"I’d been doing a flood awareness play and it was the last day of that job when I got word about a My Mad Fat Diary audition. I said I wasn’t going. I was just so knackered. I’d been to so many auditions and the parts were always the same – a big girl who’s a bully, a big girl who’s a victim. It was never just about a girl, there was always a catch. I just thought I needed a break from it all. I ended up looking at the first page through sheer stubbornness and I just fell in love with it. I made up my mind to leave the country if I didn’t get the part. I couldn’t have watched someone else do it." - Sharon Rooney
Sharon Rooney makes this show. She makes my life.
Everything and everyone that contributes to this show makes it great and makes it into this thing that we love so dearly (despite the fact that it destroys us at a microscopic level on a weekly basis).
But Sharon is the thing that makes this show and this character so much more than simply another show or another character.
She is a perfect Rae. She is the only Rae.