My holidays


Actor and singer Susannah de Wrixon

What was your best holiday?

In 1996 I went to the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean for three weeks, where a friend was teaching. Booking the ticket, the travel agent had no idea how I would get there as it was unknown as a destination.

But it was amazing, completely undeveloped with dirt tracks and one supermarket. It was really simple and unspoiled and often I could be the only person on a little beach. I stayed with my friend, not at a resort like most tourists, so I got a real taste of local life.

What was your worst holiday?

I went to Paris for a weekend with a boyfriend but couldn’t wait to get home. Our expectations of the city were so high and we both wanted different things. It’s a weekend that I put down to life experience.

If budget or work were no restriction what would be your dream holiday?

Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. I’ve a dream of renting a posh car and driving along with my sunglasses on and my scarf blowing in the breeze.

If you had your pick, who would you bring on holiday with you?

The celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo. I’d take him to Italy with me and drive him around in the car - that would be nice.

What’s your favourite place in Ireland?

It’s a toss-up between two. Inch, Co Kerry, where I spent many childhood summer holidays is a magnificent place where much of Ryan’s Daughter was shot.

My sister married a Donegal man so I regularly go to the shores of Lough Swilly
 at Ramelton. It takes three-and-a-half hours to get there, but once you do it’s amazing with breathtaking scenery.

Your recommended holiday reading?

Nothing too demanding, any chick-lit. A book is never a priority for me as I am usually too busy looking at things. A really nice holiday read was One Day by David Nicholls.

Where will you go to next?

I’d love to to go somewhere in France or Spain with guaranteed heat. Getting a week of sun and bright light is very important to give you a boost.

Susannah de Wrixon is starring in Alice in Funderland which is running at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, until May 12th