Sunday 25 September 2016

Cold Feet star Hermione Norris criticises sexualisation of women on TV

Published 31/05/2016 | 00:06

Hermione Norris has admitted she was unsure whether the Cold Feet reunion was a good idea
Hermione Norris has admitted she was unsure whether the Cold Feet reunion was a good idea

Hermione Norris has hit out at what she says is the overt sexualisation of women on television, calling it "hateful".

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The British actress told the Radio Times that despite progress, it suggests society has actually taken a step backwards.

"The overt sexualisation of women on TV is an issue for me. I find that really hateful," she said.

"I am a feminist and although we've moved forward in some areas, I think we've regressed in a lot of others."

Asked for examples, Norris said: "I think regularly seeing women being sexually demeaned on television is not a good thing.

"If you do show that on screen, then at least give a nod to it being really inappropriate and cruel; that it is not humane."

Norris, 49, has a son and a daughter but said she does not think the issue is something you can protect children from.

She added: "I think you can help educate them to deal with it, so I just keep talking to both my children."

Norris also opened up to the magazine about the Cold Feet reunion, admitting she was not sure it was a good idea.

The actress starred in the ITV series from 1998 to 2003, and it proved to be her breakout role.

A reunion series will air this year, but asked if she liked the idea of going back to the show, Norris said: "I didn't, to be honest.

"It was really good, of its time, and I didn't want to undo anything positive that we had created back then.

"But I was persuaded it would be interesting to see how they have been dealing with things."

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