Inspiring Mums: Angela Griffin
Inspiring Mums: Angela Griffin
Angela Griffin has been a regular on our TV screens since the 90s when she played Fiona Middleton in Corrie. Since then she’s notched up an impressive CV which most actresses can only dream of achieving. Holby City, Cutting It, Waterloo Road, Mount Pleasant, Lewis and Brief Encounters - all popular shows with huge ratings.
The one thing the mum of two has always prioritised is her family. She lives in London with her husband of 10 years, Jason and Daughters, Tallulah 12 and Missie nine.
The down to earth Northern lass tells us about her family and shares her parenting highs and lows.
You always seem to be mega busy. How do you fit it all in?
I manage with the help of my husband and a lovely nanny. I'm not one to sit around doing nothing, I don’t like it, so I fill my time as much as I possibly can and I love it!!!
Is there such a thing as an average day for you? And what does it consist of?
An average day when unemployed consists of school drop offs, pick ups, yoga or a run then lots and lots of emails. A couple of dog walks come rain or shine. And then lovely food made either at home or out for dinner.
When I’m working then its usually a 7am pick up, into make up and then on set for 8am. We wrap at 7pm. I’ll eat and FaceTime home, then bed at 10pm.
How would you describe your parenting style?
I think I'm pretty strict with my kids, but very loving. I want to be there for them but I don’t want to be their best friends. I just want to be their mum.
What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before becoming a parent?
That even when you get your life back you’ll never feel the same as you did before you had them. So get it all packed in and make the most of it.
What’s been the toughest period so far?
My eldest is 12 and getting to THAT stage, this is the toughest I think. Every thing I say and do, everything I allow her to do and not to do is so massively important and will have a huge effect on her life. Massive responsibility!!
You have lots of well-known mates who are mums - do you get any good advice/support from them?
We’re always giving each other advice. And I’m so grateful to them for it. Couldn’t do it without them.
What’s the best thing about being a working mum?
That you still retain some of who you were before. And I appreciate my kids when I’m home.
How do you find time for your relationship?
We take full advantage of our parents, we make it a thing that every year we have a little mini break together. And we have babysitting so we can have dinner and go to the theatre.
Do you find time for yourself and if so how do you spend it?
My time is when I’m working away, I’ll go to the gym, socialise with cast and have reflexology, my favourite thing at the moment
The one thing I’m most proud of is…
Do you still have ambitions you are yet to achieve?
Absolutely, I want to work and work and work. I want to do Shakespeare, a film, and play a murderer.
I’d like to be remembered for…
Being a good person
Angela stars in Brief Encounters which is available on DVD now.
She will also appear in a Radio 4 play called Blood Sex and Money in October.