Ella Kenion

"We spent 150 pounds between us. And we got the idiots guide to divorce the book" - Ella Kenion

Actress Ella Kenion joins Samantha for this entertaining and probing chat about her two divorces, single parenthood, parents evenings with the ex, her dog pooing in ideal places and having sex with your ex husband for fun! Yes, really.

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Sam 00:12

Welcome to the divorce club hosted by me comedian and divorcee Samantha Baines. You might be starting a new chapter due to your divorce. Maybe you have a friend who's going through a divorce or you're just plain curious. I recently got divorced age 32. And it was a bit of a whirlwind doing it so young. Yes, I still believe I'm young. Don't ruin it for me. I felt confused, free and lonely. So I decided to interview some interesting people about their divorce experiences in the hope that it would help me get out of house mainly, and maybe help you too. Don't worry. I am a comedian so it won't be all doom and gloom.

Welcome to the divorce club. So I am joined by Ella Kenion she's been in everything on the telly, including the Catherine Tate show and swashbuckle. If you are a mother or father or guardian of small children, you'll have seen a lot Ella.

Hi. Welcome to the divorce club.

Ella 01:14

Well, hello, I'm doubly in it because I've had two. 

Sam 01:18

I can't wait for all of your insights and tips. 

Ella 01:21

yeah, one based on truth and the next one based on lies. So I've got both ends of the

Sam 01:26

covered all bases.

Ella 01:28

Ive got it all covered babes.

Sam 01:30

Well, I'll say it again. Welcome to the divorce club for the second divorce. Yes. How does that make you feel when I say you are divorced?

Ella 01:37

Oh, I immediately picked somebody with quite wizened tits. Shouldn't do that should I. divorced? Yeah, like a little bit. A little bit like I can see a mum with dyed blonde hair and a really big glass of wine. You know, the glasses that are a whole bottle in a glass. That's not me. That's a ....

Sam 02:16

Yeah, with the straw.

Ella 02:34

Glass straw now, obviously, yeah, but I suppose that makes my heart sink a little bit. I also think of kind of cougars. And does that mean I'm on the hunt for toy boys? So and that's so not my experience. My first divorce was brilliantly managed. We spent 150 pounds between us. And we got the idiots guide to divorce the book. It's brilliant if your relationship is amicable enough to do this, I mean, he hates me, obviously. But I'd realised another say, and this was in 98. And we sat down around the kitchen table, we went through the book, and we didn't pay anyone except the fees to, you know, petition for divorce and everything. And we just said it was unreconcilable differences, and it was all sorted.

Sam 02:45

But that's so interesting. Well, let's delve back a minute. So you said when I said you're divorced, how does that feel? You seem to have these images of stereotypes.

Ella 02:55

Yes, which is silly isnt it.

Sam 02:56

and thats quite distant from you? What do you I feel being divorced.

Ella 03:02

Right? And it's just remembering Samantha said this is an upbeat...

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