Actor Nigel Havers under the microscope: Why I don't fear getting old
07:19 GMT, 24 April 2012
Nigel Havers relies on his wife giving him daily supplements and says 'they seem to be doing the trick'
Actor Nigel Havers, 60, takes our health quiz…ANY INJURIES
I broke my wrist during the filming of Chariots Of Fire in 1981. We had to learn to race over hurdles and one day I was showing off to my fellow actor Ben Cross.
I got so wrapped up in what I was doing, I stuck my arm down at the wrong moment, dislocated my shoulder and broke my wrist. The shoulder injury was too obvious to cover-up, but I didn’t tell anyone about the wrist because I was terrified they would replace me. I got away with it and the wrist healed on its own but it’s still a bit wonky.
DID YOU KEEP UP RUNNING AFTER THE FILM
Yes. I run four or five miles as often as I can – ideally every day. I got into running when making Chariots Of Fire and have kept it up ever since. At the gym I do stretches, sit-ups and weights for my arms and upper body.
I’m pretty much a natural dieter. I rarely have more than a sandwich at lunchtime otherwise I get too sleepy in the afternoon. I eat healthily – lean meat, fish and lots of fruit and vegetables and I don’t bother with desserts. As a result I’m 5ft 11in and weigh 10st 10lb.
I don’t smoke and don’t drink much any more, but I do love chocolate. Absolutely adore it.
DO YOU WORRY ABOUT AGEING
I used to be terrified and in denial about it. Not any more. Now I’m too old to care. Also, there’s absolutely nothing you can do, so what’s the point in worrying
POP ANY PILLS
Vitamins and supplements every day. My wife, Georgiana, dispenses them for me every morning and, like a little child, I take as instructed. Don’t ask me what they are or what they’re for but they seem to be doing the trick.
Nigel Havers has returned to Coronation Street playing Lewis Archer. Shown here having a fight with David Platt, played by Jack P Shepherd
EVER HAD SURGERY
When I was about 20. I discovered a lump in my neck to the right of my Adam’s apple. I went to the doctors and the next day was in hospital having it removed. I was told the lump might be malignant in which case I’d need more surgery and there was a danger I could lose my voice box. Not the best news – I’d just started out as an actor. Fortunately, the lump was benign.
Like a log. I try to get eight hours a night and I can always tell when I’ve had less than that.
HOW DO YOU RELAX
There’s an element of stress in the lives of everyone but fortunately it’s never been a problem for me. I play a bit of golf, garden, cook, watch TV… but my favourite way of relaxing is just spending time with my wife. That’s when I’m at my happiest.
Nigel Havers recently returned to Coronation Street