Series 5 Cast Interviews
Helen Latham

Helen Latham

Plays
Lucy Milligan

REMIND US OF WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME WE SAW LUCY?
The last time we saw Lucy she was in a car with her daughter Angelica and Dr Giles as he tries to kill them all by exhaust fumes in his garage. However in the spin off Extra Time we see them both escape. Lucy and Bruno have an even more tense relationship after this which causes Lucy to head off to Spain to think about their marriage and this is where we start the next series!

HOW WILL BRUNO FEEL ABOUT TAKING LUCY BACK AFTER SHE HAS HAD AN AFFAIR?
Bruno would be smarting from Lucy's betrayal but he needs her as she is the only one who knows about him shooting Conrad and can help him cover it up.

DO YOU THINK THIS WILL MAKE THEIR MARRIAGE STRONGER OR WILL IT CAUSE PROBLEMS?
Their relationship has many problems as both of them have guilty feelings and almost mutual derision and disgust.

LUCY LETS AMBER GET HER CLAWS IN TO BRUNO - HOW HAS THIS HAPPENED?
Lucy washes her hands of Bruno after she hears the truth about him and Joly Salter, his ex-wife who he failed to mention to Lucy. This then clears the way for Amber to step in.

TELL US ABOUT ANY BITCHY SCENES TOGETHER:
The bitchiness is shown mostly in the cool under currents of scenes - quite subtle. Both women are trying hard to be seen as the bigger person.

LUCY SEEMS DESPERATE TO CREATE A LIFE FOR HERSELF - WILL SHE GET A CHANCE TO DO SO THIS SERIES?
Lucy really gets to stand on her own two feet in this series. She gets more time with the other wives, her dress designing starts to take off and she feels more dependant.

HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN FILMING FROM LAST SERIES TO THIS SERIES?
There is a big difference this series for me as I don't feel like the new girl at school any more. I feel more relaxed and the whole atmosphere at work seems more genuine and welcoming. It's much more preferable to me.

YOU APPEARED IN THE SPIN OFF FOOTBALLERS WIVES: EXTRA TIME. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE TO FILM?
Extra time was really enjoyable - I only did five weeks on it but I had a great time. The pace was much faster which has pros and cons and the team were lovely to work with.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE STORYLINE FROM LAST SERIES?
I enjoyed filming the developing affair with Giles Arrowsmith and his subsequent insanity.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE STORYLINE TO FILM SO FAR THIS SERIES?
It is fascinating showing a marriage coming apart and the "Pride and Prejudice" wedding scenes were fun. Look out for Bruno getting his comeuppance!

YOU HAVE A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STYLE WEDDING, COMPLETE WITH PONY & TRAP AND BONNET- TELL US ABOUT IT:
Shooting the wedding was fun as I have always wanted to do a period drama and love wearing the corsets and bonnets - it was high camp, glamorous fun with real emotions and heartbreak in the scenes.

HOW DID THIS WEDDING COMPARE WITH YOUR OWN LAST YEAR?
Lucy's wedding was more fancy dress and more over-the-top than my own although I did have a gorgeous dress and a "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-style" car to arrive in.

WAS IT FUNNY BEING BACK UP THE AISLE SO SOON AFTER GETTING MARRIED YOURSELF?
It was strange being in another situation as the bride figure but there were no similarities other than a church being involved. My own wedding went without a hitch whereas Lucy's was disastrous!

DOES LUCY BECOME STRONGER IN THIS SERIES OR IS SHE STILL UNDERNEATH BRUNO'S THUMB?
Lucy becomes much stronger in this series - the status has flipped and it now is Bruno under Lucy's thumb if anything.

WILL LUCY CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH BRUNO'S BULLYING WAYS?
Lucy certainly won't stand for any more bullying and has grown much more confident.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFIT TO WEAR THIS SERIES?
My favourite outfit has been the wedding dress, complete with bonnet - gorgeous.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
Roberto Cavalli.

DO YOU SWEAR BY ANY BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Vaseline for winter lips.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
I keep in shape by training at the gym.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER'S SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
A nice new car for my husband who drives me everywhere, one that damages our environment as little as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST LUXURY BUY?
I don't really splash out on extravagant buys, I prefer to invest in my home.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP AND WHY?
Topshop is great for clothes, shoes and jewellery and it is reasonably priced.

THERE ARE A NEW COUPLE IN THIS SERIES, TRE AND LIBERTY. HAVE YOU HAD ANY SCENES WITH THEM SO FAR?
I've had a few scenes with Liberty and a few with Tre. There is a spark of attraction between Tre and Lucy which is fun. Chucky and Phina are nice - I try to help them slot in as I know it can be tricky being a new cast member.

WHICH CHARACTER DOES LUCY GET ON WITH BEST IN THIS SERIES?
I have girly scenes with both Shannon and Tanya - Lucy connects with both of them on very different levels.

YOU GET ON WELL WITH COURTNEY, WHO PLAYS YOUR ON SCREEN DAUGHTER ANGELICA?
I have quite a few scenes with Courtney - she's my little mate and is great to work with. We have fun on set, making up songs and dances.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO START YOUR OWN FAMILY?
Yes - I've always been broody and get on well with small humans but timing has been difficult in this business. However, I am now expecting my first baby my hubby and I our delighted. But it was hilarious when we read the final scripts and realised they had planned the same for Lucy - and I hadn't even told them!

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT PLAYING LUCY AND BEING ON FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES?
Regular work is always nice for one's mortgage and it is a fun, glamorous role.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I go to the gym, chill out with my husband, cook a bit and dance around the kitchen.

WHAT AGE ARE YOU?
29.

SUM UP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS:
Cute, sexy and honest.

DO YOU GET RECOGNISED MUCH?
I get the sense that more people recognise me now as a few more do come up to me but I don’t exactly search the web for references to myself!

HAVE YOU WORKED ON ANY PROJECTS BETWEEN SERIES 4 AND 5?
I did a little of Extra Time but the main project was finally getting away on a delayed honeymoon to Barbados with my hubby Darren.

HAVE YOU GOT A SECRET HEALTH TIP?
Eat less, exercise more if you want to lose some weight and then try for regular exercise. See lots of nature and be a bit silly - laughing is brilliant.

HAVE YOU GOT A SECRET BEAUTY TIP?
Try and be a genuine person and keep any ego and rubbish bits in check - it'll show on your face!

IF YOU WANTED TO LOOK AS GLAM AS A FOOTBALLERS' WIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND DOING?
Wash your hair, get sprayed with fake tan, stick on some fake nails and get a glam dress and shoes from Topshop. Easy.

DO YOU LIKE SHOPPING?
Yes I love it when I come home with a great outfit. Not so keen when clothes don't fit!