Emmerdale star Olivia Cooper on her celebrity crush and the love of her life

ACTRESS Olivia Bromley plays Dawn Taylor in ITV’s Emmerdale.

From crushes, worst pains and greatest achievements – get to know the star in this 'no-filter' candid Q&A.

What scares you?

Heights and spiders.

What is your favourite word?

The Japanese word “ganbatte”. It’s like saying: “Go get it!”

What is your worst habit?

Scrolling mindlessly through my phone.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My sister Claudia. She’s younger than me but she’s just wiser, funnier and better.

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

My best female mates.

Who makes you laugh the most?

My dad, unintentionally.

What makes you angry?

When you’re in Primark and it’s really hot and your bra strap keeps falling down.

All-time favourite movie?

I recently saw Call Me By Your Name, and it’s definitely up there. It was beautiful.

Favourite TV show as a child?

I loved Grange Hill, Corrie and all of those classic soaps.

What is your earliest memory?

I lived in Japan until I was three because my parents worked there, and I remember being on the floor of our tiny house.

Which public figure do you most admire?

Michaela Coel, who wrote I May Destroy You. It’s really brave work.

What possession would you rescue from a burning building?

Photo albums of when I was a teen. I’m embarrassed by the pictures, though, so don’t know why I’d keep them. Nostalgia?

Do you have a party trick?

I can whistle the Match Of The Day theme tune through my teeth.

How do you relax?

Long walks with a podcast or the radio. I also find cleaning relaxing.

Who would you like to apologise to?

Probably my mother, for chewing her ear off through lockdown. I said I was only going to stay at her place [in Manchester] for a couple of weeks and just didn’t leave.

What good will come out of lockdown?

I think it made people appreciative of their connection with others, and I hope some environmental good will come out of it, too.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

The swinging ’60s.

What song would you have played at your funeral?

I would have a really emotional choral piece so that everyone was in absolute floods. Lots of weeping.

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever experienced?

Physically, a bikini wax has to be up there.

What’s been your greatest achievement?

Managing to earn a living from being a creative, which is not something I thought would be possible.

Who is your celebrity crush?

I really like Bradley Cooper.

Neat freak or messy?

I can be both. I tend to do an extreme tidy and clean, then I let it get messy again.

What do you never leave the house without?

Headphones. I panic if I don’t have them.

What are your best and worst qualities?

I’m an empathetic person, so people come to me with their problems, but I can also be indecisive about everything, from what I’m having for lunch to something major.

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