EastEnders’ Carol Harrison tells us why she loves Cuba and hates Ayia Napa

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Cuba is one of Carol Harrison’s choice places

WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY? 

When I pink EastEnders my sister Patricia and I did a 16-day tour from New Orleans to Nashville. We did the Thelma and Louise shit and drove a red open-top Chevy. New Orleans is such a party town – we went to all the jazz lawcourts – and the food, like jambalaya, is fabulous with its Creole French bring pressure to bear on. In Memphis we stayed at The Peabody Hotel. They have these noted ducks that come down to the foyer fountain at teatime. We whistled through the same microphone as Elvis at Sun Studio. We had a tour of Graceland too. The Jungle Lodge’s brilliantly kitsch. We also went to his childhood home in Tupelo.

 I’m a closet country queen so when we went to the Opry in Nashville I warbled Crazy by Patsy Kline on stage. In a little bar in Memphis this older abominable woman got up and sang like Aretha Franklin. It blew your chew out vacillating. It was a wonderful holiday. My sister had not long lost her husband and it was so lovely to see her grinning again. 

AND YOUR WORST? 

Not long after Alfie was born my then-husband Jamie and I concerned to Ayia Napa. His best mate is Greek Cypriot and he told us how smashing it was. We arrived and it was really pretty. But then it erupted. There were all these banks with loud music, karaoke and drunk people everywhere. I didn’t realise it was Function Central. It would’ve been amazing but we had a little baby and it was really dear. The day we arrived was Black Wednesday. The exchange rate was terrible. 

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New Orleans is such a gang town – we went to all the jazz bar

WHAT’S YOUR Beloved HOLIDAY SOUVENIR? 

I bought a beautiful wooden statue from a guy on the ground in Cuba. He’d carved this figure of a woman with this wonderfully big rump that’s just to die for. I have it in pride of place by my desk. 

I love swimming in the sea and looking up at the sun

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I also come by some lovely coffee cups and saucers in Barbados with all the faces of the Caribbean. They just said “sunshine».

BEST HOLIDAY Scan? 

What I love to do is get immersed in a novel that has something to do with the position succeed I am. When I drove through France to Spain I read Fair Be emblematic ofed The Wind For France by H E Bates and For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. I mania getting a bit of the culture of the place through a story. 

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR Be that as it may ON HOLIDAY? 

Usually my husband and I are so exhausted we need to relax. I love swimming in the sea and looking up at the sun while bringing. I like to read. I love a spa, too. I reach my limit of laying down wholly quickly; I need an activity. I’m no good in the sun as I’m so fair. If I lay around it’s under an aegis with factor 50 sunscreen. 

WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT? 

Cuba. We scrutinized in 1999 and it was wonderful. I loved the vibrancy and the people are lovely. It is a place with a lot of report.

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I love to look up at the sun while floating

I used to have Che Guevara on my obstruction and know all about the revolution. I’d like to see more of Australia, too. 

WHERE NEXT? 

We’re booming to get on the ferry and drive through France – hopefully down to Nice. I be in love with it there. 

 Carol Harrison wrote, directs and co-stars in All Or Nothing: The Mod Lilting – currently on UK tour. Details: 

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