Set in the mid-90s at the height of cool Britannia, My Fat Mad Teenage Diary (working title) takes a hilarious and honest look at teenage life from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Rae – a fat, funny girl who, despite an eccentric mother and her own mental health issues, has a huge lust for life, love and trying to get laid.
Sharon, in her first major TV role after an early career of comedy theatre and stand-up, is joined by a raft of fresh young talent, many of them newcomers. Rae’s friendship group includes best friend and popular girl Chloe played by Jodie Comer, jack-the-lad and joker Chop played by Jordan Murphy, the sweet and innocent Izzy played by Ciara Baxendale, major lust interest Archie played by Dan Cohen, and fit-but-knows-it Finn played by Nico Mirallegro (Spike Island, Hollyaoks). Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel, Mutual Friends, Secrets & Lies) plays Rae’s mum.
Adapted from Rae Earl’s real-life diary and book of the same name, the series is written by Tom Bidwell, a previous alumnus of Channel 4′s talent scheme Coming Up, and Oscar-nominee for his short film Wish 143.
Sophie Gardiner, Drama Commissioning Editor, Channel 4, says: “We are delighted that Sharon Rooney is our Rae. She’s a brilliant character who embodies everything we love about this show -warm, funny, and utterly truthful.”
The series is directed by Tim Kirkby and Ben Caron, and is a Tiger Aspect production. My Fat Mad Teenage Diary is currently shooting and will start on E4 in late autumn.