Series 3 Cast Interviews
Sarah Barrand

Sarah Barrand

Plays
Shannon Lawson

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
Shannon Donnelly is lovely.  She is totally in love with Harley but feels she has to change her appearance now he is a top footballer.  Shannon finds it hard to fit in at first with the other wives. But she isn’t scared to say how she feels and is always totally honest with Harley

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Yes! Shannon is faced with a new world when she moves to London. This was the same for me.  One of my first scenes was with Tanya Turner ‘Zöe Lucker’ and Shannon can’t believe who she is face to face with.  But in reality I couldn’t believe it myself – so it was easy to act amazed.  Shannon is very girly like me.

WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I would definitely really like her.  As soon as I read the breakdown for this part, I liked her.  She is such a caring person and isn’t scared to say how she feels, I respect her for that.  I do feel sorry for her – as fame has put negative pressures on her.  But I love her witty personality and her devotion for Harley.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES?
Bright and ‘Bling’!  Image is important to Shannon – and sometimes she tries too hard. She loves her jewels and big hair.  I think Shannon looks at the TV mags for fashion advice and ends up wearing all of it at once – even if it doesn’t go!  But she likes to stand out from the crowd – and I promise you -she certainly does!

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
The Wedding Dress – designed by Neil Cunningham.  I feel like a princess in it.  It is totally gorgeous and I’m so lucky to be able to wear it.

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE? DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I do care about my appearance.  During the day I like to wear smart/casual clothes.  But I love getting all glammed up for a night out – I love glamour so this part is perfect for me!

ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I like both high street fashions and designer wear.  From Topshop to Voyage.  I have a favourite pair of Voyage jeans that fit beautifully and have diamonds on.  I am also a big fan of Zara – they have fantastic things at great prices.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS? 
I had a facial and massage at Leonard Drake skin care salon.  It was fantastic and so relaxing.  I also use Dermologica skin products they are really effective and I’ve recently got into using Aveda products too.   Regarding make-up, I am a big fan of all Mac make-up and I do like using Lancôme too!  I think it’s really important to look after your skin when you are young – hopefully it will pay off in the future.

COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT FEATURES A GREAT DEAL IN THIS SERIES.  COULD YOU EVER GO UNDER THE KNIFE?  IF SO WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE OR ENHANCE?  
Personally I don’t think cosmetic surgery is for me.  I have nothing against it if it makes people feel better and more confident.  But it can be sad when you see people who change their look drastically when they don’t need to.

IF NOT - DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER WAY OF KEEPING IN SHAPE OR CHANGING YOUR APPEARANCE?  I go to the gym when I can.  I am a member of JJB in Southport.  I try and keep as healthy and try to be careful with what I eat, but hey I’m a girl – and girls need chocolate!

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIER FOOTBALLER’S SALARY OVERNIGHT – OR IF YOU HAD ACCESS TO ONE, WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY? 
A pink American Smegg Fridge – I have always wanted one. And I would love to buy the flat in the film ‘Big’ which starred Tom Hanks.  It’s got big windows and a trampoline inside – quality!

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES?  All the gorgeous men! – The whole cast are amazing and they have made me feel so welcome.  It is like a dream – perfect so far!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW? 
They are really proud – it is quite surreal.  One friend said that it’s amazing that I’m now living my dream and how they respect me for getting there!  I think that sums up how I feel too it’s a complete dream!

HAVE YOU FILMED ANY MEMORABLE SCENES YET? 
When the viewers first see Shannon she is fatter and uglier than she later becomes!  So for the scenes at the beginning of the series, I had to wear a padded fat suit and a prosthetic nose!  It was fantastic fun as I looked so different – I hardly recognised myself.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?   ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU ENJOY.
I love shopping! I go to the gym. If it’s hot I go to the beach near my home with friends.  Oh and I am always talking on my mobile too!

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?  IF SO HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED FOR A TEAM – AT WHAT LEVEL ETC?  I have played in the garden and on the beach and with the lads – so bring on the Soccer Six!

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET TALENT?
I can play the flute.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP? 
Southport.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Shannon is my first major role.  I have had a small part before in Hollyoaks for just one episode.  Parts in short films, work on Grange Hill and a Coca Cola advert.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
Playing the flute on the film ‘Hilary and Jackie’ when I was about 14!