Series 4 Cast Interviews
Helen Latham

Helen Latham

Plays
Lucy Milligan

TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF LUCY?
Lucy Milligan is married to Bruno, a new signing at Earls Park, and they have a five year old daughter, Angelica. Lucy is bright, smart and outgoing, but sometimes her happy-go-lucky outward appearance is a veneer.

IF YOU COULD SUM LUCY UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Stylish, bubbly, sensitive.

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
Yes there are similarities - physically - it's uncanny!

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU SAY BEST DESCRIBE YOU PERSONALLY?
Friendly, silly, honest

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
If I met Lucy in real life I would like her and get on easily with her, but I might find her a bit of a mug, which would frustrate me.

BRUNO AND LUCY HAVE A VERY TEMPESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP. WHAT IS THIS LIKE TO PLAY?
Bruno and Lucy do have a very tempestuous relationship, I have enjoyed shooting all the emotional scenes with Bruno, but I did find them challenging, especially keeping strong emotions going take after take - it does take it out of you.

HAD YOU MET BEN WHO PLAYS BRUNO BEFORE TAKING THE ROLE?
Ben and I met briefly twice before - at my recall when I auditioned with him, and at a lunch with the producer before filming started - we get on really well - Ben is lovely.

DO YOU SYMPATHISE WITH THE CHARACTER OF BRUNO - DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS LIKE HE IS?
I think Bruno is an arrogant, selfish bully, but he's also a frightened little boy. He is very insecure and desperate not to show it. Bruno is a dislikeable man most of the time.

WHY DOES LUCY PUT UP WITH HIM?
Lucy does love Bruno, and tries to put a brave face on. She wants it to work and is very patient. Another strong tie is the knowledge that staying with Bruno provides a stable and secure future for herself, and more importantly her daughter Angelica.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HOLDING THEM TOGETHER?
The only thing holding Bruno and Lucy together is Lucy's optimism and Bruno's power over her physically, emotionally and financially.

IF LUCY COULD BREAK AWAY FROM BRUNO WHAT COULD YOU SEE HER DOING?
I could imagine Lucy being an independent single Mum, having fun and making up for lost time and freedom. She would have followed up on her ambition to be a fashion designer, and have success with her own line.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST ABOUT THIS ROLE?
Lucy's lifestyle is glamorous and fun and I saw I would get to play varied and strong emotions and try and form real-looking relationships, which makes for an attractive role.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
Not really - just a little accent work to take the Northern out of my voice.

OR DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY THING PHYSICALLY?
Yes, when I took the role I got shipped straight off to a salon for the full works. I got my roots done, spray tan and acrylic nails, though I soon got bored of sitting in the nail bar for an hour a week, and turned instead to using Tesco's stick-ons!

HAD YOU SEEN MANY EPISODES OF FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE TAKING THE ROLE?
Not really but the Producer lent me some video tapes before we started, so I could catch up and see what I was getting into.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER OR STORYLINE?
I liked Shannon's utter naivety and she and Harley made a sweet couple to watch.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Lucy's got a great wardrobe - she's very fashion conscious and designs some of her own stuff. Very SJP in Sex In The City! I love it.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
There was a red chiffon slinky gown from 'Voyage'. It was short at the front then went into a train at the back. It was beautiful.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I like to look good, but I'm a bit too lazy to be a proper poser. I'm quite girly and would like to be a bit more daring and funky.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I'm not interested in labels - I like a lot of high street shops, Topshop is fantastic and it's so near the tube! I love Miss Sixty, All Saints, Warehouse too.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND TREATMENTS IE MASSAGES ETC?
I don't often treat myself to beauty treatments but occasionally I do have a facial, which I love. I had a full body massage once which nearly put me to sleep, I was so relaxed. I wish I booked more - I just don't often get round to it.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
I try to go to my local Holmes Place three times a week, and do cardio and weights and lots of stretching.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
If I suddenly got access to a premier footballers' salary I would buy myself a really nice car - and then learn to drive!

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
The best thing about being involved with Footballers' Wives was the security of being on a nice regular job for a bit. It was really fun to do.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
My family are really pleased I'm on the show and are looking forward to it, but they don't make a big fuss and that's the way I like it.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
There is a scene where Bruno has Lucy up against a wall and he punches hard and shatters a picture by her head. I felt very vulnerable and I managed to get the genuine shakes going!

WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS?
One of the greatest things about Footballers' Wives is the glamorous locations we get to film at. It really is a great part of the job - it is lovely to spend the day shuffling around a beautiful mansion pretending it's your own.

IS FOOTBALLERS' WIVES AS GLAMOROUS AS IT LOOKS?
The houses and the clothes we have in Footballers' Wives are very glamorous but the reality of filming a TV programme is not as glamorous. There is a lot of waiting around which can be boring sometimes. There are also very long days.

DID YOU FIND IT EASY FITTING IN WITH THE OTHER WIVES - IE THE ACTRESSES WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN HERE FOR A PREVIOUS SERIES.?
The other girls on the show had all worked together before so I did feel like the new girl at school going into it. But everyone was friendly and nice and I soon felt very much part of the show.

DOES LUCY FIND IT EASY FITTING IN WITH THE OTHER WIVES?
Lucy fits in well with the other wives as she is bubbly and sociable. But she takes her time to make real friends and show her true self.

WHICH CHARACTER DOES LUCY BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Lucy takes to Shannon quickly, in a slightly maternal way. But as the series goes on she grows closer to Amber, confiding in her and opening up.

WHAT STORYLINES CAN VIEWERS LOOK FORWARD TO?
I don't want to give away storylines but there are some dramatic events, tears and tantrums.

WHAT IS THE GIRL THAT PLAYS YOUR DAUGHTER LIKE?
My on screen daughter Angelica is played by a little girl called Courtney Akers. She is fabulous and I think she will steal our scenes - we got on really well. We used to sing all the 'Annie' sound track together and I've loads of drawings of fairies and mermaids that she did for me.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I enjoy training at the gym and I go horse-riding each week - I've just learnt to canter. It is refreshing being around animals. I also just like to chill out with some nice food and watch a good film with my husband at home.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born and brought up in Preston in Lancashire, then I moved down south about ten years ago.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?.
I live in Hertfordshire now, it's beautiful but it's still so near London.

YOU HAVE JUST GOT MARRIED - WHAT IS IT LIKE?
I love being married. We had lived together for a few years, but there is something quite different about being married - it feels more special.

WAS IT A WONDERFUL WEDDING?
It was a wonderful June wedding. We were surrounded by all our friends and family and the sun shone all day. We were so chuffed as a lot of our guests had made their way from abroad, or across the country to my home town. And it turned into a three day celebration.

THE JOB ON FOOTBALLERS' WIVES STARTED FAIRLY QUICKLY AFTER YOUR BIG DAY - DID YOU MANAGE TO HAVE A HONEYMOON? IF SO WHERE DID YOU GO?
We managed to grab three days honeymoon and went to the Lake District as it was so close and absolutely stunning. We had an amazing time there.

WHAT DOES YOUR HUSBAND THINK OF YOUR ROLE?
My husband hasn't seen any of the tapes. He isn't sure what to expect.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
For theatre work I'm best known for playing Dinah in Starlight Express, for Film I would be best known for my role as the chip shop girl in Sex Lives of the Potato Men. And in TV I played Christine Weaver in The Bill and Shania Tonks in Cutting It.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
I think my first proper acting job was The Wizard of Oz tour that came to town and used our dancing school - I played a munchkin and had to have a licence to be off school - I was about eight. My first adult job was an advert for Walkers crisps which I shot in my last year at drama school, I was so excited.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER PAID JOB?
I used to work in a hair salon on Saturdays. I had to sweep up, wash hair and make the tea and coffee. I quite enjoyed it.

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
I don't really support a team but I do like watching England play in the big competitions. I need a gimmick like the World Cup.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?
Aquarius.