For how long have you been performing?
I’ve been an actor since 2008.
How did you get the part in Bend it Like Beckham?
Through a laborious auditioning process starting way back in 2012.
How are you finding life in London?
Manic! Its settled down for me now although it was a little daunting moving to such a big city as I’d never even done it when I was younger.
What is a typical day like when performing in a West End show?
After getting to bed the night before for about 1am, I rise about 9am, shower, breakfast and then chill for a few hours if I’ve got no chores. I head to the theatre for warm-up usually an hour or so before the show starts at 7.30pm. If I need to rehearse I go in few hours before.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far?
It’s definitely got to be living away from my kids, husband and all I know and love.
How do you cope with being away from your family?
Thankfully so far I’ve been so busy on a day-to-day basis I’ve not had time to dwell too much, but when I’m over-tired and things I can get a little melancholic but, I allow it to come and go – as it needs to in order for me to get back into the right headspace and remind myself how lucky I am to be here and it’s all happening because it is meant to be.
What advice would you have for other aspiring actors?
I say it all the time and I’ll never stop saying it but it has got to be, perseverance pays.Nothing worth having ever comes easy – if you’re not prepared to make sacrifices along the way, give it up now.
Is starring in a West End show just like you imagined?
I had no preconceived ideas about the West End as I had no plans to go that way. So I’m kind of going through this with an innocence that’s not found in a woman of my age, and it’s nice to have this wide-eyed wonder about it all.
What has been the best thing so far?
Performing to a packed-out theatre every day and making some firm friends that I know I will maintain long after my run in the show.
What do you miss about home?
Being able to call a mate or grab lunch with hubby or taking the kids to the cinema at the drop of a hat. It’s all got to be so planned out now.