Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut
- Claire Sawers
- 17 August 2018
This article is from 2018
Clowning around about the stuff that bugs her
After getting married last year, Felicity Ward and her Greek husband lived with his parents to save cash. That meant a lot of whispered arguments in the bedroom before polite dinners round the table, then chucking a few emotional grenades as they tried to go to sleep (she also talks about insomnia and self-help phone apps on her new Radio 4 show, Appisodes).
Maybe it's the Australian in her, but Ward is not the bullshitting type that would sugar-coat her life (that's what her Instagram is for, she beams). Instead she talks frankly about the things she feels self-conscious about, and shares all the stuff that really gets her goat. Inspirational slogans and strong winds are out; Olympic power walkers and rubber bath mats are in, for example.
Her imitations of her mum, getting so angry that her teeth stick together, or ordering food in restaurants using a kind of free jazz word association, are a chance for her to clown about and let her long curly hair down. The bits about her staying sober for more than a decade now, and her genius idea for an NHS initiative to combat female low self-esteem are also highlights. A very likeable loose unit.
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