Balance February 18 - 24

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Heeding the advice of her fellow Greater Mancunian,
Morrissey, Anna Friel has spent the day in bed. With
David Attenborough. Given a rare day off in the
middle of a hectic shoot for her new transgender
drama Butterfly, which itself has followed on swiftly
from a full-on four months filming the second season
of the hit ITV Scandi-noir style drama Marcella,
Anna has been in her pyjamas all day, vegging out
with Blue Planet II.
She's still wearing them when I arrive to talk to her,
breathless and late for our rendezvous, following a
monstrous, south Manchester, rush-hour gridlock.
Kindly, she postpones her reflexology appointment to
make time for our talk.
'I'm a girl who likes her pyjamas, albeit silk,'
she explains, as she offers a herbal tea and pops a
gluten-free lasagne - 'today's a cheat day' - in the
microwave. 'This is how I get balance in my life.'

THE PYJAMA GAME
Make no mistake, Anna Friel is feisty and fit at 41.
Even in PJs and scarfing down a ready meal, she
exudes style and looks years younger. Her working
days are arduous, generally 15 hours long, and she's
been living this life since leaving Bury's Holy Cross
Sixth Form College (she thought for six months) to
play patricidal, patio-rearranging, pre-watershedsame-sex-kissing, Beth Jordache in Brookside in 1993.
Twenty five years on, she seems busier than ever
and just as high-profile with her latest drama, The
Girlfriend Experience, exciting further lascivious
tabloid attention on account of its lesbian sex scenes.
Plus ├ža change, as they don't say in Bury.
She has a rigorous regime to sustain her, details
later, so when it comes to downtime she makes no
apologies for going all-in.
'When we were shooting Marcella,' she recalls,
'I would stay in bed for the weekend, I couldn't do

ANNA'S
FORMULA FOR
LIVING WELL

CHOICES

24

TIME

KINDNESS

BA LA N CE February 2018

HAPPINESS



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