I have many heroes, amongst them:

Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Mike Leigh, Douglas Adams, Dickens, John Keats, Liz Smith, David Renwick, Russell T Davies, Fry and Laurie, Julia Davis, Thomas Hardy, J K Rowling, Emma Thompson, Gervais and Merchant, George Eliot, Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, Dylan Thomas, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Sheen, Maggie Smith, Richard Curtis and Kate Morton.

And I like:

Coffee, Radio 4 and 4 Extra, coastal walks, Karl Jenkins, ghost stories, cycling, The Diary of a Nobody, British sacred choral music, The Archers (and Ambridge Extra), Peter Warlock, Ivor Novello, Adele, Jean Sibelius, the Isle of Purbeck, Tchaikovsky, Monty Python, talking about the weather, Queen, woods and forests, QI, the Gower peninsula, Gustav Holst, my Macbook Air, Cardiff, Harry Potter, Carry On films, French organ music, Bridget Jones, The BBC Proms, films that make me cry and gin and slims, amongst other things.


My real surname is Evans.  I have never changed my name, but I use the professional name 'Casanove' as there was already a Susan Evans on Equity, the actors' union, when I joined. Casanove is an anagram of 'Evans a Co' ('a' being Welsh for 'and') although oddly enough, I wasn't conscious of the anagram when I chose the name.


I gained two music degrees before training as an actor: a BMus (Second Class Honours, First Division, Cardiff) and an MA in Musicology (London).  I play piano, organ, recorder and flute.

I also trained as a singer with Janet Price (The Royal Academy of Music) and I now sing occasionally as a member of The BBC National Chorus of Wales


An ancestor of mine was Howell T. Evans who became well-known in Wales in the 1930s and 40s as the writer of eighteen books and later, several radio scripts.  He was also a broadcaster on the then BBC Home Service.  He is the subject of the biography, Portrait of a Pioneer by Lyn Evans published in 1982 by Christopher Davies.