Aussie chat show queen Dame Edna Everage has revealed she has a Jewish background.
In an interview with celebrity magazine Heat, the flamboyant alter ego of Barry Humphries said, in character, “I am partly Jewish.”
“With my background it was not spoken of, but I could play canaster without anyone teaching me, so I thought ‘well I must be Jewish!’ And I get on very well with North London people. I like the mix of scepticism and humour, and the intelligence of the average Red Sea pedestrian.”
Outside of character Humphries, who is also well known for the larger-than-life Les Patterson, has been involved with cultural Jewish events.
For a number of years, he has been a patron of the Jewish Music Institute’s Suppressed Music Project, which focuses on composers who suffered under the Nazi regime.
Humphries’ new show The Dame Edna Treatment marks the character’s return to the small screen. It is being shown on ITV1 on Saturday evenings.
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