40 episodes

Welcome to Daddy Issues! A podcast created and hosted by actress, Angharad George-Carey.

Through interviewing various artists, politicians, media personalities and esteemed entrepreneurs, Angharad proves that absent fathers are in no way a hindrance to success, and, in fact, is often the driving force behind it.

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Welcome to Daddy Issues! A podcast created and hosted by actress, Angharad George-Carey.

Through interviewing various artists, politicians, media personalities and esteemed entrepreneurs, Angharad proves that absent fathers are in no way a hindrance to success, and, in fact, is often the driving force behind it.

    Billie JD Porter

    Billie JD Porter

    In this weeks episode I am speaking to the wonderful Billie JD Porter.

    Billie is a journalist and filmmaker from London, who has traveled the world reporting and authoring documentaries for the likes of the BBC, Channel4 and Vice. As a writer, she contributes to a number of worldwide publications, covering music, politics and everything in between. Billie currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on her debut feature documentary.

    I have been a fan of Billie’s since we were both teens, and so whilst I was working out what topics to bring up when I saw the boy I fancied to insure no awkward silences could ever be felt (which I am not saying isn’t valid for a 15 year old…)she was cracking on making epic documentaries that were bettering the world. I’d watch in awe as this fellow peer of mine would investigate all sorts of fascinating subject matters with a confidence, articulacy and directness I aspired to possess myself one day.

    Just over a decade later we met in LA and our mutual friend mentioned that the podcast I run was relevant to Billie’s own experiences with her parents - and so, we got talking. Six moths and a whole COVID-19 cycle later after that, we’re recording from my room in London. and Billie's room in LA.

    Billie is a child of two parents who were addicts, and as an only child, learnt to be independent - not out of expectation or example - but out of total necessity. Billie speaks about her life experiences with the same authenticity and direct honesty that she’s done throughout all her work, and it was a total privilege to hear her tell this part of her story.
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    Created | Hosted | Produced by Angharad George-Carey
    Mastered and Compressed | by Worgie Productions
    Music | by Julietta
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    Social Media:
    Angharad George-Carey @angharadgeorgecarey
    Daddy Issues Podcast @thedaddyissuespodcast
    Billie JD Porter @billiejdporter
    Ohne @im_ohne
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    If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
    www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
    www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
    www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
    www.thecalmzone.net CALM
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    We love hearing from you! To contact us, email thedaddyissuespod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Bertie Gilbert

    Bertie Gilbert

    In this weeks episode I am speaking with Bertie Gilbert.

    Bertie is a writer and director based in London. He serves as a pioneer for a new wave of young filmmakers, and was recently classified as one of the 'Five New Wes Andersons' by Dazed. In 2016 he was also part of the Dazed 100, a 'definitive list of creatives shaping youth culture'.

    Bertie played my husband - and I his wife - for a web series in 2017, and so it was just lovely to see and speak to him all these years later about something we'd had no idea was a real common thread of familiarity and experience between us.

    Bertie's father, journalist Chris Gilbert, died of a brain tumour when Bertie was just 7. He has since been trying to not only navigate and seek his own sense of masculinity - and thus identity - but also, somewhat, society's. Bertie brings forward fascinating insights and perspectives that I was yet to hear, having been doing this podcast for a year, on what it is to be a fatherless son, how it can feel, and how that can manifest itself.

    We also speak on grief, finding role models, losing a father/parent at a young age, how a sudden death can result in a need to preserve time, and David Tennant's aftershave.

    Having only recently found a language to express how he feels in regards to his father, his death and his absence, it was a true gift to be able to sit with Bertie and both hear and explore his current and reasonably new understanding of it all.

    Happy listening!
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    If you like what you hear, it would be so appreciated if you could rate, review and subscribe as we love hearing your thoughts and feedback, and it helps get the podcast to reach more ears.
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    Created | Hosted | Produced by Angharad George-Carey
    Mastered and Compressed | by Worgie Productions
    Music | by Julietta
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    Social Media:
    Angharad George-Carey @angharadgeorgecarey
    Daddy Issues Podcast @thedaddyissuespodcast
    Bertie Gilbert @bertieegilbert
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    If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
    www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
    www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
    www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
    www.thecalmzone.net CALM
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    We love hearing from you! To contact us, email thedaddyissuespod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Reggie Nelson

    Reggie Nelson

    In this weeks episode I am speaking to Reggie Nelson.

    I first heard of Reggie Nelson when a friend started harassing my phone to get me to stop whatever I was doing and turn on Radio 4. It was broadcasting an interview with Reggie where he’d been asked to appear on Four Thought to speak about his extraordinary life transformation, which led him to gain one of the most senior members of investment management company, BlackRock, as a mentor, become Whatsapp pals with Theresa May, and host his own podcast for the BBC. It didn’t take me long to completely stop all I was doing, and just listen, transfixed.

    Not only was I hearing a beautiful piece of spoken word - which is how Reggie chose to deliver his story - but I also was in complete awe of this man’s story of survival, strength, resilience, determination and faith. He'd grown up with an absent father due to both alcoholism and separation, with his father’s death eventually acting as the catalyst that pushed him to make the changes that he did, and become who he is today. I needed to get him on Daddy Issues.

    I found him on Twitter, emailed him, and waited. Weeks later an email popped into my inbox with the green light, and weeks after that, we recorded this wonderful episode.

    I am SO in awe of this man, and can’t wait to watch him continue to flourish and change, in his own words, ‘as many other lives as possible’ whilst doing so.

    Happy listening!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Emma and Tamsin Topolski

    Emma and Tamsin Topolski

    In this weeks episode I am speaking sisters, Emma and Tamsin Topolski.

    Having been given a maximum of 5 years after his diagnosis of Leukaemia, their father, journalist and rower Daniel Topolski, proceeded to live for another 17 years. Although they knew their father was ill, having lived with this illness for most of their life, the idea of him being ‘ill’ had perhaps somewhat subsided.

    Emma (musically known as Saint Clair) recognising her fathers quite sudden decline in weight and spirit, started writing her experience of grief through lyrics and song, and eventually, and after her father had passed, curated a 4-part musical series, each chapter (or, song) representing a different stage of her grief. Her sister, Tamsin, being an actor and skilled photographer was then chosen by Emma to come onboard and help her lift these songs into their visual life. The result is an absolutely beautiful tribute to their father entitled ‘in the violet hour - a portrait on grief’.

    This episode was a joy to record, and much to my delight both girls shared in my dark and twisted humour, making it, at times, also wonderfully inappropriate.

    It was also fascinating for me as, being from a large family, I understand the very nuanced and separate experiences siblings can have from the same experience of death within their grief, and here were two siblings not only experiencing that, but then coming together because of that, to create something about that.

    To find Saint Clair’s Youtube page and watch the first chapter of their amazing collaboration, use this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fs49MDXGb2U
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    If you like what you hear, it would be so appreciated if you could rate, review and subscribe as we love hearing your thoughts and feedback, and it helps get the podcast to reach more ears.
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    Created | Hosted | Produced by Angharad George-Carey
    Mastered and Compressed | by Worgie Productions
    Music | by Julietta
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    Social Media:
    Angharad George-Carey @angharadgeorgecarey
    Daddy Issues Podcast @thedaddyissuespodcast
    Emma Topolski @iamsaintclair
    Tamsin Topolski @tam.topolski
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    If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
    www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
    www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
    www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
    www.thecalmzone.net CALM
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    We love hearing from you! To contact us, email thedaddyissuespod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr
    Cecilia Knapp

    Cecilia Knapp

    In this weeks episode I am speaking to writer and poet, Cecilia Knapp.

    Cecilia and I had met before when I had the delight of looking after her at a charity event. I remember distinctly feeling mortified over how many tears I found pouring down my cheeks whilst she performed, considering I was supposed to be working, and not just a spectator of the show. Meeting her again, and as intimately as the podcast allows us, was just the best of treats.

    Cecilia has experienced more grief than most at her age, having lost her mother (and her life, as she knew it) at the age of seven, and then her beloved brother, Leo, at the age of 20. Her father was very often out working in order to fund her and her brother's new arrival in his house (meaning they were often left to their own devices), and, with all the loss she was dealing with, Cecilia could have easily gone down the more dangerous path of escapism and self destruction. However, for reasons she herself doesn’t quite understand - and perhaps even struggles somewhat with - it only pushed her to succeed and become fiercely independent. Cecilia’s brother, Leo, however, coped very differently.

    This episode is somewhat a poignant look into how trauma - and a child's coping mechanisms - can manifest so differently between siblings, even when they are in the same environment and are at a very similar age. And how a father, who's life had also dramatically altered, wasn't able to be there as much as was needed for his children both physically (as he needed to fund their very existence), and emotionally (due his own life experiences of communicating), but, just like everyone else, was also coping in the only way he knew how.

    I am so hugely inspired by this woman’s story, and you will be too.
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    If you like what you hear, it would be so appreciated if you could rate, review and subscribe as we love hearing your thoughts and feedback, and it helps get the podcast to reach more ears.
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    Created | Hosted | Produced by Angharad George-Carey
    Mastered and Compressed | by Worgie Productions
    Music | by Julietta
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    Social Media:
    Angharad George-Carey @angharadgeorgecarey
    Daddy Issues Podcast @thedaddyissuespodcast
    Cecilia Knapp @ceciliaknapp
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    If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
    www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
    www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
    www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
    www.thecalmzone.net CALM
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    We love hearing from you! To contact us, email thedaddyissuespod@gmail.com

    • 45 min
    Miranda Haymon

    Miranda Haymon

    This weeks episode is with New York based award-winning writer, director and producer, Miranda Haymon.

    Miranda's father died of cancer when she was 9 years old, having been diagnosed what felt like moments before. Having interviewed and spoken on grief a fair deal over this past year, I had yet to come across of the kind of reflection Miranda has with her grief, which, I think, is utterly remarkable and potentially life-changing. How it is, and thus must be acknowledged, as it's very own person. So, in its infancy, it must be treated as an infant, and allowed to scream, cry and have tantrums. It needs to be fed, nurtured and held. Protected and soothed. And then, as a teenager, it must be heard, listened to, but equally, held accountable. It is angry then, and often, all encompassing.

    This episode is full of such beautifully poignant reflections on grief, daddy issues and drive, from a truly insightful introspective mind. And I can't wait for you to hear it.
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    If you like what you hear, it would be so appreciated if you could rate, review and subscribe as we love hearing your thoughts and feedback, and it helps get the podcast to reach more ears.
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    Created | Hosted | Produced by Angharad George-Carey
    Mastered and Compressed | by Worgie Productions
    Music | by Julietta
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    Social Media:
    Angharad George-Carey @angharadgeorgecarey
    Daddy Issues Podcast @thedaddyissuespodcast
    Miranda Haymon @miranda_haymon
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    If you'd like to seek guidance and support for any issues raised in the episodes there are three websites we would recommend depending on your individual needs:
    www.juliasamuel.co.uk JULIA SAMUEL MBE
    www.blackmindsmatteruk.com BLACK MINDS MATTER
    www.griefuntangled.com GREIF UNTANGLED
    www.thecalmzone.net CALM
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    We love hearing from you! To contact us, email thedaddyissuespod@gmail.com

    • 49 min

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