The star of Father Ted and Death in Paradise on his ‘unstable’ personality, his revealing new standup show – and the terrifying bomb scare he endured as a child
Ardal O’Hanlon is too embarrassed to have his picture taken in the restaurant where we’ve just eaten, so we decamp to the basement. He’s wearing a black polo shirt and when I ask his age he mumbles something inaudible. (He turned 54 this month.) Earlier on, the waitresses have to coax an order out of him; his first answer to everything is “just tap water”. But at least he’s at one with his awkwardness.
“Despite the apparent trappings of modest success in television and so on,” he says, “I have always been an uneasy person. I can’t change that. I can’t change that part of my psychological makeup. The slight tension when you wake up: ‘Who am I? Who are these people I live with? What’s going on?’ But this is why I do this. If I was a very stable person, I would not have to do comedy. Nobody would have to listen to me.”
[I was] dragged out of my bed at the age of seven, my mother screaming, six kids under the age of 12Ardal O'Hanlon: 'Comedy never used to be a career – it was for slackers with ukuleles'
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