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Photo:  Channel 4 documentary My Granny The Escort

Photo: Channel 4 documentary My Granny The Escort

Meet Britain’s oldest escort

The feisty grandma makes almost $500 an hour for her companionship. But not everyone in her family supports her career.
85-year-old Sheila Vogel-Coupe, is profiled in a new British documentary, “My Granny the Escort.” That’s right — Sheila is an octogenarian sex worker. Britain’s oldest, in fact.

“I’m proud of what I do,” Vogel-Coupe told the Daily News. “It’s not something I want to hide. I don’t mind if everybody knows.”

Vogel-Coupe — who doesn’t like to be called a prostitute — makes 250 pounds an hour and has up to 10 clients a week as young as 20. She got into escort work after both of her husbands passed away. She’s been in the business for four years and gets STD checkups every three months.

“I get lonely and like the companionship of a gentleman, but if you want the honest truth, I do it because I love sex,” “Even thinking about it makes me feel better.”

Charlie Russell, the documentary’s director, said that Vogel-Coupe is “rather wonderful and very funny.” After he found her through a simple Internet search for mature escorts, they then met for a cup of tea.

“I just try to make documentaries with people that I really like and hopefully the audience will like,” he said.

He said that he wanted to show a new side of the sex industry.

“I think we’ve all seen the documentaries that show the awful side of prostitution, especially with young women and trafficking, but I just felt like this would give a different perspective on it,” he added.

His project does not show Vogel-Coupe (or either of the other two mature escorts featured, for that matter) having sex, but there are interviews with some clients who wished to remain anonymous, as most are married.

Sadly, most of Vogel-Coupe’s family is unsupportive of her career — she only has good relationships with one daughter and a grandson, she said. In 2011, she told the British show “This Morning” that she loves all of her family members and wishes they weren’t “so judgemental to me.” She does, however, blame granddaughter Katie for taking to the spotlight, which Sheila says “has ruined my career.” (Katie is Former British “X Factor” contestant Katie Waissel)

But the escort isn’t quitting anytime soon — even if she does get asked to do some pretty kinky stuff.

“Lots of men ask them to role-play as their mothers,” said Russell. “They often say no.” Vogel-Coupe said she has done it on occasion. She’s also been asked to participate in “watersports.” “I don’t really like doing that — it all depends on the person,” she said.

Russell is also out to shift our prejudice that elderly people shouldn’t be having sex. Vogel-Coupe, in fact, has more body confidence than a swimsuit model a third of her age.


“It gives me a lot of satisfaction to make men happy,” she said.


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  • Roland

    Oh my gawd

    • Cowgirl

      That pretty much sums it up

      • dumbshit

        sometimes “sunlight” is not a good thing

    • metalnwood

      Never had the fantasy about my mum giving me a golden shower.. Never will.

  • Medium Sized Des

    It’s moments like this that make you realise, there are some sick, sick men out there.

  • Brian Smaller

    Good on her. It takes all sorts.

    • Hall

      yep, good for her – there is obviously a need and could be that her clients are a similar age to her.

      • Brian Smaller

        Except for the ones in their twenties according to the article.

  • Mark

    I wonder if the UK has means-tested super?

  • 2rotorbro

    I’d tap that.

  • Wine Man

    NZ’s version would have to be either Lier Hairy or Pam Crockery. Both prostituting themselves for a fat german. Begs the question is Hone then perhaps the pole for them to use?

  • ozbob68

    I’m going to have to go to The White House on Queen St tonight to get that image out of my head.

  • Muzza3

    I loved one of the comments on the Daily Mail’s site , when they reported on this.
    ” Yes but what happens when she loses her looks”

    Was drinking coffee at the time , most ended up on keyboard.

    • Bobb

      That is one of the very best comments I have ever seen. Priceless!!

  • G-Man

    You go girl/lady at least you are making a quid for yourself as well as enjoying life

  • Jp

    She looks like an older Susan Boyle.
    (Separated at birth?)

  • Andy

    Oedipus, ring your mother!

  • Hall

    Not much different from a man I know in his late 70’s who is besotted with girls in their 20’s. Either way it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

  • Hepworth. J. Flecks

    Whoever said that there was always a good one left in an old one didn’t take a look before jumping in,,,strewth mate I’m all for a day of fun but that’s not fun.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Rather see an 85 year old woman like that than one with a zimmer frame and a brain of swiss cheese.
    Go for it old lady

  • Dumrse

    All I can picture is a large dried floral arrangement.

  • Bobb

    Darien Fenton’s next career move? She has the looks for it.

  • Huia

    Where do they keep the clients guide dogs? while she is working with them.