Fenella Fielding with Simon McKay
Do You Mind If I Smoke?
Fenella Fielding is best known for her 1960s film appearances in classic comedies including ‘Carry On Screaming’, ‘Doctor in Clover’ and ‘Carry On Regardless’. She was the voice of the Blue Queen in ‘Dougal and the Blue Cat’ and the telephone operator and loudspeaker voice in ‘The Prisoner’. Her illustrious career in theatre includes the title roles in ‘Hedda Gabler’ and ‘Colette’. She’s fondly remembered for a number of appearances on the ‘Morecambe & Wise Show’ as well as playing The Vixen in ‘Uncle Jack’. Her most recent TV appearance was ‘Skins’ in 2012.
Fenella will be reading excerpts from her recently published autobiography ‘Do You Mind If I Smoke?’ They are very personal stories about innocence, early struggles, professional jealousies and intriguingly a chapter about London tarts and gangsters. The stories are witty, warm and beautifully observed scenes from an extraordinary life – expressing great warmth for the characters encountered… and all told in that unmistakable, ever alluring Fenella Fielding voice.
“Fenella’s voice remains as seductive as it was when as fiendish vamp Valeria she asked, “Do you mind if I smoke?” in Carry On Screaming – before smouldering, quite literally, on a chaise longue.” Daily Express 2017
“The book charts her topsy turvy life – from the autocratic father who ran a cinema, to success on stage and screen, bankruptcy and a life on benefits, and a renaissance in recent years… It’s a great gossipy read.” The Guardian 2017
The evening will conclude with a short Q&A with Fenella hosted by Simon McKay, co-author of the book and a close friend of Fenella. Afterwards, there’s a chance to meet Fenella and buy a signed copy of the book.
Admission: £7.50, including tea and biscuits
This event has been generously sponsored by Philippa & Simon Lester.