Joan Collins ‘not shy’ about opinions on Brexit: ‘We want our sovereignty!’

Joan Collins says people are 'terrified' to say the wrong thing

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Dame Joan Collins, one of Britain’s most-loved actresses, appears on The Graham Norton Show this evening. The multi-award winning actress’ life and career will be celebrated in a new BBC retrospective. The release date of the documentary has not yet been announced, but it is set to be on BBC Two after being picked up by Abacus Media Rights. It will be narrated by Joan herself, and will tell her life story from her own viewpoint.

The Guardian reported in August that Joan had given the corporation “unprecedented access” to her private home movies, dating back several decades.

Joan will appear on the show to discuss the documentary, alongside Hollywood A-lister Stanley Tucci, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, comedian Romesh Ranganathan and singer-songwriter Joy Crookes.

Joan has never been shy about expressing her political views — she was a supporter of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and vocally supported the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Prior to the EU Referendum in June 2016, she tweeted the word ‘Brexit’ with three Union Jacks, a thumbs-up and a heart.

In a 2016 interview with the Daily Mail, less than a month before Britons voted to leave, she expressed very clearly that she felt it was necessary to leave.

Renowned celebrity journalist David Wigg, who was friends with Freddie Mercury and has worked with The Beatles and other huge names, interviewed her. 

He wrote: “Joan has strong views and isn’t shy about expressing them, and now she’s weighing into the EU Referendum debate.”

Joan told him: “Yes, I do feel we should leave. I think we want our sovereignty and we want to make our own laws.

“This country is very different from the country I grew up in. I’ve seen a big change.”

Joan, 88, was born in Paddington, London, and brought up in Maida Vale.

Her father, a South African native, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican.

She attended the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in Central London.

In what appeared a nod at the several years of chaos that ensued the Brexit vote, Joan urged the British public to embrace change.

She said: “Don’t look back. You know, carpe diem, seize the day.

“I try to make every day count.

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“You achieve something and you enjoy something.”

Since that interview, however, Joan has been reluctant to voice her political opinions.

She gave an interview to her friend Piers Morgan for The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, and admitted her fears over cancel culture.

When asked about her thoughts on cancel culture, she said: “It’s hateful.

“I think people should be allowed to have their opinions without people cancelling them, particularly at schools and universities.”

Joan revealed she had received abuse for her own views in the past.

She said: “I stopped saying anything political on social media, because I got so much hate mail when I mentioned I’d gone to an event for Nigel Farage, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, this isn’t worth it.’

“So I will keep my political opinions to myself and my friends.”

Joan quit Twitter this year after another public backlash.

The actress voiced her opinion on Covid rules being breached at her apartment in London’s Belgravia, and called the police before voicing her anger on Twitter.

She told the Daily Mail that she “stopped doing Twitter” after “all these nasty remarks”.

She recalled thinking, “F*** this, I do not need this.”

Joan Collins appears on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night at 10:35pm on BBC One. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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