Series 4 Cast Interviews
Sarah Barrand

Sarah Barrand

Plays
Shannon Lawson

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER:
Shannon is a warm-hearted young girl who has adopted her new life in London as a "footballers' wife". She is devoted to Harley and wants to be accepted by the other wives. She has stopped having constant surgery and focuses on making herself more "classy". Well as classy as she can get!

REMIND US OF THE LAST TIME WE SAW YOUR CHARACTER AT THE END OF SERIES 3?
Shannon had been out with the Wives before the final game. She had too much to drink and missed Harley's goal. This resulted in a row with Harley in the toilets and Shannon heading off blind drunk to go clubbing without him. She met up with Darius who tries to kiss her - something that the paparazzi manage to capture. Shannon is left crying in an alleyway.

SHE AND HARLEY LOOK LIKE THEY COULD BE ON THE ROCKS - DO YOU THINK THEY ARE A GOOD COUPLE?
I think they are such a strong couple. They have had so much to deal with since getting married and just loved each other enormously. They are devoted to each other and still have "normal" qualities that fame hasn't destroyed... yet.

WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE ABOUT PLAYING SHANNON?
Her attitude and classic lines. Shannon isn't afraid of saying what she feels. The scriptwriters make her so fantastic to play. Also the clothes and new car are a bonus!

DO YOU LIKE HER?
I love her to bits and am quite protective over her character.

LAST YEAR YOU HAD SOME GREAT STORYLINES. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?
I loved the wedding - it was a fantastic week to film. I also enjoyed the argument with Harley at the end of the series. It allowed us to show another dimension to the relationship.

DO YOU THINK VIEWERS WILL BE PLEASED WITH THE WAY SHANNON HAS TURNED OUT?
I hope so! Although Shannon has changed physically, she is the same person inside, which I think is important.

WHY DO YOU THINK SHANNON IS MORE CONFIDENT WITH HER LOOKS THIS SERIES?
I think Shannon has more money this year and has had the experience of being a real "Footballers' Wife", so she knows how to dress. She still likes to stand out and her outfits do get a lot smaller!

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOUR CHARACTER IN THIS FOURTH SERIES?
At the start of the series Shannon and Harley are separated. Harley is in Spain with the rest of the team and Shannon is working on her modelling career. They did have a strong relationship previously, so when Harley returns they can't stay apart. Shannon holds a few parties this year as she feels more accepted amongst the wives. She also has her own reality television program, much to Harley's dismay. And she has decorated the house with lots of photos of themselves, in particular, a picture of the both of them in the style of American Beauty - just think lots of rose petals!

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN THE TWO SERIES? ANY OTHER PROJECTS - A WELL DESERVED HOLIDAY?
I went away to the south of France which was amazing. I stayed in Juan les Pins - over looking the beach - heaven!

THE SHOW IS FAMOUS FOR THE COSTUMES AND GLAMOUR - DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD OUTFITS TO WEAR IN THIS NEXT SERIES?
I have some fabulous outfits this year. I must say some of them are very small and sexy but they are gorgeous. It is like dress up every day at work! Shannon had some beautiful Janet Reger underwear that she wears to a nightclub scene. It was too nice to hide so that outfit was particularly small! I also had hair extensions put in - I go to Errol Douglas. I just love them. Alyn Waterman (Makeup Designer on Footballers' Wives) has also changed Shannon's makeup - it is all big hair and smoky eyes - very glamourous!

DO YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON ANY FROM THIS CURRENT SERIES?
All the outfits are stunning. But I think if I wore any of them, people would recognise them as Shannon's as they really stand out this year. Sarah Arthur (Costume Designer) has completely altered Shannon's image this season - for the better! I have been very lucky.

SHANNON SEEMS TO GET ON WELL WITH THE OTHER WIVES - IS IT THE SAME FOR YOU? DO YOU GET ON WELL WITH THE REST OF THE CAST?
I get on with everyone. There are a few new members who are really lovely. We have had some great days this year as there have been lots of party scenes with most of the cast so we get to see a bit of each other. Both the cast and crew are really lovely. I have been sharing a trailer with Laila Rouass which has been great fun - she's hilarious! I must say that I will miss Ben Prices' practical jokes.

YOU'VE BEEN SHARING A HOUSE WITH ZOE LUCKER - HAS IT BEEN FUN?
I moved in with Zoe at the start of filming this series. We get on really well. Our schedules have been pretty hectic this year so we don't see each other for ages but when we do we have a good laugh together.

SHANNON HAS CHANGED DO YOU THINK THIS IS FOR THE BETTER?
Shannon has grown up a little since the last series. She feels she has a proper life in London, so she is more independent. She is trying to build her own modelling and presenting career and not just have to rely on Harley. Although she feels more accepted, she is still quite naive!

DO YOU THINK VIEWERS WILL SEE THIS DIFFERENCE?
Viewers will definitely see that Shannon's self confidence has grown.

IF YOU COULD INVENT A STORYLINE TO DO WITH YOUR CHARACTER WHAT SITUATION WOULD YOU WRITE?
I think it is time for Shannon to have a holiday - somewhere exotic would be nice! Hopefully the script writers will read this...

DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
Yes, Liverpool.

CAN YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?
I have played a few charity games - I played against Brentford - it was a great day!

DO PEOPLE ASSUME YOU HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF THIS ROLE?
Yes, people often ask me about the off side rule in interviews - I did try and learn it!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EVER FOOTBALLERS' WIVES MOMENT?
Becoming one!

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
Get more work!

HAVE YOU ANY LONG TERM GOALS OR AMBITIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
To be healthy, happy and successful.

DO YOU THINK SHANNON AND HARLEY WILL SURVIVE AS A FOOTBALLING COUPLE OR DO YOU THINK THE PRESSURES WILL ONE DAY SPLIT THEM UP FOR GOOD?
I think they will survive - they are young - where love is at its best!

HOW HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY REACTED TO YOU BEING PART ON FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
Everyone is really proud - they know it is what I have always wanted. I feel lucky to be 20 and in such a high profile drama.