As we sit submerged in a plush monochrome (aptly) dogtooth printed sofa in London’s Soho Hotel, Beattie Edmondson simply feels like a normal girl, not full of the grandeur you would expect from the great comedy pedigree she hails from.
As the daughter of Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson, you’d expect Beattie to be more than OK around celebrities. But she is still recovering from appearing on Graham Norton alongside Channing Tatum. “I was so star struck. He was so nice! He was just like one of your normal, nervous friends too!”, she gushed.
Stardom is something Beattie will have to get used to. After years spent carving her own path away from her parent’s help, she is now about to take the lead in more ways than one in Disney’s pug themed film, Patrick.
Here, Beattie talks about working with her mother on set, planning a wedding whilst filming and being out ‘diva-ed’ by a pooch.
The lessons I have learnt from my parents…
“It’s an incredible wealth of experience to be able to dip into and ask about. It’s great working with her (Jennifer Saunders) because she’s amazing at what she does and I learn so much from her but it’s obviously also like… working with your mum! I’d ask her, ‘did I do a good job, did I do alright?’ And she’d just be like ‘yeah, fine.’ When I’m like, ‘Please tell me ‘I’m amazing, please?’ during filming she would just ask me questions about how I’m washing my face and when I would ask why, she’d just say, ‘Just because your skin looks a bit… no, no I’m not saying anything!’ Both of my parents have always encouraged me to do my own thing, my family are aware of not being too nepotistic – it’s just the most supportive network.”