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If my daughters get their lips done, I’ll never speak to them again, says Loose Women’s Linda Robson

SHE must be one of the few women on daytime TV to turn down Botox — but Linda Robson says she has a good reason to avoid tweaks.

The Loose Women panelist and sitcom Birds Of A Feather star was tempted to do the work – but refuses as it would encourage her daughters to do the same.

She must be one of the few women on daytime TV to turn down Botox — but Linda Robson says she has a good reason to avoid tweaks.

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She must be one of the few women on daytime TV to turn down Botox — but Linda Robson says she has a good reason to avoid tweaks.Credit: The Sun
Proud mom Linda with her daughters Lauren and Roberta

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Proud mom Linda with her daughters Lauren and RobertaPhoto credit: Rex

Linda, mother of Lauren, 39, and Roberta, 26, says of the injections: “I would never get them.

“The lady who does my lashes showed up at my house for botox last week. She brought it if I felt like it.

‘throat complex’

“However, my girls keep talking about wanting lip fillers and I warned them, ‘Don’t you dare get your lips done or I’ll never speak to you again.’

“I thought if I had botox they would think they could have lip fillers.”

Shows like Love Island are believed to be behind the surge in popularity of lip fillers — according to a survey by SaveFace Register of Accredited Practitioners, 59 percent of young people now see the procedure as comparable to a haircut or manicure.

But despite avoiding surgery, Linda – married to Mark Dunford for 32 years – admits she’s unsure about her throat.

Her late mother Rita, who died in 2012, sometimes commented on what has stayed with Linda to this day.

She says: “My mother gave me a complex about my throat. She used to say, “Your face looks beautiful, but your neck . . . ‘. And I’d tell her, ‘Well, it’s the only one I have, Mum!’

“So sometimes I wear a scarf.

“But I guess I’m not bad for 64, and my hair is exactly the same as it always has been — I came out of the womb and looked like this.”

Despite working in show business since she was ten, Linda, who is now the grandmother to Lila, eight, and Betsy, four, has no intention of slowing down.

“I will never retire,” she swears. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than sitting at home all day.

“I have been in business for 54 years and have had a great life. I’m still working, I’ve been all over the world and seen places I would never have seen if I wasn’t an actress.”

Fans of Birds Of A Feather – which ran on BBC from 1989 to 1998 and then on ITV from 2014 to 2020 – were delighted that Linda and co-star Lesley Joseph were reunited for a Christmas special in 2020.

Notably absent from the line-up was Pauline Quirke – leading to rumors of a rift.

But Linda reveals the three ladies, who have known each other for more than five decades, are still as close as ever.

She says: “Pauline and I just went to lunch last week and the week before that the three of us went out.

“The three of us together we’re about 200 years old.

“Lesley is 76, I’m 64 and Pauline is 62 and neither of us had any work done, which is unusual in this day and age.”

But unfortunately there are no plans for another Birds Of A Feather special in the pipeline.

Linda says: “The problem is that now Pauline doesn’t want to act anymore. She wants to focus on her acting academy.

“Lesley and I did the Christmas special and it worked out really well, but Pauline has decided that she’s happy with her plans and her acting school, so it’s very unlikely to happen again.”

But for Linda, her own love of performing is as alive as ever, and she will continue to do so for as long as she can.

She says: “I don’t care if it’s film or television as long as it’s acting.

“I just did a little bit of work for Netflix on a show called Hapless. It’s a comedy series, and then I had a small part in Sumotherhood with Adam Deacon.

“First there was Kidulthood, Adulthood, Brotherhood — and now this.

“Since I’ve been doing Loose Women, you’ve become more of a celebrity than an actress, and people forget that I was an actress all those years ago.

“So I’d like to do more acting, and I don’t even want to get paid for it — I just want to act.”

  • Linda Robson presenting an award at the Bank of London’s Rainbow Honors 2022 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, central London.
Linda has said there are no plans for another Birds Of A Feather special in the pipeline, although she says all three stars are staying close

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Linda has said there are no plans for another Birds Of A Feather special in the pipeline, although she says all three stars are staying closeCredit: Alamy
Linda with Caitlyn Jenner and panelist Jane Moore on Loose Women

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Linda with Caitlyn Jenner and panelist Jane Moore on Loose WomenCredit: Rex Features

“Political Correctness Affects Comedy”

LIKE many stars who rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s, Linda, who played Tracey Stubbs on Birds Of A Feather, feels television has gone through a major shift.

She says, “Political correctness is influencing comedy these days.

Actress Caroline Quentin, 61, recently said her ’90s sitcom Men Behaving Badly “wouldn’t pass the wake test right now.” Speaking of her role as a panelist on Loose Women, Linda adds, “I think people are scared and I’m scared to speak up sometimes, especially when we have guests on the air.

“I’m afraid I’ll say something wrong.

“I’m always in trouble on Loose Women.

“When we have a guest on the show, the producers often have to warn me about the politically correct route – because you can’t even use the term ‘blind’ anymore, you have to say ‘visually impaired.’

“And you can’t say ‘deaf.’ It’s “hard of hearing”. But sometimes you grew up with it.

“When we had Caitlyn Jenner on the show, everyone used to say ‘she,’ but I was nervous about calling her ‘he.’

“I had to think about it, but I was fine in the end.”

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Jessica MacLeish

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