Fern Britton on her greatest fear and which celebrity she’d love to snog – The Sun

TV presenter Fern Britton, 62, hosted ITV’s This Morning for over a decade and is now a bestselling author.

She reveals all about her worst habit, greatest fear and who the most famous person on her contacts list is.

What is your greatest fear?

Other than losing my children [twins Jack and Harry, 26, Grace, 23, and Winnie, 18], I have a fear of frogs. I can’t bear them.

Which word do you overuse?

Brilliant. Everything is always absolutely brilliant. It usually means I’m terrified or fed up, or that nothing is brilliant at all.

What is your worst habit?

My daughters say it’s that I’m always tidying. They put their stuff in places so they know where it is, and I then put it away in a cupboard or drawer. It drives them mad.

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

Dolly Parton and the comedian Dave Allen. He’s no longer with us, but he’d make us all laugh until we were sick.

What makes you angry?

Meanness of spirit and lack of generosity. I hate that, it’s just so unnecessary. I also loathe injustice of any kind. I don’t often lose it, but when I do I really lose it!

What good will come out of lockdown?

Terrible situations usually bring beacons of hope, and I think working from home will be good for us all, as well as encouraging closer relationships with our children. It also seems we won’t waste so much food from the fridge, and I hope we’re going to be kinder, too.

What possession would you rescue from a burning building?

My teddy, Johnson, which I stole from my sister [Cherry, 70] when I was two years old. He used to be white and fluffy with whiskers and a musical box you could wind up, but now he’s grey and patched-up and looks like a sausage.

What is your biggest regret?

I used to think I had no regrets, but as you get older you realise you’re a different person. So if I ever unknowingly upset anybody by saying something thoughtless or unkind, I really regret that. I honestly don’t think I’d have meant to.

What song would you have played at your funeral?

One of my favourite hymns is Breathe On Me, Breath Of God, so I’d have that, as well as something jollier, such as Native New Yorker by Odyssey.

What’s your greatest achievement?

My children definitely, but there have been quite a few things I’m proud of. When I was in my 50s someone said: “Write a novel,” and I thought: “Oh god, I don’t have a book in me.” But I’ve managed to write nine!

What does being in love feel like?

It’s one of most potent, drunken feelings on the planet – without the hangover.

Which celebrity would you love to snog?

I’m at that stage in life when I don’t expect to be snogged by anybody. But if I had to, I’d say Ryan Gosling. It’s not very age-appropriate, though!

Most famous person in your phone?

Kirstie Alley. We did a show called Time Crashers and spent two weeks together. We were the older ones who’d get up early, drink tea and chat about everything.

  • Daughters Of Cornwall by Fern Britton (£12.99, HarperCollins), is out now.

Source: Read Full Article