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Sunday 31 August 2014

TV presenter, writer... Dawn O'Porter has something new up her sleeve - and it's called 'Bob'

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 09/04/2014 | 16:44

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 06: Dawn Porter attends the World Premiere of "Cuban Fury" at Vue Leicester Square on February 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Dawn Porter (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Dawn O'Porter arrives at the WilliamVintage dinner in partnership with American Express at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on February 14, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for WilliamVintage)
Dawn O'Porter (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for WilliamVintage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd attend the World Premiere of "Cuban Fury" at the Vue Leicester Square on February 6, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Dawn O’Porter, wife of Boyle native turned Broadway star Chris O’Dowd, is designing her own range of posh retro frocks.

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“I’m calling the collection ‘Bob’” she says. “After the 60s haircut.” Makes sense given Dawn’s penchant for blunt cut bangs.

The clothing line will be packed full of vintage finds and retro looking dresses. “If I had my way it would just be stuff from the 1950s, but you can’t have it all,” she said.

O’Porter is currently in the middle of promoting her latest Young Adult book ‘Goose’ which is all about two BFF’s growing up on the island of Guernsey.

And the TV host, who used to present shockumentaries such as ‘Dawn Goes Lesbian’ and ‘Dawn Does Naked’, says the response to the book couldn’t be better. 

The chatty writer recently returned to the UK from the Big Apple where she watched hubby Chris tread the boards.

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O’Dowd is currently starring in John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ alongside James Franco and everyone’s favourite Gossip Girl - Leighton Meester.

“It was the first time I had ever seen him on stage and he was absolutely brilliant,” she said. “And it’s a beautiful play,”

Unfortunately Dawn wasn’t in the stalls the night Mother Monster aka Lady Gaga dropped by - wearing a blush pink fleece waistcoat, leather choker and fluffy flower pot hat. Apparently the dress code was smart casual. 

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“I wasn’t there when Chris met Beyonce or Gaga,” Dawn said. “Which is very upsetting.”

Chin up though; there’s plenty to be happy about. Least of all, the good people at Kettle Chips are sponsoring Dawn’s book tour. Now that’s something to sing about. 

“I am a crisp fiend. There will be lots of crisp sandwiches on trains and buses,” she said. “By the time I’m done I will be fat, fluffy and very happy.”

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