Will’s mum from The Inbetweeners says her son refuses to watch show

The Inbetweeners first aired 14 years ago – a fact that may make a lot of us feel a bit old – but it has had an enduring impact.

The sitcom is still regularly quoted by fans, and to this day Belinda Stewart-Wilson has people shout show-related lines at her in the street.

She played protagonist Will Mckenzie’s mum, Polly, who is the subject of relentless sexual references from Will’s mates.

Perhaps understandably then, Stewart-Wilson’s 16-year-old son Jackson has no intention of ever watching the comedy.

Stewart-Wilson’s son doesn’t want to watch The Inbetweeners. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “My son was really small when I did it and I thought ‘oh he’s not going to know anything about it’. Now he gets teased at school.

“He swears he’ll never watch it. I think he’s chosen to avoid it because maybe he’s heard comments about me.”

To be fair to his mum, she never thought when she took the part that she would go on to be dubbed ‘TV’s fittest mum’.

Responding to the label, the 51-year-old said: “TV’s fittest mum – well it’s quite good fun isn’t it, it means that my work has gone well if people are talking about a part that I’ve played.

“I never saw it coming, to be one of TV’s fittest mums, it’s a weird combination of things but I’m happy to accept the crown.”

She continued: “I had absolutely no idea, the only thing that I had to go on was the script, I had no idea what was about to happen next, no way.

“I think Polly became infamous because of the way the boys talked about her. Her screen time wasn’t enormous but I was lucky she got talked about a lot, though in some quite extreme ways.”

And it turns out the graphic chatter about her didn’t end with the show, back in 2010.

She never expected the part to have such an enduring impact on her life. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo
She never expected the part to have such an enduring impact on her life. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Stewart-Wilson said: “I’ve had some odd messages and suggestions over the years some of which are so graphic I can’t repeat them. But you have to take it with a pinch of salt – it’s still nice to be loved.

“I still get shouted at in the street and it’s great just being Will’s mum, forever in the hearts of the nation.”

Well, it’s nice that she enjoys this legacy anyway… but maybe the nation should spare a thought for her poor lad Jackson.

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