12 Things You Didn’t Know About Elaine C Smith


Elaine C Smith, one of Scotland’s best-known actors, takes part in our 12 Things series

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a doctor or Doris Day in Calamity Jane.

Who is your hero and why?

That’s too difficult – lots of people who spread light and intelligence around the world but mainly heroines in different areas: the American writers Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey, Joni Mitchell and politically Margo MacDonald.

What’s your favourite song?

Again too difficult, but probably Stevie Wonder’s ‘Till You Come Back To Me” sung by Aretha or Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’ though you have to go a long way to beat Robert Burns and ‘Green grow the rushes o’ and ‘Ae fond kiss’.

What are you scared of?


Which is better: Twitter or Facebook?

Neither – don’t do either!

Which is better: salt n vinegar or salt n sauce?

Salt and sauce – I lived in Edinburgh for a few years so got used to it.

You’re on a desert island, you can take one person, one book and one type of food. Who would you take, which book and which food?

My husband Bob, the complete woks of Robert Burns and chocolate.

When have you been wrong about something?

Constantly- though I don’t like to admit it!

What really makes you angry?


What really makes you happy?

My granddaughter, Stella.

If you could spend an hour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask them?

My mum, who sadly passed away 10 years ago.

If you met David Cameron today what would you say to him?

I’d have so much to say about his government and the attacks on the poor and disabled while presiding over a system that makes the poor and the rest of us pay for the crimes and mismanagement of the elite establishment oligarchs … but I suspect he would glaze over and offer me a platitude.

I suppose I’d ask the same as I’d ask Tony Blair – how can you sleep at night knowing what you’ve done?

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Picture courtesy of Elaine C Smith