Q&A with Alvaston actor Buckso Dhillon-Woolley

buckso Dhillon WoolleyBuckso Dhillon-Woolley is currently in the cast of the Bend it Like Beckham musical in the West End.

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.