Series 4 Cast Interviews
Ben Richards

Ben Richards

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Bruno Milligan

TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF BRUNO?
Bruno is a control freak, he loves his wife and child - but too much as he can't let go.

SUM BRUNO UP IN THREE WORDS.
Scared, Insecure, Competitive

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
I share Bruno's ambition but I'm not sure I am as competitive. He holds his family dear to him as I do - but he's possessive.

WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?
Friendly, Sensitive, Genuine.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I think on first meeting Bruno, I would like him. Bruno likes to be liked. He gets on with all the lads in the team, except for Harley. But I think after a short while I would see through Bruno.

BRUNO IS VERY CONTROLLING WITH LUCY. DO YOU HAVE ANY SYMPATHY OF WHY HE IS LIKE THIS?
He is constantly afraid everything in his life will unravel, including his home life. Deep down Bruno doesn't feel he deserves Lucy, this is why he feels the need to dominate her all the time.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST ABOUT THIS ROLE?
The depth of Bruno and the darkness. He is a complex character which is great to get your teeth into as an actor.

HAD YOU SEEN MANY EPISODES OF FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE ACCEPTING THE ROLE?
I saw the last series as it was lent to me by the production staff to bring me up to speed.

IF SO WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER OR STORYLINE?
I liked the Jason Turner character and all his storylines. And in the last series I loved the doctored tanning lotion story with Amber and Tanya. The scene when Tanya was having dinner with Conrad in a restaurant and her face was coming up in a rash was genius.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Bruno wears very structured clothes, slightly retentive. It's not quite me but then I did like one of his casual outfits I wore in Spain.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
I love a shirt by Roberto Cavalli and a pair of white linen trousers I wore in Spain for Episode 1.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I do care about my appearance. I do like fashion but I am a lot more casual than Bruno. I like Diesel jeans and a t-shirt.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
Diesel, Armani, William Hunt, Jeffrey and West.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND TREATMENTS IE MASSAGES ETC?
I occasionally have a Thai massage by an excellent middle aged Thai woman who walks on me, then cracks me about and stretches me.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
Running, cycling and regular trips to the gym. I train with weights and do a bit of boxing too.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A PREMIER FOOTBALLER'S SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
I would buy a load of Bang and Olufsen gear then start looking into getting a new car and moving to Hertfordshire.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
The people I work with and the fact that when filming Footballers' Wives no two days are the same. One minute you are in Spain frolicking in a pool the next you are hosting a massive 'country life' style shooting party.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
They are all really chuffed and are looking forward to the series being aired.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
The pool scene in Spain and our trip to Stringfellows were both eye openers - use your imagination as to why!

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FILMING IN SPAIN - ANY DIFFERENT?
Spain was great fun. We worked hard but we partied harder!

DID YOU SEE ANY OF SPAIN OR THE SPANISH CULTURE ?
A lot of the time we were either filming, or learning our lines by a pool or the beach!

WHICH CHARACTER DOES BRUNO BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Darius and Ron the goalkeeper probably.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BRUNO'S HOUSE?
It is big - very very big and makes a perfect setting for all his parties!

DOES HE DRIVE A SMART CAR?
Bruno drives two cars - a new Volvo 4 wheel drive and an Aston Martin Vanquish which is beautiful.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
At the moment it's riding my bike and training at the gym. I also like to go out for meals and see a show when I can.

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?
I've played a little football in the past, just for fun.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Rustington in West Sussex and brought up near Bognor Regis. I live in South East London now.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Probably Tony Monero in Saturday Night Fever at the Palladium.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
Oliver when I was fourteen and I was in a pantomime in Liverpool when I was seventeen as a dancer.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM ROLE?
A movie alongside Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey or Sean Penn.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MUSICAL JOB TO DATE?
It would be a toss up between Saturday Night Fever and the Full Monty.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER PAID JOB?
The pantomime at the Liverpool Empire it was Babes in the Wood with Stefan Dennis.

WHAT FOOTBALL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT?
Arsenal.

HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MEDIA OR ARTS BEFORE YOU?
My sister has a big dance and fitness school in Bognor Regis called 'Art of Dance and Fitness'.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?
Aries and no I am not really a believer in star signs.