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How did you empathise with Rae?

The beauty of Rae is that no matter who you are, you can empathise with her on some level.

Everyone’s been 16. It’s a hard age! There’s a lot of hormones flying around and Rae is dealing with that, but also her personal issues.

What was the most memorable day of filming on the show? 

The rave was a brilliant day. It was [one of] the last days the gang [Rooney and her five co-stars] would be together on set before we finished, so it was a wicked time.

We all had a great day and because we had a real DJ it was like a proper party! Everyone was on great form, and the extras were all lovely, too. 

Being Glaswegian, how did you find Rae’s Lincolnshire accent?

I hate saying this, but I didn’t find it hard. I really like doing accents, in fact I think it’s easier to do an accent because it gives you that little bit more separation between yourself and the character.

You’re a stand-up as well as an actress. How did you get started on stage?

My best friend’s a stand-up comedian and she got me involved. I’d sometimes do things on my own, but it was mostly together as a double act.

We had great fun and I’ve made some amazing friends on the Scottish comedy scene. It helps you laugh through the stressful times.

I think it’s easier to do something that’s really sad, though, than to make a room full of people who don’t like you laugh. Stand-up is really hard!

The show’s Nineties Britpop soundtrack is great – what music was big for you as a 16-year-old?

The music’s brilliant, and I’m into a lot of it now.

When I was 16, I mostly listened to whatever was in the charts or whatever everyone else had on. And I was really into musical theatre. 

You auditioned for Skins before. Do you feel not getting that was ‘meant to be’ so that you could do this show?

I wasn’t up for a particular role – it was a kind of open casting. If I hadn’t gone, I might not have met Jane [Ripley].

My gran always says: “What is for you, won’t go by you.” And I think I believe her in that. 

My Mad Fat Diary – Series One is out on DVD February 25 through Channel Four DVD


Interview - Sharon Rooney: The Glaswegian actress on starring in E4's hit show 'My Mad Fat Diary'
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