Best known for her BBC3 documentaries, Cherry Healey treats her subjects with an insightful, witty yet compassionate tone that engages contributors and viewers alike. With a Degree in Drama Education/ Drama for Social Change from Central School of Speech and Drama, Cherry has a particular interest in women’s ever-changing roles in society – giving light to new cultural trends in a (sometimes painfully!) honest and entertaining way. Cherry has also written for several publications including Grazia, You Me Baby magazine, and Cellardoor online. Her new show ‘Cherry Healey: How To Get A Life’ starts tonight on BBC3.
First things first- tell us about your new show! It’s called Cherry Healey: How To Get A Life. It’s a look at modern dilemmas in busy, 24/7 lives, covering everything from money and relationships to addiction and sexuality. Tonight’s episode, ‘Single vs Settled’, explores the modern relationship in an age where anything goes. Is single sad and loney, or free and sexy?
One word that describes you? Discombobulated.
In your own words, what do you do? Job title: broadcaster. Job description: nosey woman who asks too many questions and spends lots of time on trains or twitter.
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life? All the assistant producers and directors at the start of my career that took time out to mentor me (when I was in production).
Which is your favourite part of your job? Sometimes in an interview there is a moment when a piece of information is revealed and I know I’m closer to understanding that person better – it’s a really magic moment, it feels like the the jigsaw is complete.
Which is the part that you enjoy the least? Very, very, very early mornings and very cold interviews outside! What is your greatest achievement? Not falling asleep or going blue during long sequences.
What is your greatest achievement? Not falling asleep or going blue during long sequences.
What was your Plan B? I very much wanted to be a director and would still, if the right project came up, like to do it.
What is your most prized possession? My engagement ring – it gives me the fear everyday as I lose stuff really easily (I’m generally not allowed nice things!). It was my mother’s and I suppose it’s irreplaceable.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Everyone is doing their best with the information they have at the time.
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without…..family, friends, ketchup, pants, concealer, Batiste Big and Bouncy, trainers, laptop and iPhone, Skyplus, coffee, jumpsuits.
Favourite restaurant? In which city? Automat on Dover Street, London.
What is your personal luxury? I sometimes use my childcare time (expensive!) to sit in a cafe and read/ stare out of the window!
What steps do you take to make your life more positive? by making sure I factor in some time to do things very slowly! I generally rush about so I try to have time at the weekend to pootle about with no agenda.