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'I SHOULD HAVE HAD A HAIR GEL SPONSOR, I WAS PLASTERED IN IT' Lisa Stansfield; She may not be a lady, but she's all woman... the singer, 47, talks about photographers, her seriously rock 'n' roll pals and that curl...

Byline: Words: Lara Kilner

I hadn't done much acting when I got a part in Miss Marple six years ago. This was a difficult scene - for continuity, you have to remember where you put the clothes, how many pegs you put on them, all while giving your dialogue. Acting isn't just about saying lines, you know! Going on set was intimidating at the start, it's like the first day of school, but Geraldine McEwan was lovely, she reminded me of my mother-in-law.

I bumped into Robbie Williams in the street in New York. I know Robbie, I mean, I don't go out for meals with him, but when we see each other we chat. He's really nice, quite normal actually. A photographer happened to be there and I was like, 'I look f**king terrible'. I've got my scruffy jeans on - and what have I got on my feet? I guess getting photographed is part of my life, I don't mind, so long as I'm not picking my bum at the time.

When I was 14 I did a little talent show in Manchester and one of the judges was a TV producer who got me my big break presenting kid's pop show Razzamatazz. I had a weekly clothes budget that was like, nothing at all, so I made most of my clothes, and I'd curl my hair by wrapping it in rags. My co-star was a guy called Alistair Pirrie and I have no idea what he's doing now. All I wanted to do was be on that stage and I was introducing everyone else instead. The highlight was when The Police came on. I met Sting who didn't faze me at all, I was completely fine, then Stewart Copeland walked in and my knees buckled. I couldn't speak, I was a quivery silly wreck.

Me and Bono with actress Emma Catherwood at the premiere of My Kingdom. Bono was a neighbour in Ireland and he'd come over for a few Jack Daniels or we'd go to his pub for lunch. When we moved to Dublin we bought a house and didn't know where it was. We got there, it was late and freezing, and we put our bed together then realised we had no bedding and had to sleep under towels. We could have gone to Bono's and borrowed a duvet if we'd known him then. The Edge lived there too, and the racing driver Eddie Irvine. It was a rock 'n' roll community.

Aah, that's sweet. Me and my husband Ian (Devaney) , who I've been with for 25 years. We were walking the dogs in Primrose Hill, after we'd just moved back to London after 14 years in Ireland. I've taken a break for the past few years, writing songs and biding my time because I didn't really feel like I fitted in anywhere. Now feels like the right time to come back, so let's hope it pays off and I've not stayed away for too long.

God, this is an awful picture. It's funny because the only reason I did my hair like this was because I always had this little baby hair and I didn't know what to do with it. I should have been sponsored by a hair gel, I was plastered in the stuff. I remember on the This Is The Right Time video, I got a pair of scissors and cut it off. I just fluff it away now.

What an incredible evening. It was Freddie Mercury's tribute concert and I sang These Are The Days Of Our Lives with George Michael. He's lovely is George. He lives quite close to me and I feel bad because I haven't been in contact with him, but you let things slide. The rest of Queen were our band - what a privilege. It was a massive night with so many incredible artists, but my favourite moment was when I was in my dressing room and Liza Minnelli popped her head around the door. I went, 'Oh my God. Liza Minelli' and she went, 'Hey Lis, you going to the after party? Are we gonna go smart or are we gonna go casual?' I went, 'I'm just going to wear what I'm wearing' and she went 'Fabulous'. That was the highlight of my night.

Band Aid II back in 1989,it was the first time I'd experienced the paparazzi - I'd only been famous for six months, I was the new big thing at the time - and I was like a rabbit in the headlights. It's good when celebrities do something for a cause because they do tend to put their egos in their pockets. Sonia and Jason and Kylie were all involved. Kylie was a real 'pop' pop star wasn't she? I never thought about her as a big star at the time though. She's lovely, absolutely gorgeous, the sort who nothing really bothers her, she's confident in everything she does.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2013
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