Starstruck star Rose Matafeo: ‘Success freaks me out! It’s a gut-punch’

The creator of the hit BBC romcom talks about having less than a day to enjoy its triumph – and how extreme nerd-dom got her through 2021Rose Matafeo is arguably the breakout star of 2021.

Her BBC Three sitcom Starstruck became the channel’s best-performing comedy within weeks of launch, racking up 3m views and earning a second series before it even premiered.

The impact was so huge and immediate that you could be forgiven for thinking she had dropped from the sky fully formed.This couldn’t be further from the truth.

After winning a New Zealand international comedy festival award for standup in 2007, at the age of 15, Matafeo has conquered just about everything she has ever attempted.

She has written for Daily Show-esque satirical news programmes.

She has presented entertainment shows.

She co-created and starred in a sketch series, and has directed sitcoms.

In 2018, her show Horndog – detailing, in part,

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