TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
At the end of the last series, Ian had got to a point where he'd been able to live his dream. The raise in income, the raise in profile - it all went to his head and he made some big mistakes in his life. This series, he realises that. But he realises too late. He knows he's made huge mistakes, he's lost something that was very important to him, and he's in the traumatic situation of not knowing if he can put that right.
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING IN FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
Oh, I think the money. If we're being honest!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER?
That he always knew where he was going - he's had his dream set out all his life and he's realised that. It's good to play someone that's realised their dreams, even though there is a negative as well as a positive side to it.
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER?
He's a bit vain. His ego becomes uncontrollable. He doesn't mean it to happen, but it does, and it leads to things like exploits with lapdancers and alcohol...
ARE YOU LIKE YOUR CHARACTER AT ALL? HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD GET ON WITH THEM IF YOU MET THEM IN REAL LIFE?
No, I don't think so, not really. We are both quite driven, quite ambitious, but I think he's like a very extreme version of me. Having your dreams and ambitions, that's admirable, but you can do too much in trying to achieve them. I think with Ian it would get in the way - it becomes very destructive for the people around him.
DO YOU LIKE THE CLOTHES THAT YOUR CHARACTER WEARS? WOULD YOU WEAR THEM AS YOURSELF?
No, it's just not me. They are lovely clothes and I've got nothing against them but they're a bit too 'Look at me'. I'm not into these £1000 leather jackets, and little T-shirts that cost Â£300 just because they're designer. It's nice to wear them in the series, and it must be great to be this suave guy walking down the street - but the reality is that I wear jogging bottoms. All the time...
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK OF YOUR ROLE IN FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
They watch everything that I do, to support me. Whether people like the show or not is all down to personal taste, really, isn't it? My family all watched it of course but I don't think I can trust their judgement - they'd say they loved it whatever, just because they want to be supportive.
HOW DO PEOPLE REACT TO YOU IN THE STREET? DO YOU GET RECOGNISED?
When the show is on, I do. When people saw you on their telly last night, they see you in the street and recognise you straight away, but the longer the show's been off air, the more that kind of vanishes. People are very positive - if they're interested enough to approach you, then it's usually because they're a fan of the series. They want to know what's going to happen and when it's coming back.
WHAT SCENE HAVE YOU MOST ENJOYED OR HATED FILMING SO FAR?
I always enjoy doing scenes with Katharine (Monaghan) who plays Donna - all the emotional stuff, it's really something to get your teeth into. Often in Footballers' Wives the writing is very big, and you have to play big emotions which is a challenge. So really I think the scenes I enjoyed doing most were the ones to do with Holly's kidnap. It was my favourite stuff to film - but in a way it was also the worst because sometimes it was very difficult, especially when filming is overrunning and you're pushed for time, and you have to come up with this emotional stuff.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTER'S HOUSE? AND THE CARS? DO YOU THINK YOU'D LIKE TO LIVE THAT SORT OF LIFESTYLE?
I'd like the house - but let's just start again with the interior! I'd have to get rid of the decor, it's not my thing at all. I do like the cars. I have got a thing for Jeeps so I really liked that Grand Cherokee. I think I'd like some of the material of Ian's life but I'd have to mix it up with my own life. If you're living Ian's life, there's a lot of pressure, and there's always this big hoo-ha about everything that you do.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I watch movies, chill out with my friends, listen to music. I'm a bit of a homebody. I'm sitting here doing this interview on the phone, looking at a shelf of about four hundred DVDs! It's one of those things that when I'm working, I tend to buy loads of films. I'll think 'I haven't seen that' and buy it, and now my room looks like a video shop. Just looking now, I can see Five Easy Pieces sitting there... which I've never seen. And The Dirty Dozen - never seen it. I will watch them one day though. In fact, I think I'll watch them tonight...