Hannah chatted to Express.co.uk about her best and worst holidays as well as where she’d like to go next. Thanks to Carly for the tip!
Actress and singer Hannah Spearritt, 34, found fame with pop group S Club 7 in the late Nineties before going on to star in popular Saturday evening time-travel drama Primeval.
She lives in West London with her King Charles spaniel, Stanley. Tonight, Hannah joins the cast of BBC1’s long-running medical drama Casualty.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY?
My first trip to Chamonix, in the French Alps, when I was around 16 as it was my first holiday without my parents. My sister Tanya has an apartment there and my brother Stuart came too It’s beautiful, such a pretty town and it is so homely.
There are a couple of clubs and little restaurants, including a place which sold beef burgers which came with chips inside them – they were the biggest burgers I’ve ever seen.
AND YOUR WORST?
We had a bit of a disaster in Thailand. Andrew [Lee Potts, Hannah’s former fiancé] will kill me for saying this, but when we went to Koh Samui in 2012, he had food poisoning for two days.
I was popping back every couple of hours to check on him and then heading back to the beach to sunbathe. It was so bad – he just wasn’t getting better so I went to speak to reception and this tiny little ambulance came to pick him up – even though the hospital was literally 100 yards up the road.
Then after he recovered I was ill. We treated ourselves to a night at this really nice hotel on a beautiful island called Koh Tao and came back on the boat past Koh Phangan, where they have the full moon parties.
However, my sea sickness was so bad that we couldn’t go.
I went to see Cirque du Soleil in Orlando eight years ago and I bought this cool orange mask with a feather on, which I love.
I like masks but I can’t wear it – it’s just too small, so it’s really just an ornament.
BEST HOLIDAY READ?
You’d probably find me reading something really relaxed like A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax.
I love books about taming the mind. She’s a great advocate for mental health and her writing makes me laugh.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY?
Don’t get me wrong, I love being on the beach but I don’t get that feeling of, ‘Oh, I’ve got to have a summer holiday’.
I prefer the skiing vibe – I like to be active and be able to eat loads.
WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT? Chamonix – I love it and and because my sister’s got a pad there, I can!
WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO NEXT?
I’d love to go to Indonesia or Cambodia. I’ve heard so many great things and I’ve never been.
The difficult thing with acting is that you never know where your next job is coming from, so it’s hard to plan holidays in advance.
My next trip will probably be to Paris. I like going to all the cafés, and having a wander – and I love people watching.