was working at the checkout in Asda when she and he family got the chance to be on Channel 4's Gogglebox
. She rapidly became the show's break-out star with her brilliant one-liners. Television fame followed - she co-presented with Ant and Dec, won 2016's I'm A Celebrity and now hosts the official podcast for Rupaul’s Drag Race UK
. But with her overnight celebrity also came increased scrutiny and criticism.
She joins me to talk about becoming an accidental famous person and dealing with online abuse (she will now reply to trolls with the phone number for the Samaritans
). Scarlett also discusses her shifting relationship with body image and her own struggles with anxiety and low self-worth.
This is a woman who has worked hard all her life - from her first job at 14, putting sweets into Pic n' Mix to being employed in sales at the Carphone Warehouse. When she went on I'm A Celebrity, she had only just managed to clear her student overdraft. With the fee she was given from that show, Scarlett paid off the mortgage on her parents' house. She talks to me about the value of hard graft, being bullied at school, a bicycle accident that left her with Bell's Palsy and using humour as a defence mechanism. This episode also contains what is quite possibly the greatest Tom Hardy
anecdote you will ever hear.
Thank you Scarlett, you are an absolute gem. Those school bullies were wrong about you. They always are.
I've written a new book! Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong
is out in October. It's a practical, inspirational and reassuring guide to the seven principles of failure I've developed since doing this podcast. Packed full of contributions from loads of former guests, as well as listener stories, it is also beautifully illustrated by Paul Blow
and I would love it if you wanted to pre-order a signed copy here
You can listen to Scarlett hosting Rupaul's Drag Race UK: The Podcast here
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