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Actress and poet Jade Anouka has played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse and appeared on TV in His Dark Materials and films such as Last Christmas.

The actress loves seeking out Trinidadian street food in south London and going wild swimming at Beckenham Place park.

She can currently be seen in Mike Bartlett’s play Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre.

What was the first venue you performed at?

It was a musical called Golden Boy at the Greenwich Theatre. I was still at school and did it during the summer holiday.

There was an article in the paper saying they were looking for kids to take part in a theatre workshop and they ended up picking three of us to be in a professional play.

I was studying Sally Ann Triplett at school for my drama course and I ended up being in this play with her, which was quite weird. It was after doing this play I went to the National Youth Theatre.

Jade is best known for playing Ruta Skadi in His Dark Materials (Picture: IMDB)

What are your favourite venues to perform at?

The Globe – the first time I walked on stage there it took my breath away. The first one I did was Love’s Labour’s Lost and I’ve also done Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet there.

When you perform there in the summertime you can see the eyes of everyone in the audience. I like it but it’s terrifying, and at night you can see the stars while
you’re performing.

Where are your favourite places to eat and drink?

Nandine in Camberwell, it’s Kurdish food. The breakfast is amazing. I also like Roti Joupa, it’s a West Indian takeaway in Clapham, which does Trinidadian food, and most places don’t.

They do a snack called Doubles, which is the best I’ve found outside Trinidad – it’s a chickpea curry in a flatbread.

What’s your favourite area of London?

From Camberwell to Bromley and everything in between. I grew up in Bexleyheath and Lewisham and I’ve lived in New Cross, East Dulwich, Camberwell, all over. I lived in New Cross when I first graduated and you couldn’t even get a breakfast bap – now you can get avocado on toast.

If you know South London you might know that certain areas are too expensive for most people to afford to live in but if you go a few streets away you might get something that’s a decent price. I’ve had to move further and further out because it’s become so expensive.

I like South London because it’s got lots of parks and green spaces and it’s got a good community vibe. People on my street talk to each other. It’s still London but we keep central London at arm’s length.

Where would you take a visitor?

Beckenham Place Park – it’s a huge park, you can go wild swimming, there are woods and you don’t feel like you’re in London. And we’d go on a restaurant crawl along Camberwell Church Street – you can eat the whole world on that road.

I don’t really do touristy things. I did once go on a weird date on the top deck of a sightseeing bus. It didn’t go well.

Beckenham Place Park is a great spot for wild swimming, says Jade (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

What changes would you make if you were mayor?

I’d make every tube and train station properly accessible. I had a baby recently and getting around with the buggy has made me realise how bad access is.

If you’re in a wheelchair it’s terrible. Victoria station says it’s accessible but it’s a nightmare – you have to go around the place using different lifts to get to different parts of the station. It’s a maze.

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Where do you spend too much money?

In Nandine and on the other restaurants on Camberwell Church Street. I’m planning to take the baby to see live music and theatre from a very early age.

London has a lot to offer children and I’m sure I’ll end up spending a lot of money on that.

Most unexpected place you’ve seen a celebrity?

I was walking my dog in the park and I saw DJ Jamz Supernova, it was a weird one because I thought I knew her before I realised who she was so I’m glad I didn’t go up to her.

And I saw Adrian Lester in the queue for the tills in Sainsbury’s.

Cock runs at the Ambassadors Theatre until June 4.


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