Phoebe WallerBridge defends privilege as she says its not a fair criticism

Fleabag’s creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has defended her “privileged” background and claimed that pinpointing her social status is not a fair criticism of her work.In an interview with writer and author Elizabeth Day on her podcast How to Fail, Waller-Bridge, 33, admitted that although the hit BBC comedy is told through the “prism of a very middle class family”, she was using them as a device to “tell a story that was emotional”.Her comments came after the second series of Fleabag, which aired on BBC Three earlier this year, was reviewed as a show reserved for “posh girls”.As a guest on the podcast for the second time, Waller-Bridge, who grew up in Ealing, West London and had a private education, laid bare that she has never pretended to be from a lower class.Instead, she defended her upbringing, claiming she would have been inspired to write the story – now also a sold-out West End play – regardless of where she lived. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “To criticise a story on the basis of where the author had come from, or how privileged the author is, undermines the story,” the actress and writer said.She added: “It’s not like my privilege created Fleabag. “I created Fleabag, but from a point of place in my life where I was able to sit and write.”I like to think that whatever life I’d lived, wherever I’d been born or brought up, I would still have written if I had been given the encouragement.” read more