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Andrea Valls: "It’s not been plain sailing"

Actress and comedian Andrea Valls talks BBC One comedy Cheaters, holiday essentials and the secret to pronouncing her name

Andrea Valls

Andrea Valls has a healthy approach to life and its many vicissitudes. 

"It’s important to realise every success or failure is happening for a reason in the time it’s supposed to happen," says Valls. 

Wise words, and ones to live by. Especially for fans of England's sporting teams. 

With a recurring role as Nina in hit BBC comedy Cheaters, Valls is enjoying one of the successful periods. Good times all round.   

Life

What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?

Cheaters has been such a great success in its first weeks of being on the BBC so I’m really sitting on the excitement of that and enjoying every moment.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

Working opposite Jessica Hynes on a web series I shot for Full Screen in 2017. She’s my idol.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

Nothing. It’s not been plain sailing but I think it’s important to realise every success or failure is happening for a reason in the time it’s supposed to happen. I hate sitting on “I wish” or “if only”s.

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What do you hope to achieve that you haven’t yet?

Being number 1 on the call sheet.

Outside of your family, who is / was your biggest inspiration?

My colleagues over the years, amazing women who continue to work on brilliant projects.

Current work inspo and woman crush: Susan Wokoma.

Tell us something nobody knows about you…

I tell everyone everything… but most people who first meet me don’t know that I pronounce my name An-drey-a, the Spanish way. Mum is from Madrid!

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Style

What’s your favourite item of clothing – and what does it mean to you?

I think I must be a pretty terrible person because honestly, I can’t think of one. Clothes don’t hold too much sentiment for me, fashion changes so quickly that I haven’t found myself holding on to anything for too long.

I recycle or sell old clothes. This winter, it’s a lovely pair of faux leather flares from Asos that I literally wear all the time.

Favourite accessory – watch / jewellery / etc – and why is it special to you?

A ring I bought with my two best friends when we were away together in Copenhagen. It reminds me of them every time I wear it.

What items do you take on holiday and why?

  • Moisturiser for crusty feet and knees that haven’t seen the sun in months.
  • I probably will have forgotten to pack my toothbrush but if I’m good, I remember my electric one plus charger!
  • A good book that I can devour at every minute.

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Is there an item you threw away – or lost – that you really miss?

When I was really young, I lost the first ever pair of earrings my mum got me. Pearl ones.

She’s never let me live it down and I think it would have been nice to have them.

What’s next on your shopping list?

A new pair of white Air Force 1’s for spring.

What would you buy if money was no object?

A home with a huge dressing room so I can see all my clothes in front of me. I think it might stop be buying three of everything.

Watch Cheaters every Tuesday on BBC One and BBC IPLayer

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