...I love my...raunchy rag doll Renata
52, formerly the madcap cleaner Peggy on
Hi-De-Hi! and now a feisty Dick Whittington in
panto, explains why she loves her wayward
was given to me about 12 years ago, after
Hi-De-Hi! finished. I was invited to a theme park
at Longeaton and we were having a drink when they
gave her to me. I love her. She has such a cheeky
look. She's not a straightforward doll. You can
tell by the way she winks that she's got guts and
she's not afraid to show a bit of cleavage.
named her Renata after Rene and Renata, who sang
Save My Love. I thought the name was appropriate.
It's European, quite racy and smacks of someone
who's seen the world.
lives in a room downstairs that I call my play
area. It's where all my old
videos and nick nacks people have given me live.
She sits in her own plastic chair and when I go
down there, I'll always say hello. I talk to her
all the time, which makes me sound barmy, but
when you've had something for a long time, you do
form a kind of relationship with it.
created an entire history for her. People say to
me: "It's just a doll, what are you talking
about?" But it's fun. I think she wanted to
be an entertainer but her parents wouldn't let
her so she ran away. She's learned how to be
tough, having worked in brothels and been a
madam. I think she's been married several times
to no-good men - in fact she's probably shot one
of them. But she's retired now and is perfectly
happy on her own.
do have a couple of other dolls, including a drag
doll (which is a boy doll dressed up in women's
clothing). She's called Olivia, has grand ideas
and doesn't get along with Renata. Renata wears
fishnets and Olivia thinks that makes her a
trollop. I should write a series about
don't actually collect dolls, mainly because
collecting things for the sake of it is tedious.
And I hate Barbie-type dolls - they're so boring.
I want dolls that evoke a bit of controversy. If
anyone gave me a toilet roll doll, I'd take a
Stanley knife to my wrists.'