I love the idea of 'Throwback Thursday' on social media - a chance to post really embarrassing old photos, but also a chance to reminisce! This is the first in what I hope will be an occasional series of some high (and maybe low!) spots in my career ...
This picture is from an episode of the first series of "Cold Feet" - to refresh your memory, Cold Feet was a British series produced by Granada Television. The series was created and principally written by the wonderful Mike Bullen back in the late '90s/early noughties, and I played a semi-regular character called Natalie, who was David's (Robert Bathurst) boss.
Although I went on to be in series 2 and 4 as well, this scene stands out from all the others - mostly because it was my first on (and off!) camera physical fight.
Throughout the scene, my character and the character played by Fay Ripley (Jenny) had been sniping at each other. The last straw was when I insulted her husband (Pete, played by John Thomson). Jenny lets Natalie have it with a fire extinguisher, covering her with foam. Natalie belts Jenny, and things escalate to a full-on catfight with broken bottles, broken tables, the lot...
It was the first time I'd worked with a fight director, which made me feel very swashbuckling. He taught us how to fake a belt to the chops (Fay was a game girl and offered, 'just hit me!', but of course I didn't), pull hair and so on.
When it came to falling on and breaking furniture, stunt doubles took over - and I was especially pleased, because mine had a backside that was much neater and more pert than mine. :)
On days like that one, I love my job - it's like being a kid all over again!