Las Phallus

Andrew Nutter trains it down from Rochdale and he never once complains, about the journey, about the weather. He just turns up with another one of his daft shirts and gets on with being utterly Nutterly. The show today honoured Las Fallas. Now if you are Spanish, you say Las Fayas, but if you’re me, … Read more

Three weeks left

Today we announced that the show had three weeks left. I was surprised at my reaction. I thought I would get really tearful but actually it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I kept examining my feelings when I said it and my body didn’t fall apart. Dave Baker, our producer, had … Read more

Beware the Ides of March

Caesar was stabbed in the back in 44BC, but I had a stab at my Caesar salad earlier today at the hairdressers. The woman who runs it has won every colouring award in the business and the clients are rich, very rich, or, like me (with bills paid for by their employer). I told everybody … Read more

Giving up smoking

Well, worra night! Well, worra day, actually! National No Smoking Day in good old Blighty. Nobody on the show had ever smoked so it fell to me – ex-addict – to reveal the truth giving up the weed. My daughter, now 20, was about four. I had had a fairy dress made for her by … Read more

The Dragons’ Den

The sun is beating down outside, the sky is clear and I’m in here. I have been poorly for a couple of days. Eating on the show has been really hard. The food was good but my stomach wasn’t. I woke up this morning with my eyes glued together but good old Doctor Footlights and … Read more


The end of another week. The time is going so swiftly. The boxes are being delivered to my dressing in preparation for packing up 5 years worth of clothes,120 pairs of shoes, endless old scripts, bottles of vitamins, loads of lipsticks and boxes of jewellery. My lovely dresser Angelina will be on tap to fold … Read more


How will I cope without make-up? Everyday, except for Sundays and holidays, I sit in the make-up chair and get done. Eyes closed, rollers in, head back, my makeup is applied. I do my own mascara and lipstick but the rest is put on by an expert with powder and puffs, brushes and sponges. When … Read more

Pink Lipstick

What an extraordinary day. Frantic in the studio. Too much to do in too little time. We rehearse from 10.00 until 12.00. I take a break in the make-up chair then it’s out into the void. We had the lovely Richard Phillips on making a carbo-friendly chicken soup ideal for marathon runners. We also had … Read more

Needles in nightingale

I’ve had needles in my knees, to stop me feeling jealous and envious. Afraid that I’ll never work again, I’ve had needles bunged in my head to stop me being so negative. I’ve had needles in my brows to open my eyes to stop me looking Neanderthal and a needle under my right breast for … Read more

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This is my third attempt at writing this bloomin’ post. I have pressed the wrong key three times and deleted everything. You had better read it and make it worth my while! Today on Great Food Live we made breakfast. Lots of breakfasts …for Cancer Research UK. They want to turn March into breakfast and … Read more