After Life star Diane Morgan on mum's reaction to After Life following dad's passing

The dramedy looks at themes including grief and loneliness

Diane Morgan is one of the best things about After Life, and reprised her role as Tony's kind hearted but frustrating work colleague for the third and final season of the hit show. Chatting to HELLO! and other reporters about playing Kath in the series, the Frayed star opened up about her mum's reaction to watching the show for the first time following her dad's death.

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She explained: "My dad died two and a half years ago now. And my mum really wanted to watch After Life because I'm in it. But at the time, she didn't know whether she could watch it or not.

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"When she finally got around to watching it, she said [Ricky Gervais] got it absolutely right. Absolutely right. And I was so pleased that she watched it."


Diane plays Kath in the hit show

Chatting about the show coming to an end, she continued: "It didn't really hit me that isn't finished until yesterday, really! [Laughs] These things, you do a job and carries on a little bit because you do publicity and we're all friends anyway, so we get to see each other now and then.

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"Also, because of COVID we didn't have a party or anything, so it didn't feel like it had a big ending. And then yesterday, I suddenly thought, 'Oh God, yeah, that's it. I'm not gonna do Kath again. And I thought, Oh God!' I was really, really gutted for the first time!"


Diane opened up about Kath's storyline in season three

Ricky Gervais was full of praise for Diane in season three. In the show, her character tries going on some dates with disastrous results, and Ricky explained: "It's Kath's greatest moment. It was much more about the core characters. We really honed it down, we concentrated on the main sort of five or six characters. Your dates are some of the best stuff I've been part of."

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