Charlie Dimmock is only 44 and, while her tumbling pre-Raphaelite curls are touched with grey, she is youthful, still good-looking and full of the infectious ‘joie de vivre’ that brought her such success on screen.
This, remember, is a woman whose 2000 calendar outsold the one produced by underwear model Caprice and was notably described as ‘horticultural Viagra’.
She prefers a more self-deprecating gloss.
‘Plenty of grandfathers got me in their Christmas stocking that year,’ she laughs.
For all her fame, the truth is Charlie has never really belonged to the celebrity world.
Today, she is back at home, alone, with no man on the scene – and she admits she despairs of ever finding one
Blimey, what is it with the men of England? Since when did big redheads go out of style?
I would offer myself but there would have to be a trade in along the line…..