hangover TV! The omnibus of the Channel 4 teen soap fills that aching
gap between the Sunday morning Premiership highlights and the afternoon's
big match, so as a bit of a fan, I was delighted to talk to Julie
Buckfield, who has recently completed her second stint in the show.
while Julie's television career started at a young age in the Disney
Club and Grange Hill, before moving onto the Hollyoaks role for
which she is probably best known, she is also a seasoned stage actress,
making her theatrical debut as Young Eponine in Les Miserables in
the West End.
(left) with twin sister Claire and Natalie Pouser in their Grange
recently she played Cindy in The Tart and the Vicars Wife at the
Theatre Royal, Lincoln, but when I caught up with her, she was in
rehearsals for Bad Blood, a new play by Richard Stockwell, which
is coming to Milton Keynes in February.
going very well" she says. "Although it's always very
different with a new play because you make cuts during rehearsal."
The play, a provocative new thriller from the writer of Killing
Time, focuses on what appears to be a perfect couple.
Tom and Vic, played by Gary Mavers (Peak Practice) and Gillian Taylforth
(Footballers Wives, Eastenders) are rich, beautiful and successful
forty-somethings with everything that money can buy. But they have
just discovered that Vic cannot give Tom his longed for son and
and Vic have a happy life" says Julie, "then Tom's long
lost daughter turns up and everything goes wrong."
plays the daughter Belinda, who arrives just as the cracks in their
marriage are beginning to show and sets off an escalating spiral
of suspicion, greed and betrayal, as blood ties and life-long friendships
are put to the test. But as Julie explains, she's not a sly and
19 and is a nice young girl with her head screwed on" she says.
"She's not nasty, she just gets drawn into a bad situation."
Blood is described as a rollercoaster ride of twists, turns and
double crosses where no-one is quite who they seem.
undercurrents of sexual tension and jealous passion, it is a psychological
jigsaw cutting its way to the ultimate endgame - murder.
The tour, which starts in Windsor, is set to last until May, a long
time to be on the road and, as Julie says, the rest of your life
is held in limbo.
worst thing is living out of a suitcase" she explains. "You
basically pack up your life in a suitcase and put your personal
life on hold."
I live with my twin sister Claire so I will miss her a lot too."
twin sister Claire as Jenny in 2 point 4 children
touring with a play also has its advantages.
best thing about touring is that you really get to know people"
says Julie. "It's a small cast, there's only five of us, so
we'll probably get quite close."
also get a chance to play about with the piece a bit more if you're
doing a long run."
You certainly don't have much time to do this in TV, so which does
she prefer, stage or television?
are so different" she says, "but it's good to do both
because it stops the boredom setting in."
theatre you only have one chance to get it right so it's very challenging.
On TV, you get to do it again and again if you get your lines wrong."
is something that her co-star Gillian Taylforth is finding out at
the moment. As a household name from appearing for many years as
Kathy Beale in the BBC's Eastenders and numerous popular TV series
such as Footballers' Wives, Messiah and The House That Jack Built,
she is making her theatrical debut in Bad Blood.
Taylforth - theatrical debut
panicking already" jokes Julie, "and she's convinced she
won't be able to remember her first line. But she'll be fine. It's
a great part."
This is Julie's first stage work since coming out of Hollyoaks for
the second time. She played Julie Matthews from 1995-1997 at the
beginning of the Hollyoaks phenomenon and returned for a short stint
came out of it at the beginning of November last year" she
says. "I hadn't done it for five years but was asked to do
reveals that returning was not a difficult decision to make.
love Liverpool" she says, "and had such a good time last
time that it wasn't hard at all to go back."
Her return marked a bit of a change for the character as well, a
big step away from the goody two shoes image of five years ago.
she was very girl next door" explains Julie, "but this
time she was a bit of a bitch so it was something I could really
get my teeth into. But nevertheless, I've had a lot of positive
letters from it."
didn't know many of the cast because only Tony (Nick Pickard) and
Mr C (Bernard Latham) were still there, but I made lots of new friends."
tour is going to Manchester so I will definitely see them when I
stay there during the tour."
has clearly enjoyed her time in the Channel 4 series so I asked
her if she would ever go back for a third time.
don't know" she says, "I'd love to go back but when you
go as a bitch your character's life span can be over because you
have to get your come uppance."
are lovely, lovely people and they work very hard. When I was in
it before it was only on for two nights a week, now it's four so
it was a bit of a shock at first but you soon get used to it."
So why does she think that the programme is so popular?
there's something for everyone isn't there" she says. "It's
full of good looking people and good story lines."
despite all the fun of Hollyoaks, Julie's mind is now firmly focussed
on the job in hand - a return to the stage in Bad Blood.
not long since her last appearance in the theatre as she was in
The Tart and the Vicars Wife last summer before Hollyoaks but she
is certainly not complacent.
same old adrenalin" she explains, "because it's a different
part and a different play."
what of Milton Keynes?
not been before" she says, "I'm looking forward to it."
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