Speaking with hosts Ronan Keating and Sam Quek about her new showbiz memoir, My Unapologetic Diaries, the 88-year-old actress recalled giving former Prime Minister John Major some styling advice and said he should ‘wear smaller glasses’.
This prompted Sam to ask the acting legend what advice she would give to current Prime Minister Mr Johnson.
‘Yeah, I would say go and get your suits tailored better,’ joked Joan.
My Unapologetic Diaries seems the perfect title for the actor’s new memoir, as the star detailed her first impression of Mr Johnson, revealing they were once co-workers back in the day.
She said: ‘He used to be my boss. I write about it in the diary, that he was my boss, because when I was writing in The Spectator, and he was the editor, I wrote about the lunch we were at, that we all were together.
‘I said, there was a really loud guy out there called Boris Johnson and he looks like he’s combing his hair with an egg beater.’
Dame Joan Collins thinks a well tailored suit would be a better look for Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The star discussed her new showbiz memoir, My Unapologetic Diaries (Picture:BBC)
‘I think he still does,’ Sam joked.
From 1981 to 1991, the Joan played Alexis Colby in the American soap opera Dynasty, and won critical acclaim for her portrayal as one of television’s most iconic villains.
The award-winning author also revealed how she successfully negotiated a pay rise to match her male peers, but lost time on screen after securing equal pay.
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Joan explained how she went in to shoot a new series following her pay rise and was told by a producer that she would only be appearing in 10 episodes, not 20, because they couldn’t ‘afford’ her.
She said: ‘I finally got what I really believed I deserved and they cut me down to only half the episodes.’
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