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Linda Robson gushed over 'naughty and gorgeous’ Russell Brand before 'Pauline Quirke row'


Linda Robson says she once ‘broke the bed slats’ during sex

The Loose Women star, 62, is best known for her BBC sitcom Birds Of A Feather, which starred Quirke and Lesley Jones. This week it was claimed that the cast fell out after “tense and difficult” moments on set, before their Christmas special last year. In unearthed accounts, Robson revealed another controversial moment – when she cosied up to Brand. 

Robson, who was 10 years old when she had her first acting role, made the confession shortly after celebrating 50 years in showbusiness.

The Islington-born star became beloved by many after appearances on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Shine On Harvey Moon.

But the actress will be forever remembered for playing Tracey Stubbs in Birds Of A Feather.

Robson’s fame allowed her access into the celebrity world and to brush shoulders with some of the nation’s biggest names.

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Bird Of A Feather: Linda Robson revealed her moment with ‘naughty’ Russell Brand (Image: GETTY)

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Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Jones starred in the cult comedy hit Birds Of A Feather (Image: GETTY)

They included Brand, a stand-up comedian who went on to star in shows for MTV, a Big Brother spin-off and films.

Robson described her interaction with the long-haired funnyman and branded him one of her celebrity “crushes”.

In 2018, she told the Daily Mirror: “I love Russell Brand.”

Robson admitted that she was envious of Quirke when the actress was able to perform alongside him.

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Birds Of A Feather stars Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson were reported to have ‘fallen out’ (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “Pauline had worked with him and got him to send me a photo.”

Robson didn’t elaborate on the picture but claimed things got “naughty” when they appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2014.

She recalled: “He put my head on his lap and was rubbing my hair, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!”

The TV star admitted to fancying Brand despite him being “half my age”.

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Linda Robson admitted that Russell Brand made her feel special and ‘not invisible’ (Image: ITV)

Robson continued: “Though he looks like he needs a wash, he smells gorgeous.”

She claimed that Brand made her feel special when they were together.

Robson continued: “You feel invisible when you get to a certain age.

“But he didn’t make me feel invisible.”

She gushed: “He is so lovely… and a bit naughty!”

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Comedian Russell Brand helped to make Linda Robson ‘not feel invisible’ (Image: GETTY)

The star revealed that Brand wasn’t the only celebrity to pay her special attention.

Ahead of an appearance on Loose Women, she convinced Canadian singer Michael Buble to give her a massage.

Robson said: “I went, ‘Ere (sic) Michael! My shoulders are killing me.

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“‘You wouldn’t give ‘em a rub for me would ya (sic)!’”

This week, a Mail On Sunday source claimed that Robson and Quirke had fallen out after more than 50 years of friendship. 

Birds of a Feather: Lesley Joseph says Quirke was ‘missed’

The comedy duo were 10 years old when they met in primary school and soon after started taking drama classes together. 

They went on to form two-thirds of the Birds Of A Feather line-up, alongside Jones, who was “terrified” of the duo when they first met.

She was concerned because they had “known each other all [their] lives” but after being introduced they “got on like a house on fire”.

The Mail On Sunday’s source claimed that Quirke “resented the attention” Jones received from the show.

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Linda Robson was a part of the Loose Women panel on ITV (Image: GETTY)

The unnamed friend said there was an “atmosphere on set” that was “very tense and difficult to navigate at times”.

They claimed this led to Quirke not appearing in the Birds Of A Feather Christmas special last year.

At the time, it was claimed the actress was on a cruise so couldn’t film the show.

Quirke and Robson have previously said they are “really good friends” and have even shared dressing rooms.





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