Carley Stenson first rose to fame as Steph Cunningham in the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks, but went on to star in the big budget stage musicals Legally Blond, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot and as Princess Fiona in Shrek.
She is now playing the iconic role of Fantine in Les Misérables and is one half of a Musical Theatre power couple, as her fiancé Danny Mac has just finished in On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and is about to star in Sunset Boulevard.
Carley took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.
What are you currently working on?
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
My family and friends support.
What is your favourite Book?
I loved the BFG when I was little and To Kill a Mockingbird
What are you currently watching on TV?
We’ve been watching Suits and I love Nashville.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
We try and squeeze it all in, but because we’re stagey we’d probably say dinner and then the theatre.
What’s your favourite sweet?
I really like vegie Reversy Percys
What did you want to be when you were a child?
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
I wasn’t that naughty, I was just a bit thick sometimes (which is no surprise if anyone knows me). I remember I used to have a habit of locking doors, either when I was in them or on the outside and I locked my uncle in the bathroom once and didn’t tell anyone and he was banging for ages. I remember when I was in South Africa – we were living over there, so I was about 5 – Rand, which was like a 50 pence piece over here. I had a game where I would throw it at the chandelier and the goal was to hit it, but I didn’t realise that the chandelier would smash. My Aunty, bless her, she loves me now but she hated me then.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
It would be quite easy to say the career I’ve had but I think your friends say a lot about you so I’d have to say the company I keep.
I’m contracted for a year in Les Miz, so that’s a while off, but I am getting married at the end of August so that’s my focus at the moment.
You can see Carley Stenson in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue www.lesmis.com