Ray Winstone | Body and soul

Are you healthy? I'm a lot healthier now than last year, with age you start looking after yourself a bit more. I've got a running machine because it's a bit difficult to walk round my way – it's all country lanes and you might get run over by a lorry.

Ever spent a night in hospital? A long time ago I had an operation because I was born with mostly bone in my nose so I don't naturally breathe through it.

Notable accidents I've broken bones – ribs, both ankles, hands. It's mostly from playing football, fighting when I was younger and working on films. I broke my ribs on Beowulf, I just damaged them again filming Tracker in New Zealand.

What exercise do you take? Exercise for me is my work. I trained for years as a boxer. Once you finish exercising that hard you start putting on weight.

How much do you drink? I'm a bit of a binge drinker – once I'm on it, I'm on it.

Attitude to smoking? I hate it, but I do it. I had to chain smoke on a film years ago and I've had 15 a day ever since.

What about drugs? They are the biggest problem in the world today, and one of the reasons the troops are in Afghanistan. There are countries paying off national deficits over them and we've got kids dying every day thanks to drugs.

NHS or private It's private now, but NHS nurses and doctors do a fabulous job. I'm just not prepared to wait six months for a life-saving operation. We had the greatest national health service in the world, whether we've still got it or not is questionable.

Is sex important to you? We'd be lost without it wouldn't we? Of course.★

Ray Winstone stars in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in cinemas from Friday

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