Joanna Scanlan used to snort snuff

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2021
Joanna Scanlan

Joanna Scanlan

Joanna Scanlan has recalled how she used to snort snuff during her younger years, as she prepares to play a snuff taker in 'Gentleman Jack'

Joanna Scanlan has confessed she used to snort snuff during her younger years.

The 59-year-old actress is preparing to play a snuff taker in 'Gentleman Jack' and she has revealed she has her own experience with the substance, a smokeless tobacco that can be snorted or inhaled.

Speaking about her character Tib, who is described as a "hard-drinking snuff taker", she said: "Tib is a real historical character. She appears in the incredible diaries on which 'Gentleman Jack' is based. So I am a bit nervous as to whether I can fulfil the dreams of many people's imaginations having read those diaries.

"I wonder if we will have real snuff? I suspect we won't. I have taken snuff in my time. It must have been adolescent experimentation. It was pretty unpleasant, as I remember."

Joanna is also set to star in the 'Darling Buds of May' reboot, in which she will play Ma Larkin.

Speaking to the Metro newspaper, she added: "I did not see the original 1980s ITV version and I think it's because I was working in a summer camp in America at the time that it came out. But I was utterly thrilled to be asked to be Ma Larkin, because the books meant a great deal to me as a teenager. We have been filming it for a few weeks. It has been an absolute delight to be in the farm in Kent and the cast are all brilliant. I know that sounds like what any publicist would want me to say but I genuinely mean it! They are all just very nice people."