What would you do differently to what you do now?
If I wasn’t an actress, I’d be a midwife!
Who inspires you and why?
Julie Walters. Her ability to morph into different characters is amazing. Funny and brilliant and not an ounce of work done on the face. Growing older gracefully! Also my dad. He has looked after 5 women all his life and never let us down.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Ban ALL plastics. It really worries me. Make sure all single mothers, no matter what they do for a living, get tax relief on childcare.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Jumbo Bay in Antigua when I was 27. It was paradise, with a man I loved deeply and I have never had a holiday like it since.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d put them on a train to London. The Wallace Museum is Lovely. Or the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum).
What are you currently reading?
Olivia Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
What are you currently listening to?
What does the future hold for you?
Who knows? That’s what I love about what I do. You never know where you might end up and with who. Flip a coin! My life could hold any possibilities.
Ruthie will present some of her most iconic musical appearances in Live & Intimate at The Famous Spiegeltent on 21 & 22 June as part of the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. For more information, visit: www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au for details.
Image: Ruthie Henshall – photo by Kurt Sneddon