Adele Smyth-Kennedy is a Northern Irish-born actor based in Belfast and London. She has worked as a Stand-In for Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones for the past two years and at this month’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival she’ll star in Turtle – her first show with PUNCHEDcanvas. Read more about the show here
After spells in London, New York and Connecticut, it’s finally the Ormeau Road in Belfast.
Tell us something your mum doesn’t know about you?
Where do I start? I’m joking. She definitely doesn’t know I got “escorted” out of the capuchin crypt in Rome once.
What would you do if you had the keys to the city for the day?
I’d throw some of the dinosaurs out of Stormont for a start… Have a film festival and play all my favourite films on projectors all around the city all day… Legalise gay marriage… have a massive party on top of the Harland & Wolff cranes… Oh and sort out the cycle lanes. They are woeful.
What’s the most interesting discovery you’ve made in Belfast?
Probably the amount of local talent here. Bands like Girls Names and all the artists and writers. We are spoiled.
Which building would you most like to be locked in overnight?
The Merchant Hotel. I’d raid the cocktail bar and drink it all in the hot tub on the roof, then sleep it off in a massive bed with endless room service.
Kristen Stewart. What a babe.
Describe your perfect day in the city?
Summer. Brunch at Le Petit Ormeau, wee cycle down the towpath, a film at QFT, a bowl of Tom Yum at Howard St, maybe a bit of theatre or an early gig, and finish it off in my back yard with a few gins with my nearest and dearest around a fire pit.
Earliest Belfast memory?
I think it was going to the panto in the Grand Opera House when I was a wee mite. The place still mesmerises me.
What movie most closely resembles your life story and why?
I wish I could say something cool like Factory Girl or The Runaways, but in reality it’s Mean Girls and I’m Janis Ian.
Sum up Belfast in three words
Hilarious. Hallions. Home.