Series 5 Cast Interviews
Ben Richards

Ben Richards

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Bruno Milligan

REMIND US WHAT HAPPENED TO BRUNO AT THE END OF LAST SERIES:
At the end of last series Bruno had just mistakenly shot Conrad Gates in the chest, thinking he was Giles Arrowsmith, the chap who had been having an affair with his wife Lucy. The last we saw of Bruno was him hightailing it out of there! However, those who have watched the spin off series Footballers' Wives: Extra Time will have also seen the arrival of his teenage kids who turned up on his doorstep out of the blue.

HOW DO YOU THINK BRUNO HAS CHANGED SINCE THE LAST SERIES?
Events have put Bruno into a heightened sense of paranoia but deep down he's still the same person. Every time you think Bruno will learn from his mistakes he lets you down again!

BRUNO AND LUCY HAVE A TURBULENT RELATIONSHIP - DOES THIS CONTINUE IN THIS SERIES?
Without giving too much away you get to see a much stronger side of Lucy this series. Can they come back from breaking point? You will have to wait and see! Let's just say that they will have to do a lot of work if they want to get back on track. And as much as Bruno wants to sort things out, he keeps putting his foot in it.

THE LAST TIME WE SAW BRUNO HIS WIFE HAD GONE AWOL AND HE WAS TOTALLY LOSING IT. WILL HE EVER LET HER OUT OF HIS SIGHT AGAIN?
It all looks pretty rosy for Bruno and Lucy early on in the series. I think Bruno is feeling confident he can tie up some loose ends and get things back to "normal". But this is Footballers' Wives so there is a fair chance that things will go pear-shaped!

BRUNO IS A BULLY IN BOTH A PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SENSE - DO YOU THINK HE CAN EVER CHANGE?
The core of Bruno's behaviour is down to a huge amount of insecurity and low self-worth. Without some good professional help, I doubt his behaviour will change too much.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE FROM LAST SERIES?
There are so many good scenes to choose from! Burning Lucy's clothes, shooting Conrad and flooring the Aston Martin DB9 were definite highlights for me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE FROM THIS SERIES?
So far my favourite scene has been when Amber storms into Shannon's party with the intention of doing some serious damage to me. I hadn't seen Laila's (who plays Amber) makeup and outfit prior to the shooting the scene and when I saw her coming towards me for the first time I burst out laughing. She looked like something from The Land of the Living Dead!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFIT THIS SERIES?
Oh, the best outfit this series has to be the "Mr Darcy", Pride and Prejudice-styled outfit. I looked the business though the boots were killing me by the end of the day.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOUTIRE OUTFIT LAST SERIES?
Last series I wore a cream suit and green shirt for Roger's wedding blessing - that was really cool. And the long leather coat I wore for scenes were I shot Conrad made those bad boy scenes all that much darker.

DO YOU TEND TO GET RECOGNISED IN THE STREET BY FANS FOR THIS ROLE? AS BRUNO IS A BIT OF A THUG HAVE THEY EVER ASSUMED THAT YOU ARE?
The attention from the fans got a bit crazy when the last series went to air. And when I went to the Live8 concert earlier this year the bar staff were chanting Bruno, Bruno! I never seem to get used to stuff like that. In general though I think people are quite good at disassociating me from my character.

YOU OBVIOUSLY KEEP IN SHAPE - WHAT IS YOUR EXERCISE REGIME?
I try and go to the gym as much as possible. I'm starting to work on a new style of training which is mixed in with boxing.

ANY SECRETS OF HOW YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
There a few golden rules for keeping in shape I think. Firstly, watch what you eat. Change bad carbohydrates to good ones like brown rice or pasta. And get active - It doesn't matter if it's an hour at the gym or a fast walk to the shops. Just get out there and do something to get your body moving.

DOES BRUNO HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE NEW COUPLE?
I've only had a brief scene with Liberty but Tre and Bruno have locked horns a few times. I'm looking forward to seeing how the friction develops!

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
There are so many memorable moments this series! The first four episodes are mental for Bruno. The wedding fiasco, a new relationship with one of the other wives, he loses his mind as well as almost getting poisoned and shot. No wonder he isn't coping very well!

WHO DOES BRUNO BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Bruno is a bit of a loner and therefore doesn't have any real friendships this series. He used to get on well with Conrad but shooting him kinda put a stop to that. But I think he believes Amber will be his new ally.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
In my free time I train, run and I like to watch movies or eat out. Occasional trips to the pub are always nice too.

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN FILMING SERIES 4 AND 5?
In between filming the two series I was filming the spin-off Footballers' Wives: Extra Time for ITV2 and I also had a little holiday in Egypt with my wife Helen.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PROJECTS LINED UP FOR WHEN YOU FINISH FILMING FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
You will have to wait and see!

WHAT FOOTBALL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT?
Arsenal.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME FOOTBALLER?
Oooh, that's a tough one. I would have to say Pele or Tony Adams (legendary Arsenal defender and skipper) who is one of my heroes.

HOW DOES BRUNO COPE WITH LOSING HIS CAPTAINCY IN THIS SERIES?
Bruno is obviously gutted when he loses his captaincy but it happens when everything is going extremely pear-shaped for him so he doesn't spend much time thinking about it. He is too worried about being haunted by Conrad and losing his marbles.

WILL HE HAVE ANY FIGHTS WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS THIS SERIES?
You can pretty much guarantee it!

WHAT CAR DOES BRUNO DRIVE IN THIS SERIIES AND WHAT IS IT LIKE?
He still has the Aston Martin DB9 but he also has a massive Lincoln truck that is added to his fleet.

WHAT CAR DO YOU DRIVE?
An orange VW Beetle Convertible.

IF YOU HAD A PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER'S SALARY, NAME 3 THINGS YOU WOULD HAVE TO BUY AND WHY?
- A wall-mounted fish tank
- I'd get my garden landscaped into a Japanese Garden
- A holiday in the Turks and Caico Islands at Parrot Quay

ARE YOU INTO "BOYS TOYS" - HAVE YOU GOT ANY GOOD GADGETS?
My Bang and Olufsen television and pencil speakers are my pride and joy. As well as my iPod - I've always got it on me and I'm constantly being yelled at on set and not hearing anyone because of it!

WHAT CLOTHES DO YOU LIKE?
My style depends on the occasion; I like a mixture of both casual and smart.

DO YOU SWEAR BY ANY PRODUCTS?
I have to admit that I have too many hair products which are mostly Trevor Sorbie. I also use moisturisers from Dermologica and Bioterm facial scrubs.

YOU ARE ALSO A SINGER. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO - WHAT BANDS ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AND WILL YOU EVER RELEASE A SINGLE?
I listen to all sorts of music, everything from The Prodigy to Coldplay to Brian Kennedy. I got fed up with trying to get a record deal a few years back so I released my music through my website instead. At the moment I'm listening to Jamie Cullum.