Nadiya Hussain opens up about her panic disorder ‘monster’

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Nadiya Hussain said her “monster” is “always there”

Nadiya Hussain has spoken about her constant struggle with a panic disorder, saying her “whole life revolves around not falling apart”.

Speaking on John Bishop’s TV show, the former Bake Off winner described her condition as “a monster”.

And she said she hadn’t become “a new woman” since shooting to fame in 2015.

“Some days the monster shouts in my face. No matter where I turn, he will keep shouting at me. I can’t get him out of my face,” she said.

“Other days, he’s behind me and he’ll tap me on the shoulder a little bit here and there through the day and I can ignore him completely.

“Other days I can put him in my pocket. He’s always there.”

‘Living with my monster’

Hussain, who is currently hosting BBC Two programme The Big Family Cooking Showdown, said she didn’t want to take medication to ease the problem.

“I’ve spent my whole life trying to find a cure,” she said. “You’ll go to the doctors and they will give you pills and then you just won’t feel anything. What’s the point in not feeling anything?

“It’s never going to go away, I have to learn to live with my monster. He’s always going to be there.”

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She said her struggles have not eased since winning Bake Off in 2015 – which led to a new career fronting culinary TV shows and publishing recipe books.

Her television programmes have included The Chronicles of Nadiya and Nadiya’s British Food Adventure.

“I don’t feel like I’m a different person,” she said. “I’m not a new woman. I’ve not suddenly become this confident person that can speak and isn’t scared.

‘Facing my fears’

“Nobody lives their whole life without being scared… And the one thing I’ve learnt about panic disorder and about my monster is that my monster would love for me to be scared and say ‘no’ to everything.

“Every time I’m faced with something that scares the living daylights out of me, I have to say ‘yes’ to it.

“Because if I say ‘yes’ to it, then I will come out on the other side of fear and then I can put my monster in my pocket.”

Hussain was being interviewed by Bishop on his In Conversation With series, which will be broadcast on the W channel in the UK on Thursday.

She has previously spoken about how racial abuse is part of her life and has been “for years”.


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Noma Dumezweni on Cursed Child’s next steps

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Noma Dumezweni attended The Stage Debut Awards on Sunday

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is gearing up to transfer to Broadway after a hugely successful run in London’s West End.

Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione in the original London production, is among the original cast members set to reprise her role across the Atlantic from March.

The actress attended The Stage Debut Awards on Sunday and told BBC News that one of the aspects of Cursed Child she’s most proud of is bringing theatre to a new audience.

“What I understood for London was that 60 or 65% of the audience were first-time theatregoers, because of those [Harry Potter] books,” she said.

“And you go, OK, you’ve read the books, seen the films, and now I love that it’s in script form – all those people with scripts of the Cursed Child will now go and play those parts in their garden.

“It’s now there to create your version. So the through line is huge.”

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Noma starred alongside Paul Thornley and Cherrelle Skeete in Cursed Child

Noma added that her 10-year-old daughter’s enthusiasm for Harry Potter reassured her of the franchise’s enduring popularity.

“To go to the theatre, with that percentage of people being first-time theatregoers, that’s phenomenal, it’s quite special and I’m part of it.”

The actress said she has “no idea” whether changes will be made to the show ahead of its Broadway transfer, but added: “I’m so excited for it.”

Along with several members of the principal cast, Noma has now left the London production before she reprises her role in the US from March 2018.

“I went to see the new [London] cast, with Rakie Ayola playing Hermione, and I loved it,” the actress said.

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Noma was one of the celebrity narrators on BBC Radio 2′s 500 Words project

“I went, ‘Oh my God they’re doing their own thing’, and within that there were little changes, and I thought, yes, that makes sense.

“And I said to Rakie, ‘I’m totally stealing some of your stuff, because I really enjoy what you do’. But that’s the highest compliment I can give her, as an actress to another actress, I love what she did.”

Noma added that she may well make some changes of her own when she returns to the role next year.

“Hopefully there’ll be room for us to expand. The first time I was at the Royal Shakespeare Company was to do The Winter’s Tale, and I came back to it nine months later.

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“And because of the world you’ve lived in for those nine months, it adds another texture, another way of thinking to what you’ve already got.

“I came back nine months later and felt, ‘Woah, I’ve grown’, so I’m looking forward to the growing of my Hermione when we do Broadway.”

The actress was speaking to the BBC at the first ever Stage Debut Awards, which was also attended by her fellow cast member Anthony Boyle. But she pointed out that such an event is “not just about young people”.

“We’re all doing our thing, we all started somewhere,” she said.

“I did fringe theatre for so many years, and then I got my first play at the RSC, which was an amazing feeling, but I was 30 and had started acting in my early twenties.

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Noma will reprise her role as Hermione on Broadway from March 2018

“I have been that actor who’s watched peers and thought ‘God, they’re doing well, I’ll never get there.

“For me, you could say my big West End debut was Cursed Child, but I’m in my 40s, and it’s like, when is that beginning? To acknowledge the beginnings of people is a beautiful thing.”

She added: “I want the Stage Debut Awards to still be here in 20 years seeing how it goes.

“You’ve got so many people doing so many different things, and it’s not just London-centric. It’s looking around the country and saying, ‘We are seeing you’, and I’m really excited that this has begun.”


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Strictly Come Dancing: Judge Rinder rejects same-sex dance pairings

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Judge Rinder is the latest Strictly participant to comment on the same-sex debate

Strictly Come Dancing shouldn’t have same-sex couples because it would “politicise” the show, according to former contestant Judge Rinder.

“Would it be a big step forward for the LGBTQI community if there were same-sex couples on Strictly? Do me a favour!” he told the Radio Times.

“Some things ain’t politics and Strictly is one of them.”

The debate over whether gay contestants should dance with people of the same gender has been a talking point.

Comedian Susan Calman said she received criticism on social media for taking part in the BBC One show because it doesn’t have same-sex dancing couples.

“There will be a time for same-sex dancing,” she told the BBC. “I think what annoyed me slightly is that I seem to be getting it in the neck.”

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The judge turned TV personality danced with Oksana Platero last year

The Reverend Richard Coles, another of this year’s celebrity hopefuls, said he would be happy to dance with a man.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood, meanwhile, has said there will “probably” be same-sex couples on next year’s edition.

According to Robert Rinder, however, a contestant’s dance partner on Strictly should have nothing to do with sexual orientation.

The criminal barrister turned daytime TV personality danced with Ukrainian professional Oksana Platero on the show last year.

“One of the first questions I was asked when I joined Strictly Come Dancing last year was, ‘Ooh, how come you’re dancing with a woman?’” he said.

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Susan Calman will dance with Kevin Clifton on this year’s show

“The answer was always, ‘What a thoroughly absurd question!’ My sexuality, in terms of Strictly or whatever else I do in my life, ought to be as irrelevant as the length of my big toe.

“The reality is that ballroom dancing is a professional sport, and the dancers are athletes who have competed at the highest level.

“I soon realised that for Oksana it was like playing tennis at Wimbledon. And just like in tennis, there are ballroom championships and rankings.

“Nobody would dream of asking gay players in the mixed doubles to be partnered with someone of the same sex.

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The Reverend Richard Coles has been partnered with Australia’s Dianne Buswell

“There are plenty of organisations making a real difference to the lives of gay people around the country that do need our help, so why undermine the wonder of Strictly by politicising it?”

That said, Judge Rinder said he would be prepared to dance with a male partner as a festive one-off.

“If it would satiate these Twitter trolls, I’ll offer myself up to dance with a man on the Strictly Christmas special,” he told the magazine.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday for the first live show of the 2017 series.


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Stormzy will be at judges’ houses to help out on X Factor

Stormzy is going to be on this year’s X Factor helping at judges’ houses.

It’s thought the rapper, who is having an amazing year, will head to South Africa as Nicole Scherzinger’s guest to assist her in choosing who to take to the live shows.

A source told Newsbeat: “Stormzy is the man of the moment and he’ll be great.”

He has already worked with Simon Cowell on the charity single for Grenfell Tower earlier this year.

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The judges’ houses is the part of the show where contestants are whittled down and flown out to various locations around the world to compete for their place in the show’s live finals.

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The prize went to Sampha but we don’t think Big Mike will be too worried, Official Charts say his album Gang Signs and Prayer outsold Dizzee Rascal’s Mercury Prize-winning 2003 album Boy In Da Corner by nearly 10 copies to one.

He’s also appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine.

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He was presented with the best solo artist prize at the awards, by none other than leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn.

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The Q Awards take place on October 18 and Stormzy is the most nominated artist.

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Stormzy will be at judges’ houses to help out on X Factor

Stormzy is going to be on this year’s X Factor helping at judges’ houses.

It’s thought the rapper, who is having an amazing year, will head to South Africa as Nicole Scherzinger’s guest to assist her in choosing who to take to the live shows.

A source told Newsbeat: “Stormzy is the man of the moment and he’ll be great.”

He has already worked with Simon Cowell on the charity single for Grenfell Tower earlier this year.

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The judges’ houses is the part of the show where contestants are whittled down and flown out to various locations around the world to compete for their place in the show’s live finals.

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Judges usually enlist the help of a famous friend to help them decide.

It’s been a big year for Stormzy, he was nominated for the Mercury Music prize.

The prize went to Sampha but we don’t think Big Mike will be too worried, Official Charts say his album Gang Signs and Prayer outsold Dizzee Rascal’s Mercury Prize-winning 2003 album Boy In Da Corner by nearly 10 copies to one.

He’s also appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine.

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He was presented with the best solo artist prize at the awards, by none other than leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn.

Stormzy and Jeremy Corbyn

The Q Awards take place on October 18 and Stormzy is the most nominated artist.

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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Three Billboards’ wins top prize

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won top prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

Winning the People’s Choice award is seen as a significant boost to the Martin McDonagh-directed film’s chances in the awards season.

The award is voted for by audiences at the 11-day event.

Previous winners include Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and 12 Years a Slave, all of which went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.

Last year’s Toronto winner La La Land won several other awards including Best Film at the Baftas, but lost to Moonlight at this year’s Oscars.

Three Billboards stars Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother trying to force her local police department into re-opening the investigation into her daughter’s murder.

I, Tonya which tells the true story of American Olympic skater Tonya Harding and her connection to an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run up to 1994 Winter Olympic Games was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award. Harding is played by Margot Robbie.

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I, Sonya was the runner-up

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The drama Call Me By Your Name came third

Relationship drama Call Me By Your Name, about the romance between an academic played by Armie Hammer and a graduate student played by Timothee Chalamet, came third.

More than 250 films were screened to audiences at this year’s festival.


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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Three Billboards’ wins top prize

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won top prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

Winning the People’s Choice award is seen as a significant boost to the Martin McDonagh-directed film’s chances in the awards season.

The award is voted for by audiences at the 11-day event.

Previous winners include Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and 12 Years a Slave, all of which went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.

Last year’s Toronto winner La La Land won several other awards including Best Film at the Baftas, but lost to Moonlight at this year’s Oscars.

Three Billboards stars Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother trying to force her local police department into re-opening the investigation into her daughter’s murder.

I, Tonya which tells the true story of American Olympic skater Tonya Harding and her connection to an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run up to 1994 Winter Olympic Games was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award. Harding is played by Margot Robbie.

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I, Sonya was the runner-up

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The drama Call Me By Your Name came third

Relationship drama Call Me By Your Name, about the romance between an academic played by Armie Hammer and a graduate student played by Timothee Chalamet, came third.

More than 250 films were screened to audiences at this year’s festival.


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Emmys 2017: Your guide to the best US TV drama

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Stephen Colbert will host this year’s Emmys ceremony

We are, as we are regularly told, in a golden age of TV – and the cream of the current crop will be rewarded when this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Five of the seven nominees in the most keenly contested category – outstanding drama series – are new shows.

Game of Thrones, which has won for the past two years, is not eligible this time.

With so many new shows having made a splash over the past year, you’d be forgiven for not having caught up with them all.

Here’s a rundown of the best American TV drama series, as per the Emmy best drama category.


Westworld

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Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

In a nutshell: A Wild West theme park is populated with life-like robots programmed to indulge the every whim of wealthy tourists.

As the visitors live out their fantasies and the “hosts” behave in unexpected ways, the show explores the nature of consciousness and humanity itself.

Total 2017 Emmy nominations: 22

Made by: HBO


Stranger Things

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Stars: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour

In a nutshell: A feast of ’80s nostalgia and supernatural thrills, the show follows a group of bike-riding boys who stumble upon some terrifying paranormal goings-on in their small town.

Contains shadowy government agents, monsters and portals to another dimension.

Emmy nominations: 18

Made by: Netflix


The Crown

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Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow

In a nutshell: The royal family has always been one big soap opera. But in The Crown it actually is one big soap opera – albeit a classy, big-budget one.

It follows the ups and downs of Queen Elizabeth II (Foy), Prince Philip (Smith) and their clan from the 1950s on.

Emmy nominations: 13

Made by: Netflix


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The Handmaid’s Tale

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

In a nutshell: In a dystopian alternate reality, there’s been a fertility crisis and a chilling fundamentalist religious revolution in the US.

All fertile women are handmaids – slaves whose sole purpose is to bear children for their powerful host families. Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.

Emmy nominations: 13

Made by: Hulu


This Is Us

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Stars: Sterling K Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz

In a nutshell: More domestic than the other nominees but no less dramatic, the show switches between 1980 and 2016 and centres on several people who are 36 on the same day.

We follow a dad who’s 36 when his wife goes into labour in 1980, and their twins and adopted son 36 years later.

Emmy nominations: 10

Made by: NBC


Better Call Saul

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Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

In a nutshell: While all of the above are new shows, this Breaking Bad spin-off/prequel is three seasons in.

It follows the scrapes and schemes of dodgy lawyer Jimmy McGill as he teeters along the straight and narrow and edges closer to becoming Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman.

Emmy nominations: 9

Made by: AMC


House of Cards

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Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

In a nutshell: The veteran of the pack, House of Cards has been nominated for best drama series five years in a row.

Season five saw Spacey’s Shakespearean president and his wife and political ally/rival Claire (Wright) grapple with the fallout of a disputed election.

Emmy nominations: 7

Made by: Netflix

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards begin on Sunday at 17:00 Los Angeles time (Monday 01:00 BST).


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Emmys 2017: Your guide to the best US TV drama

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Stephen Colbert will host this year’s Emmys ceremony

We are, as we are regularly told, in a golden age of TV – and the cream of the current crop will be rewarded when this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Five of the seven nominees in the most keenly contested category – outstanding drama series – are new shows.

Game of Thrones, which has won for the past two years, is not eligible this time.

With so many new shows having made a splash over the past year, you’d be forgiven for not having caught up with them all.

Here’s a rundown of the best American TV drama series, as per the Emmy best drama category.


Westworld

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Bad Robot/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

In a nutshell: A Wild West theme park is populated with life-like robots programmed to indulge the every whim of wealthy tourists.

As the visitors live out their fantasies and the “hosts” behave in unexpected ways, the show explores the nature of consciousness and humanity itself.

Total 2017 Emmy nominations: 22

Made by: HBO


Stranger Things

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Jackson Davis/Netflix

Stars: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour

In a nutshell: A feast of ’80s nostalgia and supernatural thrills, the show follows a group of bike-riding boys who stumble upon some terrifying paranormal goings-on in their small town.

Contains shadowy government agents, monsters and portals to another dimension.

Emmy nominations: 18

Made by: Netflix


The Crown

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Netflix

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow

In a nutshell: The royal family has always been one big soap opera. But in The Crown it actually is one big soap opera – albeit a classy, big-budget one.

It follows the ups and downs of Queen Elizabeth II (Foy), Prince Philip (Smith) and their clan from the 1950s on.

Emmy nominations: 13

Made by: Netflix


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The Handmaid’s Tale

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

In a nutshell: In a dystopian alternate reality, there’s been a fertility crisis and a chilling fundamentalist religious revolution in the US.

All fertile women are handmaids – slaves whose sole purpose is to bear children for their powerful host families. Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.

Emmy nominations: 13

Made by: Hulu


This Is Us

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Getty Images

Stars: Sterling K Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz

In a nutshell: More domestic than the other nominees but no less dramatic, the show switches between 1980 and 2016 and centres on several people who are 36 on the same day.

We follow a dad who’s 36 when his wife goes into labour in 1980, and their twins and adopted son 36 years later.

Emmy nominations: 10

Made by: NBC


Better Call Saul

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Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

In a nutshell: While all of the above are new shows, this Breaking Bad spin-off/prequel is three seasons in.

It follows the scrapes and schemes of dodgy lawyer Jimmy McGill as he teeters along the straight and narrow and edges closer to becoming Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman.

Emmy nominations: 9

Made by: AMC


House of Cards

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Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

In a nutshell: The veteran of the pack, House of Cards has been nominated for best drama series five years in a row.

Season five saw Spacey’s Shakespearean president and his wife and political ally/rival Claire (Wright) grapple with the fallout of a disputed election.

Emmy nominations: 7

Made by: Netflix

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards begin on Sunday at 17:00 Los Angeles time (Monday 01:00 BST).


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