Samantha Bond, 50, said women of her age have life experience and interesting stories to tell, yet television executives prefer to fill the screen with younger characters.
“The middle-aged woman is the ground bed of the audience that watches television and yet they are absolutely invisible. Invisible.
“And you get to this age and our lives, my friends’ and mine, are as extraordinary if not more extraordinary than the life of a 30-year-old could be.
“We have elderly parents, we deal with bereavement, we deal with Alzheimer’s, we deal with cancer, we deal with children and drugs, we deal with these huge subjects which simply are not touched upon. I don’t get it,” she said.