You’ve been nominated for four Olivier Awards, but haven’t yet won. Is it a case of ‘always the bridesmaid’?
No – it’s so cool to have been nominated! I look on the Oliviers as a chance to dress up in a gown and go along with my boyfriend [actor Oliver Walker] and meet some wonderful people.
Your three sisters all act, too. Are you competitive?
Not really, because we’re all quite different. What’s great is that we each know what the other is going through at any time. We do put pressure on ourselves but even if you’re thinking, ‘I should be doing what she’s doing’, another sister will say, ‘Don’t worry; you’re doing fine as you are.’
Would you ever work together as a family?
We’d absolutely love to once we’ve all established ourselves in our own way. We’d be so excited that there would need to be some serious yoga and meditation beforehand to calm us down or it’d be chaos!
Would you be interested in a role in the film version of Cats?
Oh my goodness, absolutely! My aunt Bonnie Langford was in the original cast and my parents were also in it, so it holds a lot of memories. I would jump at the chance.
What was starring in Hollyoaks like?
It was a publicity stunt for my role in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium in 2008. My character won the part of Maria just as I was going into the real production. Andrew Lloyd Webber dreamed up the idea with [Hollyoaks executive producer] Tony Wood over a boozy lunch.
Would you do another soap?
I don’t think so – I’ve ticked that one off my bucket list now. I like to have a different experience with each role, to learn as much as I can. So to do something like Downton Abbey would be amazing – so different from my role in Land Girls.
What do you think of musical reality shows?
When I was younger, I felt a little threatened by them. But the thing about those shows, especially Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, is that they bring a new audience to the theatre, which can only be a good thing.
What is next for you?
I’m going on tour with [Strictly Come Dancing star] Anton Du Beke. There’s a 50-piece orchestra, and lots of sequins and feathers. It’s basically Strictly on stage – very glamorous.
What was your career plan B?
I think at about six years old I briefly wanted to be a vet, but then I saw a farmer with his hand up a cow’s backside and realised it wasn’t for me. I can’t see me doing anything else really. If I can make somebody laugh, cry or smile then that’s a pretty nice way to make a living.
Who are your favourite dancers of all time?
Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
Do you have any superstitions?
I used to go to the loo at half past the hour, then put my wig on 15 minutes before my curtain call. I’d see a magpie and worry I was going to have a bad performance – that type of thing. But it traps you, being like that. I prefer to keep it free and easy these days.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To try to enjoy every single day.