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Tuesday, 6 February 2018



The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton. Apparently Proust was the original inspiration. The modern questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot. I have expanded the questions to 12.
(For the time being, this idea is restricted to Northern Ireland's creative artists in any field, literature, music, broadcasting, etc. If you are one and are interested in taking part as well as promoting your work, please get in touch via

This post’s special guest is actor Charles Lawson. Charlie, originally from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, is best known for his brilliant portrayal of the volatile Jim McDonald in Coronation Street starting in 1989 with an 11-year run, followed by various return appearances after that. He has also appeared in The Bill and Doctors, amongst others. Follow the link below to his agent’s site for a short but impressive showreel.

Charlie and his partner Debbie operate the farm shop in Prestbury, Cheshire.

Links to Charlie Lawson:

Agent’s site, including showreel:

Prestbury’s Farm Shop:


1. What is your favourite word? Sublime

2. What is your least favourite word? Snowflake

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Sexuality

4. What turns you off? Political correctness

5. What is your favourite song? Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

6. What is your favourite film? It’s A Wonderful Life

7. What is your favourite curse word? Bullshit

8. What sound or noise do you love? A racehorse in full flight

9. What sound or noise do you hate? Gerry Adams

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Royal Marines

11. What profession would you not like to do? Politician

12. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Welcome Charlie, all your mates are in our 2-Michelin star with copious amounts of Burgundy. Of course, the food and drinks will never run out.”

“I try and live every day as my last and when I look in the mirror I hope I can say I don’t have too many regrets. My code is “above all else, to thine own self be true.” 

Charlie Lawson, thank you for your dozen answers to a dozen questions

Previous posts:
Singer/songwriter Mandy Bingham – 17 January 2018
Poet Colin Dardis – 18 January 2018
Writer & Independent Researcher Anne-Marie Quigg – 19 January 2018
Broadcaster Gerry Kelly - 20 January 2018
Writer George Larmour – 22 January 2018
Journalist/writer Geoff Hill – 23 January 2018
Singer/Songwriter Janet Henry - 24 January 2018
Broadcaster Lynette Fay - 25 January 2018
Actor Michael Smiley – 26 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Paddy Nash – 27 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Edelle McMahon – 29 January 2018
Broadcaster Kathy Clugston – 30 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill – 31 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Stephen Dunwoody – 1 February 2018
Writer Colin Breen – 2 February 2018
Singer Mairead Healy – 3 February 2018
Harpist/comedian Ursula Burns – 5 February 2018

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