The Big Issue – August 05, 2019

(Kiana) #1

05-11 AUGUST 2019 BIGISSUE.COM | 23

'You can drive

yourself loopy

trying to make

everyone like

you – and it’ll

never happen'

What do you do after winning TV’s glitteriest trophy – maybe head to Syria to
meet Isis brides or hang out with bounty hunters and arms dealers in the States

  • or Boko Haram militants in Nigeria?
    Well, that’s what reigning Strictly Come Dancing champ Stacey Dooley did. But
    all this is fairly normal for the 32-year-old from Luton, who for the last decade has
    carved a niche for her jaw-droppingly hard-hitting yet hugely personable films
    for BBC Three.
    Since winning Britain’s most dazzling ballroom extravaganza, Dooley has
    transformed from quite-well-known documentarian to one of the country’s
    biggest celebrities, whose every move is scrutinised by the tabloids (one news
    website published six stories about her on a single day last week). Her relationship
    with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton may dominate headlines but she has much more
    on her mind.

Image: Interview: Steven MacKenzie

Robert Wilson

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