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Look: Quest on to be the fairest of 'em all . . Jane Woodhead talks to the pantomime star whose face is being transformed to play the Wicked Queen.

Byline: Jane Woodhead

RECEIVING a face-lift for Christmas may seem like the ideal festive treat. But having a face-lift to play the Wicked Queen in pantomime could be regarded as taking things to the extreme.

But that's exactly what comedienne Pauline Daniels has done as she takes to the stage as the Wicked Queen in the pantomime Snow White which opens at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Saturday.

``And why not? After all, I want to be the fairest of them all, '' she laughs ``I will be 50 next year and 50 is the new 30 so now seems the perfect time to do it.

``And now I know I will also be the most beautiful Wicked Queen audiences have ever seen. ''

Pauline has opted for a nonsurgical face lift and will undergo a five week course of treatment, with two treatments each week.

``I have just received the first one and I can see a massive difference to my skin already. I can't wait to go into rehearsals. ''

Pauline's husband, Paul, bought her the course of face lifts as a Christmas present: ``I am hoping it will get rid of all of my fine lines. The treatment just feels like my face is having a work-out. ''

On her role as the Wicked Queen, Pauline says: ``There is one thing which I cannot do and that is stretch myself.

I am 5ft tall and when I say I am in Snow White people always ask me which dwarf I am playing which can be upsetting.

``I was a little taken aback when I was asked to play the part of the Wicked Queen. Traditionally she is very tall, very slim and very evil - I remember thinking to myself well at least I fulfil one of these . . .

I am evil . . . so I don't suppose that is too bad. ''

Pauline stars alongside Jeremy Beadle, who takes the part of the Court Jester. She describes him as being completely crackers.

``But he is fantastic. He is a great man and it is a great show. ''

Pauline, from Birkenhead says: ``I am a believer in growing old gracefully and I do think you have to accept the face which you are given and the face which you deserve. ``Going under the knife is something which I would never do and never even think about. This is just messing with nature but the nonsurgical face-lift is just like going to the gym, the only difference being it is a work out for your face, rather than your body. ''

Pauline is receiving the treatments at Alison's Nail and Beauty salon in School Lane, Litherland.

The machinery used to carry out the process comprises a square plastic box which sucks on the face and at the same time, two paddles rhythmically massage the skin.

Alison explains: ``This helps to eliminate fine lines. Imagine a mattress which starts to sag, well this plumps it up again. ''

The treatment is aimed at women in the 25 plus age group but the majority of women receiving the treatment are between the ages of 35 and 40.

And although Pauline has only received one treatment from her pounds 450 course of five, she says she is already starting to feel more confident: ``I am sure I will soon be looking more like a 30-year-old, rather than a 50-year-old. ''

n Further details on the treatments are available from: 0151 476 6000


FEELING GREAT: Pauline Daniels, who is undergoing a course of nonsurgical face-lifts to help push back the years; WELL WICKED: Pauline Daniels as the Wicked Queen, with co-star Jeremy Beadle. Left, Pauline has her first session.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2004
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