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By Vicki McLeod
01/09/2010 @ 21:36
Natalie Winsor, daughter of celebrity philanthropist Robert Winsor, is an accomplished actress and singer based in London. Recently she held the lead role of Carmen Diaz in the West End production of Fame, but she has been preparing for a very special performance here in Mallorca.
What originally brought you to Mallorca?
My father Robert lives here on the island with my stepmother María Jesús. I love coming out here to spend quality time with them and escaping the hustle and bustle of London life.
What is your favourite place in Mallorca?
Chilling at home in Santa Ponça with my beautiful family and energetic dogs. I also love going to Puerto Portals and popping into Wellies for a Wellies hamburger, chips and salad… which is so yummy… The port also brings back fond memories of my childhood and travelling the seas with my father and family.
Have you visited any of the other Balearic islands?
I’m going to visit Ibiza this September. I’ll be enjoying the performances of Faithless and David Guetta. Guetta’s collaboration with singer Kelly Rowland on tracks When Love Takes Over and Commander are awesome…can’t wait…. I love to be inspired and love their music; I’m really excited…yaaaaaaaaaaay!
What is the most fascinating place you have visited around the world?
India was absolutely beautiful; I visited and discovered the north and south of Goa. It was a culture shock initially, seeing so many little children and mothers begging for food or money. I just wanted to tip out my suitcase and help everybody I came into contact with. I loved the clothing, fabrics, material and jewellery out there because they are so beautiful and perfectly made; and at such affordable prices it is hard to resist their creative work.
Have you seen women’s roles change in your industry?
That’s a hard question to answer. There seems to be equal opportunity in the entertainment
world for males and females, and since the recession the opportunity and chance of securing work has changed for everybody. I can see everybody is still hanging in there and ever-ready when the opportunity does arrive to sweep us of our feet. My Nan (a great and strong woman), who has just kicked cancer in the butt, taught me a great saying: “Natalie, when one door closes another opens so keep walking forward child.”
Do you use any social networking sites?
I absolutely love Facebook; it keeps me in contact with my family and friends all over the world. I also enjoy sharing pictures and happy memories, and it’s a great back up if anything ever gets lost, so thank you Facebook!
What’s your favourite Mallorcan dish?
María Jesús’ Spanish omelette… in fact, my stepmother’s cooking is so, so, SO tasty, full stop. She can cook everything and anything under the sun. I get completely spoilt rotten with her cooking every single time I come home to Spain. I am an extremely lucky girl.
I love fizzy drinks, especially an ice-cold diet coke. (Don’t think my dentist would agree though!)
If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you have liked to have done for a living?
I would love to be an angel flying all over the world, healing people from sickness, making them laugh and helping them make their dreams come true.
Have you got any unfulfilled ambitions?
I’ve no regrets and I plan on living for a very long time, so I am praying to do everything that helps me grow as a human being: be happy, healthy, make people laugh and meet more interesting and wise people
What’s in your handbag?
Wallet, make-up bag, passport (feeling a bit like Mary Poppins at the moment) hair-tie,
car and house keys, Elle eau de toilette by YSL and Oscar Wilde biography.
If you were on a desert island, what book would you like to have with you?
I would spend my time reading a biography of somebody who has had a positive, lifechanging
effect on our society, like Nelson Mandela or John Lennon. I love Lennon’s song Imagine; the words are beautiful. All this reading would inspire me to jump on the first boat home to do something positive for our society.
Natalie Winsor will be performing at the Fiesta de la Rosa in aid of Respiralia (the Cystic Fibrosis charity in the Balearics). The event will be held on 30 September at Mood Beach Bar & Restaurant.
Visit moodbeach.com or call +34 971 676 456 for more information about the evening and to reserve tickets.
What was the last film you saw?
Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, I love his work, especially his portrayal of different characters, as they are so believable and his acting is timeless. I was also interested and excited to see the performance of Mark Ruffalo, as it was documented that he had 800 auditions
before he got his big break. I admire and love determined people who fight though their struggles, stay positive and achieve exactly what they want in life.
What animal do you most identify with?
I identify with dogs as they're fun, full of energy, loving and loyal.