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Born: 1957-12-06
Profession: Comedian
Nation: British
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With a diplomat father, for whom foreign postings were a fact of life, my siblings and I were expected to attend boarding schools in Britain.

Tags: Fact, Father, Life

As an actress and comedienne, I'm a huge fan of he theatre and the Tricycle in Kilburn is my favourite in London. I dragged my kids to a performance of 'Twelfth Night' there, where they handed out pizza. Who knew that all it takes to get children interested in Shakespeare is a snack?

Tags: Children, Kids, Night

Both Plockton and the Isle of Muck in north-west Scotland are incredibly beautiful. Sadly, Plockton has been discovered by tourists because it's where they shot Hamish Macbeth.

Tags: Beautiful, Both, Shot

I don't think I've got the expertise with which to nit-pick, and I freely admit that my motivation to support charities has been emotional, rather than as a result of being particularly well informed as to how the money is used.

Tags: Emotional, Money, Rather

I have never done a package tour in my life. It appeals in a way, but then I remind myself that you can't control the other people with you, which could turn out to be ghastly.

Tags: Control, Done, Life

I know a lot of people fear the rougher types who might be at a state school, but surely it is better to know who they are and how to deal with them than for that kind of child to appear as a completely different species to yours.

Tags: Child, Fear, School

I was accorded the opportunity to learn by failing - albeit at the cost of a few honourable teachers' sanity - and now I realise what a rare and incredible luxury that is.

Tags: Failing, Few, Learn

I wish my parents hadn't made me feel that how I looked was linked to how much they loved me. But I do also see how hard it must be to see your child pile on the pounds and trust they'll find their own way back to a healthy weight.

Tags: Hard, Parents, Trust

If, however, you have richer pursuits in mind and know that no woman should be judged by how she looks - that everything she brings to the party is more important than the size of her arse - then refuse to be sucked into the never ending whirligig of self-doubting, self-hating madness that is stop-start dieting and crazy new exercise regimes.

Tags: Crazy, Mind, Woman

In the 20 long, hungry years between my late teens and late 30s I bought in to virtually every new diet and/or exercise regime that hoved into view, particularly at this most vulnerable time for those of us prone to poor body image - a new year.

Tags: Diet, Poor, Time

Look, I want what's good for everybody. I want to promote good state education for all. I want to raise standards for all kids, irrespective of race and class but why can't they all just do what I say when I know I'm right?

Tags: Education, Good, Why

My mother, father, stepmother and surrogate mother have all died of cancer; my best friend has got terminal cancer and at least five of my other friends have had cancer but survived it.

Tags: Best, Father, Mother

My theory is that one needs to be loved completely, unconditionally, and unfettered by parental disapproval, if one is to get happily through life which, after all, presents its own hurdles.

Tags: After, Life, Loved

Sticking to a diet required me to have a permanently low self-esteem. But happily, I developed other skills beyond a fluctuating weight, eventually building up a different source of self-worth.

Tags: Beyond, Building, Diet

There is so much that is positive, wonderful even, about state schools. At a state school your kids will learn to live alongside and appreciate other kids from many diverse and different cultures.

Tags: Learn, Positive, School

Why has everything got to be about feelings these days? In the old days, no one knew what anyone was feeling and, what's more, they weren't expected to.

Tags: Feeling, Feelings, Why

Statistically, if you have ever dieted you are extremely likely not only to regain any weight you lose, but to go on to gain even more. Dieting makes you fat.

Tags: Fat, Lose, Makes

The real me now may not be thin but she's got the cake and, if she likes, can eat it too.

Tags: May, Real, She

My parents both had Oxford degrees, they read important books, spoke foreign languages, drank real coffee and went to museums for pleasure. People like that don't have fat kids: they were cut out to be winners and winners don't have children who are overweight.

Tags: Children, Parents, Real

When popularity is your only goal, doing well in class is going to feature very low, if at all, on your priority list.

Tags: Class, Goal, Priority
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As I was growing up, it was made clear that the fat me wasn't welcome, that a thin person was expected and awaited, and impatiently so.

Tags: Fat, Growing, Welcome

Call me an over anxious, middle-class mum, but my eight-and-a-half-year old son looks very much, to me, like he's headed for a life of crime.

Tags: Life, Old, Son

Despotism isn't nearly as bad as it's cracked up to be.

Tags: Bad, Cracked, Despotism

I can't write about my greatest mistakes because I've slept with most of them.

Tags: Greatest, Mistakes, Write

I cry at everything, even the length of the queue at Sainsbury's.

Tags: Cry, Length, Queue

I don't subscribe to the 'Doctor Who' magazine and we've only got the normal amount of 'Doctor Who' fridge magnets.

Tags: Doctor, Magazine, Normal

I don't understand boys - just ask my husband.

Tags: Ask, Husband, Understand

I spent my entire childhood living abroad because of my father's occupation, so we were on long-haul flights all the time.

Tags: Father, Living, Time

I would like it to be a legal requirement for all businesses to be linked to a charity.

Tags: Businesses, Charity, Legal

I'm the co-chair of the PTA at my kids' school, Ashmount Primary, in north Islington, London.

Tags: Kids, London, School

If I'm hunting down gifts, I like to buy locally.

Tags: Buy, Gifts, Hunting

If one's honest about it, spending time in a car with children is pretty ghastly.

Tags: Car, Children, Time

If you have any power at all from being popular, then you have a duty to help people out.

Tags: Help, Popular, Power

My dad was a diplomat and after living in America, where I was born, he was posted to Cairo.

Tags: America, Dad, Living

My parents' generation's benchmark was simple: Fat Equals Bad.

Tags: Bad, Parents, Simple

Sending your child off to school for the first time in their life is terrifying.

Tags: Life, School, Time

Society prizes a girl for being thin more than anything else she might bring to the table.

Tags: Else, Girl, Society

Success, in whatever form it takes, is a tricky thing - once you've achieved your goal, then what? Where do you aim?

Tags: Goal, Success, Whatever

The crushing, pitiful, and frequently just plain risible pathos of an unsuccessful actor/performer's life is well charted.

Tags: Actor, Life, Plain

There is an inherent tolerance and kindness in the state school teenagers I know.

Tags: Kindness, School, Tolerance

When not eating, I like shopping; although I'm afraid I've become a bit of a cliche.

Tags: Afraid, Become, Bit