Series 5 Cast Interviews
Sarah Barrand

Sarah Barrand

Plays
Shannon Lawson

REMIND US OF THE LAST TIME WE SAW SHANNON AT THE END OF SERIES 4?
Shannon had to watch Harley leave her and their marriage and go with Nanny Katie to Spain where he was going to play football. She was devastated, truly heartbroken but she knew she couldn't stand in his way. She is still totally crushed but is a stronger woman now because of it and is determined to get on with her life.

HAS SHANNON CHANGED THIS SERIES?
Shannon has grown up a little this year. She's newly single and living in her new perfect dolls-house type home. She is more accepted by the wives and is confident with her new life and looks. We see a new independent Shannon at the beginning of the series who is still a loving person but with a more feisty edge.

NOW HARLEY HAS LEFT, WILL SHANNON BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A NEW BOYFRIEND OR IS SHE HAPPILY SINGLE?
Life is lonely for her at the beginning of the series. She has her new house but it's not what she is used to. Shannon decides she can do without a man but then a new cheeky chappy attracts her eye on a night out with the girls - and he just so happens to be the new signing for Earls Park. It's a complete whirlwind romance from then on.

WHAT STORYLINES CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHANNON BEING INVOLVED IN THIS SERIES?
There is a huge catfight between Shannon and Amber which was so funny to shoot. There is a new romance for Shannon but it's not as simple as it seems as she has his mum to deal with as well!

TELL US ABOUT SHANNON - DO YOU STILL LIKE HER?
I adore her! She is a loyal, kind-hearted girl who just wants to please people. She still likes to stand out in a crowd but hasn't let the money and lifestyle change her. I respect her attitude considering her break up with Harley. She is a strong woman who is protective of the people close to her - I think that is a fantastic quality.

LAST YEAR YOU HAD SOME GREAT STORYLINES. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?
I really enjoyed Shannon's documentary storyline - it was something completely different with great comedy. The beginning of the series was also fantastic for me when Shannon tried to win Harley back.

DO YOU THINK VIEWERS WILL BE PLEASED WITH THE WAY SHANNON HAS TURNED OUT THIS SERIES?
I hope the viewers will like Shannon this series. We have seen her as a clueless college girl when she arrived and now she has come in to her own. She has been through a lot of tough times so is stronger and more confident. We also see her fall in love again - I hope the viewers like it.

HOW WILL SHANNON GET ON WITH THE OTHER WIVES NOW SHE ACTUALLY ISN'T A "WIFE"? WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM FOR THEM?
Shannon is more accepted by the other wives now. Lucy and Shannon have a connection at the start of the series as they both have been treated badly by their men. There are more girly lunches and true footballers' wives style parties where Shannon is in her element sharing gossip with the other wives.

LIBERTY IS A VERY STRONG, INDEPENDENT CHARACTER - WILL SHANNON BE INTIMIDATED BY HER?
Shannon is quite wary of Liberty to start with as she is very cutting and very different to the people Shannon is friends with. Although Liberty is strong and independent, Shannon does see a vulnerable side to her so tries to help her where she can.

WHAT DID YOU DO BETWEEN SERIES 4 AND 5? DID YOU FILM ANY OTHER PROJECTS?
I worked on an episode of Casualty where I played a gothic character. It was great for me to try something completely different - I had great fun and met some lovely people.

HAVE YOU HAD A HOLIDAY THIS YEAR? IF SO, WHERE DID YOU GO AND WITH WHOM?
I went away to Marbella which was fantastic. It was very relaxing and fabulous fun at night.

THE SHOW IS FAMOUS FOR THE COSTUMES AND GLAMOUR - DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD OUTFITS TO WEAR IN THIS SERIES?
I have so many memorable outfits! Shannon still likes to stand out. This year a lot of Shannon's outfits are by "Stoned" by Paula Waite. They are very glamorous and perfect for the show. I wear some beautiful underwear by Janet Reger which are used in a scene that leaves Shannon utterly embarrassed.

DO YOU THINK SHANNON'S STYLE HAS CHANGED FROM THE LAST SERIES OR DO YOU THINK SHE HAS SETTLED INTO HER OWN UNIQUE STYLE?
Sarah Arthur, the costume designer has kept Shannon's same glamorous girly style although some of her dresses are a little more grown up. Sarah Arthur is fantastic and chooses the most perfect outfits for Shannon and always knows what suits our characters the best.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON ANY OUTFITS FROM THIS CURRENT SERIES?
There are more outfits I personally like this series as Shannon has grown up so the outfits are more my style although there is still the odd tiny outfit but they are always fun to wear, it's like dress ups!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS AND WHY?
I love Roberto Cavalli and I also wear a lot of Ghost. They are fantastic for when I go to an Awards ceremony. They are sexy but ladylike and always fit so well. I also really like Chloe. I recently went to an Isabel Kristiansen fashion show - her dresses were beautiful. I love shopping though and my favourite high street shops are Zara, Mango, Warehouse and TopShop. I also have a few bags by Tabitha, they make fabulous bags.

DO YOU LIKE SHOPPING? IF SO, WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO?
I love high street and designer shopping, when I go up north I come back and my suitcase has doubled - there are some great shops up there.

WHAT FASHION MISTAKES HAS SHANNON MADE?
Shannon's probably made mistakes in her early days but now she has some amazing pieces.

WHAT FASHION MISTAKES HAVE YOU MADE IN THE PAST?
I have always been quite safe with fashion. But beauty-wise I once let a hairdresser come to my house and dye my hair. I ended up with leopard hair. I went straight to the chemist. I now go to Erroll Douglas - I have definitely learnt my lesson.

DO YOU THINK THERE ARE GIRLS LIKE SHANNON OUT THERE?
I get letters from young girls who say they relate to Shannon, which is really sweet.

WHAT IS IT LIKE LIVING WITH ZOE LUCKER?
Zoe is one of my best friends. We have a lovely time and a great laugh. A lot of the time we are working so much we don't see each other. I think people are surprised when they see us together as we are so different to our characters.

WHAT DO YOU BOTH DO IN YOUR FREE TIME - ARE YOU ALWAYS OUT AT PARTIES TOGETHER?
We do a lot of shopping and go for lunch if we are off work. We don't go to a lot of parties but when the show is nominated for an award we go along to support it. I have started street dancing classes - Zoe thinks it's hilarious - I can't convince her to come with me!

DO YOU GO OUT WITH THE OTHER WIVES IN LONDON?
We are all really close both the cast and crew. We normally all go out after each block of filming, they are great nights to relax and catch up. I also stay in touch with the cast who have left, like Laila Rouass, Alison Newman, Ben Price and Jamie Davis.

YOU HAVE A CAT FIGHT WITH AMBER THIS SERIES - TELL US ABOUT IT:
The catfight with Amber was fantastic to film. Laila and I really went for it. We had stunt doubles but we tried to do most of it ourselves. Laila is a fab friend so we had a real laugh doing it - I can't wait to see it on TV.

DESCRIBE SHANNON'S NEW HOUSE:
It is the perfect "doll's house". It's the type of house that if you were 4 years old and drew your ideal house - that would be it. It's very fairytale. Inside is lovely and has been decorated with Shannon's "elaborate" taste - pictures of herself and her favourite stars such as Kylie, J-Lo, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Beyonce. It's hilarious!

IF YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, WHAT SORT OF HOUSE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHERE WOULD IT BE LOCATED?
I would like to own a gorgeous penthouse apartment in London with windows from ceiling to floor. And I would like to have a house in Bora Bora - I have seen pictures and it looks amazing.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOTBALLERS' WIVES MOMENT FROM LAST SERIES?
I loved it when Shannon went to the old people's home to get involved in charity work - it was so funny. Also my ending with Harley - I was genuinely upset - the tears came naturally.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
I would like to go on a holiday to get some sun then look for some more work to get my teeth into. I get frustrated when I'm not working.

THERE ARE TWO NEW CHARACTERS IN THIS SERIES. DOES SHANNON HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH EITHER OF THEM? HOW DOES SHE GET ON WITH THEM?
Shannon tries to get on with everyone - she's a likeable character and tries to see the best in everyone.

THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW CAST CHANGES THIS SERIES. TELL US WHAT IT'S LIKE SAYING GOODBYE AND WELCOMING NEW CAST.
I was really sad when Ben and Jamie left. Also Alison and Laila were great friends but I still see them, which is nice. It keeps the show fresh having new people and Craig who plays Callum is fantastic. He has become a fab friend.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO RELAX?
I have started going to the gym and doing classes. When I am not working I like to go and clear my head. If not, I like to go for lunch with friends and make a day of it.

DO YOU LIKE FOOTBALL?
Yes - I support Liverpool.

DO YOU GO TO MANY GAMES?
I have been to a few games but I want to start going to more. Back home it was always a big deal from when I grew up, so I suppose that's why I still like it. I love the atmosphere of a match.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CASUAL OUTFIT AT THE MOMENT?
Jeans and a nice white shirt.

IF YOU WERE TO GO TO A GLAMOROUS EVENT, WHAT DESIGNER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR?
I wear a lot of Ghost dresses as they fit me really well. I am always on the look out for new designers. I loved the blue Ghost dress I wore to the 2005 TV Quick Awards - it was ladylike but sexy.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
I try to go to the gym. I have started recently and am really enjoying it.

ARE YOU CAREFUL WITH WHAT YOU EAT?
I try not to eat too much wheat, I find it makes me very tired and bloated, especially when I am working. But I do like my chocolate but I'm allowed to because I'm a girl!

DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE TO KEEP SLIM FOR THE ROLE?
Not pressure as I think I am an actress not a model. But for me I like to feel in shape, it's important to feel happy.

DO YOU THINK THE MEDIA PUTS PRESSURE ON YOUNG GIRLS TO BE STICK THIN?
Sometimes I think there may be an element of pressure for young girls to be slim. But I think it's important to stress that being happy and confident inside is vital ' it's a cliche but so true.

WHAT HEALTH/BEAUTY ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FEMALE FANS OF THE SHOW?
If you use fake tan and it stains your hands, use a whitening toothpaste to wash it off. Always eat well, sleep well and a bit of exercise is always good.

WHAT BEAUTY/MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY IN YOUR HANDBAG?
Pout mascara, clear gloss for eyes and lips, MAC eyeliner and gloss as well as the blue Anna Sui perfume. Plus Avon sent me some products so I'm enjoying trying them.

YOU ALWAYS LOOK GORGEOUS - WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE TIPS?
I think you need to wear what makes you feel comfortable. I always keep my makeup similar. Lynda and Alyn, my makeup artists on the program sometimes do my makeup for events. It's normally quite natural, which is different to Shannon. I wear my hair in different styles now and sometimes wear it up for an event. As long as you feel nice then that's what counts. I love dressing up!