Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Queer Eye’s Tan France ‘geeked out’ over Phillip Schofield meeting

Tan France (PA)
Tan France (PA)

British-born Queer Eye star Tan France says he was more excited to meet Phillip Schofield than Hollywood stars such as Meryl Streep.

The fashion designer, originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, recalled being starstruck by the TV presenter during an appearance on This Morning.

France, 37, described Schofield, 58, who came out as gay in February 2020, as “an icon” and said he “geeked out” when they met.

Phillip Schofield interview
Phillip Schofield (David Davies/PA)

Appearing on Laura Whitmore’s Castaway podcast, he said: “I went on This Morning last year, or the year before if I remember, and we’d already done mega things in America at that point and I was kind of calm about it.

“I wasn’t as obsessed as I was about the stars as I was with British stars, so I went and I met Phillip Schofield and I geeked out so hard.

“And he found it really weird. He was like, ‘Tan, we’re about to post pictures on the show of who you hung out with at the Emmys and you’re getting really excited, it’s just This Morning’.

“I was like, ‘You are an icon to me, I watched you since I was a baby, your Gordon the Gopher blew my mind’.

“So yeah, when you see these people that you knew when you were a kid, they’re often more exciting to you than a Meryl Streep, truly.”

Schofield made his name alongside sidekick Gordon The Gopher on BBC Children’s TV.

He married wife Stephanie in Scotland in 1993 and the couple have two grown-up daughters, Ruby and Molly.

Laura Whitmore’s Castaway podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.

Already a subscriber? Sign in