‘When I’ m on tour, I Face Time my chick­ens’

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Jodie Prenger, 38, shot to fame when she won TV tal­ent con­test I’d Do Any­thing. Now an es­tab­lished West End star, she lives on a farm in Lan­cashire with her fi­ancé Si­mon and their col­lec­tion of an­i­mals.

Are you ex­cited about your mu­si­cal Fat Friends?

Very! We’ve got some big names in the cast, but ev­ery­one has rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. No one is de­mand­ing white kit­tens or can­dles. And the show’s got the lot – amaz­ing songs, a ter­rific script and heart.

Tell us about your West End char­ac­ter, Kelly Steven­son…

She’s that girl who was happy with her­self – to start with. She’s in love with Kevin, they’re get­ting mar­ried, but then there’s this pres­sure on her to lose weight.

Can you re­late to it?

Oh, my good­ness, yes! I have strug­gled with weight all my life. I lit­er­ally read the script and was like, ‘Oh, I’ve tried that one.’

Have you ever at­tended a slim­ming club?

I used to go with my mum – and if we lost a few pounds, we’d go for fish and chips! But no more silly di­ets for me. I know what I do wrong. I drink Prosecco and eat at the wrong time. And wine – that is the thing that holds on to my back­side like sticky tape.

How do you por­tray los­ing weight on stage in one night?

Ah, well there are tricks of the­atre! I don’t want to give too much away, but you can al­ways wear tight knick­ers!

You’re do­ing a long tour. Is it hard be­ing away from home?

Well, thank the lord for FaceTime. I’m very lucky, I’d never com­plain, but I do miss my fam­ily, my fella and my an­i­mals. Si­mon does ac­tu­ally take the phone round so I can see my chick­ens.

How many an­i­mals do you have at home?

I’ve gone back to my roots. We’ve bought a farm in Lan­cashire, so quite a few. We have two res­cue cows – I love them.

When is your own wed­ding?

I just have to stop tak­ing jobs! It puts it off another year. But I must – just imag­ine, I could have a calf as a ring bearer!

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