In The Green Room: Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher (aka Karl Kennedy) lifts the lid on life outside of Neighbours, from his happiest moments to greatest extravagances.

In The Green Room: Alan Fletcher

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It would be the feeling of contentment that you would receive knowing that you have caused no other person in the world to feel ill of you.

What is your greatest fear?
About my children: that they could come to some harm or things didn’t work out for them the way I hoped.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
My wife would say one of the great dictators. I’m a great lover of philosophy, so probably one of the great philosophers like Plato, which is way over the top I know.

Which living person do you most admire?
Nelson Mandela

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Lack of self-discipline

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Golf. My wallet is just emptying into the coffers of some of the bayside courses.

What advice would you give Karl?
Take the stick out of you’re a@#$!

What is your favourite journey?
Probably the boat trip down the Nile - spectacular!

On what occasion do you lie?
When my wife discovers the empty chocolate biscuit packet in the pantry

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My disappearing hair line

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Good on you

What is your greatest regret?
That I ever smoked a cigarette

When and where were you happiest?
Excluding the birth of my children - the happiness is so supreme it’s hard to top it - when I spent my honeymoon in Lombok with my wife Jennifer, it was an incredibly happy and peaceful time. We were really at one with each other.

What is your current state of mind?
Very relaxed and just cruising at the moment

If you could change one thing about yourself?
I would exercise more.

If you could one thing about your family, what would it be?
They would exercise more.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have two wonderful, healthy children who are happy and productive; we’re a tight knit family; and I’ve been married and in love with my wife for 22 years.

What is your most treasured possession?
My computer. I live on it, and as a result it punishes me by breaking down, but if it was to disappear, I’d be lost.

What is your most marked characteristic?
A tendency to lick my lips periodically while talking, in exactly the same way my father did.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their understanding that I am a tad reclusive, and that isn’t a reflection of our friendship and I don’t need to explain myself to them.

What are your favourite names?
My daughter’s name, Veronica, is one of my favourite names ever. I always get a thrill when I meet someone else with the name because it’s not a common name. We named her after a Elvis Costello song of the same name. I love my boy’s name, which is Tom, and while everyone is called Tom, it sums up his personality perfectly.

What is that you most dislike?

If you came back as someone or something, what would it be?
I’d choose to come back as myself, not for any vain reason, but I’d like to have a crack at doing it better.

What is something that people would never guess about you?
I was a sea scout and I hated sailing.

What is your motto?
Never take yourself too seriously.