My Highgate: Playwright Cosh Omar wants estate agents banned from high street

10:00 25 March 2014

Cosh Omar.

Cosh Omar.


Cosh Omar, 44, is an actor and playwright who lives in Gladsmuir Road, Highgate. The father-of-two rose to prominence in 2004 with his play The Battle of Green Lanes and is now writer-in-residence at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

What brought you to Highgate?

The 143 bus. No! In truth, Highgate was always an area that I loved travelling to from further north where I grew up. Once I moved out of my marital home I wanted to relocate here knowing this is where my children would visit me and therefore also get familiar with an area that I’ve always loved.

You have a day off to spend as you wish in the area, what would you get up to?

If it’s a glorious sunny day I’d like to have a little pub crawl with a friend or two and build up the numbers as we go along, starting with some great food at the Red Lion & Sun and then work our way through a number of other watering holes ending up in Kenwood House café for desserts. And then the night begins!

What makes Highgate a special place to live?

What really does it for me is its location. To the north you have Crouch End or “pushchair city” as I like to call it. To the south you have Hampstead with its social concerns and politics. To the west you have Finchley and the slow sober creep towards the stuffy safety of suburbia. And then you have Archway sitting to the east like an embarrassing member of the family. And sitting in the middle, high enough to give you the best views of further afield, is Highgate.

Is there anything about Highgate which you would like to see changed or improved?

Yes! I would have a rule stating no estate agents would be allowed to set up shop on the high street. Yes, I know everything is up for grabs for the right price but this should all be confined to some dark backstreet. The high street is purely a pretty façade for our self-inflated bubble.

A film is set to be made about your life. Which actor would you choose to play you?

Surely, this is one gig that I must land?! Well, I’d like to think that it’ll be some young talented handsome man who is about to start school somewhere and has some ambition to become an actor; because it’ll be some time before I’m done saying what I’ve got to say for people to then make a film about me saying it.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

The person who has inspired me the most is Christopher Hitchens but sadly I never got to meet him, even though it was heading that way but then he sadly died. However, the person I did get to meet on a few occasions and is without any doubt one of the most inspiring, was Tony Benn.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say?

That’s right, folks! Finally, I’ll shut up!

Cosh Omar was in conversation with Tim Lamden


Latest News Stories

Conker champions from left are Albert 5, Addison 7, Trey 4. Picture: Dieter Perry

Just a few short years ago, the annual Hampstead Heath annual Conker Championships broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever knock-out conker tournament, when 395 people turned up.

Yesterday, 17:47
Pubs and clubs in London could face having to contribute to the costs of policing and cleaning the streets

Venues which stay open past midnight in Camden may find themselves charged a levy to cover the costs of policing and cleaning the night-time economy.

Yesterday, 16:30
Theo Seddon-Deane, who has cerebral palsy, with mother Catharine Seddon

Theo Seddon-Deane was born at just 26 weeks, weighing less than a bag of potatoes, and needed a ventilator just to keep him breathing.

Yesterday, 15:34
Christopher Matt

Detectives are hunting a convicted sex attacker who has disappeared while on licence from jail.

Yesterday, 13:57
Tom Franklin, Camden Green Party

The chairman of Camden’s Green Party branch has denied sitting down in front of a tank on its way to an arms fair.

Yesterday, 12:57
Pauline Cafferkey as she was discharged from the Royal Free in January

A Scottish nurse being treated at the Royal Free Hospital for a late complication of the Ebola virus is in a “serious condition”, the team treating her has said.

Yesterday, 12:57
New Wetherspoon pub opening in Muswell Hill

A controversial Wetherspoon pub is opening next week on Muswell Hill Broadway.

Yesterday, 12:26
Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free

A senior nurse who led on the treatment of three Ebola patients at the Royal Free Hospital has been honoured at the Nursing Times Leaders awards 2015.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder