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A FESTIVE INTERVIEW- CHERYL TALKS ABOUT HER ROLE IN THE ITV PANTOMIME CINDERELLA

"IT'S A FAIRY TALE COME TRUE"

Bucks Fizz star Cheryl lands dream role in ITV's Panto spectacular

    

TO MEET TV's beautiful Cinderella you don't head for the palace or go to the ball. Instead you ring the bell at small house in an ordinary road in Eltham, in South East London, and you may find Cheryl Baker cooking, vacuuming, or fooling with her pet Alsatian. You could ask Princess Charming for a glass of Bucks Fizz, as when not starring in the worlds favourite fairy tale she stars with one of the worlds favourite groups, Bucks Fizz.

On ITV Christmas day, the champagne blonde of song can be seen in her first-ever Pantomime, it's all star studded cast list reads like a showbiz who's who. "Appearing as Cinders is a dream come true" enthuses Cheryl " I believe in fairy stories, Make -believe and fairytale land. I actually went into showbiz so I could pretend to be somebody else. " I could have been in four Panto's this year but I had to refuse them because of my commitments with Bucks Fizz. Cinderella is the best role I could ever have. I feel in a way I have made the fairy tale come true.

"In reality I'm an East End girl who lived in a council flat and wore my big Sisters hand-me-downs. Otherwise it was clothes bought second hand. Now here I am, the one-time Rita Crudington, with a Eurovision-winning international chart group, hostess of the BBC's The Saturday Picture Show, owner of gold and silver Albums, and now Marring a prince!"

The TV Panto ruins for 90 minutes and during rehearsals Cheryl lost half a stone in weight. All she was suppose to loose was a slipper. " That's right" she says " but I was nervous and it was my first panto. I loved all the excitement and went off my food. The moment I feel happy and relaxed I can put that weight back on easily." " Take a look ant my nice little home... it's pink and blue, and silly. Perfect for a girl who lives in a fantasy. Imagine how I felt in the finale wearing an enormous silver-studded crinoline dress that had been designed and made for me. I almost cried when we reached the last scene because I didn't want to give it back."

It was the ugly sisters Roy Hudd and Brian Murphy who gave me the most problems while making the show. Cinders is supposed to be a poor, unhappy girl, Roy and Brian ribbed me so much, making faces and so on, that I couldn't stop laughing.

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