Actor and playwright Tracy-Ann Oberman – whose TV credits include EastEnders, Doctor Who and Friday Night Dinner – says she reached her peak at 50.
Speaking to The Big Issue for the Letter To My Younger Self feature, Oberman said she wished she could let her 16-year-old self know she shouldn’t worry about the ageing process.
“From where I’m standing now I’d say to my younger self, getting older is going to be fantastic,” she said. “You’re going to feel more in your body, more easy in your skin. You’re going to feel more attractive, more able to do anything.
“It’s going to be liberating because you’re going to reach your peak at 50. And it’s just going to feel like it’s getting better and better. The opportunities, the self-understanding, the self-awareness, the dressing, the makeup, the hair, all of it.”
In a career that’s spanned almost three decades, Oberman has appeared in a wide range of comedy and drama series on the television, in productions in the West End, and in more than 600 radio plays. She’s also written for The Guardian, The Jewish Chronicle and Red magazine.
While Oberman expressed pride in her achievements, especially having come from an immigrant Jewish family in which acting was not one of the traditional career paths, she also said she sometimes wishes she’d taken a little more time off.