Jo Brand

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How do you take your tea?

Milk, no sugar. I don’t drink builder’s tea any more, I drink Earl Grey. That makes me sound very posh, doesn’t it? But, once I had chil­dren, builder’s tea was just too strong. I’m a philis­tine be­cause I have it with milk, not a piece of lemon.

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

Emily Brontë. It could’ve been any of the sis­ters, but Emily was prob­a­bly the most sparky and un­pre­dictable. Most fa­mous women writ­ers of that gen­er­a­tion were able to write be­cause they had a pri­vate in­come. For those sis­ters to live in that grim and im­pov­er­ished area and still be able to come up with all that stuff is amaz­ing. Co­me­dian, writer and ac­tress Jo Brand, 60, is best known for the award-win­ning geri­atric ward com­edy Get­ting On, panel games such

as QI and host­ing The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Happy. I know peo­ple in ev­ery walk of life who are un­happy and I wouldn’t wish that on any­body, whether they’re a prince or a pau­per. Peo­ple

tend to think, ‘I want to be this and I’ll be happy.’ I don’t care if I’ve got a lot of money or no money. I could do any job and be happy if it was with peo­ple I got on with. It’s about a state of mind.

We love the au­di­ence bakes on An Ex­tra Slice. What’s been the best and worst?

The best was a choux pas­try with blue cheese. Ab­so­lutely lovely! The worst was a cour­gette cake that tasted like roast din­ner veg­eta­bles gone cold in a cake.

What’s al­ways in your fridge?

Cheese. I love Shrop­shire Blue, Boursin, Ched­dar, Red Le­ices­ter, Brie… There’s very lit­tle cheese I don’t like. Oh, I don’t like Stink­ing Bishop. It smells hor­ri­ble. My best friend’s hus­band loves it and, when you open their

fridge, you faint.

What’s your guilty food plea­sure?

French bread with loads of but­ter and peanut but­ter. I love peanut but­ter. If I start… well, I can do three baguettes in a sit­ting!

D The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice is on Thurs­days at 10pm on Chan­nel 4.

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