Sharon Rooney: ‘I can’t tell my mum anything secret as she'll tell someone!’

As her surprise guest role in Sherlock last year proved, Sharon Rooney can keep a secret, but she reveals her mother definitely can’t!

Sharon told What’s on TV she has a few, secret ventures on the go, adding: “There are a few projects in the mid-stage, which will happen when they happen. I’ve been really busy, but it’s frustrating not being allowed to say. I especially can’t tell my mum anything as she’ll tell someone! I kept Sherlock from her as long as I could.”

Sharon, who became a household name playing teenager Rae Earl in E4’s My Mad Fat Diary, based on the real-life experiences of writer Rae Earl, also explained what drives her to take a role.

“As long as I like the character and feel I can bring something to them that’s true, then I’ll do it. If someone offered me a big massive film with lots of money, but I couldn’t do anything with the character I wouldn’t do it. I’d take a good part in a small production over that any day!”


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 covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

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