On the Verge of a Midlife Crisis with Sharon Horgan

On the Verge of a Midlife Crisis with Sharon Horgan


Comedian and writer Sharon Horgan has developed a parallel career as a mischievous mother confessor, making revealing documentaries on parenthood and, most recently, marriage.

Now 42, she’s decided she’s about to have a midlife crisis. “Forty is the old age of youth… 50 is the youth of old age,” she says, sagely, before meeting six women who have all survived crises. Such as Nicky, a terrifying 54-year-old motivational business speaker who makes Horgan write her fears in a book and then burn the page; and Gaynor, who emerged from her wrecked marriage determined to have fun with younger men. But don’t, whatever you do, call her a “cougar”.


The actress and comedy writer meets six women who have gone through midlife crises to find out what happened and how they coped. Among them are Gaynor, whose husband left her for the woman next door; businesswoman Nicky, who experienced several tragedies but managed to reinvent herself as she approached 40; and divorcee Leila, whose desire to have a child has led her to undergo artificial insemination using sperm donors.