Drop Dead Gorgeous - brand new comedy for BBC THREE
Ashley Webb (Sinead Moynihan)
Ashley is a quiet, pretty, slightly geeky school girl, content
with her family, friends and quiet life in Runcorn. She's constantly
peripheral to her outgoing twin sister Jade - but happily so.
eyes Jade is the one who gets all the attention – especially from boys – so
she is dumbstruck and slightly appalled when she is approached one
afternoon to be a model herself.
But her excitement at the way her life is rapidly
changing is constantly eclipsed by her guilt at Jade's obvious unhappiness,
catty comments and increasingly spiteful behaviour.
Despite this, the
giddy life of Paris catwalks and catalogue modelling starts to become
the norm and her awkwardness and embarrassment slowly disappear to uncover
a sensationally confident and stunning model.
Pauline Webb (Kathryn Hunt)
Pauline is a dinner lady in Runcorn. A mum of three, comfy
in her civvies, ploughing through mounds of ironing, hot and sweaty in
the school canteen in the thick of serving ladles full of lunch.
see her half-cut and joyful surrounded by her best mates down the local
All of a sudden Ashley's journey takes Pauline to places she's
only ever read about in Heat Magazine – she's sipping champagne cocktails
in Paris, having her picture taken for the local papers and as she drinks
this seductive, exciting new world in she starts to like it rather
more than her cosy, dull, old life in Runcorn.
Murray Priestman (Lee Boardman)
Murray is a brilliant model agent from Manchester. An acid
queen schmoozer never far from his Bluetooth and Blackberry, he identifies
the potential in 15-year-old school girl Ashley and the millions she's likely
to make him.
Although fully motivated by financial gain, he has a soft spot
for Ashley and truly believes she could be The Next Big Thing. The only
obstacle in his way is her increasingly savvy Mum Pauline and their power
struggle for control of Ashley's future.
Jade Webb (Linzey Cocker)
Jade is Ashley's caustic, confident and stunningly beautiful - albeit shorter - twin sister.
All the boys fancy her and she's just waiting for the day when
she will be model scouted. When it's gawky twin Ashley instead who's approached,
Jade's world is turned upside down.
She's constantly wrestling with the
green eyed monster – fiercely
jealous yet fiercely proud. As she's pushed out of everyone's radar
she puts more and more obstacles in Ashley's way whilst trying to get
love and attention from anyone at all - in any way she can.
Terry Webb (Connor McIntyre)
Terry is a kind, loving father and husband who adores his family.
When Ashley begins modelling he is as excited and proud as the rest, until
it becomes apparent that their previously perfect family life is in danger
of being destroyed.
Terry desperately wants his old wife back – the ordinary
girl that he married rather than this crazed woman that Pauline has
As his past comes back to haunt him and his world starts to
cave in, Terry frantically tries to salvage the happy closeness the Webb
family enjoyed before the modelling whirlwind took over.
Mikey Webb (Lee Worswick)
Mikey is 14–year-old smart-arse younger brother to the
twins. His aim in life is to torment his sisters – teasing
them over boys, make up and generally being 'mingers'.
Mikey, along with
Jade and their Dad Terry, is shoved to one side by Mum Pauline's determination
to push Ashley to the top of her game.
Kerry Willis (Jennifer Hennessy)
Kerry is Pauline's partner in crime in the canteen. She loves
nothing more than a pint and a gossip at their local with her husband Tiggsy
and best mates Pauline and Terry.
She's happy with her deal as a dinner lady
and sees the best in everyone. She understands Pauline and knows she
is still a kind-hearted person deep down, regardless of her transformation.
Tiggsy Willis (Dominic Carter)
Kerry's husband Tiggsy is Terry's best mate. He's a happy-go-lucky
Scouser with a heart of gold who loves the Webb family to bits.
receiving the fantastic news that he's got the all-clear for cancer,
Tiggsy can only watch from the sidelines as friendships and relationships
start to fall apart.
Val Sinclair (Elizabeth Berrington)
Val is Pauline's straight talking, no-nonsense boss at the
school canteen. She's not exactly jealous of Pauline but is more irritated
by her frivolous and flash attitude.
As Pauline's priorities and attendance
levels decrease, Val is left serving lunch to hundreds of children on
her own once too often and she wastes no time in telling Pauline exactly
what she thinks of her.
Hardeep (Sushil Chudasama)
Hardeep works at the Webbs' local newsagent at the top of the
hill. He's had his eye on Ashley for a while and finally they get together
as her modelling begins to take off.
Their relationship is affected along
with everything else in Ashley's life, as one drunken night Jade's jealousy
takes over and she sleeps with him on her path to destruct everything
that Ashley's got.