Food For Thought: Jonathan Wilkes

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Food For Thought: Jonathan Wilkes

Actor and musician

My eating routine when I’m working is shocking. When I’m on tour, I grab what I can when I can. For breakfast I’ll have a bacon sandwich, followed by a club sandwich for lunch, so it’s bread after bread after bread. As much as I love my bread there’s nothing worse for making you feel stodgy.

We have a thing where I’m from in Stoke-on-Trent called ‘lobby’, more commonly known as stew. My mum did great lobbies for dinner; it’s one of those dishes where you can throw in whatever you like. I’m not a fussy eater. I’m one of those people that likes every kind of food bar anchovies and capers – they should be banned. When I’m at home, I’m a real fan of cooking. I love using the wok: I’m into anything stir-fry, curry or mixed vegetables.

I like a drink but I don’t go out and get ratted every night. When we’re on tour, after the show, we always go out to the local pub and have a few pints just to cool my larynx down, as I say. A nice pint of Foster’s does me nicely. (interview by Allan Radcliffe)

Jonathan Wilkes stars in The Wedding Singer, Playhouse, Edinburgh, Mon 19–Sat 24 May; King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 9–Sat 14 Jun.

The Wedding Singer

Musical based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name, about a wedding singer whose only dream is to be married himself.

The Wedding Singer

Musical based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name, about a wedding singer whose only dream is to be married himself, starring Jonathan Wilkes and Natalie Casey.

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