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Home and Away’s Irene Roberts’ New Memoir Reveals the Secrets of the Long-Running Soap

She’s one of the most famous faces in the world of soap operas, having played Home and Away’s Irene Roberts for nearly 30 years – and Lynne McGranger has now spilled secrets from the Australian TV favorite’s set in a new memoir.

The gritty soap opera appeared on This Morning on Wednesday, revealing how she felt like she had “won the lottery” when she was cast in the temporary role of Irene Roberts in 1993 — after battling an eating disorder, having a marijuana addiction, and persevering. a failed period as a teacher.

The soap actor, who spoke to presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from Australia, said she planned to stay in the role for just three months, but the producers kept asking her back.

Three months to 29 years! Lynne McGranger told This Morning that having a bout of food poisoning when she auditioned, bosses described Irene Roberts’ character as a “thin-waisted alcoholic” — because she looked so sick when she starred for the part

The soap star first took on the role of Irene Roberts in Home and Away in 1993 and her new memoir Acting Up lifts the lid on nearly 30 years in soapland.

The soap star first took on the role of Irene Roberts in Home and Away in 1993 and her new memoir Acting Up lifts the lid on nearly 30 years in soapland.

The soap star first took on the role of Irene Roberts in Home and Away in 1993 and her new memoir Acting Up lifts the lid on nearly 30 years in soapland.

While discussing anecdotes from the book Acting Up, McGranger let the presenters down after telling how a bout of food poisoning prior to the audition had seen the character description for Irene as “thin-waisted alcoholic drink.”

Of her longevity in the role, she said, “I still have to pinch myself. It’s bizarre, it would always be a three month gig.

The producers told me I’d like to come back and do another six months. I was like ‘Hell yeah!’

“It just kept happening — it’s been such a wonderful journey and I feel so blessed.”

Before joining the cast, she’d done her best to teach, but as it turned out, she only really liked kids “when they’re in groups of one,” describing her former students as “snotty and smelly.”

Last month, in conversation with The Daily Telegraph, the Home and Away actress, 68, reveals how the book in the book also addresses her past addiction to marijuana and eating disorder.

The star, who quit smoking marijuana and cigarettes in 2005, says she had a big habit — and even if Irene worked while she was high.

Pictured in the soap's ITV heyday as Irene Roberts, right, with co-star Tina Thomsen, who played Finlay Roberts

Pictured in the soap's ITV heyday as Irene Roberts, right, with co-star Tina Thomsen, who played Finlay Roberts

Pictured in the soap’s ITV heyday as Irene Roberts, right, with co-star Tina Thomsen, who played Finlay Roberts

Schofield joked that the actor’s memoir was like a “cloud of marijuana” because so many references are made to the actor’s one-time love of the drug.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last month, the Home and Away actress, 68, revealed that the book is about her past addiction to marijuana and an eating disorder.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last month, the Home and Away actress, 68, revealed that the book is about her past addiction to marijuana and an eating disorder.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last month, the Home and Away actress, 68, revealed that the book is about her past addiction to marijuana and an eating disorder.

‘I’ve done theater things stoned, but not Home And Away. I didn’t drink, you see, so that was my wine,’ she said.

Lynne, who has played Irene Roberts on the soap opera for over 28 years, said she grew the illegal plant in her backyard.

“It’s going to be totally outrageous and it wasn’t a little bit (of marijuana). I smoked a lot of dope. I just loved it. I would smoke joints,” she said.

Lynne, who has played Irene Roberts on the soap opera for over 28 years, said she grew the illegal plant in her backyard.  'I've done theater things stoned, but not Home And Away.  I didn't drink, you see, so that was my wine,' she said.  Pictured in 1997

Lynne, who has played Irene Roberts on the soap opera for over 28 years, said she grew the illegal plant in her backyard.  'I've done theater things stoned, but not Home And Away.  I didn't drink, you see, so that was my wine,' she said.  Pictured in 1997

Lynne, who has played Irene Roberts on the soap opera for over 28 years, said she grew the illegal plant in her backyard. ‘I’ve done theater things stoned, but not Home And Away. I didn’t drink, you see, so that was my wine,’ she said. Pictured in 1997

The actress also revealed that she suffered from bulimia between the ages of 15 and 28.

“I had a form of bulimia where you binge eat and instead of throwing up you take laxatives,” she said.

‘That seemed like a good idea at the time. I now know it was a form of bulimia, but there was no name for it then.’

According to publishers Allen & Unwin, Acting Up: Me, Myself & Irene is a ‘warm, hilarious and intimate look into the life of one of Australia’s living TV legends’.

“With humor, honesty and self-deprecating charm, one of Australia’s best-known TV actresses lifts life both on and off screen.”

Lynne will cover everything from her childhood to her career in television.

Lynne McGranger’s Acting Up is available in November

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