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Dan Cohen: ‘My Mad Fat Diary is crammed full of embarrassing stuff!’ (VIDEO)

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My Mad Fat Diary stars Dan Cohen and Faye Marsay (opens in new tab) reveal the final series of the teenage-themed drama occasionally leaves them a little-red faced…

Dan Cohen, who plays Archie, said: “I get embarrassed by the storylines but in a good way – the same way Archie would. I get very embarrassed easily anyway. Even as an adult, anything to do with sex or sexuality, most people do blush a bit.”

This series fans of My Mad Fat Diary will see main character Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney (opens in new tab)), embark on ‘Project Archie’, as she’s determined to help him lose his virginity before he leaves for university.

Dan, 23, said he relished the juicy storyline: “The series is crammed full of stuff that’s designed to embarrass you! That’s what the show’s about, the stuff that embarrasses you as a teenager. When I get the scripts I think ‘the more embarrassing the stuff the better.’ That’s the meat of it. There are few things I flick through and think ‘oh God!’”

Faye, who plays newcomer Katie Springer, added that despite appearing in a host of popular British dramas, she’s still able to use the Tube without being recognised: “I usually look so different in these shows – in Pride (opens in new tab) I’d bright orange hair and my head was shaved, so no one ever recognises me from that. The ones I get recognised for are Fresh Meat or Doctor Who (opens in new tab)… It’s quite nice [not being recognised] because I get quite shy about all that kind of stuff!”

For the full interview watch the video, above. "]

More from Dan and Faye on My Mad Fat Diary here. (opens in new tab)

My Mad Fat Diary screens on E4 each Monday.

Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


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After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.