Jane Booker has had a varied an extensive career, starring in a number of television series and films including Finding Neverland, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and most recently in Sam Holcroft’s play, Rules For Living…
For anyone that doesn’t know, can you explain a little about your career and highlights so far?
I was in a sitcom called ‘Don’t Wait Up’ when I was younger. I’ve done seasons with the RSC and I did work with Johnny Depp!
Have you always aspired to be a performer or did you have a different career in mind when you were younger?
I wanted to be a dancer, and for a long time, a vet!
What drew you to the role of Edith in Rules for Living?
She is a woman trapped in a cycle of behaviour and so desperate for everything to be perfect and controlled.
What can people expect when they come and see Rules for Living?
They will get a lot of laughs, some painful truths that may resonate and a lot of mess.
Can you sum up the show in five words?
Mayhem, rules, Christmas, custard, gravy.
What’s your usual Christmas like? Have there been any epic fails?
I do the cooking. The turkey ‘flew’ onto the floor on one occassion. Sometimes I long to be on a beach with a sandwich!
What’s a fun fact people may not know about you?
I am a rollercoaster nut
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I do some chewing so my mouth isn’t dry
What’s your best piece of advice for an aspiring performer?
Do it! Tell yourself “they’d be lucky to have me” when going up for a job!