|Su was featured
in the Christmas edition of The Mirror's
...I love my...raunchy
rag doll Renata
Pollard, 52, formerly the madcap cleaner
Peggy on Hi-De-Hi! and now a
feisty Dick Whittington in panto,
explains why she loves her wayward dolly.
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
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
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 them.
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.'