'Debauchery' prevented Meryl Streep hitting the right notes in her singing career


"Florence Foster Jenkins" - UK Film Premiere - Red Carpet

Meryl Streep said she gave up singing early on and proceeded to ruin her voice with "smoking, drinking and debauchery".

Her latest role sees her playing wealthy socialite and opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, who became renowned for her lack of musical talent.

Triple Oscar winner Meryl said she feels like she is a "B, B+ singer" who is "very aware of her limitations".

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins (Pathe/BBC Films)

She told Radio Times: "Much as I would have liked to be a good singer after I began studying opera as a child, I gave it up very early and sort of ruined my voice with smoking, drinking and debauchery."

Bridget Jones favourite Hugh Grant stars alongside her, playing Florence's manager and partner, St Clair Bayfield.

St Clair and Florence were a couple, albeit a platonic one, he explains.

Actors Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant  at the premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins in London (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

He said: "It's a very strange relationship, in which you wonder, 'Is this guy in it for himself? Or is this real love? I think that was one of the things I liked about the script very much, it is a very strange, unorthodox shape of love that is being celebrated, and I'm all for that."

The full interview is in this week's Radio Times.