Series 3 Cast Interviews
Alison Newman

Alison Newman

Plays
Hazel Bailey

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER. 
Power crazy lesbian sports agent. Ruthless, self-serving, bright, funny will stop at nothing to get what she wants (especially Earls Park). Good friend to Tanya Turner.  She doesn't suffer fools. Drinks and smokes for
England!

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER?
None that I could list here!! Seriously, not really although I have been known to possess quite a sharp tongue!

WOULD YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I'd certainly admire her independence and ability to get what she wants. I  think she'd be a great person to have a night out with.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACESSORIES?
I love the way Hazel dresses - her wardrobe is full of fantastic suits which are chic and well-cut.   However, when she goes to an event, like a party, she really goes to town – dramatic - definitely 'look at me' clothes.

WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
There have been so many...
1. Zandra Rhodes 70s dress and turban for the 70s party.
2. Amanda Wakeley cape and Cosmo Jenks hat for Shannon & Harley's wedding.
3. Betty Jackson White coat with flowers and Cosmo Jenks oriental hat for
Thailand fashion show.
4. Jean Paul Gaultier black suit.
5. Betty Jackson cream suit and panama hat worn in Thailand for lunch meeting with Conrad.  Very 'English (wo)man Abroad!

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?   DO YOU CARE ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I'm really casual - jeans, trainers, combats but I do like to dress it up every now and then.

ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
Joseph, Betty Jackson, Amanda Wakeley, Gaultier. And I absolutely love Cosmo Jenks' hats - totally original. I love Zara for really good, affordable, stylish clothes.

DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS?
Not really - the occassional facial or pedicure is about it.

COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT FEATURES A GREAT DEAL IN THIS SERIES OF FOOTBALLERS' WIVES. COULD YOU EVER GO UNDER THE KNIFE?
Never say never but I really hate the idea of cutting myself up purely for vanity. I plan to grow old disgracefully!

IF YOU WOULD NEVER CHOOSE THIS OPTION - DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED MORE NATURAL WAY OF KEEPING IN SHAPE?
I try to eat a healthy balanced diet. I'm utterly opposed to faddy extreme diets like Atkins.

IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIER FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT - OR HAD ACCESS TO ONE, WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
I'd probably blow 20 grand on a new stereo system.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
It's fantastic being in such an entertaining, high concept show. I think it's unique and appeals on many levels. It's also pretty good swanning around in fabulous designer  clothes with fabulous make-up on fabulous locations!!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW? 
When I first appeared on the show, I received about 50 text messages from friends during the broadcast!  I think quite a lot of my mates are pleased I'm in it as it gives them an extra excuse to watch.

HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
The fashion show in Thailand was amazing. The catwalk was staged over an outside swimming pool, surrounded by flames coming out of the water. All the models were ladyboys and they looked like exotic creatures strutting down the runway. As Conrad's agent, Hazel was supposed to be really proud of him and there was very little acting involved - Ben Price was every inch the supermodel! It was visually stunning and very exciting to film. totally glamorous, totally Footballers' Wives.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?   ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU ENJOY.
Movies, reading, hanging out with my boyfriend and friends.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
Bournemouth, Dorset.

WHAT ROLE ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
Hazel Bailey.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
I played a Spirit in The Tempest at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

 WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? AND DO YOU BELIEVE IN THINGS LIKE THIS?
Aquarius/Only when it suits me.