Nancy Sorrell has managed to carve out quite a successful career for herself.
A well-known model for over 15 years, shes been the face of wedding designer Ritva Westenius, and has been chosen to represent Next and M&S in fashion campaigns.
Shes also turned her hand to television presenting, acting, and singing and has appeared on screen productions including: the 'Avid Merrion Xmas Special' The Bill, EastEnders, Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes and the blockbuster hit movie 'Love Actually'.
But at home with her family definitely seems to be where the 31-year-old glamorous blonde is happiest. Married to the comedian Vic Reeves she lives in Kent with their twin daughters who were born in May last year. FemaleFirst managed to talk to Nancy who is currently preparing to participate in the Daily Mails Ideal Home show this spring. She explained to us how shes joining others there to learn everything about how to be the ultimate domestic goddess.
Do you and your partner Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) try to do your own home improvements and repairs?Well put it this way, were both alright at a bit of DIY. Jim is good actually at it but Im also learning. The Ideal Home show is a great opportunity for me because I can then learn more- stuff like rewiring a plug and putting up shelves. Youre one of many famous faces attending the Show this year. What skills are you especially hoping to sharpen there, as those on offer range from improving home interiors to creating a feast for the ultimate spring dinner party?I always want to learn more and I think everyone does everyday. Personally for me its things like the cooking, so if I could pick up more things about that that would be great. Also a lot of women now live by themselves, and if you do, you dont have a choice. Youve got to do it, and I think - its not hard is it? We know as much as men know about things. Do you hold a lot of dinner parties? If you could hold a special dinner banquet and had to pick five famous guests dead or alive - who would they be and why?
Do you know what that is the weirdest thing. Oh my god, me and Jim talked about this just the other day! Right, so I know this - Marilyn Monroe cos she was an incredible, beautiful woman and I would want to know about what happened between her and the Kennedys. Did she kill herself or was she killed? she could tell me that.
Johnny Depp as well, because hes alright to look at isnt he? I could ask about his wife, children and about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Fred Astaire He was an unbelievable dancer if I could choose to dance with anybody else other than my husband it would be him. Unfortunately I cant cos hes no longer alive!
Jim had some good ones on his table when we did this the other day. Ooh Frank Sinatra. There's not a lot of women, its all men I wonder why? And my husband to top it off ..its good that.
Tell us about your worst DIY disaster have you ever finished up in A & E after trying to sort something out?
Let me see you know what, I dont think so. I dont think that anything has actually ever happened. No were quite good, arent we? Maybe Ive pushed a screw in the wall too much when Ive been putting a painting up but its all gone alright in the end.
How are the twins doing right now is motherhood what you thought it would be?
Absolutely. I love motherhood its the best. Im so happy, because theyre the most adorable twins ever and they just make the home full complete. From moving in, when we moved in I was pregnant, and I gave birth two weeks later, as you do, and its just all worked out so well. Weve redecorated the house, with us and the girls in there. Theyve only ever known the house were in now and theyve seen all the work going on around them (Laughs)
Its known you battled with IVF to conceive your girls, Nell and Elizabeth. Have you thought more recently about adding to your family in the future?
No, to be honest. I always wanted two little girls and I got what I wished for. Im quite happy at the moment although the other day I was talking to someone who had a jar of mayonnaise. I could really smell the egg, and it really made me go a bit funny. They said, You could be pregnant. I replied with No shut up, Im not actually. Ive got my babies and thats fine.
Do you think motherhood has brought you closer to your own mum?
Ive always been close to my mum always. Were the same. Were very close anyway so. She is around the house more because of the babies and she wants to move nearer to us, which would be really good.
Have you any personal tips to offer new parents?
Just enjoy your baby or babies because its such fun. Babies are so much fun, and Im certainly not joking when I say it. People think theyre hard work, but theyre not. I get that a lot: Oh it must be a nightmare! I respond by going No, it isnt. People say that because they havent got twins and they dont understand. But when youve got them, you know exactly what to do. Im loving every minute of it.
How did you do your nursery because its one of the most exciting things about becoming a mum and dad to do with the home? Any themes or special things in there?
When we moved in I said to Jim What we want done first, the most important thing is the nursery and our bedroom. Anything else I couldnt care about until later on. As long as Ive got our bedroom and their bedroom done. We had to put up a cot up, but its the hardest thing ever. Forget it, its like a nightmare. We have a beautiful nursery now though with William Morris wallpaper.
Our bedroom is incredible, but its all good, even the toilet! The toilet the wallpaper is actually framed photos of Jim and I. What weve done is, because we do photo shoots and front covers, weve put them in there. Ive done Hello with the babies, for instance.
You also have two step children (from Jims first marriage) have they been involved in decorating and planning their own rooms at all?
Well er no basically! We just did their rooms. (Laughs) Alices room is blue and Louis is a very great red and grey. Its a brilliant room. Jim is fantastic he just painted that room.
You famously appeared on Series Four of Im A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here didn't you?
Yeah. Id like to do Strictly Come Dancing or Fame Academy. But if that doesnt happen Im not going to be disappointed. Not Celebrity Big Brother its a horrible show. I dont like it.
What do you think about the current reported Race Debate concerning Jade Goody on Celeb BB? Things arent looking too good for her at the minute are they.
No, but shell do things to be on the TV. Well thats probably what shes like anyway Jade.
Any new projects coming up in 2007 that you can talk about?
At the moment Im in the new Ann Summers windows campaign with Emma B and Kate Lawler. Im going on the Terry Wogan Show and Im going to be a panellist on Through the Keyhole. Ive also been working a bit with my husband, which is really good. We did The Truth About Food on the BBC recently and other bits and bobs. Im working quite a bit this year. And Ive been doing stuff with the babies for Pampers, Extra Stretch. I love working with the babies thats just perfect.
The Daily Mails Ideal Home Show runs from 9th March to 1st April 2007 at Earls Court in London this year. For more information, please visit www.idealhomeshow.co.uk