Victoria Broom: A star on the rise
The actress chats to Roxy Bourdillon about LGBT representation, Marcella and #MeToo
It’s a scorching day at Pride In London and feminist rock legends BETTY are playing Leicester Square. When the crowd recognises the opening bars of The L Word’s theme song (“talking, laughing, loving, breathing” – feel free to sing along) they lose their collective minds. Then Victoria Broom starts dancing onstage with Rachel Shelley, aka Helena freaking Peabody, and it’s clear; the party has officially started.
Looking back now, it seems fitting that Victoria was involved in such an instantly iconic, spectacularly queer moment. Flash-forward seven months and her acting career is in ascendance. She’s winning plum roles and coveted awards left, right and centre-stage. You may know her best as wild child Fran in the much-lauded lesbian web series, Different For Girls – the part which earned her the title of Diversity In Media Rising Star and the DIVA Choice Award. “I had a lot of really lovely responses. People really cared for Fran,” she smiles fondly when we meet for our cover shoot at a cosy members’ club in Soho. The glamorous starlet is in her element as she peruses the rack of vintage treasures, pondering which ensemble will best set off her dramatic, Pre-Raphaelite hair.
If the first thing you notice about Victoria is that flame-red mane, the second is her indomitable drive. You can see it in the glint in her eye as she poses like a Vogue model in front of the camera, and when she opens up about how hard she’s had to work to make it in the competitive world of acting. “I always wanted to be in the theatre, but I’m from a very working class background so I had to fight for scholarships all the way – to get to drama school, to get to stage school. My parents just simply couldn’t afford it.”
Read the rest of our cover interview with Victoria Broom in the April issue of DIVA, available to buy in print or digitally here.
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