Actor Kevin Kennedy on why Brighton has so much to offer
PUBLISHED: 14:36 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 03 November 2017
Nicholas Dawkes Photography 2011
As an avid Manchester City football fan, (he grew up in Manchester), Kevin keeps a keen eye on the weekend matches at Brighton and Hove Albion because, he says, “if they get promoted, I can watch my beloved Man City right here at home in Brighton. I’m gunning for them!”
An actor, writer, producer, singer and guitarist, best known for playing the character Curly Watts for 20 years in ITV’s long-running television soap opera Coronation Street, it’s rare that Kevin gets the weekend off – but he does often get Sundays at home in Brighton with his family. “There’s no better place to be than Brighton – I fell in love with it 10 years ago when I was doing panto at the Theatre Royal, and I’ve been in love with it ever since.”
When not on the beach, which he, his wife and two girls both love, they are often to be found on the pier. “The girls would spend every day there if we let them, they absolutely love it – I have to restrict visits to occasional special treats!”
As a self-confessed fan of the chicken restaurant Nando’s, “I really am very fond of it”, Kevin enjoys eating out. But when he can be prised away from the chicken, there’s nothing he likes better than eating at Woodie’s Diner, (01273 430300; www.woodiesdiner.com) a Fifties burger restaurant on the beach in Hove, next to the surf shop. “Their burgers are fantastic, and the atmosphere in there is great.”
If he and the family are just popping out though, they’re often to be found in The Hove Kitchen (01273 725495; www.thehovekitchen.com), enjoying a coffee.
As a big cinema fan, Kevin spends a lot of time in the Cineworld on Brighton Marina (www.cineworld.co.uk) – “I haven’t had any time to go recently, as I’ve been so busy, but I would definitely choose that cinema every time.” But when he’s not out for a film, he loves walking through the Lanes. “I love wandering through there, as it’s different every time – having toured the whole of the UK extensively you come to realise that so many high streets look the same, but nothing compares to the Lanes – they’re vibrant, bohemian, cosmopolitan, colourful and just so interesting.”
If he’s at home, Kevin (unsurprisingly) loves watching a bit of television, especially the series Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. “Or anything on HBO (the Sky channel) – they make fantastic shows.” He also enjoys playing FIFA on his Playstation Four.
“It’s so easy to enjoy yourself in Brighton,” he says. “There’s so much to do, it’s beautiful and stormy in the winter, and like somewhere in France or Spain in the summer. It’s ideal for children, and there’s something here for everyone.”
Kevin’s autobiography, The Street to Recovery, is published by Paperbooks and is out now.