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Fresh Meat's Zawe Ashton, Aka Vod, is the coolest thing on TV right now

4 November 2013 7:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The plain-speaking, adventurously dressed star of Channel 4's student sitcom is bulldozing through barriers for black women on screen

Television's coolest characters often come with a signature "thing". The Fonz from Happy Days had his leather jacket and his thumbs. Master William from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air had his hi-top fade and loud trousers. In the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat, Vod has her off-the-wall clothes and that withering gaze that cuts down foolishness at 20 paces. She's easily the coolest character on television at the moment, but when I tell that to the woman who plays her, the response is charmingly modest. "I would really like to keep anyone who says that in my pocket, as I go about my daily life," says Zawe Ashton (the Zawe is pronounced like "Bowie"). "When I hit a low point, I'd just ask, 'What's that you're saying in there? I'm the coolest person on TV? »

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