In The Hotseat with Carol Cleveland

Carol Cleveland
Carol Cleveland

CAROL Cleveland gained a reputation as the only female member of the Monty Python team and appeared in films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian.

She also appeared alongside Roger Moore in the 70s TV series The Saint, but has long harboured a desire to play the villain in a Hammer Horror film.

She was cast in a fright flick opposite the legendary Vincent Price, but was forced to withdraw and so her dream remains unfilled.

The actress did, however, attend the Bram Stoker Film Festival at Whitby Pavilion over the weekend, and was able to indulge her love of horror films.

She took time out to chat to reporter Karl Hansell ...

1. What are your first memories of Whitby?

I went there only once quite a while ago but I loved the quaintness of it.

2. What makes Whitby special to you?

My mother took me there to share her happy childhood memories of it with me.

3. Life’s highlight?

Being on stage with the Pythons at the Hollywood Bowl ... and meeting the Queen, of course!

4. Biggest regret?

The last relationship I was in.

5. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Errrr ... nothing.

6. What is your favourite eating place?

So many! We’re spoilt for choice in Brighton.

7. What is your favourite pub?

The Greys in Brighton.

8. Where are the best fish and chips?

Bardsleys in Brighton.

9. What is your worst habit

Bad timekeeping

10. Where was your last holiday?

In Goa.

11. When was the last time you cried?


12. What would be your ideal day in Whitby?

To be shown around by a charming, handsome and available man!

13. What was your first job?

Working in Woolworths. Oh, happy days!

14. What is your favourite film?

Don’t have a favourite as such, but I loved ‘Death in Venice’.

Strange, huh?!

15. What is your favourite book?

The one that I’m writing.

16. If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?

The usual stuff but first ... travel, travel, travel!

17. Dracula or Captain Cook?

Dracula of course!

18. What is your signature dish?


19. Favourite drink?

Champagne cocktail.

20. What would be your epitaph?

Believe it or not, I thought of this long before Spike Milligan did!

“I told you I was ill”.

But, as he nicked it from me, I’ll change it to “I’m glad I made you laugh”.