My favourite things jo brand

The co­me­dian, writer and ac­tress tells Nathalie Whit­tle about the mo­ments, mem­o­ries and pos­ses­sions she trea­sures the most…

Woman & Home - - In This Issue… -

Jo, 61, lives with her hus­band, Bernie Bourke, in Lon­don. they have two daugh­ters, Maisie, 17, and El­iza, 15.

THE UN­LIKELY PIL­GRIM­AGE OF HAROLD FRY BY RACHEL JOYCE

it’s about a man in his six­ties who walks from Devon to ber­wick­upon-tweed to visit a dy­ing friend. it has some lovely mo­ments.

MY FAM­ILY

in my late teens, i came home from a party and fell asleep with a lit can­dle by my bed – i woke up to my flat burn­ing down. i had ab­so­lutely noth­ing left, but it taught me how unim­por­tant ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions are; all you need is your fam­ily to be happy.

DEVON

every year, the same group of friends – about 35 of us – meet up there in the same rented cot­tages sur­round­ing a farm­yard. We all cook to­gether and the kids melt into a big feral group – it’s re­ally nice.

GO­DIVA CHOCO­LATE

i think it’s gor­geous. i also like to try to ride a horse through lon­don with no clothes on when i’m eat­ing it, just to get the full ex­pe­ri­ence.

THE BRIDGE

i’m a sucker for scandi-noir and this bbc drama is a real series for our time. it ac­knowl­edges that we’re all dif­fer­ent, but we all have skills we can con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety.

MY STEEL TOE CAP BOOTS

i’ve had them since 1992. i al­ways wear them on tv – good­ness knows what peo­ple think when i’m on This Morn­ing. every so of­ten, my hus­band takes them to be resoled and tarted up a bit.

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