Johnny Flynn: ‘My most treasured possession? My late dad’s Casio watch – it still smells of him’

The actor and musician on his first kiss, a treasured watch and the truth about fame and money

Born in South Africa, Johnny Flynn, 39, studied at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He played the lead in Netflix’s Lovesick, went on to appear in TV adaptations of Vanity Fair and Les Misérables and was Olivier-nominated for his role in the play Jerusalem. His film credits include Emma, Stardust, Operation Mincemeat and The Outfit. Last year, he released an album with nature writer Robert Macfarlane, Lost in the Cedar Wood; the pair embark on a five-date tour from 26 April. He is married with three children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?
When I was about eight, by a river waiting for my dad to finish fishing, eating a Mars bar, drinking a can of Coke and listening to Beat It by Michael Jackson on my Walkman. I remember feeling I couldn’t be happier.

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