Vincenzo Pellegrino is currently appearing in As You Like It, which runs at Salisbury Playhouse until Saturday. He last performed at the Playhouse as Roger Mason in the stage adaptation of William Golding’s The Spire and his television credits include Where the Heart Is, Casualty and Tracey Beaker.

What three words best describe you?

Fatalistic, optimistic, sententious.

What was the first record/CD you bought?

The Funky Gibbon by The Goodies.

What is your pet hate?


What are you reading at the moment?

Sarum by Edward Rutherford.

What is your favourite word?


And your least favourite word?


If you were choosing a last meal, what would it be?

Beans on toast, with poached eggs and a scoop of Branston pickle.

If you had a million pounds to give away what would you do with the money?

Try to save the great apes. If we can't watch out for our cousins, we don't measure up as a family.

If you had a time machine where would it take you?

Victorian London.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Ask Christine Hillhouse (it's still raw after 33 years).

If you were stranded on a desert island what luxury would you choose to have with you?

A masseuse.

What would you never leave home without?

Forgetting something.

What sports team do you support?

Liverpool Football Club.

If you could make or change any law, what would it be?

Free trade is all very fine, but not when we get cheap goods at the price of slavery. Embargos on such countries.

What was your first job?

Life model.

If you had a superpower which one would you want?

Sober up faster.

What worries you the most?

My luck will one day run out.

Do you have any children?

Two girls – best mistake I ever made.

What would you like your epitaph to be?

I should have read the instructions.

Is it ever acceptable to break the law?

The Tollpuddle Martyrs, the suffragettes, the black civil rights movement of America, to name a few where defiance is to be applauded.