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Phoebe Waller-Bridge: I'm prudish off screen

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge: I'm prudish off screen

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is "prudish" off camera - but feels "least vulnerable" on it.

The 30-year-old actress, who starred in the popular ITV show 'Broadchurch', has written a new stage production called 'Fleabag' in which she is brutally honest about sex - but Phoebe admitted she is typically more provocative in her writing than she would be in her day-to-day life.

She shared: "I'm quite honest about what I'm writing and they've always known I had a provocative sensibility. I was nervous because I discuss grief and sibling-hood but then I trust them to understand my intentions.

"Everyone always asks me about the sex stuff and whether I find that exposing because I'm actually quite prudish. Actually, when I'm being most outrageous [on camera] is when I felt least vulnerable because it's a statement. The emotional scenes feel much more exposing because you're baring your soul a bit."

'Fleabag' explores the subject of female anger - which Phoebe thinks is often overlooked by mainstream TV.

She told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I know a lot of my female peers feel really angry.

"I think that a woman's response at first is to feel guilty and apologetic about it without knowing why ... The idea of the 'angry young man' is so deeply embedded [in culture] but the angry young woman seems never to be addressed."

Asked if her peers were angry about the situation, Phoebe said: "Well in my 20s I wasn't sure. I didn't know how to articulate it because I was living this great, privileged life.

"But I think it was a mixture of hormones, media pressure to be perfect, along with having to find out who you want to be and what you want to do."