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Humphries has regularly updated Edna, originally a drab Melbourne, Australia housewife satirising the conservatism of Australian suburbia, the character adopted an increasingly outlandish wardrobe after being performed in London in the 1960s, and grew in stature and popularity. Following film appearances and an elevation to damehood in the 1970s, the character evolved to “Housewife and Superstar”, then “Megastar” and finally “Gigastar”. She came into her own during the 1980s when the often brutal policies of Thatcherism–the “vindictive style of the times”–allowed Dame Edna to sharpen her observations accordingly. Taking Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s seemingly hypocritical motto of “caring and compassion” for others and turning it on its head, Edna became the voice of Humphries’ outrage. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Dame Edna became increasingly known and popular in the U.S. after multiple stage and television appearances.
Edna describes her chat-shows as “an intimate conversation between two friends, one of whom is a lot more interesting than the other” (by which she means herself). The character has been used to satirise the cult of celebrity, class snobbery, and prudishness. Her larger-than-life persona and scathing but dead-on commentary on society and celebrity-hood, as well as her habit of treating celebrities like ordinary people (on her TV shows) and ordinary people like celebrities (in her stage shows) have become signaturesAlthough Humphries freely states that Edna is a character he plays, Edna refers to Humphries as her “entrepreneur” or manager. Humphries and his staff of assistants and writers only refer to Edna as “she,” and “her,” never mixing the character with Humphries himself. It is this precision and richness of identity which gives Dame Edna her unique force as a character.
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Samuel “Sam” Attwater (born 10 April 1986) is an English actor and singer best known for playing Leon Small in the British soap opera EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20. He won the sixth series of Dancing on Ice in March 2011.
Before joining GMTV in February 2005, Anna has presented Milkshake! on Channel Five and other shows for the Disney Channel. In 2003, she presented a one-off CITV gameshow series called Rescue Robots and she guest-presented on CITV towards the end of the summer holidays the same year. A year later in the autumn of 2004, she presented a CITV gameshow called Scary Sleepover. Anna mainly presented Toonattik in her bare feet