Brit stars considered ‘too old’ for TV bare all to fight ageism

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011, 17:57 PM IST

London: Charges of age discrimination in showbiz industry have been brewing for some time, and now some British TV female stars have stripped off in a daring photo shoot as part of a campaign to fight ageism in TV.

‘Loose Women’ Sherrie Hewson and Andrea McLean went nude alongside ‘Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard and ‘EastEnders’ actress Gillian Taylforth for Best magazine’s Body Image issue and proved that age doesn’t matter to them at all despite trend showing that women are often denied roles on camera just because of their age.

Gillian, 56, insisted that she had found it increasingly harder to get work in television the older she gets.

“In TV, it’s OK for men to be 50 or 60, but for women it’s very difficult. Older actresses can feel put by the wayside,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling the magazine.

“I left The Bill three years ago, and since then TV work has been harder to come by - it probably started in my late 40s,” she added.

Beverley, 54, also agreed that the pressure has prevented her from enjoying getting older.

“I’ve got less confident as I’ve got older, which is sad. I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin,” she said.

“Women my age face a lack of parts because writers don’t write about women in their 50s.

“You used to confront ageism in your 50s, then it was in your 40s, now anyone over the age of 35 suffers the stigma of being ‘too old’,” she added.

ANI