Series 4 Cast Interviews
Marcel McCalla

Marcel McCalla

Plays
Noah Alexander

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER:
Noah is a football player who is dealing with being gay. He is a man of the church which makes it harder for him. He is generally a good person who tries to keep people happy.

REMIND US OF THE LAST TIME WE SAW YOUR CHARACTER AT THE END OF SERIES 3:
Noah was attacked by some Earls Park supporters because of his sexuality.

WHAT DO YOU LEAST LIKE ABOUT NOAH?
He is ashamed of who he is.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT NOAH?
He is a nice guy (and good looking!).

LAST YEAR YOU HAD SOME BIG STORYLINES. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?
When Noah's homosexuality is revealed after Tanya set him up at the Earls Park party. Although quite controversial, it was a good situation to react to in terms of acting.

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOUR CHARACTER IN THIS FOURTH SERIES?
He tries to deny his sexuality by getting himself a girlfriend but he finds the whole situation very stressful.

AND WILL IT ALL WORK OUT FOR HIM?
Not really, no!

WE'VE HEARD HE GOES OUT WITH A GIRL THIS SERIES - TELL US A BIT ABOUT HER AND ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP:
Her name is Bethany and she also has a very religious background. She is very excited about the relationship but Noah is finding it a struggle to cope with as he knows deep down he is gay.

A SEX SCENE YOU WERE IN WAS FAMOUSLY CUT LAST SERIES. DO YOU THINK ANY OF THIS SERIES IS IN DANGER OF BEING CUT?
I don't think so but you will have to wait and see!

NOAH IS QUITE UNUSUAL IN BEING AN OUT GAY CHARACTER IN A PREMIERSHIP TEAM - HOW DIFFICULT DO YOU THINK IT IS FOR HIM AND DO YOU THINK THE SHOW IS ACCURATE IN ITS PORTRAYAL?
As footballers are often role models to young guys they have a lot to live up to so I imagine being openly gay in Premiership football is quite daunting. The show was accurate to a certain extent but of course it exaggerated and sensationalised certain aspects to make it good viewing!

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN FILMING SERIES 3 AND 4?
I worked on an ITV drama called Rose and Maloney and managed to get a holiday in to Crete with friends. It was very relaxing.

THE SHOW IS FAMOUS FOR THE COSTUMES AND GLAMOUR - DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD OUTFITS TO WEAR IN THIS NEXT SERIES?
The outfits were in line with the over-the-top storylines - a bit eccentric at times!

HAS YOUR CHARACTER CHANGED AT ALL OR IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE DIRECTION NOAH IS TAKING?
Noah thinks he has to take a radical approach to his sexuality for the sake of his career but he has lost touch of who he really is. I think the viewers will pick up on this.

IF YOU COULD INVENT A STORYLINE TO DO WITH YOUR CHARACTER WHAT SITUATION WOULD YOU WRITE?
He would play football for England!

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
Yes - Newcastle.

ARE YOU A GOOD PLAYER?
I think so!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EVER FOOTBALLERS' WIVES MOMENT?
Tanya and Conrad on the plane was unforgettable!

HAVE YOU ANY LONG TERM GOALS OR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
I would love to work in film.