre shows. I tried a little at uni and loved it. But it's a bit tough to stage your own multimillion pound musical. 

If you could star in a TV programme, what would it be? I very nearly ended up in the last series of The Apprentice but fell at the final hurdle - probably a blessing...