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Heather Peace: I fall head over heels in love too easily and I've had my heart broken..badly; THE REAL REAL ME Heather Peace reveals all to NINA MYSKOW.



HEATHER Peace Heather Peace (born June 6, 1975 in Bradford) is an English actress.

Her notable roles have included Anne Cullen in Emmerdale Farm, Josie Clarke in The Bill, Sally 'Gracie' Fields in London's Burning, DS Jo Cavanagh in Empathy
 is hot right now. And not just because for the past two years she has starred as Blackwall firefighter Sally Fields in the top ITV (1) See interactive TV.

(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV).
 drama series London's Burning London's Burning was a television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television. It focused on the lives of Blue Watch firefighters in the busy area of Blackwall, East London. .

She has just starred on stage as buxom minx Moll Flanders The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders is a 1722 novel by Daniel Defoe.

Defoe wrote this after his work as a journalist and pamphleteer. By 1722, Defoe had become recognised as a novelist, with the success of Robinson Crusoe in 1719.
, and her first single, The Rose, a scorching scorch  
v. scorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es

v.tr.
1. To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.

2.
 rendition of the Bette Midler Bette Midler (born December 1 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one.  hit, is released by RCA See RCA connector and video/TV history.  on March 27. Bradford-born Heather was signed after she was spotted singing last year at the end-of-series London's Burning party.

Heather lives in South London South London (known colloquially as South of the River) is the area of London south of the River Thames. Some neighbourhoods north of the Thames have South London postal codes (SW), but these neighbourhoods are classified as West or Central London. . We met at the Covent Garden Covent Garden (kŭv`ənt), area in London historically containing the city's principal fruit and garden market and the Royal Opera House.  Hotel. Bubbly, bouncy and open, she has an honest innocence that is very appealing.

WEIGHT goes on my arse and my hips. Right there. So I have to be very, very careful. I'm just very hippy, and there's nothing I can do about it. I've got child-bearing hips.

Actually we should start being proud of that, as women. Know what I mean? But it doesn't work like that. If I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75.  exercise, my bum sags. Within two weeks, if I've not been running, it just flops! It's: "Oh no! Handfuls of squidgy bits."

And I'm prone to cellulite cel·lu·lite
n.
A fatty deposit causing a dimpled or uneven appearance, as around the thighs.


Cellulite
Cellulite is dimply skin caused by uneven fat deposits beneath the surface.
. It's a bugger bug·ger 1  
n.
1. Vulgar Slang A sodomite.

2. Slang A contemptible or disreputable person.

3.
, isn't it? And I think it's getting worse as I get older. I'm 24. But, in fact, I only got funny about my weight when I first did the television. When I started on London's Burning, two years ago.

For the first time in my life, I was saying: "Do I look fat?" You know. I didn't realise I was doing it, until a friend pointed it out. She said: "It must be 10 or more times a day." She said: "That's how many comments you're making on your weight now." So she limited me to saying it three times a day!

I spent that whole first year being quite paranoid. Because you hang round with all the TV actresses that are so skinny. Size eight. And I'm not a size eight or a 10. I'm a size 12 or 14, and 5ft 8in.

And also the lads in the series do it. I'm not getting at them at all, but boys are boys. Sometimes I'll put something on, and they'll say: "You look a bit hippy." I've got mad, and really blown at them, but they don't mean to be nasty, you know.

But it does kind of fester fester /fes·ter/ (fes´ter) to suppurate superficially.

fes·ter
v.
1. To ulcerate.

2. To form pus; putrefy.

n.
An ulcer.
 in your brain. It becomes a real issue. It's ridiculous, but it got to me. You see, I've never had to watch myself before, and it's quite hard.

There was one particular shot, with me walking away, and I just thought: "Is my arse THAT big?"

I was a little bit bigger then, and it really, really depressed me. I've lost weight, anyway, but I still always prefer the camera to stop, round about here, at boob level. I've got quite a fair pair, yeah.

I'm a 34C, just a nice size. A womanly wom·an·ly  
adj. wom·an·li·er, wom·an·li·est
1. Having qualities generally attributed to a woman.

2. Belonging to or representative of a woman; feminine: womanly attire.
 size. I do like my boobs, I have to say. They're pretty fab. But as soon as there's a long shot, and I see my bum, I've got a real thing about it.

It was later in that first year that I just thought: "Right! Stuff this. I'm not going to get at myself any more." And actually made a pact to just live my life the way I did before. Because I was perfectly happy, thank you very much, till I got London's Burning. And the weight came off anyway. I actually don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what I weigh, I don't think it's important. And I won't go on a diet, now. I've got an addictive personality Addictive personality
A concept that was formerly used to explain addiction as the result of pre-existing character defects in individuals.

Mentioned in: Addiction
 and I became quite obsessive about what I ate. I ended up not losing anything. You think of nothing but food. It's so boring!

Watching my mum has been a great help. I've seen her struggle with her weight all her life. She's not tiny, but she looks gorgeous and my dad adores her.

BUT it really used to get her down, she'd hide wrappers from chocolate bars she'd eaten. I just don't want to go down that road.

I had no problems as a teenager, growing up in Bradford, I was such an individual at school. I did drama, and played football for a girls' team. Played the piano, didn't watch telly, didn't watch the soaps. I didn't used to stay in one night a week.

I have a very, very loving mum and dad. They always made me believe I'm beautiful. They just adore me. We're a very, very tactile family. Very touchy-feely. I still sit on my dad's knee, and I'm 24! Maybe other people would think: "Oh, that's a bit strange." See something a little bit Freudian in that, but it's so not like that.

Mum and Dad used to walk round naked, in front of us, when my older brother and I were kids. As children, it makes you very, very comfortable with it. But then we hit about 12.

And suddenly Dad wasn't allowed in the bathroom, and me and my brother are walking around fully dressed, and it was: "Mum, put some clothes on." But that sort of environment made me very comfortable with myself.

I always wanted to sing, and I loved acting. I did drama at Manchester Poly, and when I graduated, at 21, I had six months out of work.

But I got a brilliant first job. Playing Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady at Harrogate Theatre. I did two months in Emmerdale, and then I did an episode of The Bill.

You know when they say it's luck, acting? Well, I believe you create your own luck. I used to do mail-outs to casting directors, every time I did a job. Send postcards. I must have sent 200-odd.

A year after I'd sent her a postcard about The Bill, the casting director of London's Burning rang my agent and said: "She's perfect, she's a bit tomboyish. Get her down."

That one postcard, a year before! All those postcards when I had very little money. And a mail-out would have cost pounds 12, which is a lot out of just pounds 50 that's coming in.

London's Burning's been great. You get to play the hero, instead of being the hero's love interest, which is what most girls get to do. I'm going to do another half-series, I think. It's probably enough now. I've done two series of 16 episodes. But it's great fun. How many jobs do you get given a big stick and told: "Go and smash that car up!" You know, great big pliers pliers,
n a tool of pincer design with jaws of varying shapes; used for holding, bending, stretching, contouring, and cutting.

pliers, contouring,
n
, "Go and cut the roof off that car."

And you may not think the clothes are very glamorous, but I think it's quite sexy, a girl in fire gear. Same as the boys in fire gear. I get to kick-box in it. I get to see places blow up. And then I also get to snog snog Brit, NZ & S African slang
Verb

[snogging, snogged]

to kiss and cuddle

Noun

the act of kissing and cuddling [origin unknown]

Verb 1.
 the boys!

I AM with someone at the moment, but it's not an actor, although he's in the business. It's been about six months.

And it's nice. We're buying a place together in Brighton. It's fantastic, it's on the seafront.

I'm renting a council flat at the moment, and a miserable day is really miserable. But a miserable day in Brighton just means that the sea is a little bit rougher.

I'm a relationship girl, definitely. But I'm a terrible Gemini. I fall head over heels in love, within, like, two weeks. And just think: "Uuuh! This is it! This is it." And then I'm quite fickle.

That's Gemini. I'm a Rabbit in Chinese astrology Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, and ancient Chinese philosophy. In particular, it is based on the sexagenary cycle of 60 years that has been documented since the time of the Shang Dynasty at the latest. , can't remember what that is. Maybe it means I shag shag

see cormorant.
 like one! I hold my hands up, Guv'nor.

Despite that, I have had my heart broken. Badly. I'm too open. I broke up with someone the first year of London's Burning, it was partly the strain.

An actor. It's always difficult when one's working and one's not. That was a really hard year for me.

What are the three things that keep you sane? Love, your home, and your job. Aren't they? And the whole thing went. I moved home - to London - got a new job, and my love life went up the spout. It made me harden up a bit, but maybe I needed to. I trust people too easily.

And this business is so false. I don't go to showbizzy dos. But the couple that I have, I felt so kind of intimidated. You know when your heart just feels heavy? People can be such tossers.

But on the other hand, a big part of the problem comes from me. I think everyone who talks posh and earns loads of money is a twat. And it's so wrong. I've been shouted down by my Other Half, who happens to come from quite a middle-class background.

Like: "You are so far up your own arse, more than I am, in that you play this working-class hero. Get over yourself! There's tossers in every kind of walk of life."

He's very special. I think I'm the happiest I've ever been. I'm certainly the most calm. My mum came to see me on-stage in Moll Flanders and she just looked at me and said: "Your eyes are sparkling again." I said: "Yeah! I've got a job, I've got a home coming through, and I'm in love."

And those are the three things. I've never had all three at once, so I'm touching wood - there - on that. And then there's the single! I find that all quite hysterical. I've always sung in jazz clubs This is a list of notable venues where jazz music is played. It includes clubs, dancehalls and historic venues as well. It can or may never satisfy any objective standard for completeness. Revisions and additions of , existing articles are welcome. , but this is an adventure.

Who knows? I'm not saying: "I don't care." But it would be a bonus. It wouldn't devastate dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 me if it didn't get anywhere. But it's a nice record.

Just to have my voice on top of this beautiful 20-piece orchestra is fantastic. And I've got it on CD with my name on the cover. You can give it to your kids, can't you? "That's Mummy on the tape!"

Somebody's smiling on me. I feel desperately lucky at the moment. Touch wood again, if I carry on like this I'll be fine. I am ambitious, but at the moment, I'm earning good money for a 24-year-old, I'm in love, and I'm doing work that I really enjoy. If you can enjoy your work, you've made it. You've done it.

So many people do jobs that they hate, for the sake of a pay packet. If I get paid for this, it's a doddle doddle
Noun

Brit, Austral & NZ informal something easily accomplished: the test turned out to be a doddle [origin unknown]

Noun 1.
, then. Isn't it?

An absolute doddle.

I'm crackers for cheese..MY BIGGEST DOWNFALL

CHEESE, I adore it. If the moon was made of cheese, I'd be on it. Cheese and pickle, cheese and Marmite mar·mite  
n.
1.
a. A large covered earthenware or metal cooking pot.

b. A small covered earthenware casserole designed to hold an individual serving.

2. A petite marmite.
 sandwiches. Blue is my favourite. The funny thing is, you know when pregnant women get cravings? My mum's was Danish Blue Danish blue
Noun

a white cheese with blue veins and a strong flavour

Noun 1. Danish blue - blue cheese of Denmark
bleu, blue cheese - cheese containing a blue mold
. I used to eat it when I was just two, a strange taste for a baby.

MY FAVOURITE DRINK

VODKA and slimline tonic. And I love a pint of lager, it's a real Northern thing. But I cut that out for the weight. It was hard to do. I've been through phases when I've drunk a lot. My mum's been worried at times. I'm not an alcoholic, but I guess most days I will have a drink. I don't get really arseholed, though.

MY EXERCISE REGIME

I'M lucky, I've always been sporty. I cycle to the studio, I swim, I run along Tower Bridge and back round London Bridge London Bridge, granite, five-arched bridge formerly over the Thames, in London, England. It is 928 ft (283 m) long and was designed by John Rennie and built between 1824 and 1831. . Singing takes care of my stomach muscles. And I do press-ups. Otherwise I wouldn't look as if I was capable of lifting the equipment in the series. Real firefighters are so fit, I couldn't let them down.

MY WORST HABIT

SMOKING. I started when I was 19, when I went to college. Ludicrous! It was like two fingers up at my ex-boyfriend. He didn't like me drinking pints and smoking. So I did it. I smoke about 15 to 20 a day. My Other Half smokes, which makes it difficult. I've got to stop! Help.

MY FAVOURITE MEAL

WHEN I was out of work, I was too proud to go home. I pretended everything was fine. Four of us existed on a big bag of oven chips for four days, until I got a gig singing. I wouldn't sign on. The day the money came through, we bought eggs, bacon, beans, sausage. The Full Monty. I remember saying: "This will be the best breakfast I ever taste in my life." It was. It still is.

MY HIDDEN ASSETS hidden assets

Items of value that are owned by a firm but do not appear on its balance sheet. For example, a trademark or patent may be a firm's most valuable owned asset; yet, it would not appear as such on its balance sheet.
 

I'M not a girly girl. I've always worn baggy clothes that hide my boobs. A friend took me shopping and said: "We're going to sort you out before you start your pop career.

You don't show your figure off." We bought some tight tops and she said: "Look at your tits, they're fantastic!" So I've made a promise I'll start showing them off.

Put the top into Top Of The Pops.
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