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I’ve never disliked myself, and my weight has had nothing to do with my self-esteem.
– Dawn French
I have had the unfortunate experience of having someone write an unauthorised biography of me. Half of it is lies and the other half is badly written. My feeling is that if I’m going to write my life story, I ought to have my life first.
My best friend is the most important girl, outside of family, to me. I met her when I went to college and we bonded immediately. I’d do anything for her at any time. We phone each other every day.
I am a rubbish flirt.
I’ve chosen to stay in a jolly place for most of my life, and that is a lot of who I am.
I’m not a big drinking person and hardly ever have alcohol. Perhaps it’s not sweet enough for my sweet tooth.
I want to do something where I play Judi Dench’s younger sister or daughter.
In actual life I am a grumpy old bag.
The theatre is one of those muscles – if you don’t exercise it, it becomes a strange and truly fearful place.
Turn up your radio. Watch lots of telly and eat loads of choc. Feel guilty. Stay up all night. Learn everything in six hours that has taken you two years to compile. That’s how I did it.
I am a kid in the dressing-up box at heart.
I’ve often said the most difficult things I have to say to people through humour. I can very quickly put someone in their place with it. But we all walk away unscathed because there’s been some funnies around it, and I’ll usually make sure that it comes back at me.
It was fantastic to work in Cornwall partly because my family live there so I was able to do lots of visiting and eat lots of cake. They live all over Cornwall and all over Devon.
That’s the awful thing about dating. Tight underwear. We would all like to be in a big bra and pants and when you are in a secure relationship you can do that.
Theatre outings are my favourite thing to spend money on. The most influential play I saw was ‘Bent,’ which starred Ian McKellen. And I loved the original performance of ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ with Richard O’Brien and Tim Curry at the Royal Court, when I was about 15.
That’s the weird thing about not being married – you can’t get regular kissing; you can’t be guaranteed of it, and that’s a great shame.
I love it when somebody makes me laugh – it’s what attracts me to people.
I never do any television without chocolate. That’s my motto and I live by it. Quite often I write the scripts and I make sure there are chocolate scenes. Actually I’m a bit of a chocolate tart and will eat anything. It’s amazing I’m so slim.
It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.
Evolving into a middle-aged person is quite interesting if we can understand what it means. I would like to think it meant being a bit sure of what I want.
When I wrote ‘Dear Fatty,’ I realised that sitting and writing alone is an absolute joy.
I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else.
I keep my own personality in a cupboard under the stairs at home so that no one else can see it or nick it.
If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush.
I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian – even though I’d like to be one when I grow up.
I’ll always be a fat girl and I am happy with that.