Series 4 Cast Interviews
Ben Price

Ben Price

Plays
Conrad Gates

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER:
He's a man with no boundaries! At the start of the series he has both Tanya and Amber living with him as they are both pregnant and he doesn't have the heart to give Amber the boot. He is still fun loving and a free spirit but once his "father" hat is on, he definitely mellows out.

REMIND US OF THE LAST TIME WE SAW YOUR CHARACTER AT THE END OF SERIES 3?
At the end of series three Conrad was definitely trapped between a rock and a hard place (Amber and Tanya). Although he had tried to cut his ties with Amber, he found out she was pregnant and felt obliged to stand by her. Tanya announced her pregnancy on the same day and he was over the moon - two little Gates are on the way!

WILL HE STAY WITH TANYA OR IS AMBER STILL DETERMINED TO WIN YOU BACK?
He loves Tanya, but Amber has caught on to Tanya's ways and she wants Conrad back - she will do anything to make sure that Tanya is seen for what she is. It seems Conrad has it all... two women fighting over him! And he appears to love them both - Amber because she was his wife and Tanya because she is a sexpot! In fairness to Amber she does play a lot more hard to get this series which does keep Conrad on his toes.

WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE ABOUT THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY?
He is like nothing else on television; it's great to play a character with no boundaries. And no morals! He is totally unpredictable - you don't know which side he is kicking for, let alone how he is going to cope with two babies. He does have a very sensitive side though and will be a great dad.

LAST YEAR YOU HAD SOME GREAT STORYLINES. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?
The romance of Tanya - two characters trying to fall in love amid the triads, dogs dying, food poisoning and blackmail. A real fairytale!

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOUR CHARACTER IN THIS FOURTH SERIES?
Conrad has loads in store for him this series... he's about to get two children and may have to deal with losing the love of his life or so he thinks. The realisation people aren't always who they say they are. He also cements his love for his wife and baby a body art dedication. Tasteful as always!

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN THE TWO SERIES?
I did a play at the Gate Theatre in Dublin for 4 months. It was very, very different from Footballers' Wives, especially as it was set in 1930's rural Ireland and not luxury, sprawling mansions!

THE SHOW IS FAMOUS FOR THE COSTUMES AND GLAMOUR - DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD OUTFITS TO WEAR IN THIS NEXT SERIES?
They aren't as outrageous as last series - Conrad has been toned down in his new role as a father. But he still likes to think of himself as a fashion icon so you will see a few gaudy outfits.

YOU WENT TO SPAIN WITH THE FILMING OF THIS SERIES. WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
Filming in Spain was great it was very hot, very sunny and very funny. Going abroad is where Footballers' Wives seems to really work. We went to Thailand in the last series which was great. Though I can't say I missed the 16-hour journey this time around.

HAS YOUR CHARACTER CHANGED AT ALL OR IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE DIRECTION IT IS TAKING?
I think becoming a dad has made Conrad try to settle down as best as he can, considering he has almost two "wives" living in the same house. He's less about shagging on household appliances and more about wiping bottoms.

IF YOU COULD INVENT A STORYLINE TO DO WITH YOUR CHARACTER WHAT SITUATION WOULD YOU WRITE?
Conrad falling on very hard times, getting the tube, shopping at Tesco, being on his own - basically losing everything and trying to cope. Which I think he could.

HAVE YOU HAD A HOLIDAY THIS YEAR - IF SO WHERE DID YOU GO, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
We went to New York and had a brilliant time.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
I support Newcastle United.

HAS YOUR FOOTBALL IMPROVED SINCE JOINING THE SHOW?
My avoidance of it has.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EVER FOOTBALLERS' WIVES MOMENT?
Me and Tanya at Ubon Restaurant when she got food poisoning. Brilliant. Also walking through the hotel lobby in Thailand naked.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
I would love to do another play but in London this time.

HAVE YOU ANY LONG TERM GOALS OR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
I'd like to have as varied career as I can. Playing as many different characters as possible and enjoying my life.