We caught up with some of our Aladdin cast members and asked them some quirky questions so you can get to know them a bit better!
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We spoke to Ann Widdecombe (Empress of China), Mark Read (Aladdin), Terry Gleed (Wishee-Washee), Mia Richards (Princess Jasmine) and Aaron Spendelow (Genie of the Lamp).
Where were you born?
Aaron: Luton and Dunstable hospital.
Mark: Kingston Upon Thames.
Mia: Dudley – West Midlands.
Terry: In my sister’s bed.
Where did you go to school/college/uni?
Aaron: Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Mark: Epsom, Surrey.
Ann: Royal Naval School, Singapore, Bath Convent, Universities of Birmingham and Oxford.
Mia: I went to Milking Bank Primary School in Dudley, I attended Ellowes Hall Sports College for secondary school also in Dudley. For college I went to Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) in partnership with the BRIT school, I went to drama school for a foundation year at The Arts Educational Schools London and I’m currently studying for my degree at PPA in Guildford.
Terry: Wraysbury Primary School and then Langley Grammar School. Then I went to Hotel College at Brighton Polytechnic for 3 years and then Guildford School of Acting for 3 years studying Musical Theatre.
Favourite/least favourite food/meal?
Aaron: Favourite food is Cheese flan and curly fries with a blue slush.
Ann: I hate shellfish and mushrooms but love lamb chops with mint sauce.
Mark: Fav is Spag Bol, least – seafood.
Mia: I can’t think of anything I don’t actually like apart from a whole tomato!! I’m such a foodie!
Terry: My favourite is Curry, if you want to find me, I may very well be in an Indian Restaurant or hovering around the spicy ready meals in Marks and Spencer. I love Chinese too and Italian. My least favourite are bananas.
Aaron: Blue slush.
Ann: Good brandy.
Mark: Ginger beer / peanut butter & banana milkshake.
Mia: Alcoholic would be a baileys always! And I’m a huge iced Coffee lover.
Terry: McDonalds Hot Chocolate – I discovered it one day after drinking too much coffee and needed a change.
Ann: Dark Green.
Terry: Electric Blue.
Favourite films/TV shows?
Mark: Ghostbusters/Simpsons / The Muppets.
Mia: Favourite film would definitely be Notting Hill, I’m still a big kid at heart and love a bit of princess diaries! I’m such a girly girl but love anything crime related, my guilty pleasure is definitely ‘Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away’!
Terry: Titanic and most disaster movies/ Eastenders and any Period Drama and Midsomer Murders.
Aaron: Something by Matt Lucas.
Ann: Wind in the Willows.
Mark: It’s not easy being green and other things to consider -Kermit the frog/ Jim Henson
Mia: The faraway tree! I used to love it.
Terry: A nice Agatha Christie…Miss Marple in particular..and as a boy I loved Enid Blyton Famous Five.
Favourite piece of music/song?
Aaron: Chart music
Ann: TONE DEAF
Mark: Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Mia: Anything Amy Winehouse! I’m obsessed with her.
Terry: ABANIBI (Eurovision winner for Israel)
Most treasured possession?
Aaron: Family photos.
Ann: A naval rum tub given to my father.
Mark: Family dog Dizzy and baby grand piano.
Mia: As much as I hate myself for it, probably my IPhone!
Terry: My good Health and Happy soul and my Eurovision collection.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Aaron: Spinning, listening to music, spending time with friends and travelling!
Ann: Walking on Dartmoor.
Mark: Questionnaires, gym.
Mia: I am a bit of a party animal! I love a good night out with my friends. I also love a good trip into London to see a show!
Terry: Singing, people watching, watching television and thinking about pantomimes and seeing as many as I can.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Aaron: Dot Cotton from EastEnders
Ann: No crush on anyone but admire DEREK JACOBI as an actor.
Mark: (Fake person crush) Jessica Rabbit
Mia: Probably Anthony Joshua!
Terry: I am too shy to say… someone in Eastenders.
Your secret vice?
Ann: A nightcap with a good book in bed.
Mark: Buying geeky collectables.
Terry: Watching my celebrity crush in Eastenders.
Aaron: Lindor chocolate.
Mark: Collecting autographs.
Mia: I’m obsessed with Baileys!
Terry: Sleep and Peanut Butter.
A place you really want to visit?
Mark: Nashville, Memphis, Hawaii.
Mia: I would absolutely love to visit New York!
Terry: Kusudasi in Turkey…I have visited it several times but it draws me to return.
Aaron & Ann: Heights.
Mark: Zombie apocalypse.
Mia: I’m absolutely terrified of roller coasters!
Terry: Not being able to be cast in a pantomime.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Ann: Koala Bear.
Mark: A fox.
Terry: A cat, such a stress free life…just eating and sleeping and wandering around a bit.
What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Aaron: A framed photo of memories.
Ann: The love of my parents.
Mia: When my mum and dad brought me and my brother Louie a puppy for Christmas! He was the best gift I’ve ever received.
Terry: A picture from my mum and dad which lights up.
Favourite cartoon character as a child?
Aaron: Bubblegum characters from Clinton Cards.
Ann: Rupert Bear.
Mark: Muppet Babies.
Mia: I don’t think I’ve ever watched a cartoon!
Terry: Beryl the Peril…comic book cartoon.
Most expensive thing you’ve broken?
Ann: My foot.
Mia: I don’t actually think I’ve ever broken anything too pricey! (Touch wood).
Terry: My mobile phone.
What would be your one super power?
Aaron: Make everyone nice to each other!
Mia: To be able to bring out the sun when the weather is too cold!
Terry: Flying, I often fly in my dreams…it feels lovely.
If you were (of the opposite sex) what would your name have been?
Mark: Amy, after 2 boys folks were hoping for a girl and already named me.
Mia: I think my mum wanted to call me Gabriel!
Terry: Terri Gleed.
What would be a good theme song for your life?
Aaron: Hey Big Spender.
Ann: Onward Christian Soldiers.
Mark: Rocky III – Training Montage/ Eye of the Tiger.
Terry: J`Aime J`Aime La Vie (Eurovision 1986) I love I love LIFE.
What’s the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?
Aaron: Nike sign on back of head.
Ann: Very short perm.
Mark: Most of them.
Terry: A very big perm, far too much hair and very bulky but I thought it was lovely at the time.
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever bought?
Aaron: A kangol hat with strings coming out.
Ann: 1960s hotpants.
Mark: I don’t think they’re ridiculous but others may disagree – life size Muppets & film prop animatronic plant from Little shop of Horrors.
Mia: I brought a anorak from a charity shop the once thinking I could make it look edgy but really it was like something of Dot Cotton’s.
Best advice you’ve been given?
Aaron: Live life to the full every day.
Ann: Carpe Diem
Mark: Smile at the old ladies.
Mia: To never compare yourself to others, you are on your own journey and if you work hard at something, and don’t give up, the possibilities are endless.
Terry: From My Dad…It is very easy to spend money ,but hard to save it…so try to save as much as you can, whilst you can earn a good honest day’s wage.
If your entire life was a movie, what title would best fit?
Aaron: Aaron! Its me!
Ann: Carry On Trying.
Mark: ‘My Entire Life – The Movie’.
Terry: This Happy Breed.
What three things would you take to a desert island?
Aaron: Photos, Tucker my dog and slush puppy machine.
Ann: A compass, a raft and a swimsuit.
Mark: Laptop with Netflix, a boat, ukulele.
Mia: My best friend, my phone and probably a hairbrush!
Terry: Peanut Butter, Chicken Tikka Masala Madras Hot, mobile phone.
If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
Aaron: To have a pause button.
Mark: Time travel.
Mia: A spell to get rid of all the negative people in the world that cause hurt and upset!
Terry: To fly.
If you were given £5million to open a small museum, what would it be?
Aaron: A theatrical one.
Ann: Space Travel.
Mia: I would open a museum dedicated to Amy Winehouse and her life because she’s my favourite musician.
Terry: Eurovision Song Contest Through The Ages.