Next up in our 12 Questions series is Elizabeth Tan. Elizabeth may be known to some of you for her great work on Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and Dr Who. Here she lets us in on her favourite London haunts and why we should all beware of Hubris…



Q: Can you describe the character you’re playing in Harajuku Girls in one sentence?

A: Keiko is a vulnerable and wildly adventurous 18 year old who is trying desperately to escape dealing with her own reality.


Q: What do you love most about your character in the play?

A: I like Keiko’s crazy courage and her devastating flaws.


Q: What’s your favourite city and why?

A: I love Tokyo. I discovered so much when I was there.


Q:  What’s the best play you’ve seen recently?

A: A View from the Bridge. I think Ivo van Hove is a genius.


Q: Why did you want to be an actor?

A: I’ve always loved exploring characters/humanity and telling stories which might move people in some way.


Q: What’s your favourite word?

A: Hubris. It reminds me not to take anything or anyone for granted.


Q: What would be your death row meal?

A: Really good sashimi, ice cream and Peking duck. Perhaps not in that order.


Q: If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

A: The 1920s.


Q: Who inspires you?

A: Most people; when I meet new people there’s usually something about them that inspires me.


Q: What books are on your bedside table?

A: I’m currently reading a lot of stuff on Japan and the Cosplay world for the play but before that I was reading Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood.


Q: What’s your favourite place in London?

A: At the moment, it’s the Columbia Road Flower Market.


Q: Tell us a secret.

A: If you like Cheese Toasties, the ones in Borough Market are, in my opinion, the best in the World.

– Julia

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