Nicola McLean has heaped praise on the Netflix series The Crown for including controversial scenes of a young Princess Diana struggling with an eating disorder.
The 39-year-old glamour model and reality TV star has lauded series four of the popular TV show for including graphic scenes of Diana battling bulimia.
The show has been hit with a level of criticism over inclusions of scenes showing the Diana character making herself sick – dividing the opinions of viewers.
During an appearance on The Jeremy Vine Show on Friday, Nicola spoke out in support of the scenes, saying they will help spread awareness of the disease and show viewers that it can affect anyone.
Nicola said: “I found it really inspiring that they showed Princess Diana’s eating disorder… As someone who’s suffered with an eating disorder since the age of 11…
“People don’t realise that it’s as serious as it is. People think that you make yourself sick so that you’re thin and it’s totally not that.
“It showed that it’s not a class thing, that it’s not a looks thing, that it’s about the inside and about how you feel.”
Nicola went on to praise the show for the portrayal of the eating disorder.
She said: “I think they portrayed it really well, and it’s made me feel less embarrassed to be able to come forward and say that I’ve suffered for as long as I have with it.
“You say it’s shocking but for me that’s my everyday life, and it has been since I was 11. There’s been times, very short periods of my life where I haven’t done that, but most days I do do that. So, I think it’s important to see it.
“Yes, others right think it’s shocking but sometimes being shocked then helps us to maybe understand, and people can relate to us [people with bulimia] a bit more.
“It is a really cruel disease. It’s one that’s not in our hands. It’s about control but you’re so out of control when you’re doing it.
“For me, I think it’s positive for people to be able to see how gruelling and horrific it is.”
Meanwhile, Emma Corrin – who portrays the late Lady Diana in The Crown – has defended the inclusion of graphic scenes in the Netflix show.
She told the Radio Times: “I felt that if we were trying to depict bulimia in an honest way, we had to actually show it – otherwise it’s a disservice to anyone who has been through that.
“I don’t think we should shy away from those conversations; Diana was very candid about her experience with bulimia and I so admire that.”