Neil McDermott is best known for playing Ryan Malloy in Eastenders, but is no stranger to the West End and previously appeared at the Palladium in the revival of The Sound Of Music. He also became a favourite with musical theatre fans when he played Lord Farquaad in the musical version of Shrek at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Next month, the versatile actor is taking on the role of the mischievous Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium and we challenged him to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.
What are you currently working on?
The Wind in the Willows. We are just about to start recording the album and then we go into rehearsals in a couple of week’s time.
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
I was very lucky at school to have a teacher who helped to get me into drama. I was interested in sports and although I was quite popular, I was shy. He helped me by getting me into drama, which improved my confidence. He got me into theatre groups and then drama school, so I owe a lot to him.
What is your favourite Book?
The Wind in the Willows of course! By Kenneth Graham
What are you currently watching on TV?
We’ve just finished Broadchurch and are now watching Line of Duty. I love all the British Dramas.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
Can I go to the restaurant and then go to the theatre?
What’s your favourite sweet?
What did you want to be when you were a child?
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
I used to mess around in business studies at school and one time I came across a really long joke, that was boring because of its length but then it became funny because it was so long. I asked to tell a joke to the class and I think it lasted 45 minutes. The teacher found it quite funny too.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
I don’t know what the future holds at the moment. We are doing Willows until September the 9th and so towards the end of the run I’ll start to audition again and see what’s about.