EMOTIONAL TIES: Actress Emily Atack reveals the little treasures that mean the most

From her get-the-part scarf to a rare family photo, Emily Atack reveals the little treasures that mean the most.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer
Louise Haywood-Schiefer

I was going to audition for Dad’s Army when my sister Martha told me I needed to look more in character. We rummaged in the boot of our mum’s car and found this scarf. Martha YouTubed ‘how to tie a 1940s headscarf’ and said, ‘You’ll get the part now.’ I did – it’s my lucky scarf.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

When I’ve needed guidance, my faith has pulled me through. I believe there’s something much bigger that looks after us and I pray every night to this crucifix, which my late grandmother Betty gave to me 15 years ago. It hangs on the wall above my bed.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

My dad Keith [a musician] used to let my brother, sister and me use his studio to ‘lay down some tracks’ when we were children. On this cassette recording, I’m singing a made-up song, my sister is trying to copy me and our brother George is blowing raspberries. I know it by heart.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

This family photo was taken on my 27th birthday at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London. My parents are divorced so it’s rare to have us all together. George is 25 and we also have a half-sister Nancy, who is four.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

My mum Kate [Robbins, an actor and impressionist] bought me this box of paints for Christmas a couple of yearsago. I like messing around with the colours. Now, if I am trying to lay off the wine, I put on Netflix and get the paints out. They help me to relax and distract me from my busy life.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

I first wore fake tan when I was 13 – I am naturally pale-skinned and freckly – and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this will change my life.’ I was the only girl who wore fake tan daily at school and I looked a lot older than I was.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

My uncle Simon [Shelton Barnes, a former Teletubbies actor] died suddenly this year. We are a close family so I had some candles with his picture made for my cousins and me. He was a dancer so we played ‘Lord of the Dance’ at his funeral.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

I left home with Martha when I was 17. I said, ‘I’m going to get a part in a sitcom and pay for us to live.’ And I did – in ITV drama Blue Murder and The Inbetweeners. We bought this cushion and now I don’t feel I’ve made my stamp on wherever I’m living until I have unpacked it.

Emily’s new film, Disney’s Patrick, will be in cinemas on 29 June

Interview by Victoria Woodhall