Series 5 Cast Interviews
Angela Ridgeon

Angela Ridgeon

Plays
Trisha Watson

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER:
Not glamorous, loud-mouthed, controlling, manipulative, sweary and deceitful.

IF YOU COULD SUM TRISHA UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Shit the bed! As you can tell, Trisha's not the most eloquent with her words!

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND TRISHA?
Fondness for swearing unfortunately.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND TRISHA?
Background, clothes, attitude, priorities, ponytail, jewellery choice.

WHAT THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOU BEST?
Energetic, busy, up-for-laugh.

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE TRISHA IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I would absolutely dislike her and would possibly wet pants with fright.

TRISHA HAS A VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH HER SON CALLUM AND SHE IS QUITE PROTECTIVE OF HIM. WHY DO YOU THINK SHE IS LIKE THIS?
As a single Mum she needs love, reassurance and focus and has a strong fear of abandonment. Consequently, she is suspicious of Shannon as she could not only take him away from the family home but also replace her for his unconditional love.

DO YOU THINK PERHAPS SHE IS TOO PROTECTIVE?
She is too protective over Callum, but seemingly for her own benefit. Consequently, she'll go to any lengths to be near her son.

HOW FAR DO YOU THINK SHE WILL GO TO STAY A PART OF HIS LIFE?
She will go to every length to stay a part of his life, especially if it involves improving her finances and status. She's determined to make contact with him each time he discovers she's been lying and throws her out.

DO YOU THINK TRISHA IS JEALOUS OF CALLUM AND HIS SUCCESS?
Not jealous exactly. She just wants her share.

DO YOU THINK TRISHA WILL TRY AND CASH IN ON HER SON'S SUCCESS?
Definitely, especially if it means she can have a glamorous life and more jewellery.

TRISHA DOESN'T SEEM TO LIKE CALLUM'S NEW GIRLFRIEND SHANNON. WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS? WHAT DOES SHE DISLIKE ABOUT SHANNON?
Even though she pretends to be friendly and welcomes Shannon's offer to move into her house, she ultimately sees her as a threat. She has had Callum's full attention and love for many years and it now looks like she might lose all that to another person. Trisha is jealous of Shannon's looks, glamorous lifestyle, clothes, money, youth and luck.

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN THEY GET ON?
Only if they all come to an arrangement where Trisha is given control over Callum.

WILL TRISHA TRY AND SABOTAGE CALLUM AND SHANNON'S RELATIONSHIP?
She would only sabotage the relationship if she could get Callum back. I think she'd go to every length to ensure she stays part of his life, she's tried a big lie - what will be next?

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST TO THIS ROLE?
Trisha is loud mouthed and larger than life, which I really enjoyed exploring. But more importantly I was attracted to the comic aspect of the role. I really enjoyed the banter with the costume/hair & make up people and the crew, who all took great delight in repeating my lines.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
Get used to walking in high heels and suffer the horrors of a spray tan booth.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
Running, aerobics, eating healthily, keeping busy, drinking red wine.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
Trisha is rather like a chav fancy dress party. The nastier the outfits and jewellery the better - what will Primark do without me? I'm sure she's got tattoos...

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
The pink, leather mini skirt and cerise and silver top with matching hair accessories and toe crippling shoes for Shannon's housewarming party. Those heels just loved being on that soft grass...

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I'm not interested in labels or brands or high heels. I just wear what's comfortable - normally smart/casual clothes.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I don't wear brands or have any favourite designers - so easily pleased.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH TREATMENTS?
I have a facial or a massage only on my birthday. I have recently been having reflexology and have just started having acupuncture.

DO YOU HAVE ANY BEAUTY SECRETS?
I always use hand cream, lip balm and try to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Also eyelash curlers, preventative ageing eye cream, 5 pints of water a day and plenty of red wine.

WHAT BEAUTY/MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY IN YOUR HANDBAG?
Eight hour cream, hand cream, nurofen plus, eyelash curlers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX?
Cooking, pottering and list making.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
My own 24 hour personal chauffeur and a huge holiday home in the UK and an apartment abroad and in the warmth.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
The fun, the fantasy, the shouting and the great crew.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW?
They are all completely over-excited, nervous, intrigued and desperate for it to start. Videos are set all over London.

WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS?
A fantastic opportunity to have a real nose around. Lots of pointing and giggling.

WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST/MOST EMBARASSING THING YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO IN THESE SCENES?
The funniest was pretending to be drunk at a wedding in ridiculously high heeled sandals. The most embarrassing was to swear and shout in the street at night, whilst all the local children looked on and then asked for autographs.

DO YOU HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE OTHER WIVES?
Texting, texting, texting.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE FUTURE TO BE FOR YOUR CHARACTER?
I have got a nasty feeling that Callum's missing father may turn out to be Shannon's father. Might decide to buy Earls Park with the bribery money. Got a feeling that another one of those football players in the team, might be that son she had when she was 12...

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
Born in Chiswick, grew up in Ealing and Harrow.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Currently live in Stamford Brook as I'm a C.A.C. (Can't Afford Chiswick).

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CAREER:
Since graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy, I have had various theatre jobs including working for the RSC, Oxford Stage Company, Royal Theatre Northampton, Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea and pantomimes at The Buxton Opera House and Chipping Norton Theatre. My television roles include London's Burning, Strange but True, The Bill, Holby City, Real Women II, My Family, Wall of Silence and William & Mary. I graduated last year with a BA Hons in Theatre Studies (with the Rose Bruford School of Distance Learning) and since September I have been attending the City Lit to gain a GCSE in Maths - don't ask.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
For a well known advert in 1995.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
Theatre: for the RSC in A Christmas Carol in 1994. Television: playing Windy-Anna-Jones in Marlene Marlowe Investigates for the BBC, which involved some classic belching.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?
Taurus.

WHAT AGE ARE YOU?
42.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HIGH STREET STORES?
GAP, Kew, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Oasis, Boots and Habitat.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOUNG GIRLS TO BE SLIM THESE DAYS?
I don't look at young girls anymore - they make me feel too old, and run the risk of sprouting another grey hair.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE GIRLS WHO WANT TO STAY HEALTHY?
Eat healthily, exercise, drink plenty of red wine, party and laugh a lot.