Lip­man: I ’ve had ther­apy

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

MAU­REEN LIP­MAN has re­vealed that she con­sulted a ther­a­pist to cope with the pres­sures of fame.

The ac­tress told Ra­dio Times mag­a­zine that she sought help dur­ing the 1980s af­ter a mem­ber of the au­di­ence heck­led her dur­ing a per­for­mance of the play Mes­siah.

“Some­one got up one night and screamed at me. It was as if all the voices of dis­ap­proval came at me at once. I was mov­ing house, had two chil­dren un­der five, couldn’t sleep and lost it for a while.

“I saw this very lovely old Jun­gian [ther­a­pist] for 15 months, and hav­ing made him laugh through­out each ses­sion I’d leave, dress up as a chicken in a sit­com and re­alise ‘This is my ther­apy’.”

She also dis­closed how the at­ten­tion she re­ceived af­ter play­ing the char­ac­ter of Beat­tie in the fa­mous tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials “went to her head”.

She said: “There’s a mo­ment when you are big­ger than you thought you would be and that’s when your char­ac­ter comes out. When I did the Beat­tie ads for BT I con­sid­ered my­self a se­ri­ous ac­tress, so it was a shock when peo­ple in restau­rants greeted me with ‘Brr, brr’. It went to my head a bit.”

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