Katie is first seen in the luxury of a Spanish golf course. She is using the name of Barbarella as she is one of the good time tequila cadettes hired by the Earls Park players. But later when a poolside party gets out of hand, Katie is raped by one of the players. It is dark and the rapist's identity is unknown. But Katie is prepared to go to any lengths for justice.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
She is definitely a good time girl up for a laugh. But she's not a dumb blonde, she's just out to have fun whilst she's young and make a quid or two at the same time! After the rape, Katie's life is completely destroyed. Everything she does after this point is a result of what happened to her. All her energy is channelled into finding the person who did this to her.
IF YOU COULD SUM UP KATIE IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Before the rape - Feisty, Fun and Flirty.
After the rape - Courageous, Determined and Broken.
WHEN WE FIRST SEE KATIE SHE IS OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE. IS THIS THE REAL KATIE OR IS SHE JUST PLAYING A PART?
I think to an extent she's playing a part, as it's her job. She is there to entertain the footballers so all the flirting is just part of the job. However, she is still a little minx! And she definitely has a thing for Harley, so I don't think she's just "doing her job" there!
HAD YOU MET ANY OF THE BOYS BEFORE YOU HAD TO FILM THE PARTY AND THE RAPE SCENES? WERE THESE SCENES DIFFICULT TO FILM?
The rape scene was actually one of the last scenes I shot, as we didn't have enough time to film it in Spain. We picked up the scene about a month later, so by that point I had got to know the actors well. The scene was traumatic to film but when it was over we both had a hug and checked we were both okay. It was not a nice experience.
SHE IS OBVIOUSLY VERY DISTRAUGHT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS BUT SHE SEEMS TO BE STRONG TOO - WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THIS?
Yes, Katie is a strong character. The strength comes from having her world completely broken. She has put concrete barriers all around her and all her energy has gone into this fiery determination to get whoever is responsible.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU MOST TO THIS ROLE?
It's a fantastic storyline and there are so many different sides to the character of Katie that I get to explore.
DID YOU HAVE LOTS OF AUDITIONS?
Yes I had four auditions - the casting director didn't half make me work for it!
WHAT WAS IT LIKE FILMING OUT IN SPAIN?
Brilliant! It was crazy out there, we had such a laugh and the locations were out of this world. The only bad thing about filming in Spain was working with a hangover!
WHAT WERE THE LOCATIONS LIKE?
Amazing! We filmed in this beautiful villa on the last night, it was just gorgeous. It had a cinema. It was so good to have a nosy around and see how the other half live!
DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR THE ROLE?
I did lots of research to get into the mind of someone who has been raped. I read lots of articles on the internet and I also read 'Lucky' by Alison Seabold which is an account of a college rape. I also found watching films surrounding the issue of rape such as 'The Accused' with Jodie Foster really helpful.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A GOLF CADDY OR A TEQUILA GIRL?
No, and I was really worried when the character notes said Katie was a tequila girl. I had this thought I was going to have to swing bottles around and do flaring stuff with glasses and flames. Luckily there was nothing like that required - which was fortunate as the poor props department would have been clearing up a lot of broken glass.
DID YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE ROLE?
I had to get a short black wig fitted. The wig I wore was actually one that Suzie Amy had worn in a previous series. But I had to go to the wigmaker to have it reshaped and styled. When I first came out of make up wearing it nobody recognised me. I will never forget Sarah Barrand's face - I could tell she didn't have a clue who I was. She just looked at me like a weirdo then all of a sudden it dawned on her that it was me and she was like 'oh my god!'.
HAD YOU SEEN FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE TAKING THE ROLE?
Yes I saw series one, two and three and I loved it.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PAST STORYLINE?
I loved the characters of Jeanette Dunkley and Tanya Turner and the whole Frank Laslett storyline when he was in hospital. Nurse Dunkley's face was hilarious when Tanya walked in and caught her 'at it'! Brilliant.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHARACTERS CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES?
In Spain, the costumes were very fun and flirty, lots of pink! However the outfits I wear back in England couldn't be more different - my wardrobe turned into that of a 70 year old! But, even thought I wouldn't walk around in ankle length, pleated floral numbers myself.
WHAT IS THE BEST OUTFIT YOU HAVE SO FAR HAD TO WEAR FOR THIS SERIES?
The best outfit would have to be the pink PVC tequila girl outfit that I wore on the golf course in Spain - when would I ever have a chance to wear something like that again?!
KATIE ISN'T THE MOST GLAMOUROUS NANNY IN THE WORLD - HOW DOES IT FEEL GETTING DRESSED DOWN TO LOOK LIKE HER?
I'll be in the car on the way to set, sitting next to the girls who are all looking stunning and there is me, looking like I am off to bingo! Having to wear no makeup was a bit daunting at first, especially when I'm surrounded by gorgeous people. But vanity aside - getting dressed down is brilliant for Katie's character. It really helps me and once I get down to set, I don't care what I look like - the rougher the better!
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? ARE YOU SOMEONE THAT CARES ABOUT CLOTHES/APPEARANCE?
I'm obsessed with bags and accessories. My style is quite casual but I love to spice outfits up with a really striking necklace, pair of earrings or a chunky bracelet. Little details like that can make a real difference.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS?
I'm a high street shopper and love H&M and River Island and you can't get me out of Accessorize once I'm in!
DO YOU EVER TREAT YOURSELF TO EXOTIC OR LUXURY HEALTH AND TREATMENTS?
My boyfriend takes care of that - it's a lot cheaper!
HOW DO YOU KEEP IN SHAPE?
My boyfriend again! No, jokes aside, I watch my carb intake and if I do eat carbs I only eat complex carbohydrates and I eat little and often - it is as boring as it sounds.
IF YOU SUDDENLY RECEIVED A HUGE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLERS SALARY OVERNIGHT - WHAT IS THE FIRST LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD RUSH OUT AND BUY?
I'd love to buy a villa like the one we filmed in, in Spain. Then I'd fly all my friends and family over - that would be amazing.
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
The people that I've met. The cast and crew are all so lovely and caring. This is my first TV job and everybody has been fantastic... and patient!
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOU BEING IN THE SHOW? ANY FUNNY STORIES?
Everybody is just over the moon. My mum was in floods of tears, as mums do. My best mate was working in a pub and when I called her she just screamed the place down. It's been so lovely to have friends and family around me who are genuinely so excited about it all.
HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
A memorable scene would have to be where I run in on all the footballers showering at Earls Park. I basically have to stand there and stare at all the blokes' bottoms and I was thinking - "Do I really get paid for this?"!
WHAT IS IT LIKE FILMING AT ALL THE GLAMOROUS LOCATIONS?
It's absolutely brilliant. There are not many jobs that involve sailing on boats, having pool parties and being in houses worth hundred and hundreds of thousands of pounds!
IS FOOTBALLERS' WIVES AS GLAMOROUS AS IT LOOKS?
No! Well the costumes are and so are the locations but as soon as you step past the cast and crew, the glamour slowly starts to disappear...
DOES KATIE FIND IT EASY FITTING IN WITH THIS GLAMOROUS WORLD?
I don't think the whole glamour side of things really affects Katie, it's not important. Obviously she has to be aware of it and keep up appearances because she isn't from that kind of upbringing and doesn't want to be found out.
WHAT CHARACTER DOES SHE BOND WITH MOST ON THE SHOW?
Harley and Shannon. Especially Harley because he believed in her from the beginning. But she really bonds with Shannon as they are similar ages and from a similar background and even though Shannon can be a bit "over excited", Katie really appreciates her concern.
WHAT STORY LINES CAN VIEWERS LOOK FORWARD TO?
It's all happening! I don't know how much I am allowed to say but you can definitely expect outrageous storylines in true Footballers' Wives fashion.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU ENJOY?
I love cooking - any chance I get I'm in the kitchen! I love experimenting and putting on huge dinners for my friends and family. I'm obsessed with food!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Harrogate and brought up in Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. It is beautiful up there. I love going back home and going on long walks and stopping off somewhere for a good traditional pub lunch - you can't beat it.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I like in Kent now, which is still beautiful but it doesn't match the Dales!
PREVIOUS TO THIS WHAT ROLE OR ROLES ARE YOU MOST WELL KNOWN FOR?
This is my first job so nothing!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
I was in a little touring Opera Company when I was 14; I played Juliette in Benjamin Brittens "The Little Sweep".
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER PAID JOB?
Working in Morrisons Cafe once a week for two hours. I got paid £2.62 an hour - I was rolling in it!
DO YOU HAVE A FUNNY OR SHOCKING STORY ABOUT A PREVIOUS ROLE OR JOB?
I once played Barney in "The Bear in the Big Blue House Show". Once the show had finished, I was back stage sweating like mad (it gets hot in those outfits!) and I took my "Barney" head off. I look up in front of me and there was this little boy staring up at me, trying to work out why Barney had the head of the human! I tried to run away and hide but the costume was so big it was impossible! I don't think the little boy is such a fan of Barney anymore...
WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?