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a life in architecture - derek fowlds

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'There are lots of buildings I like, but there are two which make my heart beat faster every time I see them.'Heartbeat actor Derek Fowlds is talking about the Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House (pictured).

Ever since going to America in 1963, Fowlds has loved everything about the Statue of Liberty: 'The face, what it stands for (especially since the events of 11 September), the fact that it represents freedom for refugees coming into the States. It's the first thing they see.

I've looked at it from the ferry and I've climbed right to the top. It's wonderful.'

Fowlds has worked in Sydney on three occasions and each time he visits the city, he gets excited by 'the opera house and its setting - the harbour with that wonderful bridge. It came in for a lot of criticism at the time but it was innovative'.

One place that Fowlds has not played in is Sir Denys Lasdun's National Theatre in London. 'I hate modern theatres that look like Asda supermarkets or Forte canteens - they can keep them.

The National Theatre is an exception.'

But he quickly goes back to the buildings he likes: 'I made my debut in 1961 at Wyndham's Theatre in London, and recently I've been at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.Both lovely theatres. I've done so much television but it's good getting back to live theatre. I love the Heartbeat team, but I hope to tread the boards again before I keel over.'

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