Series 3 Cast Interviews
Jesse Birdsall

Jesse Birdsall

Plays
Roger Webb

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER?
He’s a very old-fashioned chap!  A man’s man (very dated) who believes a woman’s place is in the home.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
No, sorry!

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE? 
I think I would respect certain aspects of his no nonsense approach.  He certainly doesn’t mince his words!  I’m a bit of a fan of Brian Clough!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Wonderful! – Sarah Arthur who is the Costume Designer on Footballers’ Wives has done a marvellous job!

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
The outfit that really stands out as my definite favourite is the check suit that I wear for the wedding.  In fact I’m planning on purchasing it for myself at the end of the shoot.

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?   DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I’ve always been into 50s music and consequently 50s style.

ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I love good quality clothing so B.D. Baggies for my shirts, Florsheim Shoes and Crombies

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS? 
Yes!  I love going to health spas – in fact I’m off to the Henlow Grange (Champneys) soon.  Henlow is so relaxing and it’s fabulous getting away from the rush of London and just absorbing their total relaxation. I’m sure it is really good for you.

COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT FEATURES A GREAT DEAL IN THIS SERIES OF FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES.   COULD YOU EVER UNDERGO THE KNIFE? 
I think it’s important to age gracefully – just look at Michael Jackson.

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED MORE NATURAL WAY OF KEEPING IN SHAPE OR CHANGING AN ASPECT OF YOUR APPEARANCE?
I work out and I also do quite a bit of Yoga and I swim a lot.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIER FOOTBALLER’S SALARY OVERNIGHT – WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?  
A swimming pool and a Jag.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES?
It’s fun to shoot and there is such a good team – I love it.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW? 
My kids think it’s great – but I’m a new character so they haven’t seen me yet.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET? 
The scenes in the changing rooms are quite funny but I haven’t yet had to do any sex stuff – yet.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?   ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU ENJOY.
I collect 50s blues records.

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?  IF SO HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED FOR A TEAM – AT WHAT LEVEL ETC?
No sorry – and I’ve never been a team manager either!

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET TALENT – BAR TRICK OR SUCH LIKE?
I play a bit of snooker!

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP? 
London – Islington.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
I was in a RSC production of  The Merry Wives of Windsor when I was just 13.

HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY BEEN INVOLVED WITH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL? 
My daughter plays for Arsenal Ladies (under 14’s) in the ‘School of Excellence’!

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? AND DO YOU BELIEVE IN THINGS LIKE THIS?
Aquarius – and I am sorry I don’t follow star signs!