Monday 18 January 2016


Still probably best known for his role as Tom Farrell, the outrageous flatmate to Kathy Burke's equally outrageous Linda La Hughes in the BBC comedy series Gimme Gimme Gimme, James Dreyfus trained as a classical actor at RADA before getting swept into comedy. With a string of acting credits to his name, and most recently seen as Elwood P. Down in Harvey at London's Haymarket Theatre, what would he make of "Stephan's Six"?

What is the first smell that you can remember?
I spent a lot of my early years in America, and so the first smell that I can really remember is grape flavoured chewing gum. I know it doesn't really smell like grapes, but it takes me right back, happy days.

What perfume do you remember your mum or dad wearing?
I remember my mum wearing Chanel No5 back in the day, and it always seemed so elegant. It's one of those perfumes that even if I smell it today it always reminds me of her and happy memories.

What was the perfume of your twenties?
I honestly don't remember using a scent in my twenties. I should probably just make something up, but the only smell I definitely remember is Sure Underarm Deodorant! Every boy in my school used it, so I guess at least we smelt clean.

What was your biggest perfume mistake?
I guess it was thinking that Drakkar Noir smelt good! What was I thinking? Everybody wore it. Don't tell me they still make it? (Yes they do, and it definitely divides opinion).

You can only choose one perfume, what would it be?
I love the simple, elegant smells. So, it would have to be Chanel No5. To me more exotic means more repellant. People should learn, less is more, and there is a lot to be said for subtlety. Also, like I said before, if I smell it today it always reminds me of my mum.

What perfume should I try?
I think that you should definitely try the original Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier. It's really a very comfortable scent, it's always so wonderfully easy to wear, and a quick spray smells lovely!!

James Dreyfus will be appearing in David Hare's new adaptation of The Master Builder from 25th January until 19th March at London's Old Vic Theatre. To book tickets, or for more information, you can call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or you could also visit the Old Vic website.

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