Ab Fab star Jane Horrocks on grief, lockdown, and fancying Joaquin Phoenix

JANE Horrocks, 56, is best known for playing Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous.

Here, the Lancashire-born actress discusses her sex life, grief, and the public figure she most admires.

What scares you?

Other people’s fear. I don’t allow anyone to talk to me about Covid-19 because I don’t want to be influenced by their worries.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My bed. At this time of year I wake up early and go for a cycle ride every morning but, of late, I’ve been finding it harder to tear myself away from my lover – my bed!

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

My friend Esther Coles. She’s an actress, writer and beekeeper. For a start, she’d cook dinner – I’m not really a good cook.

How often do you have sex?

Often enough!

What is your experience of grief?

Losing my dad in 2012, which was pretty shocking. I feel like I’ve got over losing him now. At the time you think you won’t get over it, but time, obviously, is a great healer. That

phrase is very accurate.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?

Farting. I’m a very childish person! My boyfriend doesn’t find it very funny, so I have to hold it in and sometimes it can be very painful!

What makes you angry?

My OCD, because I don’t like the effect it has on me and how intolerant I am sometimes of other people’s behaviour.

My boyfriend is always losing things – and while there’s not steam coming out of my ears, I find it quite frustrating.

What good will come out of lockdown?

Slowing down, enjoying and acknowledging nature and that our planet has a chance to breathe.

All-time favourite movie?

I like Grease. Great songs!

What was your favourite TV show as a child?

Old westerns like The White Horses. I liked Black Beauty and Follyfoot. Anything with horses.

Which public figure do you most admire?

Glenda Jackson. She was a double Oscar winner and a fantastic actress, spent about 25 years as an MP and then I worked with her when she came back to acting in King Lear at The Old Vic at the age of 80!

Who was your first kiss with?

A boy nicknamed Batman. I was either 13 or 14, but he was a lot older. My friend Patsy had a party and we played spin the bottle. He gave me a French kiss and I thought it was the most revolting thing ever. Now I love it, by the way!

What is top of your bucket list?

I’m going to move to Brighton and my aim is to embrace all that hippiness, be more relaxed and try to conquer my OCD. I see myself not washing my hair and stinking!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Joaquin Phoenix In Walk The Line. When he asked Reese Witherspoon’s character to marry him on stage, that was so sexy.

What do you always have in your bag?

Tissues – I blow my nose all the time.

Who would you like to apologise to?

My dad, because I was a horrible teenager and I made his life a misery. A lot of teenage girls are not very nice to their dads and I was one of them.

Though I’m sure he didn’t carry on with life thinking about that endlessly.

  • Watch Jane in The Singapore Grip, tonight, 9pm, ITV, or catch up on ITV Hub.

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