Series 3 Cast Interviews
Ben Price

Ben Price

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Conrad Gates

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER CONRAD.
He’s captain of England and in the first episode is signed to Earls Park. He has a beautiful wife and everything on the surface looks okay.  But he has huge problems with money and a gang of triads are after him.  But Conrad never seems fazed by any of it.  I think he is so used to living such an extravagant life that he has almost lost a grasp on reality. But he is great fun to play!

WHAT OTHER ROLES HAVE YOU HAD BEFORE FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES?
Before Footballers’ Wives I had done lots of theatre which I still really enjoy. I have had fantastic roles over the last few years.  I played Achilles at the Crucible and had a great time performing in the play Entertaining Mr Sloane.  However, I love working on Footballers’ Wives - it is such fun. It’s amazing how many people follow the show.  It seems the whole country is gagging to find out what’s going to happen in the next series.

WHAT DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THIS SERIES?
I think my dad must be one of the shows biggest fans, Footballers’ Wives is about the only television programme my dad has ever watched! But I wasn’t aware of this when I got the role so his enthusiasm was a real surprise.  Dad won’t stop quizzing me about the next series.  Ironically I am not much help as I hadn’t seen the show before.

CONRAD HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AS THE DAVID BECKHAM OF FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS COMPARISON? 
It is hilarious Conrad certainly changes his hair style enough to get him compared to Beckham, but apart from the hair and the fact he’s captain of England too, I think that is where the similarities end.  The viewers will soon see they are nothing like each other once you see what he gets up to!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CONRAD’S STYLE AND FASHION SENSE?
Conrad is very flamboyant and extravagant and wears outrageous clothes.  I think the most bizarre of these is either the black leather suit I wear for the wedding or the white leather suit! We filmed the wedding in scorching August heat at a big country estate.  It was a fabulous location but I was so hot in the suit, I couldn’t wait to change out of my costume at the end of each day.

I don’t share the same dress sense as Conrad - he is very bling and ostentatious whilst I’m much more casual.  But it’s fun dressing up like that.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING IN FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES?
It’s an amazing job!  In my second week I was in a private jet with Zöe Lucker simulating wild passionate sex!  It will look very raunchy on screen but in reality it was boiling hot, very cramped and we had the whole crew standing around us watching – but it was fun all the same!