Alix Wilton Regan is an award-winning British actress and voice-over and the founder of charitable organisation PLAY 4 CALAIS.
Alix has starred in numerous TV and radio projects such as New Tricks, Come Fly With Me, Hustle and Casualty for the BBC, Anais Nin for Sky, Obsession: Dark Desires for Discovery in the USA, and The Cazalets and Onegin for BBC Radio 4.
She has also appeared on stage in ‘King Lear’ at The Almeida opposite Jonathan Pryce and also in productions at The Arcola, The King’s Head and The Tricycle. Her many computer games, short films and independent films that she has appeared in have all won numerous awards over the years.
In December 2015, Alix founded PLAY 4 CALAIS: a grass-roots initiative to provide safe-play, pop-up cinema and sports to children, teens and adult refugees living in the Calais ‘Jungle’. Their motto is ‘be a light in the dark’, which is both literally and figuratively what they aim to be during these difficult times.
- Describe a typical day for you?
PLAY 4 CALAIS has taken over my life since I founded it last Christmas, so I am up earlier in the morning and in bed later than ever at the moment, as I fit running this charitable initiative around my full time job of actress and voice-over.
I will be up around 7am and do a couple of hours work on PLAY 4 CALAIS whilst consuming vast amount of coffee before (maybe) hitting the gym circa 9.30am (if I am being virtuous). Then it’s normally an audition and a voice-over session or two a day, often in Soho, so I head into central London which thankfully my favourite place to be.
I love the buzz in this corner of London! At some point between acting appointments in the day I will grab a salad and smoothie for lunch and blast out 25,000 emails trying to secure funding, press, volunteers, aid and equipment for PLAY 4 CALAIS. The response to the project has been incredible, but it is a daily struggle to stay on top of everything alongside my career. In the evening, I will maybe go see a play or have dinner with a friend, but, once home, I’ll often work from 10pm till gone midnight, just to catch up on anything I’ve missed over the day.
- What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
PLAY 4 CALAIS and financial independence as an actress. Acting is a brutal business and, whilst I’m not yet creatively exactly where I want to be, I am proud that I earn my living from it. I am also a shit hot auntie, godmother, friend, daughter and partner.
- What’s in your handbag?
….. What ISN’T in my handbag?! Current contents includes, but is not limited to: iphone 6 + charger + back up battery pack for iphone ‘just in case’; two sets of house keys ‘just in case’; a book called ‘How To Change The World’ by John-Paul Flintoff; empty bottle of water which I must remember to refill; hairbrush and a make-up bag who’s contents weighs approximately 10lbs; an old audition script for a new TV show; business cards I acquired in Cannes to remind me to contact these people plus a rather large TO DO list; an umbrella ‘just in case’; a wallet containing three currencies: pounds sterling, euros and canadian dollars… plus the odd Sri Lankan rupee.
- What are your ambitions in life?
I have always wanted to be a successful actress and I look forward to the day when I truly feel like one. I have also always wanted to change the world for the better and I look forward to the day when I feel like I have.
- What advice would you give your pre-baby self, that you now know?
I don’t yet have children but I did do ten years of child-minding and I am convinced of the following:
1 – all they need is love.
2 – there is never enough time and there is enough time with the time that you have.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
… I am in a period of transitionning at present, so at this point in time I honestly couldn’t say… I do know that my life will always involve acting and activism (my longest standing loves) and Adam (my love).
- What advice would you give a budding (insert title please)?
Actress? Just do it and ‘it’s not personal’.
Activist? Just do it and ‘keep it personal else it won’t work’.
- Finally, happiness is…
Love and presence; good food, gorgeous settings and strawberry Ribenas; the smell of my new nephew’s head and the smile in my godson’s eyes; seeing refugee children laugh and making their parents happy; being of service to the world; being of service to myself; creating art; sleeping soundly on my lover’s rising and falling chest, his strong arms wrapped around me.
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