Sofie Grabol on what happens when you swear on the radio…

The Killing and Fortitude star recounts the moment 100 people gasped at her choice of on air language with Simon Mayo

Swearing live on air will lead to 100 people gasping at you, The Killing star Sofie Grabol has learned.


Fresh from a swear-filled turn in The James Plays, Grabol was asked to do an interview with Simon Mayo for his live Radio 2 show, in which talk inevitably turned to that jumper from The Killing.

“He was a very nice man, and I said something about that ‘f****** jumper’ and 100 people in the audience go ‘OHHHHHHHHHHHH!’, like that, and it was like a nightmare because I really didn’t know what they were screaming at,” Grabol tells the new Radio Times magazine.

“And then Simon Mayo said, ‘Oh, you can’t say that on radio!’ and I thought it was a joke, so I said, ‘I’m sorry, I meant bloody,’ which I honestly don’t even know is swearing!

“Apparently you’re not allowed to say that either,” Grabol continues.

The actress admits things became “very awkward”. After Mayo put some music on he told her, “This is very serious. We have to apologise.”

“Then we’re back on the air and he apologises for the foul language. The audience could see that I was sweating and blushing – lucky it was radio – and somebody yelled out, ‘We love you! It’s OK!’ But it wasn’t OK.”

On why it still upsets her Grabol says, “Because normally I’m a nice person and never want to offend anyone. This Simon Mayo, also, seemed very upset with me. Really, it was horrible.  In the next music break I said, ‘I’m so sorry… it’s not going to have consequences for you? You’re not going to be punished somehow?’ and he said, ‘You can expect it to be in the press tomorrow!’ And it wasn’t.”

To read the full interview with Sofie Grabol pick up a copy of this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday 20th January.


See Grabol in Fortitude, Thursday 9:00 on Sky Atlantic