Julia Sawalha admits Ab Fab reluctance

Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha admits she was initially reluctant to return to 'Absolutely Fabulous' but has had a lot of fun filming the recent special episodes.

Julia Sawalha didn't want to return to 'Absolutely Fabulous'.

The 43-year-old actress has had a lot of fun filming the recent special episodes of the sitcom and now can't understand why she was initially hesitant to reprise her role as Saffy Monsoon.

She said: "I really had so much fun making the special, especially given I was reticent about the idea of doing more 'Absolutely Fabulous' shows.

"I had put Saffy to sleep and I know it sounds all actressy to say this, but I wasn't sure I could climb back into her skin.

"But as soon as I knew everybody was on board and I became aware of how excited Jennifer was about it, everything started to click into place.

"I asked myself why I was being so crazy because all we do is have a laugh together. And on the first day of filming it felt like we had never been away."

Despite working on the show for so long, Julia admits she is sometimes overawed by her co-stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, and June Whitfield.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I still stand there and think, 'What am I doing here?' I do think sometimes, 'How did I get this job?' "


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