Last word with Melinda Messenger

melinda messengerTV presenter Melinda Messenger, 39, lives in Reading with her husband Wayne and three children – Morgan, 10, Flynn, 8, and Evie, 6. This Christmas she will be playing the genie in Aladdin at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

What’s your happiest memory?
I remember rolling down the sand dunes with my brothers in Oxwich Bay, South Wales. We’d spend all day there in the sun and then have a barbecue on the beach. Now I love doing the same thing with my own kids. You can’t beat a family day out.

What’s your secret talent?
I’m a very good A-Z reader. I could have done The Knowledge and been a taxi driver! Sadly we have satnav now so my skill is redundant!

How do you relax?
I find it easy to relax so it’s never an issue. I have a swing chair on my porch, so I sit there with a cup of tea and watch our bird table. And when the kids are in bed, I like curling up in front of the log fire with a book.

What makes you cry?
Everything! I cry with happiness and with sadness. The other day the kids were doing a little Michael Jackson dance – they were so into it and looked so happy, I cried. I also cried when I was filming Cowboy Builders for Channel Five. There were some truly awful situations – one family actually separated because of the pressure of having their home ruined. Tears of joy are a lovely thing, though.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Somebody once said I look a bit like Reese Witherspoon in Walk The Line, so I’d go with her – she’s a brilliant actress, a very flattering comparison.

What do you love and hate about Christmas?
I love everything about it, except cooked sprouts. I love eating raw vegetables, but when cooked the texture is horrible. And I don’t like cooked peas. It’s the hard shell – I get a little shiver in my teeth!

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