Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson is worried that her job on the Loose Women panel is stopping her from getting serious acting roles.
The actress has been part of the lunchtime ITV chat show since 2012, and is also a regular on the reality show scene, taking part in various programmes from I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! to controversial road trip Gone to Pot. She’d now love a part in a gritty drama, but has spoken of her concerns that she’s not taken seriously.
“I'd really like to do some more acting, particularly drama,” she told the TV Times. “When you do a show like Loose Women or reality shows like Gone To Pot, which I did recently, people see you as more of a celebrity than an actress and you stop getting offered those jobs. I'd really like to be in something like Marcella or Victoria - I could be one of the servants."
She is, of course, best known for her role as Tracey Stubbs in the much-loved sitcome Birds of A Feather. The series started on BBC One in 1989 and ran for nine years. After popular demand, it was revived in 2014 on ITV and is still going strong. It made household names of Linda, Pauline Quirke (who plays her sister Sharon Theodopolopodous) and Lesley Joseph (who plays OTT neighbour Dorien Green).
She added that, instead of the acting roles she’d love, she tends to get offered more reality shows – and has been offered Strictly Come Dancing twice: "I've been asked a couple of times but I've always said no because I just can't dance. I'd be the joke. I'd be the one in Lycra being swung around, I'd be the Anne Widdecombe."
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