'I would have plastic surgery to sort out my nose and my ugly, unshapely feet': Under the microscope with Sue Johnston
23:04 GMT, 12 March 2012
The Brookside actress, 68, admits her body hang-ups as she answers our health quiz.
Sue Johnston says she's always wanted to sort out her nose and ugly, unshapely feet
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST VICE
Wine. I worry about it: you can’t get away from the messages about how bad it is for you. First, it was smoking, now drinking — they’ll take away sex next.
Hangovers, me Probably bacon, eggs and Solpadeine.
DO YOU SMOKE
In my 20s I never seemed to have a fag out of my mouth. I stopped for 12 years, then started again; this time I’ve stopped for three years and feel sure it’s for good. But I wonder what damage I’ve already done, especially as chest problems run in my family.
WHAT KIND OF CHEST PROBLEMS
My dad had a weak chest and died at 80 from lung cancer. He’d smoked from the age of 12. I get asthma, not as bad as my mother did, but whenever I get a cold it goes straight to my chest.
DO YOU WORK OUT
No, I’m not good about that. But I recently slipped a disc lugging boxes when I moved house. I have a brilliant physiotherapist who showed me lots of exercises and I do them. I walk my dogs and swim in the summer.
YOU’VE BATTLED BULIMIA. DO YOU STILL WORRY ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT
There’s not many great things about getting older, but at least I do feel I’ve grown up at last. When you’re in the public eye, the media and even friends can be quick to tell you you’re fat or you look awful. Now I can take it with a pinch of salt — and all I care about is my nearest and dearest.
HOW DID THE PROBLEM START
was confident as a teenager, but when I was in my 20s a friend and I
decided to go on a diet. You start to think: ‘I look better thin.’ When I
look back, my life was no happier or any different whether I was
overweight or underweight.But it gets out of control and you’re
powerless against the little voice in your head telling you to binge and
throw up. It took years, but I finally tackled it through
antidepressants and talking about it.
Sue says bacon and eggs is one of the best hangover cures
ANY OTHER ILLNESSES
five years ago I had colitis, or inflammation of the bowel. I’d got food poisoning on holiday, my mother took ill and I was doing the BBC drama Waking The Dead, so I didn’t deal with it. I took antibiotic pills, which did the trick and it hasn’t recurred.
POP ANY PILLS
A consultant once told me we should all be taking vitamin D because we don’t get enough sun, so I take that and a multivitamin.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
I’d like to think I would, as I’ve always wanted to sort out my nose and my ugly, unshapely feet, but I’m too scared of it going wrong.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
I don’t think so — you’d get so tired of it all. Nature does a great job: if you mess around with it, you’re in trouble.
Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother by Sue Johnston (Ebury, 7.99).