Quick Fire Questions with Ben Irish!
He graduated from Art Educational school at the age of twenty-two and since his career has only gone from strength to strength. With aspirations of playing Bert in Mary Poppins, he had his biggest year yet in 2015. “Last year was one of my favourites so far”, says Ben. It’s easy to see why. With model good looks and talent to match, there’s no doubt that Ben is destined for big things. So we took the time to chat all things performing, fitness and celebrity crushes.
So was performing something you always wanted to do and what do you love about it?
No I fell into it accidentally on my work experience with the local amateur company (The Portsmouth Players) and have been very lucky to work in some great shows with amazing companies. Last year was one of my favourites so far. Prince in Cinderella, then got to tour in Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates of Penzance covering the female lead which was so much fun. Then went to China to do Ultimate Broadway in Shanghai, an epic show with a phenomenally talented cast! Then joining the Asia tour of Ghost the musical covering Sam Wheat. I love meeting so many wonderful people and getting so close to them, and a huge plus this year has been travelling to some amazing places.
Do you find it hard, being so busy and travelling, to make time for relationships?
Dating someone in the industry made it easier as I think they understand. But what’s hard is when relationships end it’s hard as the theatre industry is so small, it feels there is no escape from them.
So what’s next for you? Anything exciting coming up?
I will be starting Sasha Regan’s All Male HMS Pinafore tour in a few weeks, playing one of the leads.
Favourite place on earth?
Boxers of Briefs?
Boxers… but tight.
Go to song in the shower?
When I was your man- Bruno Mars.
If you had your own band what would they be called?
Who’s the best kiss you’ve ever had?
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Chris Evans! (Captain America, not the ginger English one).
When was the last time you got naked?
Just now in the gym!
What’s your favourite part of your body?
The brown freckle in my left eye.
What do you get the most compliments on?
My smiley eyes! I hate them! (Laughing).
Man-scaping or natural?
Man-scaping! Had my first wax last week.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Climbed Camel back mountain in Arizona with my best mate Karl, in just flip-flops, no sun cream and [with] half a bottle of water. Indestructible twenty-two year olds!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A marine biologist.
Would you rather give up sex or food?
Noooo… don’t do this to me! Sex! Regrettably.
What’s your best chat up line?
I’d be far too shy to chat anyone up.
What’s your favourite work out?
What’s your biggest secret?
I don’t keep secrets! They all come out in the end… Too risky!
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
To not care what other people think about you. By the beautiful Amy Webb. Still working on it.
When was the last time you cried?
Watching Kinky Boots a few nights ago! It’s great. Got to see my friend Callum on as the lead. He’s incredible.
In the next five years you’d like to be…?
And what’s the lasting impression you’d like to leave?
Don’t do drugs kids!