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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland




DAWN PattonDAWN Patton, 26, is playing Reno Sweeney in Lisnagarvey Operatic Society's 50th anniversary performance ' Anything Goes', which opens on April 24. She loves ballet and singing and as well as acting she works as an Account Manager for an Advertising Agency in Belfast.

What do you like doing on your day off?
Relaxing with family and friends, enjoying a good bottle of Chablis.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?
I suppose I should say Aldens or Roscoff, which are both lovely, but if truth be told, I would rather be at Papa and Gran's house, with my feet up eating a bowl of Gran's delicious Irish Stew.

What has been your proudest moment?
Graduating from University. My Mum, Dad, Gran and Papa all came over to Glasgow to see me graduate - all the hard work paid off.

What was your most frightening moment?
When I was working in the U.S.A I flew into Dallas on a late evening flight. I arrived at the car rental section where I realised to my horror that I had lost my driving licence somewhere between California and Texas. I thought they weren't going to lend me a car and I'd have to sleep on the cold floor of the terminal - thank goodness they took pity on me.

How would you describe your taste in clothes?
Quite classic, although I love quirky accessories, especially shoes and handbags. I spent �500 on a Gucci handbag once - I know a disgrace, but it was a 'she's gotta have it moment'.

What would you do if you won a million?
Travel more! I would book a round the world trip.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
There are too many to mention. Story of my life.

What music do you like?
I have a very eclectic taste in music. My dad Ken, introduced me to everything from jazz such as Nina Simone and Billy Holiday through to Bob Dylan, Kinks, Beatles and Janis Joplin. I was brought up singing 'Like a Rolling Stone' and 'Norwegian Wood'.

What sports person do you most admire?
My boyfriend.

Describe your best ever holiday.
My best was a family holiday in Vancouver back in 2003. I had just finished my study abroad year at the University of South Carolina, and I flew up to Canada to meet my Mum and Dad, who I hadn't seen in months. I have always wanted to go to Dubai, I am heading at the end of April, so I hope it lives up to expectations.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?
To sing a Peggy Lee classic with a feather boa in hand, on top of an ebony Grand Piano in the Royal Albert Hall.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?
I would have loved to have met the late Billie Holiday, a talented woman who led such a colourful life.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?
A mobile phone with good reception to phone for help, makeup - you never know if a handsome Man Friday is stranded there too, picture of my Mum, that would cheer me up if I was down.


Car: Porsche 911 convertible
Film: The Notebook
Comedian: Peter Kay
CD: Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan
Book: Robert A Dahl's 'Democracy and Its critics'
Actor: Jack Nicholson
Actress: Bette Davis
Drink: Veuve Clicquot - Ice cold

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