What matters to me?
16 February 2008
By Gaby Soutar
What's the best bit on your personality CV?
I think I'm generally a happy-go-lucky kind of guy.
And the worst?
I tend to dwell on things. If I make a joke and someone doesn't laugh, I'll worry about it for a while after.
What are your earliest memories?
A holiday to Spain when I was about four. My dad got a poster made with a picture of him as a bullfighter and the words Georgio Toveyo on it. I went around excitedly telling everyone my dad was a matador.
Describe yourself as a food/car/drink.
Baked beans because they're sturdy stuff, always there when you need them. Ginger ale for the same reason, and because I'm a redhead. If I was a car I'd be a Jeep Cherokee because it's rugged in a camp way.
How do you stay in love?
My parents have been married for 30 years and they say the secret is compromise.
What keeps you up at night?
Tinnitus. No, not really. It's more likely to be thinking about the day that's just passed and the day ahead, scheduling things in my head.
Who or what makes you laugh?
My nephews, who are one and three. Everything they do is hilarious.
Who's your biggest influence?
All my ancestors. I feel they're up there pulling the strings in some way.
What object would you save in a fire?
My Tracey Emin drawing, No Idea Why They Jump So High. It's of animals jumping over a skipping rope. A lot of her art was lost in the Saatchi warehouse fire of 2004, so it's not right that it might happen again.
What was your life's main turning point?
Sorting out my differences with my dad.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Whoever's going to do it hasn't been born yet.
Which song is the soundtrack to your life?
Do it Again by Steely Dan. My parents listened to it a lot when they got together and recently bought me a copy.
Tell us about your first date?
I was probably nine or ten years old. It was either a girl from junior school or youth club and we probably went to McDonald's in Romford or to the cinema.
If you could meet a famous person who would it be?
Jimmy Somerville, he's had an interesting life. The song Small Town Boy is about him running away from home.
I'd hang about with my family at home then go off with my mates down the pub.