Cast Interviews
Georgina Mellor

Georgina Mellor

Plays
Anika Beevor

REMIND US OF WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CHARACTER AT THE END OF LAST SERIES?
Last series Anika managed to get herself engaged to Garry Ryan but she was still in love with his son Ollie. Garry's obsessed secretary Michelle was causing trouble and cut the breaks on Garry's car which Anika was driving. The final episode resulted in a nasty car crash with Michelle ending up on the bonnet.

HOW DOES ANIKA REACT TO OLIVER BEING IN HOSPITAL?
Anika is devastated that Ollie is in hospital. She loves him and feels responsible for the accident as she doesn't realise Michelle tampered with the breaks.

OLIVER IS IN A COMA, HOW DOES HE GET OUT OF IT AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STORYLINE?
Nurse Dunkley comes to the rescue of Ollie with her "special stimulus programme"! Jeanette is such a fantastic character - I was always laughing when I was filming scenes with Julie, who plays her.

IS ANIKA AWARE OF THE METHODS USED TO AROUSE OLIVER FROM HIS COMA?
Anika is completely unaware of Jeanette's techniques. If she was aware, I'm sure she'd be quite open-minded about it.

ANIKA SEEMED TO BE PLAYING FAMILY SWAP LAST SERIES AND JUMPING INTO BED WITH BOTH OLIVER AND HIS FATHER - WHAT'S THE FUTURE FOR THEM THIS SERIES?
It's a rocky start for Garry and Anika but due to Ollie being in a coma they pull together and put their quarrels behind them.

DO YOU THINK ANIKA AND OLIVER ARE SERIOUSLY IN LOVE OR ARE THEY USING EACH OTHER?
I do think Ollie and Anika are seriously in love, or as much as two seriously selfish people can be. Anika doesn't leave Ollie's side while he is hospital; you don't do that unless you are in love.

DO EITHER OF THEM HAVE A ROVING EYE IN THIS SERIES OR WILL THEY REMAIN FAITHFUL?
They tend to be a united force for the majority of this series but I doubt they'll stay that way.

LAST SERIES YOU HAD SOME CONTROVERSIAL SEX SCENES WITH OLIVER - ARE THERE ANY MORE SAUCY SCENES LIKE THAT IN THIS SERIES?
There is a cheeky hospital scene to keep your eye out for!

DO YOU THINK THE SAUCY SCENES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF EXTRA TIME?
It's the late night show so I think the saucy scenes are quite integral. The second series allows for the characters to develop and grow more making the saucy scenes more appropriate.

HAS ANIKA CHANGED AT ALL FROM THE LAST SERIES?
I don't think Anika has really changed. Although she is much more loyal to Oliver in this series.

ANIKA HAS A MIND FOR BUSINESS AND FOR SCREWING PEOPLE OVER - IS SHE INVOLVED IN ANY PROJECTS THIS SERIES?
Anika has a real business mind, she's learnt from any mistakes in series one and is much stronger in this series where making money is concerned. She sets up a money making scheme with Oliver involving Nurse Dunkley - it doesn't quite go as planned though...

DO YOU THINK ANIKA HAS LEARNT HER LESSON WHEN IT COMES TO CONNING PEOPLE?
I think Anika will always be the same in terms of always pushing people and scheming!

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH GARRY RYAN IN THIS SERIES - DOES ANIKA STILL USE HIM?
Anika and Garry have had enough of each other but agree to make a fresh start for Oliver's sake.

ANIKA IS TANYA TURNER'S LITTLE SISTER - WHAT ATTRIBUTES DOES ANIKA HAVE THAT ARE SIMILAR TO TANYA AND DO YOU THINK SHE HAS BECOME MORE LIKE HER SISTER IN THIS SERIES?
Anika is very much like her older sister Tanya. She's strong minded and is getting more and more ruthless. I'd say she's more like Tanya in Series 2 as she's very business motivated.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT PLAYING YOUR CHARACTER?
There are lots of things I enjoy about playing Anika! She is very sharp and has some funny lines which makes me laugh. It's great fun playing a bitch and I love my costumes.

IF YOU COULD INTRODUCE A NEW DIMENSION TO YOUR CHARACTER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I think it would be a great storyline if Anika had some sort of breakdown. She lives on the edge and could quite easily tip over it.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
If I met Anika, I'd admire her strength of character but I wouldn't like the way she treats people. She's a very selfish woman.

WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND ANIKA?
Anika and I are like chalk and cheese. We couldn't be more different.

HOW DO YOU THINK EXTRA TIME DIFFERS FROM FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
I think Extra Time has a more real life edge to it. Footballers' Wives is very glamorous, following the lives of footballers, where as extra time sees people struggling to be glamorous, making it more believable to the audience.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
I loved filming the "Awakening with Jeanette" scenes. I think it will be hilarious to see the final edit.

DO YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE?
I have a lot of friends but prefer to go for meals and quiet drinks now. I live in Manchester and used to go out when I was at drama school but my head can't stand a hangover anymore. Must be age!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
My first role was on Coronation Street about five years ago.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Crewe, South Cheshire and lived there until I moved to Manchester when I was 18.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
South Manchester.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
My boyfriend supports Manchester United so I tend to sway towards them. Crewe Alex is my home team though.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH EXTRA TIME?
The cast and crew are all fantastic on Extra Time. It might sound cliched but we all get on well and enjoy working together. I enjoy playing Anika and love the outrageous storylines.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE FILMING THE LAST SERIES?
I was hoping to have a holiday but didn't, unfortunately. I'm hoping to go to New York next march. I filmed a new ITV1 series called Northern Lights in which I play Valerie - it's out in January.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
I definitely want to go on holiday and decorate my living room.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I love going to the cinema and going to the gym. Well, I don't 'love' going to the gym but I do go in my free time. I make myself.

WHICH HIGH STREET STORES DO YOU ENJOY SHOPPING IN?
I love all the high street stores! I love shopping! Top Shop and H&M are two of my favourites and I love Office for shoes.

ARE YOU MORE OF A SHOES OR A CLOTHES SHOPPER?
I like shopping for anything. If I haven't got much money then I buy a necklace or a pair of earrings - just a little something.

WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara.

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY IN YOUR HANDBAG?
I always make sure I have the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara as well as a MAC blusher.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
There's no big secret! I watch what I eat and I go to the gym. If I don't, then my weight goes up.

WHAT EATING AND FITNESS TIPS DO YOU HAVE?
Find an exercise that you enjoy, if not then you have to be very strong willed to go to the gym. I'm lucky that I enjoy healthy eating but you shouldn't over eat, four smaller meals suit me rather than three bigger ones.