Rae Earl was your average teenage girl when she penned a Mad Fat Diary in the early 1990s – or so she thought. But when the diary became a book and the book became a Bafta-winning TV series, it became clear that the unwitting author was on to something.
A novel and three series later, fans flocked to E4 in their hundreds of thousands last night to bid farewell to My Mad Fat Diary, a series that managed to tackle mental health issues, body image and the everyday struggles of modern teenagers in a way no glossy US drama ever could.
Fans were understandably emotional as they said their goodbyes to Rae (Sharon Rooney), Finn (Nico Mirallegro) and the gang for the last time. And so were the cast.
— Nico Mirallegro (@NicoMirallegro) July 6, 2015
— Jordan Murphy (@JordMurphy_) July 6, 2015
Thank you for all of your amazing support! The show wouldn't have been what it is without you guys! BRB crying into my pot noodle x
— Jodie Comer (@ComerJodie) July 6, 2015
Tears, endless tears. What a beautiful send off for Rae. Thanks to everyone for your continued support, you're all amazing. HUGS FOR ALL.
— Ciara Baxendale (@CiaraBaxendale) July 6, 2015
— alma?️? (@wanderesshowell) July 7, 2015
— Michelle (@cheersmedear) July 6, 2015
In the show, many found the support group they never even knew they needed, and learned lessons they didn’t even realise they had yet to learn.
And when my Mad Fat Diary reached a fitting non-fairytale end – with Rae opting to say goodbye to Finn and finally have the courage to go it alone after a relapse – the farewell, albeit a little heartbreaking, felt completely legitimate.
— «Always ∞ (@_Sophie96_) July 6, 2015
Congrats to the writers for creating an incredible and perfect final series. #goodbyeMMFD ❤️
— ☆kirsty☆ (@kirstyrachel_) July 7, 2015
Life goes on. People grow up and change. And happily ever after can mean a million different things.
“I’d love to think Rae would have a legacy,” Rooney told RadioTimes.com ahead of the finale.
Take one look at #goodbyeMMFD , where the messages are still rolling in in various languages, and you’ll see that she already does.
Some day you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova in the sky xxx
— Sharon Rooney (@sharonrooney) July 6, 2015