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Sara Pascoe: ‘Female sexuality is an active thing’

Sunday 19th October 2014

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In 2001, struggling performer Sara Pascoe took a job in a hotel as a backing vocalist for club singer Pete Conway, in the hope of meeting his son, Robbie Williams. “Then when I was there I decided I didn’t want to meet Robbie Williams until I could meet him as an equal,” she cringes, laughing. Last week, she moved a step closer: she was a panellist on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks and, in a reversal of the usual format, Conway was invited to pick her out of a lineup of lookalikes.

“As it was happening, there was this dissonance,” she says. “Thirteen years ago I was so desperate to be someone that people would respect, and now he’s onBuzzcocks because of me. Occasionally I do just stop and go: ‘This can’t be real.’” ...

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