Interview: Freya Mavor, star of Skins and Sunshine on Leith

Interview: Freya Mavor, star of Skins and Sunshine on Leith

The TV and film actress talks lucky lobsters, kitten cafes and The Brave Little Toaster

First record you ever bought
The single of 'Come on Baby Light my Fire' by The Doors.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Bought a ticket to go to Dimensions Festival in Croatia. So worth it.

First film you saw that really moved you
When I was a little tot I watched The Brave Little Toaster – a story about five household items (toaster, blanket, lamp, vacuum and a radio) who, after being abandoned, go on a long quest to search for their original owner. IT'S SO DAMN SWEET.

Last lie you told
‘It wasn't me’ – *looks over to empty box of chocolates*.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Bizarrely I was let into The 40-Year-Old Virgin when I was about 12 with this guy for our first date. It was very uncomfortable to sit through – lots of awkward shuffling and avoiding eye contact. Cinema date = not a good date in my opinion.

Last time you cried
At work for an emotional scene – I was a mess.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Surround myself with close friends, good food, films and music.

Last great meal you cooked
I've been working a lot at the moment so haven't been able to cook anything in ages – I miss it dearly. Last thing I cooked was probably a chickpea curry.

First crush
When I was 12 it was a guy in the year above me at school in France. I would casually 'turn up' at the skate park when I knew he'd be there. Eventually I got up the courage to tell him I liked him – his response was that he was into 'older women'. Hah.

Last book you read
The Little Friend – Donna Tartt.

First great piece of advice you were given
‘Life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept this truth we transcend it. Once it's accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.’

Last time you were star struck
Ummm … physically bumped into Kate Moss once!?

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Make everyone give out at least three compliments a day, make all education free and create some ‘kitten cafés’ – where people can go pet kittens over a creamy espresso. Mmmmm.

Last meal on earth - what would it be
I would have one last Khushi Punjabi takeaway – it's an Indian restaurant on Broughton Street in Edinburgh that our family have been going to ever since I can remember.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
Luther – ‘Never Too Much’.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Never. Ever. Even the thought of doing that makes me cringe.

First time you realised you were famous
Never really thought about it that way. I do a job that I love. Some people watch what I do and if they enjoy it – fantastic!

Last time someone criticised your work
Surely someone drunk shouted 'Skins is s***' at me - ah well it's not everyone's cup of tea!

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Ehhh … 'passionate', 'perky' (one friend asked me to put that down) and probably 'curious'.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Something off eBay – I always seem to make awful buys off eBay.

First concert you ever attended
The Cribs with my brother.

Last time you bought someone flowers
My friend came to visit me in Paris so I met her off the train with flowers and a croissant.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My lucky lobster – no it's not a real lobster, don't worry!

Last funny thing you saw online
The first episode of Castings out on Canal+ (you can find it online) – it's a comedy sketch show I did with some brilliant french comedians. I hadn't seen anything up till now – it's hilarious!

First job
Does babysitting count?

Last person you fantasized about
Ben UFO – the most wondrous DJ about.

First word you spoke

Last crime you committed
If I tell you I'd have to kill you.

First song at your (potential) wedding
Jo Stafford – ‘No Other Love’.

Last song at your funeral
Faces – ‘Ohh La La’.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
Ma mumma.

Last thing you recommended to someone
Avoid anything sung by the likes of Pitbull like the plague.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Mmmmm what'll I have for breakfast?

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Mmmmmm what'll I have for breakfast?

Freya stars in Sunshine on Leith, which is out on Fri 4 Oct.

Light My Fire - The Doors

"The Brave Little Toaster" - Original UK Trailer (Late-80's?)

The 40 Year Old Virgin Official Trailer HQ

Luther Vandross-Never Too Much

No Other Love - Jo Stafford

Ooh La La - The Faces


  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jon S. Baird
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

Adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel about a bigoted junkie cop who battles his way in an attempt to win back his wife and daughter.

Sunshine on Leith

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Antonia Thomas
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

For his second feature, Fletcher directs this adaptation of the popular stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers. Two soldiers return from Afghanistan to Edinburgh and struggle to adapt to civilian life.